Simpler Vector Drawing Program?

Hey all. I teach an engineering class and I usually teach them the basics of Adobe Illustrator. We typically do simple shapes - nothing on the illustration level. I like illustrator, but just seems that it is way overpowered for what we need. Also, students somehow manage to mess up their drawing even if drawing simple shapes. Is there a simpler vector drawing program out there that you would recommend? Thanks in advance!

Inkscape is simpler than Illustrator - and folks on here have also mentioned something called Vectornator which (I believe) is app based, and Vectr which is online only…


Inkscape is simple to use but quite powerful.

As this isn’t a technical support issue, I’ll move it to a more appropriate forum.


If you’re using Apple products, Affinity Designer is awesome.

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I haven’t used anything but InkScape, so I can’t compare, but I can say that picking up InkScape and ramping up with no background in graphics or art or drawing or finger-paints was surprisingly straightforward.


Sure-Cuts-A-Lot for Mac or PC, for the vinyl cutting folks, does a surprisingly good job and runs about $60. It exports svg vector files.

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