As a designer, I rely heavily on many apps and tools to get the job done. This list has the current set of Apps and tools that I use on a regular basis for my daily workflow.
The apps I use keeps changing over time, I don’t believe in sticking to one tool or app, worshipping it like it is the best damn thing. Instead, I try different tools over time and keep switching from one another.
Visual Studio Code
I switched to VS Code recently— last year, from Sublime Text. I didn’t switch because I thought VSC was better than Sublime, I switch just for a change.
There are things I didn’t use in Sublime, which are probably available in it as well, that I use in VS Code which has improved my workflow.
Things like the Live Server, which I use every day. I like how I am able to view what I am working on, with live reload on other PCs and mobile devices in the network. The built-in terminal and the Live Sass Compiler extension makes my life I lot easier.
Affinity Designer + Affinity Photo
I come from an Adobe suite background. I have been using Photoshop and illustrator from the get-go as a graphics designer.
I switched to Affinity because It is more affordable, and so far it has been a good alternative.
Right now, I prefer to design live on the browser, so my use of Sketch is very limited. Unless I want to design a complex UI, I don’t use it.
It is a great app and useful in the initial stages when showing clients alternative design direction for the project.
Ampps has been my go-to local server for ages. I still use it when I work on designing Wordpress themes, and some other Php projects.
Sip is awesome. I use it everyday. It is the best color picker tool that I have ever used.
In my design process I use mobile apps + desktop apps to get the results I want. Snapseed is one of those useful mobile Apps that I use a lot.
Other Tools & Services
SVGOMG SVGO’s Missing GUI by @jakearchibald is a very useful tool to optimize SVG, I use it almost daily.
FlatIcon for all the icon needs I use it.
SquooshApp for image optimization, it is a great tool.
Vectorization I just discovered this tool, similar to “Image Trace” in illustrator, it converts images to vector.
My preferred browser is Google Chrome, and I have all the other major browsers installed for testing purposes.