Transferring Vector from Fireworks to Sketch

I've been loving everything I can see Sketch can do for some time now, and while I love using it when I can, there are still some mobile design layouts and UI elements that were originally made in Fireworks that I go to a lot to build onto for project needs. Anything new I try to create in Sketch, but I still have to crank open FW to complete my workflow at times.

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Can Tools Inspire Us?

Typically inspiration is sparked before a tool is ever used, and most experts tell you that is the right way to maintain proper focus for a project with a measurable goal. Don't rely on your tools to create anything of great impact. While I agree with this approach - concepts must be strong and proper tools used to deliver, of course all tools are still just just that, tools do get the job done.

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Facebook Home has got me thinking.

Soon, we won't be designing UI. We will be designing with UX even more in the forefront than pretty UI aesthetics.

Will software design soon become OS design? Is there a huge difference now anyway?

User Experience Design in the freelance market

With the exception of a few super savvy companies and progressive teams inside groups that are investing in this specialized skill, do you feel that from the perspective of gaining clients for UX professionals it makes sense yet to market yourself as a user experience designer? Perhaps it is my locale, but I find that most clients looking for this type of work don't quite know it as that, and therefore aren't researching such terms.

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Rewriting my traditional web design process

Getting away from static mockups. Challenging myself to go from prototypes (Axure) to creating beautiful UI elements (Fireworks) with a service like typecast for finalizing details. This allows content to dictate more of the layout in a real time environment which is the live scenario. Ideally, once this mockup is tested and approved, it's ready to launch as-is.

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Device screen sizes

With the 17" Macbook Pro going away (already gone) and now the iPad screen size scaling back, it made me think about screen sizes and where product designers get their user needs from. Yes, I realize other manufacturers are making other decisions and everyone is trying to stay ahead and on top of what users want.

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