Software to create, design, and specify the details of high-fidelity interfaces. This category is the most stable and predictable of all the categories we survey.
Do you use software for UI design?
No surprises here—the majority of respondents are working with UI design tools.
Most Popular UI Design Tools
Which software do you primarily use for UI design?
We're observing another year of Figma's dominance in this.
Respondents seem to use Photoshop and Illustrator secondarily as backup tools for their UI design efforts.
AI Usage in UI Design Tools
Are you using AI within any of the tools you selected for UI design?
While there's not a lot of AI usage in this category yet, 80% of the 20 respondents who use Uizard as a primary tool are using its AI capabilities.
Some common themes include generating artwork, user photos, or UI copy.
Design ideation is also common in responses. Some responses mentioned using AI to generate wireframes, color palettes, or manipulate screenshots.
Paying for UI Design Software
Are you currently paying for this software?
Respondents don't seem to have any trouble getting their organizations to pay for these tools. Very high adoption rate.
10% of respondents are paying for these tools out of their own pocket.
Paying for Top UI Design Tools
Segmented by payment status
Photoshop is the UI Design tools most likely to be paid for out-of-pocket by respondents.
The remaining users of Adobe XD are often using it for free—a likely consequence of the pending Adobe acquisition of Figma.
UI Design Tools by Operating System
Primary tools segmented by platform
The very few respondents who primarily use Photoshop for UI Design are primarily doing so on Windows.
UI Design Tools by Team Size
Primary UI Design tools segmented by design team size
Though the sample sizes vary wildly between tools, each tools maintains roughly the same ratio across team sizes (likely as a result of the makeup of team sizes across the industry).
UI Design Tool Growth
Using data from previous Design Tools Surveys
We don't think there's any reason to believe that Figma usage is actually falling, and is likely just a fluctuation in our respondent sampling this year.
The consistent usage of Photoshop and Illustrator is a testament to how firmmly rooted they are in the industry.