Posted on December 12, 2013

Making the most of technology to improve your designs

Design/ Technology

The Best Design Apps at Your Fingertips
For the aspiring designer, nothing can compare to sketching on pen and paper, using your bare hands to create designs that they can truly call their own. However, we live in a drastically technological age, and it would be a shame not to use that to your advantage.

Pew Research Center’s studies reveal that nearly half of all American adults (45%) and two thirds (66%) of all young adults now own a smartphone, with many of them relying on their phones for most of their communications, business-related activity, and recreational activity. It really comes as no surprise, as mobile developers have been consistently churning out millions of apps that help with productivity, with provisions for easy sharing of files and projects. Of the millions of apps on iTunes and the Google Play Store, there are hundreds that can be used by would-be designers.

Pocket fruity drawing app

If you’re going to do all of your designing on your phone or tablet, however, it’s best to make sure that your device isn’t using up more power than it needs. Kim of pocket fruity recommends shutting off your 3G connectivity whenever you’re using an app that doesn’t require an internet connection, and connecting to Wi-Fi when using an app that does. “It’s another good way to save mobile battery,” She says. “It’s cheaper because you won’t use up all your data allowance and Wi-Fi is just generally more reliable for playing games on your mobile.”

Regardless of what kind of design app you’re looking for, we guarantee that you can find it in the apps directory. There are apps for designers of all experience levels, with some offering simple guides and some providing different tools. Graphic designers will be especially thrilled to find apps like Web Design in a Nutshell, which contains information on current trends on web design, as well as tips on how to make your designs work more efficiently. Designers HQ is also a great place to start, as it’s a community-run app that has user-submitted design tips and tricks.

Add to those the thousands of sketch apps available for free on the apps stores, and the possibilities for web designers are endless. With full connectivity to social media and an active user base, these apps don’t just expand your knowledgebase and give you ideas; they also widen your potential market.

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