Tech seems to be advancing now more than ever. There also seems to be almost too many apps to choose from.
Not to worry – we are here to help you out. Here are our favourite twelve apps to help all types of creatives find a smoother workflow this coming new year.
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A huge collection of vintage luxury pieces from around the world, Vestiaire Collective is like the best bits of Vinted, Depop and Ebay in one wrapped in gold leaf. Great for stylists looking to expand their vintage collection.
Skillshare allows you to undergo creative courses from your phone, on the go. Find what fascinates you with thousands of inspiring classes for creative and curious people, on topics like drawing, watercolour, calligraphy, photography, graphic design, illustration, hand lettering, icon design, pattern design, and more. Learn to use popular creative tools like Procreate, Fresco, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Or grow your career or business with classes in entrepreneurship, social media marketing, productivity, and more.
You’re probably sick of hearing it, but 2022 may be the last year where growing easily on TikTok is possible. Yes, it’s a baby algorithm now which leans in the favour of small businesses and independent creatives but this may not always be the case. Not to mention it’s actually a great creative outlet and business platform. It’s now or never.
2021 was a big year for ClubHouse having only launched during the pandemic in 2020. An audio-focused social media platform, Clubhouse is playing a leading role in a slow shift towards the audio-focused. Make your business known by entering chat rooms with similar creatives so you bounce ideas, form a podcast-style chat and more!
Yeah, yeah we’ve all heard of Pinterest but Moodzer can give it a run for its money. As an easy to use and aesthetic collage maker app, Moodzer is specified in arranging images into grid systems. After dragging your images into the programme, you can freely design your layouts. You can resize modules, apply filters, edit colours, or even add overlays. The reason Moodzer stands out from the other mood board apps is the possibility to add typography to your work. There are a variety of fonts to choose from, so you can customise your collage even more.
Popular iOS and desktop painting app Procreate has not made the journey across to Android, but fear not – Infinite Painter is here to provide a similar-feeling experience, and arguably a better one. Over 80 brush presets are available, or you can create your own, and there are Photoshop-compatible layers and blend modes. You can create 3D images with five perspective views, and it has tools aplenty: Transform tool, Pattern tool, Liquify tool, Gradient and Pattern Fill, and you can rotate and flip the infinite canvas with ease.
If you are looking for the incredible experience of 3D painting in virtual reality… you will need Google’s Tilt Brush software, a hugely expensive workstation, and an HTC Vive or similar VR headset. Paint VR is a great bit of fun, however – an app to enjoy with your Android phone and a budget/bundled headset like Google Daydream or Samsung Gear VR. OK, it’s incredibly simple with a standard colour wheel and a basic set of brushes to choose from, and the painting action is very awkward, but it is strangely addictive fun trying to create with such limitations – like using MS Paint with a cheap mechanical mouse in the 1990s.
Find my Font
Find My Font is the original font-identification software, having debuted as a desktop app into which you would import photos to discover the fonts used – or a visually similar equivalent. Turning this clever tool into a mobile app opened up its horizons and allowed type-hungry designers to snap any piece of type in the wild and instantly discover something similar for use in design projects. With a database of over 150,000 fonts, the Android app can identify connected or fragmented letters and claims to achieve accurate matching results down to a mere 20px text height.
Paperless is a solid, simple app for Android tablets that lets you draw and paint with pencil, watercolours, feather ink, and brushes. A series of basic tools are available, including Eraser tool, Paint bucket tool and Color picker tool, and usefully you can set line thickness, size, opacity and smoothing. Paperless could not be your only drawing app, and unfortunately, its last update was in 2013 which suggests it will not be developed further, and you can only export to PNG, but as a straightforward digital sketchbook, it works well.
Sometimes you have some really great words in front of you, but what you read doesn’t quite make a song. If you need a bit of help moving things along, try Songify, which turns whatever you say (the keyword here being “say,” not “sing”) into music. It might not get you anywhere, but if you are really, truly stuck, give this free program a try. You could wind up with something you never would have even considered on your own.
Music Memos lets you record snippets of ideas for future compositions as they pop into your head. Those could be vocals, pieces of guitar, piano, or so on. From there, you can name everything, tag it, and perhaps most importantly, rate them. That lets you immediately identify which ideas you want to focus on when you return to them later. The app also allows you to hear what your brilliant new idea might sound like with a lush orchestral backing track, perhaps a drum, or maybe even more bass. This will help you when it comes to ranking everything, and before you know it, you may have hundreds of ideas, but just a few are on their way to becoming finalized songs.