Catchy title? Sure.
Point is to present Adobe Illustrator as a really good alternative tool to visually design interfaces. Mainly a list of pros and the why I’m using it on a daily basis.
- It’s vector based - Hooray for retina stuff!
- You have multiple Artboards/canvases
For multiple resolutions & devices,
- With the basic tools you can build your design “framework”
(global color swatches, typography & components styles, etc.),
- You can prepare/describe/storyboard animations
& motion principles,
- You can re-use elements for other projects, of course.
Other benefits :
- With different Artboards on a single document you can really look for consistency in all the visual elements, without constantly switching from one file to another,
- You can export previews in a single step with Artboards
(name them properly btw)
- You can import .ai files in .ai files to create external components (like the include/require in PHP)
- You can use symbols (like different states components).
- You have almost full control on type settings and rendering.
- Prototype easily with Adobe DPS with one single file.
Yes, expect from my pens & sketchpads, Illustrator is my favorite tool for designing things.