App Design

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I wonder about app design frequently because I think that one day everything will be on our phones. Since everything is becoming more and more fast-paced, I researched the best design tool apps, in case I want to follow a career path in designing them.

First, there is Evernote. Evernote is one of the all-time best apps out there for keeping organized. It works across devices – smartphone, tablet and desktop over the cloud, so once you save something you can retrieve it anywhere. And with extra add-ons like Web Clipper and Skitch you can “save” webpages to a personal file and then mark them up for reference. It is a great way to bookmark and create reading lists that you can go back to at any time. Evernote also offers a paid, premium account that offers added functionality such as shared notes and files. Evernote is available for desktops (Windows or Apple), iPad/iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

Photoshop Express sounds perfect! We can all agree that very little intense editing is being done on tablets and phones right now. But for simple touchups and edits, Adobe Photoshop Express is a great tool. For those already using Adobe products, there is a very small learning curve and it looks and works as you would expect. Simple tools are included with the download and a few more advance features are offered in-app. There are fun tools for added effects, giving you more control than Instagram and sharing is made easy too. Adobe Photoshop Express is available for iPad/iPhone and Android.

Beehance is a familiar name. I didn’t know they had an app! The Behance app allows you to have your portfolio at your fingertips. Show off your portfolio in seconds and use the app to browse for ideas. It has all of the functionality of the full website in a portable format.

And of course, how can I live without a color palette generator? The Color Schemer app is a fun little tool that lets you create color palettes or browse some of the ones created by other users. The app helps you create great RGB or HEX color pairings using photos, or with the built-in color wheel.

 

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Website Builder Winner

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For me, I would choose wix just because it has a lot more templates to choose from, which I think is the beginning and end of a great website. The best thing about their templates is that they are completely built out already and are very professional looking. All you have to do is just pick a design that works for you, put in your own pictures, and other information.  The website layout and designs are all done already.  This means I won’t have to spend time building or trying to be creative, as the templates have literally done all the creative work for me already. The only downfall here is that changing templates means that all the work I have done on it will be gone forever.

Wix also gives you a lot of advanced controls over their elements, meaning you can have a lot of different styling options. In addition, Wix is always updating and getting more innovative features on a monthly basis, making it a progressive choice. I liked the websites I visited because they are unique and different. Because Wix gives you more design and features flexibility when it comes to their elements it could slow down my website loading speed, increase the number of people abandoning my website, which is never what I want. In the end, there won’t ever be a perfect site to choose to build what I want, but I think Wix is the closest to something I can handle and definetly learn for future careers.