What programs under $100 are good for vector design? I can't use subscriptions and illustrator is just way too expensive. I have been looking at Affinity Designer and think it is the best option for what I want to do: Logo Design. Also: are drawing tablets good for logo design?

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It depends on your style. I've been in the market for a good vector software for a while. Personally I find that neither Affinity Designer nor Inkscape do not work well for me. Inkscape is just net negative in productivity for me and Affinity Designer is too one-sided and missing things I need for precision work.

I never really liked CorelDraw for some reason, but it's got better as of late, and I am thinking of doing a full reevaluation on CorelDraw. For a long time I've been looking at Xara Designer, which is one feature short of me switching over. Both of these are out of your range tough.

Sketch is actually OK, for a subset of my work. But the Mac-only feature set is not my cup of tea.

  • I actually think that about Ilustrator. Corel has some features I am used to work that can not find on Ilustrator.
    – Rafael
    Nov 24, 2016 at 16:39
  • @Rafael Its not missing features its about feel of features. I literally choose illustrator because the grid snap feels better. I dont need features as such all i need is a API that allows me to make the features. Which is horrendous in Illustrator and nonexistent in Xara-
    – joojaa
    Nov 24, 2016 at 16:42
  • Multipage. (The artboards in ilustrator, in my opinion are a mess n_n) and the exactitude in the snaping actually. I have not tried lately but I found the snap in Ilustrator quite inacurate. But that would be a long discussion n_n. But yeap, probably it is amatter of "feel".
    – Rafael
    Nov 24, 2016 at 16:45
  • @Rafael grid snap can not be inaccurate! But adobe can not cannibalize itself.
    – joojaa
    Nov 24, 2016 at 16:46
  • Not on grid, on objects. (Shhhh. Some will come and scold at us for this discusion on the comment area) n_n
    – Rafael
    Nov 24, 2016 at 16:47

For your computer, you can use Inkscape for free. For your touch screen device (iPhone, iPad, etc.), you can use Assembly (which is mostly free, but offers cheap in-app purchases).


The free option is Inkscape.

Affinity Designer is an interesting option. Affinity Photo has already a good reputation.

Another option is CorelDRAW. The last version is around USD$500.

There is a legacy option, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5, which is quite good, but I am not sure if that version has some kind of expiration date when installed, and I am not sure if it can be installed in English.

And regarding if a tablet is good for logo design. I guess it depends on the tablet, but I would say you need a mouse for logo design.


The CorelDraw Home & Student Suite is $99 but it only runs on Windows. I think that your best bet is Affinity Designer though. Drawing tablets are good for freehand drawing, if you're going for a handdrawn look in your logo then yes, but I'd stick to a mouse, personally.

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