6 Tools Every Designer Needs

If you are a graphic designer, you are probably extremely familiar with Illustrator, Photoshop, and the like. After all, these programs have become foundational tools for graphic design, as we know it. These programs are so widely used that many people know them like the back of their hand.

However, there are so many additional, might I even say essential, tools out there that work along with these programs and help take your designs to the next level. Some of these are more specific to graphic design, while others are focused on improving productivity or effectiveness. I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you.

1.) Jumpcut

This tool is especially useful when it comes to designing work for clients based off of a brief or document. It is an application that gives you the ability to access all text that you’ve copied or pasted, not just the most recent. It’s a relatively simple tool that allows you to increase the size of your clipboard to hold multiple things at once.

2.) iDisplay

Don’t you wish you had a second screen to work off of? Well, with iDisplay, now you do! It allows you to mirror image from your main display onto your tablet, smartphone or laptop. You can finally de-clutter your desktop and focus on your work, all with your portable secondary display.

3.) WeTransfer

My team and I couldn’t work without this application! WeTransfer allows you to send big files to any recipient via email, without getting stuck or delayed in spam filters. You can send up to 2GB per email for free, or pay for the “plus” account and get up to 10GB. It’s really simple, straightforward, and quite frankly, a lifesaver.

4.) WhatTheFont

Have you ever stumbled across the perfect font but couldn’t figure out what it is or what it’s called? WhatTheFont solves this issue. You simply upload an image of the desired font to the site and it gives you the closest matches from their database. If you still can’t figure it out, you can also post in the WhatTheFont forum and talk with others who may be able to help you.

5.) ColorKit

ColorKit is essentially a color organization tool to increase your productivity. It’s similar to Photoshop’s swatches, but it allows you to create your own collections of colors with just a few clicks. You can also connect colors with shapes or text and change them all with a single click. It will save you a lot of time – trust me.

6.) LittleIpsum

If you are working on a design but don’t have exactly copy yet, then you should consider trying LittleIpsum. This free app generates Latin text – words, sentences, or paragraphs – for you to use as a placeholder. It’s fast and really simple to use. You won’t have to delay or stop your creative genius to wait for copy.

Have you heard of or used any of these tools before? What other apps or sites would you add to our list? Share your favorite tools with us below!