My Recommended Designer Productivity Toolkit
Here you’ll find the list of all of the resources that I use and highly recommend to become an even better designer and a more productive person.
Full disclosure, some of these are affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission when you click these links. I fully endorse these products and services and I use them myself which is why I’m recommending them to you.
Adobe XD – I use Adobe XD right now as my mockup & prototype creation tool. I find the interface extremely pleasing and easy to use. I have been using this tool for a couple of years now and have found that it has streamlined my process of mockup creation as I have created a number of design systems that I can pull from. As well as this they offer a mobile app so you can view your designs on a mobile device that is perfect for mobile design.
Adobe Photoshop – I have been using Photoshop since I was in college and I won’t be leaving it any time soon. I originally used Photoshop for mockup creation, a role that is now fulfilled by XD. With that said, nothing can beat Photoshop for image editing which I still do frequently. I also use Photoshop from time to time to create various assets like posters and flyers.
Adobe Illustrator – I absolutely love using Illustrator to create logos, icons, and other fun designs. As it’s vector-based, I can generate assets that can scale to whatever size is necessary and the tools in Illustrator are super powerful and easy to use.
- The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team – Patrick Lencioni
- The Design of Everyday Things – Don Norman
- The Inmates Are Running The Asylum – Alan Cooper
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SiteGround – SiteGround is my new hosting service of choice. They have a dedicated WordPress Hosting package which is perfect for my website setups, not to mention their pricing is pretty competitive when you compare it to other hosting providers. All of which makes it a great choice for hosting.
Visual Studio Code – I have recently delved back into the world of more comprehensive WordPress development which requires a more substantial code editor than Sublime Text (I still use Sublime Text for most other work so not a diss). With that in mind, I’ve been using Visual Studio Code for a number of months now and have found it a breeze to use. You can choose to add additional plugins that are free and offer excellent features like a live server and SASS processors not to mention Github integration.
Todoist – I use Todoist as my task management system. It’s flexible enough to allow me to organize my tasks based on my work and personal life. The use of contexts (labels and filters) allows me to see my task list for just that day and remove any clutter so I don’t have to think about it. The UI is stunning and it’s natural language processing makes it so quick to add new tasks.
Notion – I couldn’t recommend Notion enough. I use Notion as my project management, personal knowledge base, and wiki for both my personal and professional life. They have recently made their free plan virtually unlimited so I would definitely say now is the time to ditch Evernote and start using Notion.
Typora – Typora is my markdown editor of choice. It’s interface is so simple and clean that it offers a distraction free workspace to concentrate on writing articles and other documents.
GoodTime – Minimalist Pomodoro timer – I use the GoodTime app on my phone to work to the Pomodoro method which allows me to concentrate and get in a state of flow for a set period of time without distractions.
- The Bullet Journal Method – Ryder Carrol
- Getting Things Done – David Allen
- Digital Minimalism – Cal Newport