Using Sketch to design for iPhone 6

A popular user interface design app catching on with designers at Doejo is Sketch. We’re using it to design native apps and websites, and it’s faster, cheaper, and easier to use than the Adobe Creative Suite. We’re still using Adobe apps, but for a lot of us, it’s not our go-to app anymore. Photoshop can finally go back to editing photos.

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The usual layer types and tools are there like shapes, text, images, transforms, fills, and borders, but designers don’t have to fight the interface to get things done. Pages, artboards, and layers are on the left, and the inspector is on the right, which is contextual, changing based on what is selected. No more panels.

And now that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were released, it’s a great time for designers to use Sketch to get familiar with the new design opportunities: iPhone 6 has a new Reachability mode that allows vertical sliding of the interface to match thumbs, and iPhone 6 Plus’s display resolution is now 3×, known as Retina HD.

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Ergonomic sheets compiled by Scott Hurff and Steven Hoober show how far your fingers are stretching now, and all the gritty details on iPhone resolutions—including iPhone 6 Plus’s 87% downsampling—were compiled by PaintCode.

Some of our favorite Sketch resources:

And one more thing…once your designs are finished, and your assets are exported, it’s time to prototype how they’re going to interact. We’ve started using Pixate and we think these and other prototyping tools are going to help us communicate not just how our designs look, but how they work.

Philip Tadros - Founder
Founder of Doejo an award winning Innovation Studio and INC 5,000 Company. Tadros also Founded and Manages Space by Doejo a Co-working loft in River North. Tadros was featured on CNBC “Planet of the Apps” and a Moxie Award winner. Tadros’s ability to build and support strong, diverse teams with collaborative cultures, coupled with preference for innovation, has made him an authority on design and technology. He maintains positive and growing relationships with clients at Doejo with Companies like Pandora, Wilson and Groupon as well has helped Doejo be recognized globally as one of twelve WordPress VIP partners including one of the largest media companies, Tribune Media, ranked 45 on Comscore covering over half of the US market. Tadros’ ability to grow Companies has allowed for facilitating Construction, Development, Design as well as cohesively building talented Teams.