Designing Tools for Designer, Developer & Marketer
“…Design will save the world right after rock and roll does.”
I know your content or the product is good enough.
Good Enough to deliver an amazing experience.
Here it plays a prominent role when your product meets its first visitors, how long he/she has been staring at your product, 10 sec or 0.2 sec. Yeah, it makes difference.
(The product could be anything you passionate about.)
It makes a brand iconic.
According to Jerry McLaughlin, “brand is the perception someone holds in their head about you, a product, a service, an organization, a cause, or an idea. Brand building is the deliberate and skillful application of effort to create the desired perception in someone else’s mind.”
So What Is It?
The design of you, your product, the idea, the organization, that belongs to you. And a great design holds two things: simplicity and clarity.
There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW!
Wow is the one to aim for.
– Milton Glaser
Yeah, content is the king.
“Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.”
And If you are a silent designer, surely innovates in future, don’t skip the following quote.
The life of a designer is a life of fight. Fight against the ugliness. Just like a doctor fights against disease. For us, the visual disease is what we have around, and what we try to do is cure it somehow with design.
Beautiful design and great visual contents play a preeminent role in today’s economy. It doesn’t matter in which field you are superior, you might be a designer, developer, marketer, writer or an entrepreneur, who desires to explore the world by serving the experience towards the world. Yeah, we work for the world.
The main difficulty is, hiring a skilled designer might be expensive if you are running a blog or a startup.
You don’t have to do it, you can achieve it on your own. Every one is unique in their ability to be creative. Life is about knowing new things and explore those.
There are a lot of YouTube videos and tutorials. You could try to be a master the most design software, like Photoshop, skitch on your own, but it takes some time and effort.
There are a lot of powerful online & offline design tools, to edit your photo and design visual designs in almost no time.
Your design is all about inspiration.
Ok, let’s start!
You can be a beginner, but your possibility is infinite.
I love this tool. You can design almost any type of visual graphics and can furnish a professional look. It can be your Social Media graphics, Infographics, your resume, your ebook covers, PDF files, presentations, invitations, marketing mockups.. anything.
And anyone can do it in an easy and optimized way. It also offers plenty of free images and illustrations for your design.
Snappa is another creative marketing tool that can be used to design professional visuals, including social media graphics. You can determine custom graphics size.
Snappa offers a lot of pre-made templates and high-res stock photos that help you to earn more attention, clicks, and customers.
It also provides a direct output to Buffer where you can schedule and manage the graphics more efficiently.
BeFunky one of the most popular online design tool for its photo editing features. The website also offers great tutorials and tips so your designs look more professional and creative.
Great for making quick mockups. PlaceIt offers over 3000 mockups with iPhones, tablets and other devices. Simply, you can take any screenshot of your website, your app or your FB page and you can place it on those mockups. That’s a cool one.
You can build professional and unique infographics, presentation, graphic designs without hiring professional designers. It offers over 600 professionally designed templates.
PicMonkey one of the most popular online photo editing and graphic designing tool. It has almost same design elements like Canva or Snappa does. You can create amazing designs and collages.
This is a wonderful mobile application by Google to make creative and professional visual contents. Advanced edits that once required a desktop computer, costly software and hours of editing work can be done by this application.
Snapseed works with your phone camera shots as well as images from DSLRs, compact cameras, and more, on both Android and iOS platforms.
Free Stock Image Resources
Brust is an amazing website to download free, high quality and royalty-free photos for next project. Burst is powered by Shopify(e-commerce platform). It offers 1000’s of categorized images to download.
09. Stock Photos by HubSpot
It offers a ton of amazing, professional and royalty free images for your business. This is a great resource for free photos.
Unplash is a great resource for free images.
Free Annotation Tools
11. Skitch by Evernote
This is a wonderful tool for screen clipping or taking any custom sized screenshots. It offers high-resolution screenshots with UX features for marking any context. This is highly recommended for professional users.
Online Image Optimizer
Image optimizer is needed to enhance the performance.
To optimize your images without losing the quality, you can use it. I feel very easy to use.
Ok don’t say, you never listen this term “Photoshop”. Photoshop is one of the most popular buzzwords in the design world.
This is an incredible design tool, widely used by photographers for photo editing and by graphic designers and Web designers to create and edit images for web pages. It is used in everything from Hollywood blockbuster to facebook memes.
The ability of photoshop encourages you to learn it’s tips and tricks. There are lots of online tutorials where you can learn photoshop. Here, some free online resources-
Blue Lightning TV Photoshop
There are lot more great tutorials.
CorelDraw Graphics tool is an incredible design tool for creating innovative visuals. This tool is loved by many competing designers. It draws the attention its AI-based vector drawing.
It also offers advanced pen and touch capabilities and advanced font management and filtering.
15. Adobe Illustrator CC
Adobe Illustrator is creative and professional industry-oriented design tool used for creating vector-based visual graphics, logos, icons, drawings, typography and illustrations for print, web, video, and mobile.
You may be searching your perfect font through the internet and spending a lot of time. You can build it for yourself.
Prototypo offers an easy interface to design unique fonts for your specific projects. This is a powerful tool to design your fonts.
The world of design prospectives changing rapidly, you have to move faster but sincerely. You can try out these applications to design any type of visual designs.
I am giving some resources to boost professionalism, trending ideas and inspiration on design.
Free Icons and PSD files to design your website.
Best community for designers to explore inspiration and ideas.
Free Photoshop and sketch UI templates.
Helps to find the perfect color combination for your website.
A useful site for font designers.
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