Design On the Go: Apps for Designers

We all know how much I love designing blogs, right? It's easily one of the absolute best things I've gotten out of joining this crazy blogging community. I love the creativity it offers me, I love providing clients with something they truly love, and the supplemental side income definitely doesn't hurt either.

But with all of that comes a lot of sitting around attached to my Macbook.

Sometimes I'll sit down on the couch, open up my laptop, get to designing, and then realize five hours have gone by and I'm sitting in a pitch black apartment because the sun went down and I hadn't detached myself long enough to turn a light switch on. So it's safe to say that my computer has basically become my fourth arm. The third being my iPhone.

And up until recently, graphic designers were only able to do their work using a desktop or laptop, like I do myself. Never their phone.

But thanks to the genius minds of this world who spend their time doing genius-like things with technology, we now have the ability to design just by using smartphone and tablet apps. And you can do it anywhere, not just at your computer desk. Whether it be on the couch, on public transit, or while waiting for your dentist appointment (which are some of the most popular places for phone use, according to this article from Alchemy Bet, operator of the entertainment central Pocket Fruity).

It's truly fascinating how many capabilities one single little phone can offer to help make both life easier and graphic design easier on the go. Don't believe me? Let me show you.

Here are three apps that designers can use on their smartphone or tablets:


Sketchbook Express: provides users with professional-level tools and brushes to create quick drawings and art on the go. The app combines high-quality digital pencils, pens, airbrushes, and markers with the multi-touch features of a smartphone for ease of use. Price and availability: it can be downloaded for free and is available for both iOS and Android users.

Layers: a painting app specifically made for Apple products. It's compatible with Photoshop and offers much of the same qualities that you'd have using the usual layers in Adobe. Layers offers users a wide array of brushes, paints, color palettes, smudge tools, and the option to add up to 5 layers of pages to a drawing. Layers is an app that was created based of the feedback of the mobile artist community. Price and availability: it can be downloaded for $4.99 and is only available for Apple users.

Adobe Color CC: an app that allows users to manipulate the colors of their surroundings. By using your iPhone camera, you can simply snap a picture and the app will generate color themes based on your specific picture’s colors. So cool! The images captured and edited on Color CC can be ported to other Adobe products such as Illustrator. Price and availability: free downloads, available for iOS only.

Do you use any design apps that I should also be using? Send anything fancy and amazing my way because I'd love to try it! And if you test out any of these apps, let me know how you like them.