The year 2020 is over and a new year begins. It has been a wild ride for sure, who could have predicted that we would experience a pandemic in our day and age. Despite the rough times that we faced last year, creativity bloomed and continued to prosper. With the majority of us working from home or quarantined, we were online more than ever. More and more people were forced to utilize online chat services such as Discord.

We think now more than ever — with practically every student now having experienced online learning because of the pandemic — that…


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The Spotlight features work from our community posted on our Discord server. We post our favourites from the previous week on our Medium Blog and our Instagram. Follow us to see them every week!

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The Spotlight features work from our community posted on our Discord server. Starting this week, we will showcase our favourites from the previous week on our Medium publication. Follow us to see them every week!

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Please note that this article is mainly aimed at beginners.

Say you’ve never done design before. Let’s say just today somebody asked you to do a logo for them, or you want to make one for yourself. So you’re wondering, What do I do to not screw it up? What should I avoid doing? These are precisely the things I wish I knew when I started.


This second part focuses on how to start doing UI design and prototyping inside Figma and Sketch

NOTE: Throughout this little guide, I am going to use Figma for demonstration. However, keep in mind that almost everything also applies to Sketch (and maybe even Adobe Xd). The reason I don’t include Adobe Xd here is that I’m not familiar enough with it.

In part 1, I briefly explained each tools I found most important to start doing UI design. If you haven’t read it yet, you can do so here

This second part will be more specific in explaining how to create a ui design prototype from start to finish. However, note that everyone has a different…


A (somewhat) quick tour of Figma and Sketch showcasing the most important tools and features (in my opinion) for UI design.

NOTE: Throughout this little guide, I am going to use Figma for demonstration. However, keep in mind that almost everything also applies to Sketch (and maybe even Adobe Xd). The reason I don’t include Adobe Xd here is that I’m not familiar enough with it.

What are Figma and Sketch?

First of all, it’s important to know what the tools we’re working in are for. Figma and Sketch are primarily made for User Interface (UI) design and prototyping, meaning that you can create user interface prototypes with ease in Figma and Sketch.


So, what happened in 2019?

The start of 2019 saw the birth of The Spot, starting as an idea from four motivated designers to create something a little bit different and hopefully a little bit better. And so we did.

After a couple of days and weeks of brainstorming, we came up with a name, then a logo, and thus was born The Spot! Some other names we considered before settling on The Spot were Creative Spot, The Spark, Creative Spark, and Open Creative.


How do I actually get started?

Once you first tell yourself you want to be a designer, whether as a hobby or as a professional, it can often be a bit tricky to actually get started with it.

What type of design work do I want to do? How do I start practicing? Where do I look for resources?

Those are some of the questions you might be asking yourself right now. I will not talk about formal education here, but in this second part of the guide (read part 1: software here), I will try to clear things up as you begin your journey.

What type of design work do I want to do?

There…


What design software should I use?

There are tons of creative software available, for free, for cheap, or expensive, and it can be quite overwhelming for beginners (and even some experienced creatives). This part of the ‘’Get Started With Design’’ guide is aimed at helping you chose which tool is a good fit for you and for what you are looking to do.

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