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The Most Productive Design Tools Ever Featured in Product Hunt

Laura Busche March 31, 2021 · 4 min read
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If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for the next big design tool that will absolutely positively revolutionize your workflow. The fact is that, as creatives, we despise repetitive tasks because they take away from the more inventive side of our job. Instead of spending time coming up with a novel design solution for a problem, we find ourselves knee deep in routine to-dos that are doing something for our creative output. Felt it? I urge you to read along and check out these design productivity tools that I’ve been curating for some time now. (Hey, they even featured this list last week, so Product Hunt clearly agrees!)

Pexels

A site offering free stock photos for designers. Free stock photos you can use everywhere. ✓ Free for commercial use ✓ No attribution required

Coolors

This tool will help you generate awesome color schemes quickly. Generate infinite color palettes for your designs and share, export or save it in your profile.

f.lux

Ever wanted to dim your computer screen’s light depending on the time of the day? F.lux is just what you need. Is your computer keeping you up late? f.lux is free software that warms up your computer display at night, to match your indoor lighting.

Illustrio

In Illustrio, you can search, customize and download illustrations that are tailored to your desired color scheme and other brand elements. illustrio offers an extensive library of images you can customize with your own colors, text and figures.

Wirify

Grab the wireframe behind your favorite websites as you browse. Wirify is a simple browser extension that allows you to visualize the web’s “bare bones”. This can come in handy as you make design decisions for your next website. Wirify is a bookmarklet that lets you turn any web page into a wireframe in one click. Wirify is free, easy and fun to use. Wirify Pro lets you export and edit your wireframes.

Type Anything

Literally type anything and visualize your very own typography scheme coming together in real time. This nifty tool is great to preview the legibility and readability of your typography choices. Type Anything is a free and awesome typography tool to create and test font combinations for your projects

Snappa

Snappa brands itself as the easiest graphic design tool you’ll ever use. Unlike other DIY design tools, its pricing plans include everything you’ll want to use, from fonts to icons to templates. Snappa makes it easy to create any type of online graphic. Create & publish images for social media, content marketing, and more!

Fontfit

Fontfit allows you to grab a domain’s typographic scheme in seconds. Example Domain

Craft by InVision LABS

Craft allows you to maintain a library of assets and data that you can later import into your Sketch designs.

SiteSee

The team behind SiteSee curates wonderful and modern web design inspiration. A curated gallery of beautiful, modern websites.

Stencil

Stencil used to be called “Share as Image”, and it is here to speed up your social image creation workflow. Ridiculously simple image creation for social media marketers, bloggers and small businesses.

Fontea

Get hundreds of Google fonts without leaving Photoshop & Sketch with this plugin. Design-Productivity-Tools-Fontea

Ecommerce Website Design Gallery

Pretty self-explanatory, this resources is all about inspiring you to follow the very best examples in ecommerce website design.

Marvel for iOS

Bring your ideas to life by prototyping entire desktop and mobile design projects right on your iPad or iPhone.  

Colicious

Just a simple site to obtain brilliant color ideas by hitting refresh. Generate Delicious Colors

Lorem Fucking Ipsum

Your typical Lorem Ipsum placeholder text generator, plus some much-needed attitude. Lorem fucking ipsum: A Good Fucking Design Advice Service.

blink.am

Blink is a screenshot enhancer, and it allows you to share what you see with layers of emojis, highlights and annotations. Design-Productivity-Tools-Blink
Creative Block Breakers
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Chroma

A simple color picker for your browser. A better color picker for the web

Designer’s Block

Designer’s Block provides hundreds of ideas to get out of your creative slump with simple activities. Helping designers with creative block.

GroovyCV

Design a better resume with GroovyCV’s visually appealing templates.

Designfeed.io

Out of all the DIY design tools available focused on social media graphics, Designfeed is definitely among the fastest. Quickly remix your favorite styles with custom copy and easy tweaks. Design-Productivity-Tools-DesignFeed

Adobe Spark

With this new suite of tools (which are also available as mobile apps) by Adobe you’ll be able to create Videos, images, and stories in minutes. Turn your ideas into impactful social graphics, web stories, and animated videos - in minutes.

Color Schemr

If you’re struggling to come up with a color scheme, this is your tool. Color Schemr allows you to quickly build out a mood with color, with advanced preview functions and automatic palette generation. Color Schemr - to finalize your decent theme once and for ever.

MockupsJar

Realistic app mockups in 3 steps. Use MockupsJar if you want to show how your app would look in seconds. Create realistic previews for free for your website and mobile app

Sticky

Sticky is a platform for measuring eye movements, survey responses and emotions. It works as a layer on top of your website, and provides metrics related to visual engagement. Attention is the first step towards purchase intent and brand loyalty and purchase. Making sure an ad is SEEN should be every advertiser’s first priority. Sticky was founded in 2009 on the conviction that innovation starts with visual impact and with the goal to bring value to the online advertising community. Several thousand studies later, we know a great deal about what creates attention and what is lost in the maze called the internet. In this blog we share some things we've learned. Enjoy the Sticky thoughts.

DesignersMX

What are top designers jamming to these days? Find the answer in DesignersMX, a curated gallery of music provided by creatives. DesignersMX is a place to share what fuels your creativity, and discover what inspires others. Built by designers, for designers, this is your one-stop shop for creative inspiration.

Design Hunt

So maybe Product Hunt has too many categories for you. If that’s the case, check out Design Hunt, a Chrome extension specifically designed to inspire people like you.

Ripl

One thing is to create static social media graphics, and another thing is Ripl. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at animated visuals, be sure to check out this engaging mobile app. An app to easily create eye-catching posts that help you or your business stand out on social media.

Design Shots

A Dribbble client for your phone. Because sometimes you just need to get inspired on the go. Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about Design Shots — Dribbble Client. Download Design Shots — Dribbble Client and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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Brand strategist. Creating design tools to empower creative entrepreneurs. Author of the Lean Branding book. MA in Design Management from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

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