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Serve your art, not your tools, Part 1 via Cooper Journal

Part 1 of 3: Creativity Boosters

When computers and digital technology came onto the scene, a design revolution was born. Thanks to the advantages of the new digital workstream, the possibilities for our creativity expanded exponentially. But, given the complexity of learning the new programs that are available to us, many of us now find ourselves locked into a single toolset (read: Photoshop), afraid to try something different. As a result, our workflows are inefficient and not oriented to working effectively in teams.

The goal is to be creative
A well designed workflow cuts down your stress and increases your focus, allowing more time for what you want to do most: be creative.

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Cooper Journal: Stay inspired with Evernote

As long as I can remember, I’ve maintained an library of inspirational imagery. I’m always consuming visually appealing material, so if I find something, I grab it, whether it’s an interesting font, photograph, texture, color palette, icon, or UX pattern. Growing as a visual designer means keeping up with the ever-shifting trends and visual innovations out there in the world, and a library of inspiration can be a place to stockpile the state-of-the-art.

Evernote

Cooper Journal: Stay inspired with Evernote

Caffeinatedapp Platinum Theme

I’m a big fan of Caffeinatedapp for the mac. I decided to build a theme for it. The theme is very basic, I wanted something easy to read and super clean.

Caftheme

Install Instructions

Drop platinum.cafttheme into this directory:
~/Library/Containers/com.geekygoodness.Caffeinated/Data/Library/Application Support/Caffeinated/Themes

Download Caffeinatedapp Platinum Theme

 

My Favorite Mac Apps

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Alfred

Keyboard driven app launcher

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/alfred/id405843582?mt=12

 

Numi

Natural language calculator

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/numi/id484388250?mt=12

 

Play By Play

Dribbble client

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/play-by-play/id474543724?mt=12

 

CopyPath

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/copypath/id418079031?mt=12

 

Facebook menu

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/menutab-for-facebook/id421358730?mt=12

 

FormatMatch

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/formatmatch/id445211988?mt=12

Compress

Compress images

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/compress/id405850942?mt=12

 

Caffeine

Prevent mac from going to sleep or dimming screen.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/caffeine/id411246225?mt=12

 

Yoink

Makes drag and drop between spaces easier.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/yoink/id457622435?mt=12

 

Skitch!!!

Quickly annotate screenshots.

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skitch/id425955336?mt=12

 

LittleIpsum

Latin text generator

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/littleipsum/id405772121?mt=12

 

Dropln

Share and monitor files via dropbox

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dropin/id437805289?mt=12

 

Posterino

create photo collages. great for creating mood-boards quickly

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/posterino/id412411033?mt=12

 

Pochade

Color palette, selector

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pochade/id416091648?mt=12

 

Degrees

Weather app

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/degrees/id430173763?mt=12

 

QuickCal

Natural language calendar event creator

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quickcal/id416581096?mt=12

 

Reeder

Google Reader app

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reeder/id439845554?mt=12

 

Fontcase

Font Manager

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fontcase/id403095673?mt=12

 

Permute

Video converter

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/permute/id416702770?mt=12

 

ChopShop

Making icons easy

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chopshop/id415832312?mt=12

 

Espresso 2.0, Released

Espresso my favorite html coding app has just been upgraded to version 2.

Now with CSSEdit 3, Awesome!

You design and develop for the Web? Espresso turbo-charges your workflowwith the perfect blend of features. Speed through day-to-day edits with extensive language support, contextual completions, powerful smart snippets, and Zen actions.

Espresso

http://macrabbit.com/espresso/

Availability: Currently Accepting Freelance Work. Hire Me