The primary audience for Adobe XD is designers, so logically, that was also my audience for the book. I needed to focus on the design elements of the project first and foremost.
However, the title of the book includes the word "beginning" and it's not unresonable to assume that at least a portion of my audience might be less experienced designers, so I also wanted a design that wouldn't be too imtimidating.
By maintaining a simple color palette and a straight-forward layout, I was able to achieve both of these goals.
Icons and Alignment
Two important features of the program are its support for SVG images and its smart alignment tools. A navigation bar that was a way to combine both. SVG icons from iconmonstr.com (which are licensed for even commercial use) allowed me to show XD's SVG editing capabilities, and the navigational element's alignment to both the logo and to each other provided a perfect platform for showing the smart tools.