Chris Downer is a 25 year old interface designer living in Canterbury, UK. Chris is working for the company most Mac-addicted interface designers love - that's Sketch🙂
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In this interview Chris will tell us about Sketch app in general, as well as some interesting facts about Sketch that you definitely don't know.
Since our move away from the App Store, we haven’t looked back. One of our main reasons was that we couldn’t update as often as we would like to, due to restrictions and approval times. In that time, we’ve launched three major updates, as well as a number of smaller point releases. Being out of the store means we aren’t imposed by the technical limitations sandboxing brings, which would have limited some of the features we want to bring to Sketch.
The main difference between the two apps is that Sketch is purpose-built for interface, and digital design, whilst Photoshop is an app that’s built for photographers first and foremost. Because of this, Sketch’s features and functions are upfront and accessible for ease-of-use as you may be using them a hundred times a day. Interface design capabilities in Photoshop is almost like an afterthought, as designers need to “hack” and wrangle with it to achieve their desired designs. In its interface, this shows as certain features or commands may be deeply nested inside menus, or be tucked away in various panels, which requires a lot of extra thought to remember where everything is.
Coming from another tool, you already have an understanding of design concepts, such as layers, as well as a knowledge of features and how to put together designs, so there is that familiarity there. So naturally, we like to think Sketch is pretty easy to pick up. However, if you’re new to designing, or haven’t used any design tools before, it can be quite scary and intimidating. It’s something I remember well! Getting started with Sketch is one of the topics that we’re continuously improving on, creating video tutorials, putting together design courses, and keeping our documentation up-to-date to name a few. Another huge factor is our fantastic community of users who create lots of valuable written, or video tutorials, as well as sharing lots of design resources, such as things they’ve created in Sketch. It was the source files like these that I really cherished and was thankful for when I was trying to learn how to use various design applications years ago!
Some great links and resources that I would recommend are:
As previously mentioned, there’s lots of great Sketch resources and tutorials out there to help educate new users, as well as a number of various design communities people can join to get feedback and help with their creations.
To trim the bounding box to fit the height of the text layer’s ascenders and descenders would be wrong, and as a result you wouldn’t get the expected behaviour when implementing the design as CSS and native applications render line height this way also.