As technology continues to advance, so does the landscape of design tools. Microsoft has been a company at the forefront of business apps. Microsoft 365 began with about seven apps and has grown to now offer new users access to over 20.
One of the newest ones added is Microsoft Designer. This quick-and-easy design tool has caught the attention of designers and professionals alike. You can use it whether you're a graphic pro, marketer, small business owner or someone that simply wants to make a funny meme.
Microsoft Designer offers a range of features to streamline your design process. If you haven’t used it yet, you may want to check it out. With AI features and an easy interface, it can elevate your design game, not to mention save you time and money creating business graphics.
Let’s explore the key features.
Intuitive and User-Friendly Interface
Microsoft Designer boasts an intuitive and user-friendly interface making it accessible to both beginners and experienced designers. The tool provides a clean and organized workspace allowing you to focus on your design without distractions.
Its user-friendly features include things like:
- Drag-and-drop functionality
- Contextual menus
- Easy navigation
- Text prompts to start your design
When getting started, you’re asked to “Describe the design you’d like to create.” Based on your prompt, the system can leverage AI to generate graphics or you can upload your own.
Microsoft Designer interface
Comprehensive Design Templates and Assets
Microsoft Designer has several stand-out features, including an extensive collection of templates and assets. It has a wide range of professionally crafted templates that enable you to kickstart your design projects quickly. Whether you need a business card, flyer, or social media post, this app has you covered.
Additionally, the tool offers a vast library of assets that include:
- High-quality images
- Color palettes
You can use these to create visually stunning designs that align with your brand identity. The abundance of design assets gives you creative freedom and flexibility. You can have fun bringing your vision to life.
Smart Layout Suggestions and Design Recommendations
Microsoft Designer goes beyond being a mere design tool. It’s a knowledgeable design assistant employing artificial intelligence to analyze your design and provide smart layout suggestions and recommendations.
The AI help is useful for those who may be new to design or seeking inspiration. Your “design assistant” can offer optimal font pairings, appropriate image placements, and more.
Microsoft Designer helps you make informed design choices, elevating the visual impact of your creations. It also keeps you from spending hours on one design.
Seamless Collaboration and Integration
Collaboration is essential in today's digital workspace. Microsoft Designer understands this need. The tool offers seamless collaboration capabilities that allow several users to work on the same design project simultaneously.
You can easily share your designs with team members or clients as well as get real-time feedback and edits. Furthermore, Microsoft Designer integrates seamlessly with other Microsoft Office applications like PowerPoint and Word creating a cohesive workflow across different design and documentation tasks. The ability to collaborate ensures efficient teamwork while the integration with other tools enhances productivity.
Accessibility and Cross-Platform Support
Microsoft Designer recognizes the importance of accessibility and cross-platform compatibility. The tool is available both as a web application and as a desktop application and works Windows and Mac. It also adheres to accessibility standards meaning it’s inclusive and usable for individuals with diverse needs.
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Article used with permission from The Technology Press.