On the hunt for UI UX Design Tools? In this post, we’ll share our new favorite tools for UX designers.

Junior UX designers, I have good news and I have bad news.

First, the bad news: Even though it’s a new year, the world didn’t magically reset itself at the strike of midnight. Boo.

But here’s the good news: Every day brings fresh hope and a new opportunity to improve ourselves. 

In that spirit, we’re starting off the year with 7 free and freemium UI UX design tools that will help you level up your professional life.

Here you go:

Table of Contents

1. Caravel 

2. Colorsafe.co

3. Coolors

4. Smartlook

5. Stylify.me

6. VisualSitemaps

7. UsabilityHub 

Top Free UI UX Design Tools for January 2021

1. Caravel 

Billed as a project management tool for UX teams, Caravel is an infinitely useful tool for freelancers, too. Caravel enables you to keep everything you need for a project in one place, including user personas, product screens, and deliverables.

2. Colorsafe.co 

Need help picking colors for your designs? Picking colors is hard, especially if you’re working for a company that requires AAA specifications (think government organizations). Enter Color Safe, a simple tool that finds color palettes based on WCAG Guidelines.

3. Coolors 

Here’s another color palette tool for you. Coolors is one of my favorite UX UI tools because it’s dead simple to choose a color scheme, and it’s actually addicting. Coolors itself delivers a great UX, which is worth checking out. With the press of your spacebar, Coolors generates a completely new color scheme option. You’ll have fun playing with this (but there is a seizure warning, so be careful if you’re susceptible).

By the way, you can also use this tool to design your UX portfolio. Learn more about creating a UX portfolio.

4. Smartlook  

Smartlook is a freemium tool that records and helps you analyze user behavior on your website or in your app. Use Smartlook to improve your user engagement and boost your conversion rate. The free version includes 3 heatmaps and up to 1,500 sessions each month.

5. Stylify Me

Ever visited a website that just felt right visually? But when it came time to dissect the magic, you just couldn’t figure out how they did it. For this job, you need Stylify Me. It’s a simple online style guide generator that displays the major visual components of a site, including colors, fonts, sizing, and spacing. 

6. VisualSitemaps

As the name suggests, use this tool to automatically generate visual sitemaps for any site. Why is this a good idea? Seeing a website’s entire hierarchy at a glance helps you understand its flow and structure. Use this tool to assess the order (or disorder) of information on a website that you’re working on. This allows you to quickly make design decisions that will improve the flow and cohesiveness of your site.

7. UsabilityHub 

Usability testing for free? Is it possible? It is through UsabilityHub.* Okay, there is a catch. You can only run basic tests that are under two minutes in duration. However, when you’re new to user testing, you can learn a lot from basic tests. UsabilityHub provides comprehensive end-to-end testing that includes demographic targeting and quick fulfillment (meaning you’ll get quick answers from your ideal target audience). 

Conclusion

There you have it! Our favorite free (and freemium) UI UX design tools to kick off 2021. 

Which design tool are you most excited to use? Hop on our Slack channel and let us know there. (Not a member of our Slack channel yet? Drop me a DM on Twitter to get an invite.)

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