Design agency owners, what tools are you using?
over 7 years ago from Philip Lester, CEO @ Dreamten & GiveForms
We’re a 100% remote team and rely heavily on tools. We’ve spent a ton of time trying to find the perfect tool for every job. Here are the ones we’ve grown to love:
Design / Dev
Design - Primarily Sketch, Occasionally Photoshop
Sketch is currently the absolute best UX/UI tool available. Between our team we’ve opened Photoshop maybe once in the past several months, though it used to be our go to tool for design. Waiting for the day when we can cancel our CC subscriptions.
Design Feedback - RedPen
It’s had some downtime lately which is annoying, but overall it’s the simplest and easiest feedback tool for our clients. We’ve tried Invision and while it's powerful, it was too bloated for our clients.
Design Storyboarding & History - Custom solution using Craft CMS & RedPen
Read more about this here.
Versioning - BitBucket & GitHub
BitBucket for private repos (because they're free). GitHub for public repos (because they're free).
Code Deployment - DeployBot
Beautiful and simple interface.
Prototyping - We’ve tried Marvel, Atomic, and a few others, but haven’t settled on one app we love yet.
Screenshots & Uploads - CloudApp
Helps us take quick screenshots and upload files. Very useful and saves us a ton of time.
Accounting & Invoicing - Freshbooks
Not the sexiest invoicing system ever, but it's dead simple, has tons of integrations, and seems to be the most complete saas invoicing product available.
Project Management - Flow & Basecamp
We occasionally use Basecamp with clients, but they're generally reluctant to adopt it as part of their workflow. Flow is absolutely critical for our internal project management and we use it heavily every day.
Credit Card Processing - Stripe
Best and most flexible payment processor ever.
Payroll - Gusto (Formerly ZenPayroll)
Payroll can be an expensive nightmare, but believe it or not Gusto actually makes it FUN! and inexpensive! They even file tax and government paperwork for you! Can't say enough amazing things about them.
Email - Google Apps
Rock solid and completely reliable for us over 6+ years.
Password Storage - Passpack
Terrible design but brilliant and free password storage/security.
Filesharing - Dropbox
We store literally all of our project and company files on Dropbox, making it easy to share with clients and our team, and make sure everyone always has the latest files.
Would love to hear what other agency owners are using these days. Please share!
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