Here is a list of 10 Technology Tools that I personally cannot live without. As a designer and small business owner, all of these make my workflow much more efficient and productive.
The first on the list is Squarespace. This is where I my business lives online and I love all things Squarespace. When I stumbled upon their site several years ago, I was so relieved and impressed with what they offered. Since the 1990's I had struggled with web design and frustrated because I just wanted to design not program or code. The user interface is intuitive and designer friendly and they are constantly adding features that are on the leading edge of web design. When they added eCommerce I quickly moved my store and have been there ever since.
What feels like my other arm sometimes is my Wacom Tablet. I have graduated over the years from the smaller tablet to what I now use, the Intuos 4. I can't imagine drawing or designing digitally without it.
The Creative Market is just that. When I browse the "aisles" it is amazing all of the products they offer which they call "mousemade design content". You can find everything from fonts, icons, vector patterns and textures to brushes for Illustrator and Photoshop. Everything they sell enhances your ability as a designer.
Tapforms is one of my newest purchases. It is a database program that is so easy to use and has easily replaced my old favorite, but discontinued, Bento. I use it for all of my art licensing contacts, design contacts and also to keep track of inventory and design sets for licensing.
Adobe Shape CC was just released and I can see it will make designing easier when I am looking to transform a sketch into a vector based design. I have experimented already with a two designs from my art journal. It is a great way to continue to enjoy drawing the traditional way and building a bridge to digital design.
The Stocks is a one stop shop for royalty free photos. The site gives you access to several individual sites that carry stock photography like Gratisography, Pexels and Unsplash. It is a great resource when you need something special for your blog!
Boomerang for Gmail lets you schedule emails for a future time. For my own needs, I use it to set up email when I am sending out new design collections to prospective clients. You can carve out a specific time in your week just for writing emails and then not think about it again.
If you are still writing down passwords in a locked diary, this one is for you. The software works across devices and keeps all of your passwords up-to-date and synced for use whenever you need to sign in. When you click on a site it automatically fills in your login and password and updates it if need be. It will also keep your email account details and credit card information secure.
Mail Chimp is a lifesaver for email marketing. With Squarespace, I have the ability to tie it directly to my site. I have tried other services and settled on this one for ease of use and a multitude of features.
Evernote is my companion when I am on my iPad. It is a great way to grab something while browsing the internet and catalog it for future reference.