A well designed customer platform can bring you more customers. So your design software has to be quick and convenient as well. Source: Adobe

Enterprise grade design capabilities are now available for free

NO matter how innovative a piece of technology is, it remains useless if people can’t figure out how to use it.

This is why design is important, and why it should never be an afterthought for a company.

A good design results in a good customer experience and helps boost businesses.

Adobe recently introduced the XD CC Starter plan to help companies get started with UX/UI (user experience/user interface) design.

The best part? The Starter plan is free. Most managers (87 percent) believe hiring more UX designers is a top priority for their organizations. With the Starter plan, more companies are able to use the best from Adobe, without having to pay a significant amount up front.

What Adobe is giving away for free, includes Adobe XD for Mac and Windows, as well as mobile apps for iOS and Android. This allows users to design and prototype across platforms, whether on a desktop or making changes on a mobile while on the go.

It also comes with services like Typekit and integration with Creative Cloud Libraries. This makes it easy for users to share and manage assets with colleagues across devices.

These are all available along with new features recently released on Adobe XD. The new features bring a more streamlined workflow that allows designers to bring concepts from drawing board to life faster.

Adobe introduced the new features based on feedback from the design community and user requests. It includes additional support for opening other file formats, as well as integration with third-party tools.

“The new Starter plan for Adobe XD supports Adobe’s vision to give everyone—from emerging artists to enterprise brands—everything they need to design and deliver exceptional digital experiences and explore the rapidly expanding field of UX design with no financial commitment,” said Scott Belsky, Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President, Creative Cloud at Adobe.

Cementing its support for innovation in design, Adobe also announced Adobe Fund for Design. It is a US$10 million fund distributed in the form of grants and equity investments.

The fund aims to help designers and developers to use Adobe XD as a platform to innovate in experience design.