Adobe announces XD CC Starter Plan and $10M Design Investment Fund

The free Starter Plan for Adobe XD includes XD for Mac and Windows, mobile apps for iOS and Android, and services to empower users to design, prototype and share user experiences with colleagues. With this announcement and the release of new features and enhancements, Adobe XD “is the only cross-platform experience design platform to combine both design and prototyping with industrial-grade performance,” said the company. The XD CC Starter plan enables professional and aspiring designers, teams and students to learn, cultivate and apply their design skills through free access to Adobe XD – and share up to one active shared prototype and design spec at a time. And, as part of Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe XD tightly integrates with designers’ existing workflows and tools such as Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. The Starter plan also includes Typekit Free and integration with Creative Cloud Libraries, making it easy to share and manage assets across devices.

The Adobe Fund for Design. Adobe has also announced the $10 million Adobe Fund for Design, which will be distributed in the form of grants and equity investments. The fund will help designers and developers innovate in the world of experience design and leverage Adobe XD as a platform supporting tooling plug-ins and integrations with third-party tools and services. It’s open for individuals, small teams or companies interested in or already building products to empower creatives. In addition to providing the financial means to enable growth, working with the Adobe Fund for Design will provide recipients with access to industry experts, and significant resources to fuel development –  including early access to technology, partnership and go-to-market opportunities, as well as exposure to Adobe’s network of passionate customers.

New features and assets for UX designers. These announcements coincide with the release of new features and enhancements in Adobe XD, including time-saving workflow updates. Adobe is also releasing a series of free UI kits and resources for the design community, created by prominent designers around the globe – such as Daniel White, Ana Miminoshvili, Zhenya Rynzhuk, Steve Wolf and Mike, the designer behind Creative Mints. Adobe has also released six Font Packs to provide users access to a collection of licensed commercial typefaces for use in a variety of projects, including UI/screen design in Adobe XD.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.