Technically, National App Day is December 11, but here at [ 2 one 5 ] Creative, it’s every day. Apps are involved in everything we do, whether it’s keeping ourselves on task and organized, creating social media content, or just trying to make something for dinner. In honor of National App Day, here are some of our team’s favorite apps.
Brendon, Account Manager: Adobe Illustrator Draw
Adobe Illustrator Draw is the go-to app to get Brendon’s creative juices flowing. The free mobile drawing app’s customizable brushes, basic shape stencils, and resizable canvases make drawing, designing, and styling art a breeze. It also allows users to re-stack, rename, and merge vector drawing layers with photos. The real game-changer for Brendon, though, is being able to upload his art directly to Adobe Illustrator CC or Adobe Photoshop with just one tap. Says Brendon, “Adobe Illustrator Draw is awesome for doodling and e-signatures – you can export anything you create directly to illustrator.”
How does [ 2 one 5 ]’s Executive Creative Director Kris Blake stay organized? Clear Todos! This task app makes being organized seem effortless. The simple, colorful interface creates to-do lists for users without making it feel like another chore. At a cost of $4.99, Clear Todos’ design makes to-do lists look like “miniature works of art”. It’s almost as if they made it FOR Kris.
It can be hard to stay on top of the news when you’re in the office all day. Kris’s go-to app for staying informed is Quartz. Featuring major publishers like the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, Quartz will personalize your feed with your favorite topics, and notify you about the important stories without the noise and chaos of social media. The app is free, but it does offer a renewable monthly subscription option for $14.99/month.
Jackie, Video Motion Producer: RNI Films
RNI Films is short for “really nice images”, and this app sure does live up to its name. The app brings the character of analogue film to digital media, recreating the accuracy, color separation, skin tones, and grain texture of real film. Jackie loves this app because its filters – including negative, instant, black and white, and vintage – are derived off of real film, with adjustment tools available.
Nik, Founder & President: Distiller
It’s not all work and no play over here at [ 2 one 5 ] Creative. Distiller is Nik’s current app of choice. Distiller brings together a harmonious community of spirit lovers and experts. The app is free, and provides access to thousands of expert reviews on whiskey, agave, rum, brandy, gin, vodka, and tequila. Users can scan bottles to quickly access information including flavor profiles and reviews. Distiller keeps track of the spirits you’ve tried, and recommends new ones based on your personal ratings. The days of blind liquor choices are over!
Dana Marie, Senior Operations Manager: Paprika
At [ 2 one 5 ] Creative, Dana Marie manages operations; at home, she manages recipes via Paprika. “I’m obsessed with Paprika for organizing recipes, meal plans, and grocery lists,” she reports. Recipes can be saved from anywhere on the web through Paprika’s built-in browser, and can be transferred across all devices through cloud sync. The smart grocery list feature organizes needed ingredients by aisle, and allows users to create multiple, customized lists.
Victoria, Design Intern: TV Time
TV Time is like your own personalized TV Guide. This free mobile app helps users track their favorite television shows, and discover new ones. TV Time notifies users when new episodes are available, and provides personalized recommendations for new series they should watch. Victoria loves the app because it’s “a great place to keep track of your TV shows, where to watch or stream them, see what others are watching, and get suggestions.” TV Time tracks shows from all the major networks, including streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.
Emily, VP of Brand Development: Starbucks
“Starbucks. Because Starbucks.” Enough said.
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