Favorite tools

March 17, 2021 Updated April 26, 2022

I've been designing since . I've tested different tools. The ones that I have kept using have been very useful. Here are what I currently use to run my Product Design Career.

🔑 1Password: manage passwords

1Password

I often open accounts and for security purposes, I used to create new passwords and every once in a while, I kept resetting them because I can't remember anything.

Why is that so? "Password forgetting aligns well with one of the psychological theories of memory and predicting forgetting of passwords." ~ Rutgers University-New Brunswick-led study.

The Perception and Knowledge of IT Threats: The Consumer’s Point of View study found that 7% of people use special tools, like 1Password, to remember their passwords. I'm part of that group and have not changed for 3 years now thanks to 1Password.

Usage: Daily Price: $35.88 yearly


🕰 Clocker: timezone conscious

clocker for macOS

When I joined Lookback, the reality of working with team members in different timezones kicked in real hard. Especially setting up 1:1s to get to know them better was tough having to google EAT in PST timezone.

How lucky did I get when Tabanitha as my first 1:1 recommended Clocker to me, and I have been using it ever since. Quickly check up on your colleagues/friends in different time zones in your status bar.

Usage: Weekly Price: Free


📰 Dense Discovery: design publication

clocker for macOS
Photo Credits: The Email School

After successfully referring people to the MBA program, the CEO of dMBA sent me a token of appreciation, 5-10 editions of the Offscreen Magazine. The magazine has been life changing for me as a designer (thanks, Alen!), so I started searching for Kai Brach, publisher of the print magazine, and found that he also has a weekly newsletter, Dense Discovery.

It's a newsletter with insights on the intersection of tech, design and culture with carefully hand-picked selection of apps, accessories, and thought-provoking stuff to read, watch, and listen. I know you’ll enjoy reading his newsletter as well.

Usage: Weekly Price: Free



🗃️ Eesel: tab filter

eesel for browser
Photo Credits: Eesel

Automatically group and filter your browser history using this browser extension.

Usage: Daily Price: FREE



🔃 iMazing: HEIC converter

iMazing HEIC Converter for macOS
Photo Credits: iMazing HEIC Converter

Convert Apple's new iOS photos from HEIC to JPG or PNG so that you can upload them everywhere.

Usage: Monthly Price: Free


🧠 Gifox: bug reporting

Gifox for Mac
Photo Credits: Gifox

When you test out the product you've designed especially when it's in production, you'll always find bugs 🐛 here and there and you would have to report it to the amazing devs.

The best practice is always to try reproduce it then share what steps you took to find the bug. Well screenshots are good but, have you tried sharing GIFs of the steps and capture the bug in action? Well devs love me because I always share more than just a screenshot, a GIF clip of the bug a user is experiencing, thanks to Gifox!

Usage: Daily Price: $14.99 one-time


🎥 GoTeam: encrypted video meetings

GoTeam by Lookback
Photo Credits: GoTeam

Synchronously communicate with your team. A product by Lookback.

Usage: Daily Price: Free







📝 Reverse Text Generator: backwards version

Textfixer

I was planning a trip and wanted to get info of the gateaway and got content in PDFs from their website. The plan was to copy the text from the PDF and paste it into my notes tool (Notes).

The results weren't pretty, all I could see was unreadable gibberish text. Took a keen look, I noticed the text was in a reverse order. Now what? I googled reverse letters online and voilà! Text Fixer had what I was looking for!

Usage: Once in a while Price: Free





🧠 Whimsical: editor for everything

Whimsical App
Photo Credits: Whimsical

Mind mapping has never been this easier. Whimsical is magic!

Usage: Daily Price: Free


📝 Word counter: count words

Word Counter - Count Words and Check Grammar
Photo Credits: Word Counter

Count your characters, check grammar and spelling before you send your social media post

Usage: Monthly Price: Free

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