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Top 10 tools/resources to increase your productivity as a designer

Managing your workflow efficiently is the key. Here are the top tools you should consider using.


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Prathyusha Shastry

8 days ago | 2 min read

Are you a UX/UI designer in a start-up, struggling to juggle multiple projects…or a designer wanting to work more efficiently? Here is an article dedicated to you.

Hey there! I’m Prathyusha, a designer seeking art in everything and enthusiastic about creating functional, aesthetic, and accessible experiences. As a designer, I always wanted to make the most of my time. I want to be the most promising designer at work, while also finding the time to learn new skills, build my brand, and take care of myself. This ideology is especially true for designers who often find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work that needs to be done. Managing your workflow efficiently is the key. Here are the top tools you should consider using.

Wordtune -

An AI-powered writing companion that understands what you’re trying to say, and suggests ways to make your writing clear, compelling, and authentic.
https://www.wordtune.com/

Type-scale.com

To establish a harmonious and balanced composition in our products, a type scale consists of carefully chosen font sizes that represent different text elements. Type Scale- a visual calculator which helps us in previewing and choosing the right type scale for our project.

https://type-scale.com/

WhoCanUse.com

One of the best tools for accessibility design, it’s a tool that brings attention and understanding to how color contrast can affect different people with visual impairments.
https://whocanuse.com/

Awwwards.com

Awwwards are the Website Awards that recognize and promote the talent and effort of the best developers, designers and web agencies in the world.
https://www.awwwards.com/


Similar resources — Behance & dribble


Muzli

Muzli is a new-tab Chrome extension that instantly delivers relevant design stories and inspiration.

https://muz.li/




Toggl track

Time is money for almost everyone. Toggl is a simple and easy to use time tracking program that allows users to input the number of hours they spent on each task. It can even pull this information automatically from calendars and other apps.

https://toggl.com/





Unsplash

Visuals are an integral part of the design. Designers often need images to populate websites and make them more engaging. Without generic stock photos, Unsplash offers high-quality, free images with a unique aesthetic.
https://unsplash.com/

similar resources — Pexels, Pixabay



Milanote

Milanote is an easy-to-use tool to organize your ideas and projects into visual boards. It helps in adding notes, images, links and files, organizing them visually and sharing hassle-free.
https://milanote.com/

Dropmark

A friendly tool to help you organize, collaborate, curate, and share online. Dropmark is the smart way for teams and individuals to collect, organize, and discuss anything on the web.
https://www.dropmark.com

TempMail.com

It is a disposable temporary email, a very handy tool during research. It protects your personal email address from spam. It is a throwaway email, fake mail, fake email generator, burner mail or trash-mail.
https://temp-mail.org/en/


We think about productivity as a way to get things done, but in many cases, the biggest productivity gains come from designing the process that gets you closer to your goal. Whether it’s designing a strategic framework, creating systems that remove distractions or designing the right environment to support your work, these design-based productivity strategies often provide the biggest gains.

These are some tools in my arsenal. What are your favorite productivity tools? Comment down below.

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Prathyusha Shastry

Experience storyteller | Masters in design from National Institute of Design

I'm passionate about combining design thinking with technology to create meaningful experiences. Specializing in UI/UX, brand design and often integrating filmmaking through the body of work from photography.


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