What does it take to be a successful graphic designer? Of course it takes motivation, talent and inspiration... but we believe helpful tools are the final ingredient for a designer's sweet success! From moleskine to macbooks, here are the top ten must-haves for every graphic designer.
1. Cloud Computing
Don't learn the hard way. Backing up files is crucial for designers. Cloud computing is a great way to save files, as well as keep all mobile devices and computers in sync. For this beneficial technology, many use the popular website Dropbox which offers 18 GB of free space. If you're an Apple person, check out iCloud.
Cloud computing programs also offer convenient bookmarking and curating of ideas in one place, with the feature of easy access from any device. Try Evernote for mobile or desktop.
2. Pantone Color Guide
...to get the creative juices flowing. Whether it's calm classical tunes or head banging rock jams, music is key to inspiration. According to Livestrong.com, music triggers the right brain.. Voila! Creation! Look for a future post from us on the best music to work to.
Everyone loves a little snack to get through the work day. Keep the energy up with healthy colorful foods, and treat yourself with a sugary treat every once in a while.
Apps like Color Expert, Camera Bag , WhatTheFont and Loupe were named a few of the "Must have iPhone Apps for Graphic Designers," by Pelfusion. In today's fast paced world, apps make a designer's job more convenient, allowing them to begin developing ideas anytime or anywhere.
8.Design Inspired Items
There's nothing quite like working in a comfortable and inspiring environment. Fill up your work space with art and trinkets that get the job done! Paperleaf has cool items for your desk and Power to the Poster is a gallery of powerful downloadable posters. Love Music? Check out Gig Posters to find your favorite band.
10. The Graphic Artists Guild Handbook
Referred to as the industry "bible," The Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines gives information on copyright laws, ethics, tips on what to charge clients, and more.
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