— BY REMON — IN Personal growth Productivity

It is not about the tools; it’s about your craft.

Adobe, the company that has long been a leader in creative software and design tools, has acquired Figma design tool in a deal worth about $20 billion. I find it funny seeing people debate over Figma, Sketch, XD or whatever tool to make their designs.

I think we’re all guilty of being a little too obsessed with tools. They can be fun and exciting, and they do have an impact on the way we work. But I think it’s important to remember that they are just tools at the end of the day. Tools are just things that help us do what we need to do. And when it comes to designing interfaces, there’s no tool that will make your designs magically excellent or bad—it’s all about what you put into them. There are plenty of examples where great design has been created using ancient tools (e.g., Photoshop) or even no specific tool at all (e.g., hand-drawn).

The tools are only as good as the person using them.

I’ve always loved designing. I was the kid who would sit in the back of the class with my friends and draw or doodle all over my homework. When I first started designing websites back in the early 2000s, I had to use tables for layout and Photoshop for everything else. The only thing I had available was Dreamweaver, which was totally different from what it is today (and honestly wasn’t all that great even back then). But guess what? I made it work! And I did some pretty incredible things with those tools—I made websites that my clients were proud of and that people loved visiting because they were so easy to use and navigate.

Many people think that a good tool makes things easier, and it does. But if you don’t know what you’re doing or how to use the tool correctly, then it won’t help much at all. The only thing that matters is whether you have good artistry and attention to detail. I’ve been a designer for over 12 years, and I’ve used every tool out there. But when it comes down to it, it’s not about the tools—it’s about your craft. I’ve been asked many times: “What software do you use?” or “What’s the best design tool?” And my answer is always the same: “It doesn’t matter.” Sure, some software will make things easier, but if you’re not using your design skills to create something beautiful, then what’s the point? It’s like asking someone who plays the guitar what brand of guitar they play—if they can’t play well enough on a cheap guitar, they’ll never sound good on an expensive one:).

Using our creativity to solve problems and create things of value for others.

I like to think of creativity as a muscle. The more we use it, the stronger it becomes. The more creative you are, the better you get at solving problems and creating things people want or need. You don’t have to be an artist or designer to be creative; anyone can be creative if they put their mind to it. You can be creative with any tool as long as it helps you solve problems and make things of value to other people. It doesn’t matter how many tools or techniques we learn, and our work will always be defined by what we create with them. Creativity is the ultimate goal of design and using our creativity to solve problems and build things of value for others.

Side tip: It's not about the tool. It's about the person using it
As long as you focus on good quality projects with proper care, it will be delicate no matter which tools you use (even if they're cheap ones).

Focus on the work and not just the tools.

The truth is that we all have different ways of doing things, and sometimes we’re just better at some things than others. But there’s no reason why someone who has never used Illustrator before can’t learn how to use it over time—and there’s also no reason why someone who has been using Illustrator for years can’t learn how to use Photoshop instead. It all comes down to what works best for each individual designer as well as their personal style and comfort level with any given software package.” The key is to find what works for you and stick with it. Don’t be afraid to experiment with new tools or processes, but don’t get too attached to them. Just because one tool works well for you today doesn’t mean it will tomorrow. In conclusion, there are many tools available to help you with your work. Think about what you need and find the tool that fits those needs best. Don’t worry about what anyone else is using or what they think about the tools you use because their opinions aren’t necessary. Our work should speak for itself, and if people like it, then great! If not, our job as designers is to continue doing what we do best, which is being creative and solving problems for clients through design so they can get more business from customers who care about their product or service enough to pay money for it.


  • Don’t get too attached to your process, either. You can use any tool to get the job done.
  • Show up every day, deliver constantly, and be consistent with your output if you want to do great work for yourself, your clients, and others in your industry.

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Hi! I'm Remon Leijtens

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