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10 Must-Have Apps For Serious Interior Design
As a freelance interior designer and stylist, being tech-savvy is now a part of the job. Time was, being a together, well-prepared designer meant carrying a heavy portfolio thick with design ideas, fabric swatches, tools for taking measurements and paper for sketching floor plans. Today, with the right apps, you can do all of that from your phone. For today's designer, apps not only help with gathering design inspiration, they can also handle the day-to-day minutia of your business, aid in client communication, assist in the actual design work and even give you a mini-marketing department. And even if you don't design for a living, these apps can help you keep your next at-home project on schedule and under budget. Here are the top ten apps that every designer needs to have in their pocket.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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No surprises on this one. We all know Pinterest; we all love it. But Pinterest is more than just inspiring visuals. It's also the perfect website to brainstorm your ideas with a virtual mood board. Not only can you create public and private boards, you can share them with clients, letting your clients pin on the same boards with you. You can source images from all over the internet and through your personal collection of photos on your phone to create a massive library of inspiration. Pinterest is the first place I start when working with clients to get a sense of their style. It’s also where I begin my initial steps in collecting images and ideas before creating floor plans and layouts in Photoshop.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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In today's world, social media is everything. But with so many platforms, followers and feeds to manage, staying on top of things can be a full-time job all by itself. That's where Hootsuite comes to the rescue. Hootsuite helps you schedule your blog, Twitter, Instagram, and various other social media posts in all in one place. And for your blog or freelance writing projects, Hootsuite will, for a small monthly fee, let you plan out all of your editorial content for the month. Best of all, letting you read all of your social media feeds in one place, Hootsuite helps keep you in the know on what topics are trending on social media and the news so that you can create relevant content that your readers will love.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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One of the biggest tasks in any interior design project is keeping track of all of the tasks that need to be done. That's what makes Wunderlist such an indispensable tool. Creating interactive to-do lists that you can share with your clients, contractors and creative team, this app will help you to set and manage install dates, rank tasks by priority and degree of completion and add sub tasks to help break big projects down into small assignments. You can even add photos to each to-do list, which will help you be clear in making assignments and specific in tracking progress. I use this app on a daily basis as my virtual clipboard for all of the day-to-day tasks that I need to check off the list before the end of the day.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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If you want to work transparently with your team or a client, you have to use Evernote. Hands down one of the best project management apps around, use Evernote to handle day-to-day tasks while keeping an eye on the broad strokes of the overall project. All of your team members can work in the application at once and updates can be shared instantly. This app allows you to create continual, yet non-intrusive communication with a team by dividing up the tasks through texts, reminders, checklists, photos and more, all of which can be accessed anywhere and at any time.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Room Planner LE Home Design App
Room Planner, which has recently become available on the iPhone as well as the iPad, is simply great. This wonderful app lets designers mock up floor plans in 2-D, and then translate them to 3-D to experiment with the overall vision of the space by adding furniture and accessories and changing colors. And if that weren't enough, all of your work can be shared via e-mail or Facebook, allowing you to get mockups to your client instantly for fast approvals.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Adobe Capture CC
Prepare to change the way you interact with your photos on the go. With Adobe Capture CC your iPhone becomes a gateway leading you to a whole new world of inspiration. Combining four of Adobe's previous image manipulation applications into one convenient package, Capture CC will let you take any picture and extract a color palette from the image. Does your client want to be reminded of their trip to Thailand or be surrounded by the same colors they remember from their childhood home in Greece? With this app, you can take a client's vacation or family photos and turn them into the color schemes that will define their rooms, and it won't take you weeks of work on a desktop.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Homestyler Interior Design
Are you not sure how your next big design idea will look? Or maybe you have a great idea for a client but you're not sure how to get it across to them without actually altering the space. If either of these situations sounds familiar, you are going to love this app. The Homestyler Interior Design app will make buyers remorse a thing of the past by letting you turn a photo of your room into a 3D landscape into which you can place rugs, position furniture and install lighting, all using 3D models of actual products. The app is also completely social, so you can see and comment on the work of others and, more importantly, share your work with clients or collaborators in short order. This app is so much fun, you may find yourself tinkering with it even when you don't have a project in mind. Simply take a photo of your favorite room and let playtime begin.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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In any collaborative design project, communication is key. Zoom lets you take your video conferencing to the same level as an in-person meeting from anywhere you have your iPhone or iPad handy. With Zoom, you can create a conference that is instantly joinable for up to 25 people. During the meeting, you can assign breakout groups for discussions among specific teams, “raise your hand” in a webinar, create a whiteboard effect for making collective lists, and even share screens, photos and dropbox files without having to leave the conference. Working over 3 and 4G networks as well as wifi, this level of web video communication will allow you work from almost anywhere while staying connected with multiple teams across multiple projects. So whether you run a small team or an entire design firm, this little app can help you stay connected on things while preserving your freedom of movement.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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It may not be the most glamorous part of design work, but you have to have a reliable app to keep track of cashflow throughout a project, and no one does reliable accounting like Quickbooks. Track projects, log-in your hours, and set deadlines to make sure payments are going out and coming in on time all on your phone or tablet. There may be no more essential app for making sure that your design business stays happily and healthily in the black.