I’ve really taken a liking to Adobe Xd over the last year. It’s light, user-friendly and allows me to prototype my designs for clients. Our devs also love the ‘Development link’ that can be supplied, which allows them to measure elements and download all the assets you’ve used in your design with one click. There are similar programs like Sketch and Figma which probably have some pretty cool plugins as well, but today I’ll be focusing on the plugins that help speed up my design process in Adobe Xd.
Haven’t tried Xd before? You’re missing out! Download it here.
Here at Digital Noir, we pride ourselves on creating beautiful, engaging and accessible experiences. We adhere to Web ‘Content Accessibility Guidelines‘, which means everything we design is accessible to a wider range of people with visual impairments such as colorblindness. Stark allows us to quickly check whether a color combination will pass these standards, and also has a ‘Colorblind Simulator’ so you can see how your designs will look through somebody else’s eyes.
Sure, you could spend time searching online for images, saving them to your computer and importing them into Xd – or you could just add them straight from the PhotoSplash 2 plugin. It’s free to use smaller sized images, and has some great placeholder images!
Download by searching ‘PhotoSplash 2’ in plugins, or purchase the full version here.
Need something a little more illustrative? Try unDraw. For those of us who aren’t great at drawing, or are working on a time-sensitive project, unDraw may be the answer. Quickly search and add vector images into your designs. This plugin will add a lot of character to your projects and is completely free!
This plugin allows you to create a colour range from your selected colour to white, black, a complimentary colour or a random colour. It outputs them into little squares that can easily be grabbed with the colour picker tool or used as they are.
We’ve all used it. It’s unfortunate, but we don’t always get content on time. Sometimes we just need some gibberish in a text box! This plugin will quickly allow you to fill boxes upon boxes with nonsense.
If you have any questions about these plugins or think I’ve missed one, get in touch!