Google Drive is a free file sharing app that allows you to host and share your design files. With Google Drive you can allocate who to share the file with or set it as a private file. Google Drive can also act as a digital backup of your files, which can be accessed from your mobile device and any computer. Google Drive is also tied to your Google account, which means sharing files with your Google contacts is extremely easy and it can be distributed to other Google services.
Dropbox is a popular alternative to Google Drive. They both perform the same functions, however Dropbox lacks the additional Google options and functions that Google Drive possesses such as team collaboration.
Evernote is a file sharing program with additional support and features for document sharing. It acts as a great platform for sharing documents such as PDFs with its in-built reader, and it is also great for recording and sharing notes, using its document capabilities. Once you upload or change a document in Evernote, it will automatically sync and then can be accessed in the future by any computer with Evernote installed.
Join one of the largest design communities in the world. Behance is a web based portfolio app which many designers use to host their work. With millions of views every month, its a good idea to host your own work on Behance, as you never know who might be looking at your designs. Behance also has an active job board which you can use to look for new jobs/clients. Designs on Behance also get displayed on the “Served” websites, such as Typography Served, Photography Served, etc, giving you a greater chance to be seen.
As a community destination, deviantART is a platform that allows emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and share their works within a peer community dedicated to the arts. The site’s vibrant social network environment receives over 160,000 daily uploads of original art works ranging from traditional media, such as painting and sculpture, to digital art, pixel art, films and anime.
Projectuss is a collaboration platform for creatives. Projectuss gives designers the tools they need to work together without meeting face-to-face and for free. With great communication tools that allow you to comment and give feedback on your work, you can effectively talk to one another to get the job done quicker.
Cage is a collaboration platform for creatives. Cage gives designers the tools they need to work together without meeting face-to-face. With great communication tools that allow you to comment and give feedback on your team’s work, you can effectively talk to one another to get the job done quicker.
TeamBox is a collaboration platform with a heavy focus on project management. While most freelancers may work as sole traders, there might be times when you need to work with someone else or you join/form a group. TeamBox gives you the management software you need to make collaborations a seamless experience, therefore reducing the amount of time and energy needed to manage group work.
Productivity is a problem for many freelancers, especially for those working in groups. Sometimes it can feel like the endless discussions on Skype could be reduced to a few sentences. Blimp allows you to assign tasks, create discussions, chat and manage multiple projects within its wonderful platform. Spend less time on miscellaneous tasks and more time on what you do best.
Bootstrap is a powerful front-end framework that allows developers and designers to easily and quickly create responsive websites. Bootstrap has the unique ability to let you customize your framework, by allocating your desired grid size. The framework will then do the necessary calculations to allow you to build a website with your desired grid size and then generate a file for you to download with all the necessary HTML and CSS files.
Designmodo’s very own design framework is built for companies who want a professional yet affordable website solution. Startup features a heavy focus on design, with the ability to change the framework to your liking. The Startup framework also comes with sleek animations and HQ images which can be used as mockups if you don’t have your own images prepared. Designmodo realizes the need for an affordable but professional website framework and has provided the necessary tools and materials for any company to build their own website.
Showcase your mockups or work-in-progress with Mail’ette. Clients often demand to see your progress during different stages of the project. By using Mail’ette you can provide great snapshots of your work, all compiled in a neat PDF or a link with all your mockups. You’ll never have to worry about attachments not uploading properly or images being lost. Mail’ette also provides an approval and feedback service which your clients can use to approve your work. Mail’ette also includes an online invoicing service as part of its package.
Are you tired of manually slicing up your Photoshop files? Save yourself the time and trouble by letting Slicy do all the tedious work, so you can concentrate on creating the very best designs. Name the layers you wish to export (such as Header.png), then drag your PSD file into Slicy and watch as your PSD file gets broken up into separate elements. Slicy will also automatically create retina-ready images from your standard PSD files, further reducing the amount of work you have to do.
Think of Skitch as Snapchat for designers, except you also have the ability to edit images and create annotations. Communicate more clearly and quickly through images with the use of Skitch and its various features. It’s not so much a social media platform, but a productivity tool which allows users to have effective visual communication with one another. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so instead of writing long-winded emails just send them a picture with Skitch.