5 tools for your everyday creative

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In my work I deal with lots of clients and agencies so I see A LOT of presentations. Now I’m no design wizard, in fact, I’m far from, BUT I know that a PowerPoint deck full of WordArt is simply not acceptable in 2017.

In my bid to avoid ugly presentations, I have searched high and low for sneaky tools to help me out. If you’re an everyday creative or just someone who presents a lot but doesn’t have a design bone in your body, take a look at these 5 creative tools.

 

1/ Awesome Imagery: Unsplash

Finding the right imagery for your presentation, website or blog post can be a total nightmare. Whilst there is a wealth of visual content out there, you have to make sure you use something which is ‘royalty free’. There are a few great sites to source from but my fave is Unspalsh. Unsplash tends to have a modern, natural style of photography so you can avoid cheesy stock pics. The range isn’t massive however so you may need to be a bit ‘meta’ with your imagery Another good one is Pexels.

 

2/ Editing your own: Adobe Lightroom

I have tried shit loads of editing apps. From VCSO to Whitegram, if it’s under £4.99, I’ve probably tried it. Whilst all editing apps have their own little benefits, Adobe Lightroom for mobile is by far my fave. Why? Well mainly because you can isolate and change specific colours, which is awesome. When you download this app you will see a lot of features are greyed out, if you have Lightroom on your laptop you can sign in to get the full range of benefits.

3/ Making boring stuff look nice: NounProject

Ok diagrams aren’t allllllways boring but they certainly can be. So can lists, or workflow processes and all that informative stuff. The Noun Project is a good tool for when you can’t find the right image or you want some consistency in your presentation. Simply find an icon you like, click ‘for creative comms’ and download it. Simple. They have a massive range of icons, literally everything, check it out 👇

4/ Inspiration: Savee.It

Savee.It is essentially everything Pinterest should be but hasn’t yet worked out the UX for. Savee.it allows you to grab images from pretty much anywhere on the internet and save it to your inspo board. What’s awesome is it bring the original location with the image so if you ever want to click back to that dress or that artist from 4 months ago, it’s easy. The design is chic and simple so I rate this as a top creative tool. Check out an example of my far-cooler-than-I-am-boyfriend’s board.

5/ Make sharing decks easier: Small pdf

I do a lot of work on the go so am always on my phone looking over docs. We discovered this handy tool whilst my creative partner was on holiday and I needed his thoughts. ‘Small pdf’ does what you would imagine it to; it takes a big pdf and compresses it into a smaller file which you can download and open on mobile even when your connection is shitty. So handy.

 

These are my top 5 creative tools of the moment, what are yours? Share your handy gems in the comments so we can all stop making ugly AF presentations. A cute presentation = people paying attention…. well it helps.

 

 

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