Designer Must Haves

Last year I put together a post on Must haves for your Mac which still holds strong as I frequent those quite often. I thought I’d string together some resources that I use a lot while designing as well. Hopefully this benefits you in cutting down your time in some way or another. Time is money, after all. ๐Ÿ˜‰

โ†’ GuideGuide: This is a great photoshop extension that builds your photoshop grids for you. Super helpful especially if you’re a web designer. You just enter in the number of columns and the spacing you want and it handles all the rest for you.

โ†’ Alfred App: Now this isn’t necessarily specific to designers however bouncing between Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Spotify etc while you’re working it can be quite distracting. This helps you find files easily on your computer as well as launch applications with hotkeys. Super productive and it helps simplify your dock by not having to keep all of those favorites apps in there.

โ†’ Little Ipsum: You need this. It’s a super quick latin text generator for text filler when you need it. This way you don’t have to go onto google or use cupcake/bacon ipsum even though they are fun, they do take up time. I love that Little Ipsum is so lightweight too!

โ†’ Creative Market: If you’re a designer and you’re not part of Creative Market yet, you are truly missing out. This site is chock-full of icons, vectors, textures, templates and so much more. And it’s inexpensive all while supporting other creatives.

โ†’ Subtle Patterns: If you’re looking for some high quality seamless patterns you won’t be disappointed by these. This one and this one are super cute. And looks like this plugin will be launching soon, can’t wait!

โ†’ Pancake App: Pancake is a great way of keeping track of your invoicing and payments. I love that you can customize it and that you can attach final files for delivery that allow the client to download as soon as they’ve paid their balance. Super helpful.

As a designer, are there any resources you’re loving? Share in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‚

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