30 Very Useful iPhone Apps For Designers

May 19, 2013 · 29 comments

by kevin

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As a designer you are probably it is likely that you have got yourself  an iPhone by now. If not I’m quite sure this post may make you reconsider if it is time to invest. This post provides a list of 30 iPhone Apps that will be particularly useful for Designers. Remember that a broken iPhone is not worth anything and that cool iPhone cases can protect it! There are many models available also as iPhone 4 leather case.




What the font [Free]

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Have you ever come across this scenario: you’re reading a magazine and all of a sudden you see an advertisement with a great font. If you want to know the name of that font, all you have to do is pick up your iPhone and snap a photo. This great software will identify the font for you!


Fontshuffle [Free]

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FontShuffle is a great source of typography inspiration. This application contains hundreds of neatly organised fonts, so you can easily pick one that fits your design. Display your favourite font as a sample text, or test your font dynamically using your own words. Can’t find a suitable font? All you have to do is shake the iPhone and new fonts will appear in the list.


Typography Manual [$4.99]

Most designers will agree that typography is one of the most important aspects of what they do. This application is packed with useful features, such as a visual type anatomy glossary, a fonts size ruler, an em calculator and much, much more.


Type Drawing [$0.99]

Type Drawing is an application that allows you to draw with fonts. All you have to do is type a sentence, choose a font, choose a background and you can start drawing. When you’re finished, you can save your typographic artwork in your photo album.



ColorExpert [$9.99]

Need help finding that perfect colour scheme? Look no further because ColorExpert can help you with this difficult task. This application finds the best possible colour palettes so you can take your design to the next level!


Palettes [$9.99]

This easy-to-use application is a real timesaver. You can grab awesome colour palettes from everywhere. You can also load colour palettes from a website. A great application filled with valuable features!


CliqCliq [$2.99]

This is another handy colour management application for your iPhone. Once you’ve got a palette you like you can email it to yourself as a colour file. It will also send it as a bitmap and text values.



Minibooks [Free]

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Freshbooks is an online invoicing service. With this great application you can manage clients, send invoices, run timers and much more. Minibooks also synchronizes with your Freshbooks account so you can use it on the go. You could try this application by downloading Minibooks Lite.


Jobs [$1.99]

This application is all about convenience: add a job name and then press play to start tracking. When you’re done, you press pause. It really is that easy! You can run a single job, or several jobs at once. Every session is logged and every session can be named and exported.


Bill4Time [Free]

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This is a free application that tracks various aspects such as time worked (supports both labour and travel time, as well as flat-fee billing), expenses incurred, schedules and project notes. Bill4Time Mobile also offers a project overview, where you can see all of a client’s projects and all entries associated therewith.


Time Management

MultiCal [$1.99]

Bring your Google calendar to your iPhone. You can add events wherever you are. Calendars can be added easily to and from the application and the calendars can be turned on or off to allow viewing only needed information.


Omnifocus [$19.99]

Omnifocus is probably one of the most popular task management applications. It’s filled with great features and the intuitive interface makes you feel like you’ve used this application for ages. Still not convinced? Omnifocus won the 2008 Apple Design Award for Best iPhone Productivity Application. How ‘bout that?


Todo [$9.99]

Todo makes task management simple and fun. Todo helps you focus on what matters most and allows you to integrate the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology or your own.


File Management

Air sharing [$4.99]

This is probably one of the most versatile file management applications. Airsharing allows you to manage various files such as pdfs, docs, images and much more.


FTP on the go [$6.99]

A most have for web designers who have a iPhone. This application has many features such as a FTP client, a text editor, a web browser and a file server. As you can see, FTP on the go is a lot of bang for your buck.


Files [$4.99]

Store and view your files on your iPhone. This application supports the most common file types, such as pdf, images, text, html, movie and audio files. Add bookmarks to longer documents; use search to find and filter files easily; delete unwanted documents with a simple swipe and tap; set a username and password to secure your data; Files has it all covered.


Social Apps

Ego [$1.99]

Do you want all your web statistics on your iPhone? With Ego, you can easily see the statistics that matter to you. This application supports ember, feedburner, google analytics, twitter, vimeo and much, much more.


Pixelpipe [Free]

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You’ve just made an incredible photo with your iPhone camera. But how can you get this picture to your social media? Pixelpipe supports over 110 social networks from around the world. You can also upload multiple files at once, so you don’t waste your precious time.


Tweetie [$2.99]

Tweetie is a great little application that allows you to access Twitter wherever you are. Tweetie also has an offline mode, so you can read your tweets if you don’t have an internet connection at the moment.


Twitterific [$9.99]

Another great Twitter application for your iPhone. The great thing about Twitterrific is that it highlights nearby tweets with a link to Maps. There are also built-in hints to help you understand and use this software more easily.


Twitterfon [Free]

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Guess what? This is another Twitter client. TwitterFon is a simple, clean, easy to use, and is a superfast Twitter client for your iPhone and iPod Touch. There’s also a Twitterfon Pro for advanced users [$4.99].


Shozu [Free]

Shozu is another great social media application. It allows you to interact with a number of social websites such as YouTube, Facebook, flickr, etc. A must-have for all you social media addicts out there!


Cooliris [Free]

This application displays news and media from various sources in a 3D wall layout. Cooliris supports Yahoo, Flickr, Google and other various sites. The application has recently been updated and is now said to run much faster and includes support for Bing, Picasa, and Twitter.


Code Apps

HTML cheat sheet [$0.99]

This application can be helpful if you’re looking for a HTML tag. You can use this application as a quick reference if you’re working on a project.


Javascript cheat sheet [$0.99]

This application can be helpful if you’re looking for a HTML tag. You can use this application as a quick reference if you’re working on a project.


jQuery cheat sheet [$0.99]

This application can be helpful if you’re looking for a HTML tag. You can use this application as a quick reference if you’re working on a project.


PHP cheat sheet [$0.99]

This application can be helpful if you’re looking for a HTML tag. You can use this application as a quick reference if you’re working on a project.


Source viewer [$1.99]

View Source lets you access any website and look at the source code for it. This is great when you want to get the HTML code for a specific element on a website. It comes with 2 modes so you can view the source and view the website normally.



Dexigner News [Free]

This application delivers the latest design news directly to your iPhone. Get latest design news, current & upcoming design events and design competitions from Dexigner Design Portal on your iPhone.


Photoshop [Free]

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Edit and share your photos from everywhere. You can crop, rotate, change colour and apply one-touch effects like Warm Vintage and Vignette. Open a free Photoshop.com account to upload, store, and share all of your iPhone photos.


Author : Kevin

Kevin is a 21 years old design addict from Belgium. He’s also interested in football and games. You can contact Kevin on Twitter.


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Alan Jader December 3, 2010 at 1:21 am

I would like to find an application similar to that http://www.dublicatefilesdeleter.com for Iphone because in my Iphone I have hundred files duplicated as photo and music and I need more space…. can anyone help me ?


TheKid September 8, 2010 at 10:35 am

Another great app for designers is this one

Graphic Design Quiz.

The app keeps track of the users score. The hi-score is “guru design”. The user can post the score on facebook as well.


Ryan September 6, 2010 at 8:28 am

I’ve built a new app, ColorSight, for creating and emailing swatches.
This app really is for any one with the word ‘Designer’ in their job description.

Provides detailed color metrics (RGB, HSB, CMYK, and HEX) for every color in the swatch and allows you to email your swatch and its color metrics.

Check it out at. I really do feel like it would have gone in the list above if it had existed then.


tripwire team September 6, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Thanks for the tip!


Duplicate Files March 9, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Thanks for useful list! Something new for me


goldendog December 17, 2009 at 3:36 pm

I tried Omnifocus on the iphone for I am a major fan of the application. It is HORRIBLE! Pen and paper do a superior job. I continue to use it exclusively on my computer, which is where I happen to work too.

So the other apps appear to be just as useless as well to me.

I am disappointed in Web Designer Depot for tweeting this article.


Creative ideas December 17, 2009 at 9:34 am

Thanks for useful list! Something new for me


Robin December 15, 2009 at 3:43 pm

“As a designer you are probably it is likely that you have got yourself an iPhone by now.” No, not all of us an iPhone (nice grammar). Thanks for making that broad assumption. Some of us aren’t willing to pay 90 dollars a month for AT&T terrible coverage and service.


Bill4Time December 14, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Thanks for mentioning us. We appreciate it. :) The power of this Bill4Time program to store all your information for your tracked time, expenses, schedules, client info, and project info requires more than just the app itself. A free online account is necessary to use this app. However there is no credit card number necessary to set up an account. This way, you can make sure that all your data is safely stored even if you lose or break your phone.

Again, thanks for the love, TripWire Magazine!


iPhone Prices December 14, 2009 at 4:03 am

Thanks so much for all the information on the apps and more.


Tori December 12, 2009 at 5:51 am

Dropbox has a free app too, I use it constantly.


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