In the brainstorming category, Miro grew from 5% usage in 2019 to 33% in 2020. This has become one of my personal favorite tools.
2. People love Whimsical
Most tools averaged a rating of 3.5 out of 5, but Whimsical achieved a great score of 4.5. Miro also had high scores, but Whimsical looks to be a great contender.
3. Windows adoption is climbing
More designers are using Windows. 25% of respondents used Windows as one of their platforms for design this year, up from 18% last year.
4. Figma usage skyrocketed
Taylor said the Figma numbers were so high, Taylor had to double-check them. They were the clear winner in multiple categories, including the “Which tools are you most excited to try in 2021?” section.
5. Testers like Zoom & Maze
Zoom is the clear winner here, especially as it becomes a household name. Maze also had a strong showing and high user rating. 25% don’t use software at all.
6. Notion is a budding favorite
There were several surprise appearances from Notion in multiple categories. It’s clearly becoming a popular solution for many designers.
7. Adobe XD is slowly emerging
Adobe XD grew 10x from being used by 1% of respondents in 2019 to 11% for managing a design system. However, it’s still behind Figma and Sketch.