September 22, 2022

Design Tools

Though there's definitely a time and place for working with a designer, there's also a time and place for making use of the excellent no-code tools in this space. They'll help you design an impressive amount of materials without the need for expertise.

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TOP TOOL PICKS

Best for collaboration
Figma

Design, prototype, and gather feedback all in one place with Figma.

Best for app builders
Bravo Studio

Build native apps from your design tool. Without Code.

Best for image editing
Pixlr

A comprehensive photo editor with over 600 overlays, effects and borders.

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Want to know which platform is the best? Check our buying criteria here then select a tool from the list.

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When considering a no-code tool, we always recommend taking 4 key factors into account:

Ease of use. How easy is it for a non-technical person with no coding skills to use this tool to make apps? Is there a big learning curve? Can someone who has a basic grasp of Microsoft Office also get a grasp of this tool? Or does it require a lot of up-front training? This is perhaps the most important factor to consider.

Flexibility. How much flexibility does this tool have in terms of what you can build? Can it handle complex decision-making behind the scenes and allow you to bring any app idea to life without any coding at all?

We award extra points here for tools which allow you to integrate with other tools for extra functionality, or let you add your own custom code. Consider whether or not all of your desired functionality is supported by a tool before you use it.

Design freedom. Does the tool give you full freedom to bring a design to life? Not all no-code tools have complete flexibility. Remember, this can be a double-edged sword. If you're not confident in your design abilities, you may wish to pick a tool with less design freedom, as often these tools will set beautiful defaults for you.

Glide is a great example of this. You can customise the branding colours and the order of components, but Glide ensures your design stays looking like a proper app appropriate for either the iOS or Android platform.

Cost-effectiveness. Simply, how affordable is this tool? Remember, this can get complex. Some tools will start with a trial while you build, but charge you to publish your app live. Other tools have specific limits, such as a certain number of records in your database or not being able to integrate other tools into your app without paying extra. As long as you can afford the lower tier plans and have a solid monetisation for your app, don't worry too much about scaling or long term costs as often you'll have income in future to supplement these.

Remember: A low score in any one category does not mean the tool is bad. For example, a tool with a high ease of use, but low flexibility and design freedom could simply indicate that this tool is incredible easy to use and perfect for a beginner. It could also mean the tool is focused on being the best tool on the market for a very specific type of app, like a portal or marketplace.

Make sure you check out our individual reviews for more information.

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Design Tools

Figma
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Design, prototype, and gather feedback all in one place with Figma.

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
Bravo Studio
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Build native apps from your design tool. Without Code.

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
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Bravo Studio
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Are you a Designer? Familiar with apps like Figma? Or just more comfortable designing a beautiful app in a proper design tool rather than a No-Code tool?

Bravo's got just what you need, allowing you to convert Figma designs straight into native, working apps - complete with full support for AirTable and REST APIs! Highly recommended if you want your app to be pixel-perfect!

Desygner
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Design online: graphics for your social media, ads & print materials.

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
Pablo
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

A simple graphical editor for social media posts - by buffer.com

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
FontJoy
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Fontjoy helps designers pick the right font pairings

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
Ilustrio
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

A 100% free icon library

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
Pixlr
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

A comprehensive photo editor with over 600 overlays, effects and borders.

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
PixTeller
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

An image editor with animation capabilities

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
Plain Pattern
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

A simple SVG pattern creator.

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
Snappa
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Whip up graphics for social media, ads, blogs, and more - even if you're not a graphic designer.

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
Stencil
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Ridiculously simple image creation for social media marketers

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
Vectr
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Create Vector graphics intuitively and easily

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
DesignBold
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Turn your ideas into stunning visual content for Web or Print.

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
BeFunky
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

All-in-one online platform to easily edit photos, create graphic designs, and make photo collages.

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness

Not sure which tool is right for you?

Want to know which platform is the best? Check our buying criteria here then select a tool from the list below