Top Creative Automation & Productivity Tools : Jan 2018 Edition
This has been a while coming :) As the headline suggests, this post covers a longlist of products & services i’ve found interesting, have used or bookmarked for later use. The common theme — ‘automating the creative process’.
But before you jump into the list, check out this link:
The Automation of Creativity
Ai & Automation are impacting creative industries in ways that few are talking about openly. If you’re a ‘creative’ individual — you’ll need to up your game to stay ahead.
I believe Automation & Ai is challenging creative thinkers to deliver to their highest potential — which is faaar beyond ‘the best looking design’.
Especially in the space of graphic design — what wix and wordpress did to webdesign 15 years ago — that’s just around the corner for us.
Onto the List!
Pexels — High resolution free stock photos
DuoTone:ShapeFactory — Customize and download free duotone photos
ImageResize - Resize images — Upload or URL
ScreenPeek — Paste your website address — get a mockup!
Giphy — All the gif’s in the world
GifMock — Create Gifs!
FontJoy — This is the site you need if you struggle with pairing fonts
Tyffle — Discover the right google font for your project
Icons / Vector
IconsResponsive —Screen sizes are different — so why the same icon when you can have many?
Undraw — Free high quality customisable illustrations from MIT
TheNounProject — Icons for everything
GradientsParty - Copy ready CSS for gradient colors; Hex or RGB
PandaColors — Generate color palettes
Coolors — An alternative
Rocketium — Create and edit videos on the fly from free video stock or videos from your phone
Vidyard — Record your screen — while also using your webcam to record yourself. Great for training videos.
Pexels Video — High resolution free stock videos
TailorBrands — A virtual logo designer — get auto-generated results in less than 5mins — and a complete brand look and collateral for $11 a month.
LogoPony — An alternative
Outlined — A B2B brand automation tool. Push your brand templates online — generate .pdf, .jpg, .png or .html in minutes. Auto adapt sizes. Version control. Team collaboration.
Canva — A B2C tool for individuals to create posters, flyers and a variety of design collateral without using complex design software.
SocialBook — An Ai powered influencer search engine
Buffer — Design your social posts and schedule them from one place
Hootsuite Promorepublic — An alternative
Web / App / Code
Froala — Bootstrap based ready design blocks for websites and mobile apps
Launchaco — Super simple virtual website designer. Good for landing pages.
Froont — Create your website on your own — great on SEO
ConversionChecklist — A 41 point checklist to help your website conversions go up up and away
Reason8 — A mobile app that auto-transcribes your audio notes
DeepGram — Transcribe notes from an audio file — search by ‘sound’.
ILovePDF — Everything you’d want to do with a pdf — without using Acrobat.
IFTTT — Connect your various devices and online presence (mobile / fitness / home automation / car / social channels etc) — get everything to interact without you intervening.
Draftsend - Make a presentation, add voice, email — skip that meeting.
IndiaIPOnline — Find out if someone has already registered that product name. (India only)
PixelSnap — An easy way to measure anything on your screen. Anything.
Sales / Marketing
Docsify — Track open rates of your documents and website etc. from within G-Suite
Siftery Alternatives — Find all your competition from one place
Test4Startup — Automate the research needed to validate your idea
Zest — Stellar marketing content — as a chrome extension.
Design Principles — A fantastic resource to understand design fundamentals of blockchain design, road design, interaction design or even foodspotting!
Graphic Design Trends — Where is graphic design going in 2018?
UX Design Trends — Many of these will find themselves in the graphic design trends of 2019 — given print design has been playing ‘catch up’ with UI/UX for a while now.
Interbrand — The best reports on the best brands globally
Standuply — A list of Machine Learning, AI & Blockchain Conferences all over the world in 2018
Aweconf — A list of a variety of awesome conferences across the world in 2018
PatentWallArt — A very cool site to buy posters of original patent drawings. Star Wars fans will love this!
Remarkable — A true ‘paper tablet’.
NomadList — Get to know what wifi, air quality, cost of living, nightlife (top 4 things for me apparently) are like in over 1250+ cities globally. Especially if you want to work — around travel.
FreakonomicsBooks - All the books discussed on the Freakonomics podcast
If there’s a tool you feel should be added to this list — please share it in the comments below so other’s get to know as well.
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Disclaimer : This list isn’t ‘sponsored’ in any way. Please draw your own opinions on the quality and standards of the products/services in this list.