Working in digital design is always challenging as it is an industry that is constantly evolving, and as digital designers we are constantly searching for new tools to help deal with these changes.
Below is a short list of our favourites that have entered the studio.
What we use it for:Testing functionality
Currently in the studio, we are working on designing and developing our own iPhone app. Invision App has been really useful for communicating the design transitions and journeys between screens to other team members. One of the standout features is the ability to send clickable designs to your phone via SMS, because it's important to be able to experience your own designs in context.
What we use it for: Wireframing apps
What attracted us to Moqups is how easy it is to use with plenty of drag and drop features. Being able to road test it from the get-go with a minimal learning curve was definitely a bonus. Its other advantage over other wireframing tools is that it looks clean and professional while still communicating the basic skeleton of the website/app.
What we use it for: Collecting ideas and inspiration
Icebergs is basically a fancy bookmarking tool but we've found it to be really useful at the beginning stages of a project when we're researching and quickly collecting ideas. It's visual as it takes mini screenshots of the site that you've bookmarked, which means that you can quickly scan them again when you revisited them later.
What we use it for: Project management and scheduling
Basically the only project management tool out there, this one is probably no surprise. However, as we work in a service industry, it's important to have good communication with clients. Being transparent is an important part of a good client relationship and keeping documentation of discussions and processes in one place helps achieve this.
What we use it for: Image sourcing
We work with a lot of start-up and charities, and often they don't have many high resolution images to work with. Part of our job is being able to suggest or source images they can use. Unsplash has a growing collection of large high-resolution, free-to-use images. They're not stocky which means they often have a bit more personality to them. They're not always appropriate to the project but it's a good place to start.
Got other favourite tools that you use? Let us know!