Five must-have iPhone apps for graphic designers

iphoneThe iPhone is one of the most popular products in the country, and is perhaps on the precipice of an iPhone explosion if Apple makes a deal with Verizon. iPhone apps are all the rage, and there seems to be something for everyone. Here are five must-have iPhone apps for graphic designers.

  1. Palettes lets you grab colors from photos and websites so you can create the perfect color scheme for your theme. So, for example, if you wanted a beach theme you could take a photograph of a beach scene and pull the colors right out of it. Pretty awesome.
  2. Zeptopad is a neat sketch and brainstorming app for everyone from the doodler to the free form designer.
  3. The Dexigner iPhone app lets you stay up-to-date on design news, events, upcoming releases and just about everything else pertaining to the graphic design industry.
  4. OpticsCalc is for optical theory buffs. It performs optical calculations related to Fresnel reflections, prism refraction, Lens Makers formulas and Snell’s Law, among others. Quick and handy for the serious designer.
  5. OrderDesignWork is not so much an app you can use as it is one you can emulate. The menu lets customers instantly order design services with one of the most streamlined design order forms I’ve ever seen. Since the iPhone is ripening, now might be the time to develop a similar application of your own.

From choosing the perfect custom color to making money, the iPhone represents awesome opportunities for graphic designers to increase productivity and boost profits. And, it’s fun. What are your favorite iPhone design apps?

7 Responses to Five must-have iPhone apps for graphic designers

  1. Eileen February 11, 2010 at 8:10 am #

    For those app developers that don’t know Objective-C and Cocoa Touch and don’t want to outsource development, check out localbeacon (an iphone app builder) at Great for those who want to build just one app or developers interested in white label.

  2. Brian February 15, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    Great point Eileen! There are many resources for white label products. The uninitiated would be surprised at how many products are white label – which is when a product is created by one company to be rebranded and sold by other companies. You can learn more about white label products here:

  3. Douglas Bonneville March 13, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    You might also like Font Combinations App. You can experiment with different typeface pairs to see how they relate. You can switch out the fonts with a swipe and create thousands of combinations very easily. Great for learning what the top fonts used by graphic designers are, too.

  4. Brian March 17, 2010 at 5:55 am #

    Douglas, thank you for posting. The Font Combinations App looks seriously cool… is there an online version for those of us who do not use the iPhone?

  5. TheKid September 8, 2010 at 2:26 am #

    this is also a great app

    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.

    check it out


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