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10 Tools Everyone in the Design Industry Should Be Using


Mitchel - November 15, 2016 - 0 comments

There are so many of these types of blog posts out there. This is our own special spin on tools that we use and we wanted to share our knowledge. We hope you take something away. Let us know if this is helpful in any way as you look to progress your graphic design skills.

  1. Adobe Creative Cloud

Obviously!! Many different graphic design tools nowadays require that software be downloaded through a software subscription that is paid on a monthly basis.  Adobe Creative Cloud allows for cheaper pricing options, and easier downloading.  Adobe Creative Cloud allows you to download Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, as well as all of the Adobe creative tools available.

  1. Evernote

With Evernote, you are able to take screenshots and easily annotate them.  Skitch has been bought by Evernote, and it is also a vital tool for graphic design agencies.  With these tools, it is simple to communicate ideas.  Easily draw attention to particular important elements of the screenshot,  and briefly describe what needs to be said.  This alleviates the need for unnecessary explanation that would generally hold the potential to be misinterpreted.

  1. Inkscape

Inkscape is great for those looking for function at a low cost.  Inkscape is free, but provides all of the necessary functions of programs such as Illustrator.  This is the perfect option for those looking to save money.

  1.  WeTransfer

When you are trying to send around artwork, it can be time consuming and difficult to send files for revision and approval.  In order to make this proves easier, WeTransfer lets you easily send files.  Sending up to 2GB does not even require registration.  This allows for simple communication as the graphic designer.

  1. iDisplay

Need more monitors while you work?  With iDisplay, you can use your phone or tablet as a second or third monitor.  Expand your workspace, without needing to worry about extra computer monitors.

  1.  TypeKit

If you feel as though you can never have enough fonts, Adobe’s TypeKit is the perfect tool for your design agency. With TypeKit, you can quickly download fonts and use them in all of your upcoming projects.

  1.  Notism

With Notism, providing feedback is simple. Notes can easily be added to the design in order to make straightforward feedback. This tool stands out as it works for videos as well!

  1. 0to255

Trying to figure out the perfect colour?  With 0to255, you can simply figure out the lighter and darker aspects of a colour and have the code for it that follows.  Every design agency in Manchester (our home city) needs this in order to identify the perfect colour!

  1.  Noun Project

Icons are located on this site and are simple to use.  All you need to do is provide credit to the individual that created the icon, and you can use it free of charge.  If you are looking to avoid adding in the acknowledgement, an easy monthly payment is available.

  1. Lorem Ipsum

When trying to design, it is helpful to have artificial text to fill in the spaces and demonstrate the layout.  Lorem Ipsum provides dummy text to fill the empty text spaces in a design.  

So there you have it. These aren’t all the tools we use, but then, we can’t give away all our secrets! We have tried to vary the tools and pick out some that aren’t as well known along with the obvious staple design tools that we all use. Have fun designing!

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