I guess they won’t be secret anymore, but this is my arsenal of tools that I use on a regular basis as a designer.
- Unsplash for photos. Yes, they’re 100% free and incredibly beautiful. Really, I don’t know how they do it. But I love them for it.
2. Pinterest, Designspiration & Dribbble for inspiration. I create a mood/style board on Pinterest almost every time I begin a project. I also browse & save in Designspiration. My ideas get on average 10x better when I get inspired before I start designing.
3. Trello for organizing the chaos in my life. This is a life saver. Let’s get one thing straight: I may be creative, but I am also extremely organized and goal-oriented. I like to have check lists and due dates and different places for different projects. Trello lets me stay productive without having to put too much effort into planning. (And they’re not even paying me to write this.)
4. Graphic Burger for Mockups. Every design looks better (and sells better) when you present it in a real-life application. That’s why I use these free mockups to give my portfolio and project presentations a boost.
5. Adobe CC Library for maintaining style guides. This is a newer application for me, but I have fallen madly in love. I work in photoshop for the majority of my time designing for the web, and having a library for each brand/project I am working on with colors, UI elements, fonts, everything all accessible with a click has been such an improvement in my workspace.
6. Skillshare for learning. I beleive that a good designer is always learning, always striving for improvement. I like to take design (and non-design) classes on skillshare to stay sharp.
Okay I gave you some of my secret tools, so feel free to return the favor. Comment with some of your go-to resources for designing!