Every web designer knows the pangs of horror of dealing with overbearing clients who won’t let up. In this day and age, designing is a cutthroat death race. If you don’t meet deadlines, you’re toast. That’s why it’s more important—now more than ever—to crush those deadlines, get your tasks done, make the clients happy, all while being satisfied at the end of the day.
Avocode automatically analyses PSD or Sketch file and corrals it all together into a seamlessly designed UI. This makes the export process a lot easier for front-end developers to code websites or apps using their PS or Sketch designs.
Clear is a task/list manager like no other that’s served me for a while. It helps you get items together quickly, then prioritize those items. Much like the popular bullet journal philosophy of recording to-do lists, Clear is a staple in my arsenal of tools.
Vaunt is one of those immense time-saving apps. (Mac only.) Do you want to analyze images and know which colors are the most prominent in that picture? Vaunt can do that, and then tell you which colors those are so that you can use those colors in your own design.
Ah, Evernote. It’s been a staple for top web designers for a long time, and for good reason. When you work with a web design agency, your mock-ups, architecture and flow charts may change from one day to the next. Evernote is a great app that lets you jot down ideas, notes and thoughts to help keep you focused on what’s at hand.
Flare is a special browser-based tool because it’ll help you design—along with animating—vector art. Whether you design for the web or games, you’ll be able to work with everything that will go into the final product – in real time. This means you can modify them however you want, whenever you want, without recreating them in code. Best of all? It’s free.
No web designer who seeks to maximise their work output should go without a text editor. This popular open source code editor is lightweight and powerful with visual tools that make it easy to code.
Figma lets a handful of designers collaborate with each other in real time. There is a paid version but the free version offers just enough to function optimally. One of the greatest reasons to use Figma is it’s cross-platform. (Windows, Mac, Linux.)
I live 5 minutes away from the industrial sector of town. This means that the street a few blocks away from my house is one of the loudest and congested streets in the city. You can hear cars and trucks and busses constantly roar by. That’s why I love Noiz.io. Available on mobile, this app plays natural ambient sounds to drown out the outside world. Campfire and a thunderstorm are just two options that can help you reach the all-coveted flow focus.
Most fresh designers loathe learning how to use Photoshop. Graduating from “rookie” to pro requires a serious amount of dedication. Least of all because PS’s UI seems incredibly complex. Sketch is much more user friendly to get the hang of – and, since it’s a vector-based app, Sketch’s file sizes are phenomenally smaller than PS’s file sizes. Which means its less demanding on your CPU processor, putting an end to frozen apps and forced shutdowns.
Do you work late nights in front of the PC? Nobody needs to tell you how monitors, of any kind, can damage our eyes when we stare at them for prolonged periods. That’s why people the world over love f.lux. It makes screens adjust—in real time—the brightness according to the hour of time.
It goes without saying, you become set in your ways of doing a job the more time you spend doing that job. Isn’t it high time to make sure that your way of getting this done is as optimized as possible? Use these productivity tools to ensure you’re able to get more tasks done in less time.