When you are on the go, design on your device is important. Web developers and designers are often surprised at how many apps are offered on the iPad to help create and design professional tools, like your own company website.
Here are the best apps for designing and editing your site when you don’t have access to a regular desktop computer.
Remember the good ol’ days when Moodboards were used to focus on client direction and branding? Well, here is the entire creativity boost without any of the mess for just $9.99. The Moodboard app can be used to show clients just what type of good vibes you want coming from their website. Use words, phrases, colors, and images to organize your inspiration and create that visual aid that lets them know you really get it.
Adobe Color CC
Ready to set your color theme? Pick an image off of your mood board and go to town with Adobe Color CC. You can select the aspects you want to turn an inspirational image from your iPad, iPhone, or the stunning Galaxy S5 with bold HD display into a set of color swatches for your design. If you’re on the go and connected to a reliable network, take images of incredible natural colors and use the app to save these swatches anytime and anywhere.
This app used to be known as Adobe Kuler, and it will go to town automatically, giving you a range of great options. The upside here? Inspiration with just a click, plus (even better), it’s free!
Ready to create images, illustrations, and logos for your site with vector graphics? Adobe Ideas is the Adobe mobile suite that runs on your smartphone or iPad for $9.99. Like most of the Adobe products, Ideas is sleek, fun to use, and plays nice with the other Adobe programs (meaning you can save files to later edit in Photoshop or Illustrator). The Adobe Ink & Slide is a creative cloud pen or digital ruler to turn your iPad into a drawing pad for more efficient work in the Adobe suite.
Start plotting out your website with an app designed to plan the structure and direction of your website. The iMockups app allows you to do wireframing right from your iPad with a beautiful interface and easy navigation. You can add sticky notes for personal reminders as you go. This app is perfect for client meetings when you want to sketch out a quick idea or make a note on your current work. The smart mockup app is $6.99, but worth every penny if you are designing websites on your device.
When you are trying to find that perfect font to make up a header bar or logo, you might just be inspired to make your very own. iFontMaker is an app that allows you to turn your handwriting into a font within mere minutes for just $6.99. This iPad exclusive app is fast and generates a TTF file to be used in Adobe programs, Microsoft Office, and other programs that give you full access to the fonts available on your device or computer. Smart rulers and editing tools help you create a font that is legible and professional.
Ready to write and edit code? For $9.99, Gusto provides a great interface that allows you to view your projects as icons for easy identification and provides organized coding with syntax highlighting and numbered lines. The full FTP/SFTP client is built in for your convenience, making it easy to edit web pages when you aren’t at your computer.
From the creators of QuarkXPress, DesignPad is the free app that helps with the sketching, wireframing, and initial layout stages of your website. Use this tool to get the process started and then fine tune later in Quark before publishing. With the price just right for everyone (yes, it’s still free!), you are sure this will be one you can’t turn down before trying it out.
It’s amazing what the mobile devices of today are capable of. The more advancement that occurs, the easier it becomes to work as you go and not feel chained to a computer. Are you ready to get busy creating and designing?