Designing on a budget 💰
Courtesy of @uxsteven
Here are a number of tools that I use as a freelancer/co-founder when I’m looking to keep my budget pretty tight 🤷♂️
Slack — Free
Keybase — Free (Blockchain + Crypto friendly)
🟢 Project Management
Trello — Free
BaaS — Firebase — Free
Hosting (simple) — Site Ground
Hosting (advanced) — Digital Ocean
🟢 File Sharing
Google Drive — Free
Hotjar — Free
Google Analytics — Free
Facebook — Free
Firebase — Free
🟢 Design Tools
Adobe XD — Free
🟢 Note taking
Communication is key. I rely on slack because widely adopted (especially overseas), easy to use, and their mobile app is top notch.
Try Keybase, really good blockchain-based encrypted communication tool that also doubles
Trello is an amazingly simple card-based project management tool. This tool keeps all of my projects with my developers organized. It’s easy to see what we’re working on and what is slipping behind.
This is a great tool for remote teams.
Firebase gives you file hosting, authentication, database, analytics, push notification, ads, and in-app messaging all in one sleek platform.
Additionally, I use SiteGround for all basic hosting, email, etc. and DigitalOcean or AWS for anything more advanced.
Google Drive is a solid choice when you need to share files and control access. By default, just for having a Gmail address, you get 15GB’s worth of storage.
Google Drive is close to on-par with Dropbox that you can get and it also has a solid API for all you coders.
Google Analytics is a staple in the industry which makes it a must to have.
Facebook analytics (though the data is not as robust as pre 2018).
HotJar is a behavior analytics and user feedback service that includes heat maps, session recordings, and surveys.
Adobe XD is a phenomenal prototyping, designing, and layout tool when you consider that it’s free and integrates seamlessly into your other Adobe products.
Another tool caught my eye recently called, Figma, this is a great tool as well and has a similar feature set as Adobe XD or Sketch.
Bonus — useful designer tools for everyday usage:
Leadpages — lets you build beautiful, high-converting websites, unlimited landing pages, pop-up forms you can add to your other websites.
FlyWheel — is managed WordPress hosting built for designers and creative agencies.
Crello — a free graphic design editor that helps create images for social media, print, and other web-based graphics.
FlowKit — allows designers to create frighteningly fast user flows within Sketch and Figma.