If you work in the design industry, then it’s likely that you own an iPhone or plan to buy one in the future. There are several types of iPhones on the market but it doesn’t necessarily matter which iPhone you buy, unless it’s an older model that some applications no longer support. What really matters is what applications you add to your phone. Technology is what makes the world go around and in order to be at the top in your field, you should understand and use the latest technologies. Design has become so much more complex over the years. In order to be the best at design, you need to know the best apps to add to your iPhone.
Apps You Should Check Out
There are plenty of iPhone apps for designers, no matter which part of the industry you work in.
Mashable and Twitter both have applications that can be downloaded to your iPhone that will keep you up to date on everything design related. If you are into web design or graphic design, then you definitely need these apps. Consider downloading TweetDeck as your Twitter client. It has a ton of features and you can group your designer friends to more easily track their conversations.
Did you find the perfect font in a magazine or out on the street and want to use it in your next design? Check out “What the Font” and all you have to do is take a picture and the app will do its best to identify the font for you.
Do you need color inspiration? There are plenty of color palette applications to choose from. Download a few and see which ones you like best. There are also lots of color wheel applications to help you match colors.
Any designer worth their salt (what does that even mean? Ha!) knows about Photoshop, but if you don’t, it’s an extensive image-editing program available on Windows and Mac computers. What many people don’t know is that there’s also a mobile version of Photoshop available on the iPhone. It’s an extremely basic version of the original, but in a pinch, it can be quite handy.
In order to be great at what you do, you have to know what is working now and what is being created. By using the best iPhone apps, you will always be up to date and know the latest news for web design and graphic design.
Another benefit to using the right applications is that you will be able to make your phone do whatever you need it to. The great thing about an iPhone is that there are all kinds of great applications that you can download when you are on the go.
Designing for the iPhone
If you’re ready to try your hand at designing the next million-dollar iPhone app, here are some excellent tools you should check out.
The Ultimate iPhone Stencil and The iPhone UI Vector Elements are great for mock-ups because they are designed to help make your designs extremely high quality. Yahoo also makes a good design stencil kit.
There is an iPhone GUI PSD design template, which you can find by doing a quick Google search. The template allows the user to brainstorm all different types of iPhone applications, quickly and easily. It’s awesome for creating all sorts of iPhone app mock-ups and there is even a retina version for designing apps for newer iPhone with retina displays.
Your iPhone can be a great tool that can help you further your business in a variety of ways. You can regularly find inspiration, you can clients what you have in mind for their next project and you can do this all on the go. The iPhone, and really any smartphone these days, is truly an indispensable tool.