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10 Must-Have iPhone and iPad Apps for Designers

10 Must-Have iPhone and iPad Apps for Designers

When inspiration for a new design hits, are you ready to capture it?

From capturing artful street graffiti to remembering stunning color palettes to providing feedback for developers, today’s mobile designer must be able to work on the go.

With these 10 apps for your iPhone and iPad, designers can capture, share, and remember the little moments of creativity that may hit at any given moment.

1. Loose Leaf

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    With Loose Leaf, you can doodle, annotate, and share your ideas. Import photos, draw quick diagrams, cut and crop with scissors. The app’s scissors functionality allows you to easily crop out any photo and piece it together with another background.

    Loose Leaf is engineered to be a simple, no fuss, mobile dry erase board. It is perfect for simple drawings, diagrams, quick notes or annotations.

    iOS ($4.99)

    2. Marvel

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    Marvel Prototype

      The Marvel iPhone and iPad app turns simple sketches on paper into interactive, tappable prototypes that allow you to demo your app ideas and share with others.

      Draw your app screens on paper, whiteboards (or napkins!) and then take photos of each screen using the app. Everything is synced with Dropbox and pushed your Marvel web account, which is automatically set-up for you at www.marvelapp.com.

      iOS (Free)

      3. POP

      POP - Prototyping on Paper

        POP is another app that allows designers to draw sketches on paper, take a picture of the sketch, and connect them to make interactive prototypes.

        The app integrates 128 bit SSL encryption, the most powerful security out there, to keep your ideas and data safe. POP offers 5 types of transitions, including fade, next, back, rise, and dismiss.

        iOS (Free)

        4. Skitch

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        Skitch

          Skitch by Evernote helps designers visually share their thoughts with others. You can give feedback and get your ideas across faster using annotation, shapes, and sketches. You can also open a PDF and highlight changes, so you can skip the lengthy, confusing email chains and give clear feedback.

          iOS (Free)

          5. Udemy

          udemy

            Udemy is the world’s largest destination for online courses, training, and tutorials. You can watch courses on the go, offline and at 2x speed. With the Udemy app, you can squeeze in a few lectures on your commute. You can also find amazing courses on design or tutorials on the newest software packages.

            iOS (Free)

            6. Design Shots–Dribbble Client

            Design Shots for Dribbble

              Browse Dribbble on your iPhone. Scroll through the images posted by the best designers on Dribbble, view animated GIFs, share the images.

              See Dribbble shots from people you follow, like and comment on shots, and follow users.

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              iOS (Free)

              7. Adobe Color

              adobe-color

                Extract color themes from the world around you using your camera, Creative Cloud, or any existing image from your photo albums.

                Edit or refine color themes and experiment with different combinations using the interactive color wheel or edit your colors using RGB color sliders. Create color themes with pre-sets based on color theory–a great option if you’re getting started or looking for quick inspiration.

                iOS (Free)

                8. Fontli

                Fontli

                  Fontli is a social network for typography enthusiasts to broadcast their passion through pictures taken from a mobile device.

                  Users can spot a typeface by simple photo tagging. Fontli then gives additional information on the typeface, such as Designer/Foundry info and other pictures tagged with it.

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                  iOS (Free)

                  9. Ikonica

                  Ikonica

                    Ikonica lets you easily test different icon designs on springboard and in various backgrounds and sizes.

                    Simply upload an icon image from your camera roll, or drag and drop from your Mac and get an instant preview on all your devices.

                    iOS (Free)

                    10. Word Swag

                    Word Swag

                      Create beautifully customized text layouts that would normally take minutes–or even hours–with just a tap of your finger.

                      Word Swag has hundreds of quotes, thoughts, and jokes so you are never at a loss for words.

                      iOS ($3.99)

                      Featured photo credit: Using iPhone 6 on Business Meeting/VIKTOR HANACEK via picjumbo.com

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                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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