Uizard vs Figma: The similarities and key differences
Uizard is often being described as the "Figma for non-designers."
What does this mean, and how are the tools different from each other?
In this article, we’ll answer exactly that question.
TL;DR Figma is a tool made for expert designers with all the bells and whistles. Uizard is a tool for non-designers with a very low learning curve. It’s made for everyone that needs to demonstrate their product ideas quickly and don’t have the time to learn a complex tool.
The similarities between Uizard and Figma
It's not surprising that Uizard is often evaluated against Figma. After all, there are a lot of similarities between the two tools.
Accessibility and attainability
For starters, both Uizard and Figma value accessibility. Both tools employ the freemium model, enabling users to create low-fidelity wireframes and high-fidelity mockups without having to spend a single penny.
Apart from being accessible, both tools are also attainable. Being browser-based, Uizard and Figma are operating system-agnostic and can therefore run on any OS. Neither of the tools requires installation or updates. You can just open a tab in your web browser and start working.
Essentially, the choice to be browser-based enables Uizard and Figma to eliminate significant barriers to adoption.
Full real-time collaboration
As in the success of Google suite, Uizard and Figma, being hosted on the web, enable their users to fully collaborate in real-time across continents and timezones, whenever needed.
Real-time collaboration does irreplaceable wonders when it comes to getting everyone on the same page. Uizard and Figma's real-time collaboration features enable ease of sharing and convenient facilitation of design feedback loops.
The key differences between Uizard and Figma
Now that we've gone through the similarities, let's talk about the key differences that truly set Uizard and Figma apart from each other.
First thing's first.
Uizard is easy-to-use and a bit magical
Generally speaking, Uizard is a design tool solely made for creating digital products. You can easily and quickly design mobile apps, web apps, websites, and desktop software.
To be more specific, Uizard is a design tool for non-designers. It's made to be as easy-to-use as possible and doesn't require anyone to follow a tutorial to get started.
Uizard also has a built-in AI design assistant that can do magical things to help users get from A to B quickly. For example, people using Uizard can:
Transform rough sketches into editable screens (full video here)
Swap between different themes (lightweight design system) in one click (full video here)
Swap between a high-fidelity colorful mockup theme and a low-fidelity grayscale wireframe style in one click (full video here)
Turn any source of inspiration into a customizable theme or a lightweight design system (full video here)
In Figma, you manipulate vectors; in Uizard, you manipulate components
Working in Figma means working with vectors and pixels. This offers more flexibility, as one can essentially design whatever he or she wants. These concepts are very helpful for those with a more technical eye, but if the goal is to quickly create digital products, it’s not always the most efficient way to create something.
Working in Uizard means manipulating interactive components, such as buttons, input fields, checkboxes, and templates, such as article cards, login forms, e-commerce shopping carts. When working with components and templates, it becomes very intuitive and easy to design mobile apps, websites, or desktop software.
Uizard is made for people that aren't necessarily technical.
Uizard is best for rapid prototyping sans the complexities
Figma is made for professional interface designers. The tool is therefore fully optimized for enabling them to create meticulous pixel-perfect interface designs and prototypes. Because the tool is made for expert designers, it naturally takes more time and effort to work in Figma for people that aren’t trained as designers.
Despite being amazing for the pro UI designers, Figma’s extensive features can create noise in some situations. Figma’s bells and whistles require a lot of time and efforts to master, making it intimidating to someone that isn’t a pro interface designer. Take for example a customer success team who has valuable insights based on customer feedback but absolutely no design tooling experience. A person in this team can easily demonstrate her ideas in Uizard, test it, and then propose the solution to the design and product teams.
Because of its sophistication level, iterating in Figma can also be harder. Since it takes a lot of time and effort for non-designers to create a pixel-perfect design in Figma, it’s very easy for a creator to get too attached to her work. It naturally becomes challenging and frustrating to throw ideas away and iterate.
Uizard is intentionally and consciously made without too much fine-tuning settings, so it’s easier and quicker to create quick low-fidelity wireframes and throwaway prototypes without getting lost in details. This makes Uizard especially suited for rapid prototyping as the tool fosters quick iterations.
Uizard is the Figma for non-designers
Figma is a full-featured design tool with a lot to offer for creating pixel-perfect, fully-polished designs. It has a steep learning curve and is made to meet the needs and requirements of professional UI designers.
On the other hand, Uizard’s ease of use makes it the solution of choice for startup founders, executives, product managers, engineering teams, business analysts, marketing teams, and UX professionals who need to quickly and easily design prototypes and demonstrate product ideas.
As coined by an increasing number of Uizard users, “Uizard is in fact the Figma for non-designers.”
Both Uizard and Figma are very effective design tools. Despite the similarities in providing accessibility, attainability, and collaboration, the two tools in fact have key differences that reflect their aptness to serve different audiences and entirely different use cases.
If the goal is to design a final ready-to-handoff interface for a digital product and you are a UI designer, then Figma is probably the relevant tool. If the goal is to design and test an idea quickly and you are not always comfortable using complex software, then Uizard is the best solution.
Try Uizard for free, and happy designing! 😊🎨