Tools

These are the pieces of software that I know and I'm comfortable with. I may or may not have spent more time than necessary recreating their icons from scratch.


Adobe Creative Suite

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Dreamweaver

Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom

Apple Pro Apps

Aperture 3.5

Aperture 3.5

Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X

Motion 5

Motion 5

Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X

iLife & iWork

iPhoto

iPhoto

iMovie

iMovie

GarageBand

GarageBand

Pages

Pages

Numbers

Numbers

Keynote

Keynote

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook


Other Useful Tools

These aren't as easily categorized as the other ones, but can be equally as important.

Sketch 3

Sketch 3

Sketch 3

This has recently become my go-to tool for just about anything design related. The ability to create shared styles, symbols, and export with ease makes my workflow just flow, which becomes super apparent when switching back to Photoshop and Illustrator. There are also powerful Plug-ins that make it even more flexible, and automated. Sketch Mirror is a powerful companion app that is indispensable while working on mobile UI design.

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Paper by FiftyThree

Paper by FiftyThree

Paper by FiftyThree

A great tool to sketch out ideas in a fast, easy, and unique way. With an innovative approach to interaction design, it's a winner.

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Figure

Figure

Figure

The best implementation for a music making application I've ever used for a mobile platform. Based on rhythm and range, the simplicity makes it easy to put down an idea, or even experiment. There are only a couple of parameters to manipulate, so you can't get sucked down a rabbit hole of tweaking.

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Reason

Reason

Reason

I took a semester of electronic music and worked in Reason, so I wouldn't say I'm a master — but I'm familiar enough with it to get around. The workflow of the program didn't gel with me, but I could use it in a pinch.

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Quartz Composer

Quartz Composer

Quartz Composer

This was originally made for graphical programming, visualizations, and things like that. It's based on wiring ins-and-outs, similar to the cable routing in Reason. Recently, it has found new life as a prototyping tool thanks to the next thing on the list.

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Origami

Origami

Origami

A toolkit created by the Facebook design team to prototype ideas that moved, rather than deal with static images. It enhances Quartz Composer by bringing in useful interactions and animations that are common to mobile applications.

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Axure RP

Axure RP

Axure RP

One of the most feature rich prototyping tools I've ever used, but only ever had to actually use it once. I play with it from time to time just to explore what it can do.

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Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline

Articulate Storyline

An e-learning developing and publishing tool that can talk with Learning Management Systems. It does the job.

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iA Writer

iA Writer

iA Writer

Minimalistic writing app that makes it easier to focus on what you're writing by getting rid of distractions. Markdown formatting, web preview, and syncing make this super nice. The iOS app easily allows you to export the document you're working on into other apps, such as Squarespace's Blog app.

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Great Utilities

These apps aren't exactly tools for creation, but they make the job easier.

AirServer

AirServer

AirServer

This allows you to make your computer a device you can AirPlay to.

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Caffeine

Caffeine

Caffeine

Simple one-click menu bar utility that keeps your screen awake.

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Color Oracle

Color Oracle

Color Oracle

Another simple menu bar utility that temporarily adjust your screen's color profile to simulate the three types of color blindness.

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f.lux

f.lux

f.lux

Your eyes will thank you with this third menu bar utility that completes the trifecta of screen related applications. The color temperature of your screen adjusts according to the time of day and where you are currently.

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MindNode Pro

MindNode Pro

MindNode Pro

The easiest way to mind map as it automatically adjusts the layout as you add branches. A real nice feature is the ability to export your map as a plain text file formatted as a list.

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Skitch

Skitch

Skitch

One of the easiest ways to quickly draw on an image, highlight a couple things, and even pixellate sensitive info if need be.

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Hours Time Tracking

Hours Time Tracking

Hours Time Tracking

My favorite way to keep track of time of projects. The reminders are helpful, the ease of editing blocks of time is a breeze, and the iOS 8 widget makes it easier than ever to start and stop timers right from the Notification Center.

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Vesper

Vesper

Vesper

Dead simple note taking app with lovely transitions that features tagging and the ability to attach one image per note.

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That's all folks!

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