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Lona

A collection of tools from the developers and designers at Airbnb for building design systems and using them to generate cross-platform UI code, Sketch files, images, and other artifacts. Lona starts with a collection of JSON files that are used to define a design system including components, colours, text styles, gradients, shadows, and data type. The first tool is Lona Studio which provides a graphical interface for working with these JSON files. The second is Lona Compiler which converts the files to UI code for various targets. Currently only React Native is supported, but more platforms are planned. […]

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Plant

A simple and powerful version control app and plugin for Sketch. Plant works to organise your projects by keeping track of all versions and metadata including date, time, and the user that pushed the specific version, giving you access to the entire creative history of a project. It can even handle conflict resolution allowing you to choose, combine or create a new artboard, and diff-ing to compare any two versions of an artboard. Plant√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s panel lives inside Sketch’s inspector letting you access current projects, add new projects, send your versions and will also notify you if there are changes that need to be loaded. […]

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Balsamiq Cloud

An online tool for quickly creating low fidelity UI sketches and mockups. Balsamiq Cloud gives you a palette of UI components including buttons, device frames, media, and more, that you can drag, drop and resize to create simple UI wireframes to capture your ideas. You can then collaborate on your designs in real-time with colleagues using annotations, comments, alternate versions, and chat. Balsamiq Cloud is intentionally low fidelity, focusing on structure and usability over full designs making it one of the fastest ways to prototype. […]

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Sketch Focus

A plugin for Sketch that aims to help boost your productivity while designing. Sketch Focus lets you add notes and tasks to your Sketch document, optionally linking them to your layers. When you select an item, Sketch Focus will automatically select, centre and zoom to any linked layers. You can also filter by items marked as important or items linked to visible or selected layers, and search for items by text. […]

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Sympli

A design handoff and collaboration tool for designers and developers. Sympli lets designers easily share style guides, specs, bitmaps and vector assets with developers in the best format to make it easier to implement. It starts with Sympli plugins for Photoshop and Sketch so designers can stick to the tools their used to. From there they can export their designs and share them with their teammates. Then the developers on the team can use the Xcode and Android Studio plugins to get every detail of the design just right. You can also explore designs and download assets through the Sympli web app. […]

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iOS Design Kit

A huge library of app templates and iOS UI elements, combined into high-quality source files for Sketch and Adobe Photoshop. iOS Design Kit includes over 250 screens in 15 popular categories, as well as a library of interface elements, such as icons, search bars, alerts, tab bars, segmented controls, switches, keyboards and more. The whole lot is available for one fee, or you can get your hands on a collection of 62 screens and many core components for free! […]

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Stark

A colour-blind simulator and contrast checker for Sketch. Stark is a Sketch plugin that helps you keep accessibility in mind when designing your apps. The preview window lets you see how your design looks for those who don√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t see the way a typical person does. You can select from 8 different colour profiles to simulate the various forms of colour-blindness, or use the contract checker to ensure your colours, visuals and typography provide the best readability, legibility and contrast. […]

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Wake

A platform that helps designers share their work with the rest of their team. Wake provides a handy Mac app that lets you share designs without leaving Sketch, Photoshop or Illustrator with a simple keyboard shortcut. Designs are uploaded to the web where they are viewable by the rest of your team. Teammates can find what they’re looking for by searching for people, tags, file types and dates, before adding annotations and feedback. There’s also an iOS app for viewing and uploading designs on the move, as well as Slack and HipChat integration. […]

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Evrybo

An online tool to create interactive prototypes and easily get feedback on your designs. Evrybo lets you link all your designs together and add transitions to get high-fidelity mobile, web and watch prototypes. You can then invite an unlimited number of people to give feedback with a public link. Clients and colleagues can add comment annotations direct on your designs. You can also view the entire collaboration history of your project including comments, invitations, files uploaded and more. […]

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Auto Layout for Sketch

A Sketch plugin that lets you define layout constraints similar to Auto Layout on iOS helping you design interfaces for all device sizes. Auto Layout for Sketch uses simple pins to anchor elements to a edge or centre, or more advanced constraints that allow your designs to adapt to size changes in your artboards. Once your constraints are defined you can quickly create previews at a number of different standard screen sizes for most major platforms including iOS, Apple Watch, Android, Windows Phone 8, and more. […]

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