The short list of my favorite tools & apps this year. Some of these I'm late to the party, but they still hold up.
Amazon Alexa + DOT - Omg. Just unwrapped this last night as a gift for Christmas and I'm pretty amazed really. I felt like I stepped into the future. For $50 you get a futuristic personal assistant, so ya, it's cool. In 1 hour it went to the top of my list.
iPad Pro - I finally updated. It's hard to describe the space iPads live in, they are not phones, they are not computers. I guess I'm ready to not be carrying my computer everywhere with me.
Pencil - Of course I got this to go with the iPad.
Wacom - I never learned to use a Wacom tablet before this year, I had no interest in relearning how to scroll around from screen to screen. The beginning of this year I started showing symptoms of carpool tunnel. It seemed like it want from somewhat bothersome to actual pain pretty quickly. Another designer felt bad for me and is letting me use hers, In any case this is my new mouse.
EXTENSIONS & PLUGINS
GuideGuide - A photoshop and illustrator extension for web designers. It used to be free. But when adobe added art boards to photoshop it got jangled and I think they just had to start charging to justify the time in the updates it needed to support it. $10 though for lightening fast grids + sanity.
CSSHat 2 - Want to be friends with your dev team?
InVision - If your a web designer and want an easy way to impress people, check this out. Giant leaps forward that streamline your workflow with dev. Better communication, no more excuses why staging doesn't look like what you passed off. They have 3 or 4 extensions and plugins to make everything extra easy.
TimePage - Just started getting into this. Same creators of moleskin it's the most beautiful, clean design and has a interesting user experience. It's the un boring answer to the i Cal.
Evernote - I multitask like a boss with this app. If you would like to organize the information you hoard, this gets my highest recommendation. Ohhh. So satisfying to check things off your lists. LISTS people. Multiple lists, notebooks, everything, synced on all devices is a game changer. Brain storming, voice notes, images, spreadsheets, did I say brainstorming, I've even done presentations for work with the premium version when I needed it.
Dropbox Business - I finally bit the big one. I've had a few bad experiences relying on computer hard drives as well as portable hard drives, including my phd actually calling it quits as I was transferring files to drop box during a free month trial. If anything it just reassured me that I made the right choice.
If This Then That - A application that streamlines and scales your social media presence for max exposure by syncing other apps to work together. Helping you work smarter not harder. For example, install one applet that will repost your Instagram photos you make, on twitter, on Facebook, on Tumblr, even on Pinterest if that's your thing. You can even auto back up everything to Dropbox. I'm actually really excited to make my own custom applets.
Feedly - I used to be really into blogs, way back when blogs were fresh, I subscribed to everything and my google blog reader got a little overwhelming as I wasn't very selective. When google pulled the plug on the rss reader, I took a sabbatical as well ... until now I just discovered Feedly this year.
VSCO - the best filter presets for your photos.
Anything you guys can't live without?