Tool tips is a new series where Hightail employees share their life’s most essential apps, online services and resources. First up is our dexterous Senior Product Designer, Brad Wrage.
As of late I’ve become a huge fan of Bohemian Coding’s Sketch, a vector-based design tool for UI designers. It’s still early in its life, but has changed my workflow tremendously. The combination of art boards, layer settings panels and symbols allows me to work quickly at a bird’s eye view while still giving me the ability to reach pixel perfection.
Oh, and at Hightail we’re currently working on a product called Hightail Spaces that is a really smart way to get feedback and iterate on designs. It has made my life as a designer much easier and I can’t wait to share it with the world.
Outside of work I couldn’t live without Rdio and Instagram. Rdio is always playing in the background. Whether it’s jazz by Dave Brubeck for early morning reading or something to get me focused like M83, there isn’t anything quite so key for all areas of my life.
Then there’s Instagram. My wife says I’m addicted and I can’t disagree. I follow friends and family all over the world, as well as amazing photographers that showcase some of my favorite things: music, surfing and coffee. Instagram allows me to escape for a quick moment or two and find some rest in an incredible ocean view, which can be therapeutic!
These days there are so many resources out there to learn and grow in design it’s difficult not to become overwhelmed. Lately I can’t even keep track of the good stuff being shared on Twitter because there is so much flying around. My morning reading is Layervault’s Designer News, which curates all the top stories along with recent links and conversations around design. There’s plenty of gold in there each day so that I don’t feel left out on the key happenings.
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