9 Apps Designers Can’t Live Without
We live in a time that’s ruled by technology and, while regularly powering down to recharge is a welcome necessity, those technological advances have become essential to the everyday success of our business. Although a great deal of our time is spent meeting with clients and experiencing design elements in person, we can’t deny the ease and accessibility of a smart phone, and we’re here to share the 9 apps we couldn’t fathom living without!
A hue happy moment can be discovered in the most unexpected places, which is why I LOVE the Benjamin Moore Color Capture App! Happen upon that perfect shade of blue? Snap a picture and the app will tell you which Benjamin Moore paint color matches up most closely.
Expert Tip: Lighting drastically affects color, so be sure you account for that when you’re snapping away!
From tried and true recipes to nonstop design inspiration, who doesn’t love the mighty world of Pinterest? Another cool fact? Pinterest is an awesome way to collect and organize all of that inspo for upcoming design projects. Scroll around online, pin something that speaks to you, and revel in the ease of pulling up that photo for reference later!
Expert Tip: If you don’t already have one, consider creating a Pinterest board for any renovation or new construction concepts that catch your eye! When clients share their boards with me it’s a priceless look into their personal sense of style that helps guide the entire design process.
We adore boards from architecture and design gurus like McAlpine which are always chock full of incredible inspiration!
Many of my clients are building second homes or relocating to a different part of the country. FaceTime allows us to communicate on a regular basis and it feels like we’re sitting in the same room! When I’m selecting finishes, fabrics, or furnishings, we jump on FT and I can show my client exactly what we’re planning to purchase without them having to make an unnecessary trip. It’s way more efficient than drafting a lengthy email and I’ve found that, when we’re on a call face-to-face, details are less likely to get lost in translation.
It would be nice if life was picture-perfect 24/7 , but we all know there are moments when even the most beautiful photo could use a little retouching. That’s where Lightroom comes in! With similar capabilities to the original software program, the app allows you to enhance images in a variety of ways, ensuring that every picture you snap looks and feels professional.
Whether you use Dropbox or Google Drive, a cloud-based file system is a necessity if you’re working on the go. Our team uses Dropbox and we love that all of our files live in one place and that they automatically sync and save. Added bonus: it’s a breeze to pull up items lists, concept boards, and photos while on site or in meetings with a client!
Houzz is an incredible resource! Not only do I upload my latest projects for potential clients to see, but the wealth of design knowledge being shared on Houzz is priceless! An additional perk is that many of the photos are shop-enabled, so if I discover a piece I’ve simply gotta’ have, I can locate the source and place my order in a flash!
Our industry is highly image-driven, and capturing clean, crisp photos is vital to our business. We aim to share the most current content via our blog and social media platforms, and love sharing behind-the-scenes sneak peeks with our followers. While iPhone photos are good in a pinch, nothing beats a high-quality photo taken on our Canon. Fortunately, cameras have come a long way and many are capable of syncing up with your phone. The Canon Camera Connect App is super user-friendly, allows us to shoot remotely, and we have access to our images within seconds!
Okay, the secret’s out…nobody’s jealous of my handwriting, so while I’m super envious of those social media gurus who are happily constructing the perfect script on their Instagram story, I’m simply not one of them! Hello, Word Swag! They’ve got SO many handsome fonts and colorways to choose from and they’re constantly refreshing their offerings.
While this may seem obvious, Instagram is one of the most important apps in the design industry, and it’s one that we obviously use every single day. It serves as a place where creatives can connect and share ideas, and it’s actually a fabulous place to meet clients, vet potential vendors, and share your work with design-savvy individuals around the world!
Which apps do you use to keep your life running smoothly!? Drop us a note below!