20 Awesome Productivity Tools for Designers

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We selected some of the best productivity tools for designers that will increase the checked tasks on your daily list and help you work better, faster and more efficiently!

You will find some great apps and tools for creating a pleasant background noise while you work, to help you focus, and also apps for avoiding distraction and organizing your tasks as well as collaborating with other designers or even with your clients.

Some of these productivity apps and tools may sound familiar to you, while others may seem new. Check them out and choose the productivity tools you love!

Google Drive

Google Drive can be used for free and helps you have all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer.



Dropbox lets you get to all your files from anywhere, on any device and share them with anyone.



Trello is a great project management app. Whether it’s managing a team, writing an epic screenplay, or just making a grocery list, it will help you with managing any kind of project, big or small.



You can put articles, videos or pretty much anything into Pocket and save them directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and Zite.



With this popular app, you can collect, nurture, and share ideas across desktop and mobile platforms. The files will always be accessible and always in sync.

5-Capture-what’s-on-your-mind-_-Evernote keeps your lists and tasks in perfect sync across all your devices and also comes with easy to use apps for web, Android, iPhone, Mac and Chrome.



Asana is free to use, simple to get started, and powerful enough to run your entire business. It is perfect for project and task management.

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You can use this infinite online whiteboard as part of your design thinking toolkit. It comes with real-time collaboration features created with teams in mind.

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Noisli is a fantastic background noise generator for working and relaxing. It offers online soothing ambient sounds like White noise, Rain and Coffee Shop.


Paper by Fifty Three

Paper is the best way to capture and connect your notes, photos, and sketches. You can create checklists, spotlight details in photos, and sketch diagrams.

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Deep Focus by Spotify

Spotify is a digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs. This is a playlist created by them, with the purpose of giving you the ambient music for focusing on your work.



Noizio is an app that will drown out the noise of the street and allow you to concentrate on work, increasing your productivity.


Self Control

SelfControl is a free and open-source application for Mac OS X that lets you block your own access to distracting websites, your mail servers, or anything else on the Internet.



This site offers ambient soundscapes for use as background noise at home or in the office. You can create your own unique sound environment with this noise generator.



Coffitivity recreates the ambient sounds of a cafe to boost your creativity and help you work better.

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Have a task manager, directly in your Gmail! No need to waste time jumping between Gmail and project management tools, as you can manage your projects with Yanado right inside your Gmail account.


Cold Turkey

This is a computer application that permanently blocks certain websites for a few days at a time.



With Raindrop you can collect bookmarks, clip articles, photos, videos and pages from web and apps, organize bookmarks in collections and tag them.

DesignersMX combines our passion for music with our passion for design. Listen to the best music curated by designers just like you.



GoToMeeting offers HD video conferencing for you to talk to your clients from anywhere, in a professional manner.


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Written by Iggy

Iggy is a designer who loves experimenting with new web design techniques collating creative website designs. You can follow Iggy on Twitter.


  1. M! says:

    I use :)
    For me, is the best way to manage my design proccess.

  2. Nandini Sharma says:

    Great list. I’d like to recommend one more tool here – ProofHub. It’s proofing tool makes life easy for designers as it cuts the tedious task of reviewing and approval of designs easier than ever. Check out

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