We have conducted a survey last week to find out what kind of tools do you use for your designs. The survey did not turn out to be some revelation, but we’ll be glad to share its little results with you.
Here is the list of online design & editing tools, that are used the most by the respondents in our community. Interestingly, two distinct types of tools have mixed here. You will see somewhat established and well-known for ages, alongside something new and refreshing.
Meet the design tools diversity
Gravit is a simple and powerful online tool for developing beautiful designs. One of the users, Claas Kuhnen from Wayne State University describes the service like this:
“I use Gravit for creating my designs, because it allows me to work and edit my designs simply from everywhere on every device. The professional asset management, that links designs and updates them interactively brings my work flow to a new level. The pen tool on Gravit is exactly what designers need and not what the software forces them to use. It helps me to work faster due to the simple drag and drop clipping mask and the simple intuitive User Interface.”
That’s right. And you will soon be able to get Lobster photos into Gravit and edit them for your designs after buying and downloading, so thumbs up for the fast development.
Infogr.am is an online service for creating infographics. It is partly free and allows you to visualize data neatly and eloquently. The free package gives you an access to basic templates and functions. However, if you’ll upgrade to one of their commercial plans, you will be able to create such outstanding infographics your data will become understandable to everyone. There is mostly nothing you need to know about design to make your infographics look beautiful.
We did not have it in our survey upfront, however, some of you mentioned IPiccy. We have not come across it in Lobster team before, but it seems to be nice and easy. Our user, Frederikke Jønsson described the tool like this:
“IPiccy is super easy to use and you can learn to master it really fast!”
Yes, we have played around, and she may be right.
This one, that has recently blown in popularity thanks to it’s automation and zen. To speak personally for a moment, I know nothing about design and usually consider mine to be ‘web-punk collages’ instead of pictures.
“Canva has saved the social media team from crafting tons of Facebook covers hand in hand with a designer”
(Quote from a member of our social media team, who decided to remain unknown)
A marketing manager, who is a no daytime designer, can edit everything online with dozens of pre-sized free templates and guides. You still need to pay for photos, well, you can buy yours on Lobster and upload, too!
One of the Lobster users who shared their views with us, Tim Evans, described in an adorably concise way – why everyone designs related uses Adobe Apps:
“They’re the industry standard”
That’s it. Nothing to add. Let’s watch out for how Adobe manage to benchmark the newcomers in simplicity, lightness and digital media focus in future.
Yes, you have probably noted 4 out of 5 design tools on the list are the new generation hip online apps. And that’s the future. Young photographers and digital designers are absorbing change fast and often are the beloved early adopters for innovative tools. And while Canva and Gravit are not as powerful as ‘the industry standard’ just yet, and there is still nothing that can be compared to Illustrator and Photoshop in the eyes of a long time pro, the standard is clearly shifting towards being all online and having fewer options (read: noise). Is simple the new black?
Let us know what you think and how online design or photo editing tools work for you.