In this week’s issue, I want to approach the subject of design from a different perspective.
Not about how to design — but rather, let’s talk about a few design tools I can’t live without.
Some I’ve been using a decade, and some only a year or two. Either way, these are the top 3 tools/software that I would be totally lost without!
1. Adobe Creative Cloud
Look, I know it’s an easy one, but Adobe is the top name in creative software for a reason. Their programs are the best of the best, and widely used by designers across the globe.
My go-to Creative Cloud apps I use on a regular bases are Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, XD and Premiere Pro.
There are alternatives to Adobe that try to compete, but in my mind there is nothing that compares to the quality, ability and power that Adobe software is capable of.
Now, this isn’t design software per-say, however it is one tool that I have only used for a couple of years and can now say I don’t know how I’d work without it!
Hoverify is a Chrome browser extension that provides over a handful of tools at your fingertips.
You can inspect a website, download all assets from any webpage, click to pick a color from any section of a website, and more.
It’s streamlined my process for developing websites so much that I think I use it even MORE than I think I do. During develpment, I’m constantly using the Responsive feature, which allows you to look at any site on multiple devices (iPhone, Nexus, iPad, etc.).
It’s an amazing all-in-one extension that is at the top of my list.
Collecting feedback on projects can never be easier with Markup.io. This website allows me to upload my designs, and send to the client so they can review it and leave feedback, directly on top of the design!
Just click, write your comment, and submit.
It’s the most efficient way I have found to receive design feedback, and it keeps it in a clean checklist so you know what’s been resolved, and what’s still pending.
Markup.io is a must if you send work to get feedback — it even accepts PDFs and images.
What do you use?
Now that you know 3 of my favorite tools that help me design and develop easier, I’d love to know from you — what do you use that you can’t live without?
Hit ‘reply’ and let me know!