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Designers tend to still do most of their design related work on desktop computers, Macs. This is not because there are no mobile options but comfort, efficiency and control matters. However if you are often on the move some mobile Apps may help you get more out of your time and pick up creative vibes when they come to you. The arrival of the iPad not only made this possible but also a good experience and today there are plenty of cool Ipad Apps for Designers available. Of course there are some great apps as well for Android based devices so if you not an Apple geek there is still good solutions available.

What apps are you using and what experience do you have with working with creative tasks on mobile devices? Please let us know in a comment.





Pinterest have grown to become one of the largest social networks/bookmarking sites in a very short time. The use of boards makes Pinterest a great service to organize and share your own creative juice, but also it is great to find inspiration in some great Pinterest boards for designers. The right way to access Pinterest on the move is from the Pinterest App…



There is always a bit of writing to do – even for creative people right? As writing is probably not where most designers want to spend a lot of time using the right tool can be quite important to get the job done as fast and effectively as possible. Byword is one of the apps you need if writing takes place on an iPad but to be honest a tablet screen is not great for writing longer text blocks… it is a lot easier and less frustrating to use an iPad keyboard. For Jamie Young Editor in Chief at AppAdvice moving from iA to Byword was the right decision: “They’re both good. I was a hardcore iA fan; took a while for me to switch. Glad I did. Get Byword for iOS, too. Perfect.”

Adobe Ideas


Adobe have created some of the most popular desktop application for creative professionals. They are also innovating in the market for mobile apps and as an example Adobe Ideas is user-friendly and easy to use. The app is enabling designers to quicly sketch ideas that they stumble upon on the move and and later worked these can be picked up in Illustrator or Photoshop. It is excellent for sketching and with a good pen the iPad version really rocks.

Adobe Photoshop Touch


Transform images with core Adobe Photoshop features in an app designed for tablets. Combine images, apply professional effects, share results with friends and family through sites like Facebook, and more – all from the convenience of your iPad. Also you can use popular Photoshop features designed for the tablet such as layers, selection tools, adjustments, and filters to create mind-blowing images.

Adobe Photoshop Express – Android App


Edit and share photos virtually anywhere. Touch to crop, rotate, adjust color, and add artistic effects. Access all your photos and videos directly from your free Photoshop.com account. Quickly share with family and friends.



Instagram enables its users to take photographs, apply cool filters and share them with one of the largest creative communities online in no time. Finding the daily shot or participating in the weekend challenges is a creative and inspirational process and it is quite fun.

Flipboard – Your Social News Magazine


Beautifully designed for iPad and iPhone, Flipboard creates a personalized magazine out of everything being shared with you. Flip through your Facebook newsfeed, tweets from your Twitter timeline, photos from Instagram friends, sounds from SoundCloud and much more. Fill Flipboard with the things you like to read, from niche blogs to publications like Rolling Stone and Lonely Planet, and use Instapaper or Readability to save articles to read later. Flipboard creates a single place to enjoy, browse, comment on and share all the news, photos and updates that matter to you. In addition to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, you can flip through your newsfeeds and timelines from Google Reader, LinkedIn, SoundCloud, Tumblr, Flickr, 500px, Sina Weibo and Renren on Flipboard.



Good ideas always turn up when we are not expecting them to and it is important to take notes about them in a structured way before it is to late. Tools like Evernote makes it simple to take notes and find them again and it also works well on mobile devices. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.



The popular file storage and synch service Dropbox is not just useful for sharing large files with clients or colleagues. The potential Dropbox have for mobile apps is pretty obvious and developers are adding dropbox support to more and more apps as a foundation for accessing files. Many also use Dropbox as an effective tool to move files between desktops and mobile devices.



More and more design project include elements for mobile screens. Since the design process is typically not taking place on the target mobile device it can be difficult to check the end user experience. LiveView is a specialized remote screen viewing application intended as a tool to help designers create graphics for mobile applications, it has also proven to be useful for creating quick and dirty simulations, demos, and experience prototypes.

Air Display


It is now possible to make use of your iOS devices when doing work on your main computer. With Air Display, you can use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch as a wireless display, to extend your computer desktop. Air Display works in both landscape and portrait configurations. Just rotate your screen, and it automatically reconfigures. Without taking up a lot of space on the desk the iPad’s 1024×768 display nearly doubles the screen area of a laptop or netbook.

Touch Sketch


Touch Sketch is a next-generation sketching application that turns your iPad or iPhone into a fun and intelligent drawing pad. Play with different sketching techniques with automatic shading applied as you work, or use abstract tools to decorate the page with unique design patterns.

Brushes – iPad Edition


Create art anywhere, with Brushes on your iPad! Brushes is a popular painting app, specially designed for the iPad. Simple to learn, yet powerful enough for pros — Brushes has been used to create 4 different New Yorker covers!

Magic Color Picker – Android App


Magic Color Picker is an powerful color selection tool suitable for designers, artists and programmers for selecting colors using different color models. Supports 7 different modes and RGB, HSV, HSL and YUV color models. Use either palette or sliders to adjust. Colors are shown in decimal and HEX.



iDesign is a useful 2D vector drawing App. It uses offset controls which allows you to draw accurately with your finger not getting in the way or blocking your view.

SketchPad HD


SketchPad is a fun, easy to use drawing and note taking application for the iPad. SketchPad allows you to draw in a variety of colors, collect and browse through notes and share notes that you create on the iPad over email. SketchPad includes a variety of paper types including yellow, graph paper, ruled and plain. it’s fun to draw, doodle and play.

Qvik Sketch Pro


Qvik Sketch Pro is one those cool things that you just plain need on your iPhone and iPad. Draw sweet looking sketches quickly regardless of your drawing skills. Qvik Sketch Pro makes bad looking pictures look good, and great looking drawings look awesome. Try it, draw it, share it. Qvik Sketch Pro features technology that will make the simplest of doodles look like nicely sketched or inked images. Select your color and brush of choice and express yourself. Then share your fabulous creations with your Facebook friends or save them on the device. Quick, easy, effortless – the way all apps should be.

Inspire Pro – Paint, Draw & Sketch


Try Inspire Pro and you will quickly see that it is a painting app like no other! The key feature is the simulation of wet oil paint on canvas, allowing amazing blending effects with five real kinds of brushes. You will be stunned by what you can do with a dry brush! Inspire Pro is not a Photoshop clone. It does NOT have layers or a large number of brushes. It does, however, have the BEST color blending capability on the App Store. Whether you’re a beginner, expert, or somewhere in between, you will enjoy the simplicity and power of Inspire Pro.



It’s easy to manage your WordPress blog or site from your iOS device. With WordPress for iOS, you can moderate comments, create or edit posts and pages, and add images or videos with ease. All you need is a WordPress.com blog or a self-hosted WordPress.org site running 2.9.2 or higher.

FTP On The Go


An FTP client for the iPhone and iPod touch. All the features of a desktop FTP client and more; a very powerful app. With FTP On The Go, you can fix your website, and view files on your FTP server, from anywhere. Out of the office and need to edit a file? Need to view the latest document on the server? Have to upload new photos when on location and don’t have an Internet connection on your laptop? FTP On The Go can do them all, and more.

Artist’s Touch for iPad


Artist’s Touch is a powerful natural-media paint app with a unique “photo-paint” algorithm that allows anyone, regardless of skill, to paint like a master using photos from their iOS library.

Analytics HD


The premier app for Google Analytics, Analytics App, now debuts on the iPad as Analytics HD! Only Analytics app for iPad with Segmentation! See charts and reports like you’ve never seen them before, and share them in a meeting with full screen charts! Analytics HD brings all your important stats in a simple and efficient interface, faster and easier than checking Google Analytics from your browser!



BlogPress is a writing tool that supports text-image mixed layout and it is as easy as Word. Placing your photos anywhere in the text is now a few taps away!! even you don’t know html code. The posts will look the same as your editing.



StumbleUpon is the easiest way to discover new and interesting things from across the Web. Simply tap the “Stumble!” button, or swipe your device’s screen to discover photos, videos, web pages and more, recommended by people sharing your Interests.

Twitterrific for Twitter


Now a universal app for both iPad & iPhone, Twitterrific is the friendly, award-winning Twitter client that’s beautiful to look at easy to use and full of elegant features. Effortlessly read and compose tweets, search Twitter.com, filter message types and much more.

HootSuite for Twitter


Compose and converse on the go. HootSuite for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch allows you to manage your social media profiles, like Facebook, Facebook Pages, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Twitter, from almost anywhere. Simple, elegant and powerful, HootSuite allows you to send and schedule updates, track click stats, and set up tracking columns to monitor keywords, #hashtags, and lists.



Real-life sharing rethought for the web, wherever you are. Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot simpler.

FlickStackr for Flickr


FlickStackr brings Flickr photo sharing to the iPad. Designed from the ground up for the larger screen, it allows you to BROWSE photos in the Flickr universe. UPLOAD photos, and EDIT your photos’ metadata.

Layers – Pro Edition for iPad


Want to doodle, draw on photos, or paint a masterpiece on your new iPad? Look no further! Layers packs in everything you need to be creative on the go. The pro edition of Layers provides more brushes, more layers, and more advanced layer operations than the standard edition. Enjoy more control over your brush tip using the brush offset option, and email your paintings as layered PSD files to transfer your work to the desktop!



Penultimate gives you the fast, tactile gratification of writing on paper, with digital power and flexibility. Take notes, keep sketches, or share your next breakthrough idea — in the office, on the go, or home on the sofa.

HTML Editor – Android App


A simple HTML,ASP,JS and CSS editor for your coding on the road, use menu to>”save and view file” to preview.

Mocking Pad


Mocking Pad will help you quickly and easily create sketch like wireframes of your application ideas. Low fidelity sketches can help you and your clients focus on whats really important in the early stages of application design and not get distracted by pixels and colours. Mocking Pad on the iPad is great for collaborating on designs: in face to face meetings you can pass the pad around between colleagues and clients to iterate rapidly, and when working remotely you can share designs in a variety of formats via email and Dropbox. If you want to share your designs over your WiFi network then Mocking Pad can turn your iPad into a web server allowing the viewing of your designs from any web browser.

Nebulous Notes


Nebulous Notes is a powerful, yet simple, text editor for note-takers, writers, and coders. Your notes are backed up and available from Dropbox, the best back-up service in the world. Free accounts on Dropbox come with 2GB of space, enough to store 500 copies of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

Textastic Code Editor


Textastic is a fast and versatile text, code and markup editor supporting syntax highlighting of over 80 programming and markup languages. Connect to FTP, SFTP and WebDAV servers or to your Dropbox and iDisk accounts. Use the built-in WebDAV server to easily transfer files from your Mac or PC over Wi-Fi.

SilverEdit – Android App


SilverEdit is the ultimate web designer tool for Android devices. With SilverEdit you can Create, Edit, Preview your pages offline or online. Manage, upload and download files through the FTP as well as managing your local files and folders. SilverEdit supports most known web type documents and the ability to save your documents as whatever file type you’d like. You can also customize the editor to suite you.

Author : Lars Vraa

Lars is passionate about web design, web development, SEO, social media and loves to look into new technologies, techniques, tools etc. and to write articles for tripwire magazine readers.

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