6 Apps/Sites that were Life-Changing to me as a Designer…


Oh, the joy of coming across that previously undiscovered app, or website that could completely reinvent your workflow process as a designer, or creative. I remember the day I found HootSuite and realized I didn’t have to visit multiple social media sites on a daily basis. To be honest I prefer to stay away from social media. I like the to keep my head pretty clear for the most part; and, as far as I can remember, I don’t ever remember a time when I signed off from Facebook and felt relaxed and ready to create… just saying. Furthermore, as a completely freelance designer at the moment, I know it isn’t just. a matter of stumbling across some precious piece of life-changing coding magic, but also whether the particular app or site in question happens to be cheaply priced. Better yet, free is always for me. I’m not saying I’m broke from time to time, but I’m broke from time to time!

The following list is both of free, as well as pay apps/sites. I mean, face it… everything can’t be free. I do promise that the apps/sites are the best bang for their buck. At least in my opinion.

So, without further ado…

6 Apps/Sites that were Life-Changing to me as a Designer…

1) ENCYCOLORPEDIA — (HTTP://WWW.ENCYCOLORPEDIA.COM):

Just as a preface, this site does look like it was created in 1995. I’ve spent hours exploring this site, and to this day I keep expecting a sparkling clipart spaceship whizz across the screen. Nevertheless, don’t let it’s outdated look fool you, young grasshopper. The site may look outdated, but the immense library of information within more than makes up for its aesthetics. Now that I think about it, I wonder what the cost of a billion page website would be… hmmm?

Anyway, Moving on…

Encycolorpedia.com is pretty much exactly what its name hint’s to… an encyclopedia of, as far as I can tell, every color in the entire universe. You can search by name, hex number, or by using a color-picker feature to visually select a color of your choice. Click search, and immediately you are delivered the birth certificate, college degree, criminal record, and employment history of your entered color. Kidding of course, but in all reality, you are given the Name, Hue Saturation, Lightness, Approx. Wave Length, and everything you could ever ask for a single color. It also includes a full “Color Space Conversion Chart”, a simulation of the different perceptions of the color by people who suffer from color blindness, and every color scheme possible with your color. Impressive? Yeah, well… the fun isn’t over yet kiddies. The site also gives you monochromatic variations, gradients, various tints, and shades, and from what I can tell… a list of every single paint manufacturer, brand, or supplier’s color match name, swatch, and color code.

Had enough??? Well, in addition to everything I’ve mentioned thus far, the site also features a “Color Palette Generator”, that allows you to plug in the URL of a specific image, or entire website and get a breakdown of every color used in the image. Did I mention that you could also choose the color space in which it’s broken down? Yeah… that damn good!

Encycolorpedia, I give you 5 stars!

Also, I didn’t intend to write so much about a single site, but this site truly deserves any and all praise it receives. Developed by Martin Gallagher, and available in 15 different languages… Encycolorpedia is my #1 life-changing site.

2) ADOBE COLOR CC — (HTTP://WWW.COLOR.ADOBE.COM):

Another favorite life-changing site that I use to assist in color management is Adobe Color CC. It’s not a vast encyclopedia of knowledge, in fact, it’s actually a giant interactive color wheel that almost first comes across as a flash game from one of the many mental blackhole, time wasting websites. I can assure you it is not, but it is fun to play with. Adobe Color CC gives you an interactive color wheel that allows the user to select from 6 different color scheme styles, and then preview…

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