Designers may be no short of artists, but they are craftsmen, as well. What this means is that they live in a competitive world, where the only delineation between success and failure depends on their efficiency. How good their design looks, how well they meet their schedule and how familiar they are with their field of expertise. Like in any other trade, proper tools are essential. Still, seeing how all of their work takes place in a digital world, their tools are also digital. With this in mind, here are seven apps every designer needs.
While most people believe working on computer to be a blessing, at times, it is nothing but a curse. In a workshop (like traditional craftsmen), one would have no distractions from work, while here Facebook, YouTube and 9GAG are only a click away. This is why one of the most essential apps every designer needs is a Rescue Time, which gives them an insight on how much time they spend working and how much elsewhere. Needless to say, knowing what causes your problems with focus is the first step towards improving your work habits.
After Rescue Time helps you determine what causes a problem in your time management, it is time to rectify this by making a solid schedule. This is where Evernote may be of great assistance, since it allows you to create to-do lists, leave voice notes or even leave an image as a reminder. The best thing about it is that you can access it from everywhere, so being absent from your desktop computer or office is no longer a valid excuse. In this way, there will no longer be fear of you forgetting something or accidentally missing a deadline.
3. Focus Booster
If you still need help to get the best out of your workday, why not use the good old Pomodoro Technique. This method claims that it is futile to try and work (or study) for several hours straight. All you need to do in order to be the most effective is to work (but really and exclusively work) for 10, 15 or 20 minutes and then make a break. Giving it your best in these short intervals really improves your efficiency and makes you much more productive. All that Focus Booster does is help you apply this technique in practice.
Everyone knows about Flickr, a platform that allows you to organize, edit and share your photos from any terminal, regardless of where you are. However, as any server-based platform, what will you do when there is no internet or the server is down for some reason. It is at this time that you will find Bulkr most useful. This platform allows you to backup, browse and download photos and videos from Flickr in an easy and efficient manner.
5. Infinite Design
If you are on the move most of the time and have to work on your phone or tablet, it might be a good idea to invest a bit in Infinite Design app. What this brings at the table are infinite canvas, infinite layers and infinite undo/redo system, as well as duplicate, split, merge and flip options. This versatile software is ideal for any kind of mobile device design. Some may be reluctant to pay for the software, but there is always a possibility of taking a trial period and then making a final decision.
6. Design Duet
Sometimes, you might want to double-check your own creation in Photoshop, but won’t be at your computer. Luckily, with Design Duet you won’t even have to be. This iPhone app helps connect your phone to Photoshop by using Photoshop Remote Connections. On this app, you can see a preview version of each and every one of your designs in Photoshop.
7. Adobe Kuler
One of the most annoying things in design is seeing perfect colors and being unable to find it later on. Sure, you know almost exactly how it looked, but you just can’t find the hue. This is where Adobe Kuler serves as a proper saving grace. All you need to do is take a picture of an image and let this amazing app extract the colors for you.
Even for those who are best at what they do, if there is any chance to raise their designs to a new level, it would be foolish to miss out on it. However, not every problem designers face is design-related. Sometimes, what you will need is a tool or two to help you organize your time better and be more efficient on work. Be as it may, each and every one of these apps can come in quite handy.