‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans’. A very famous quote from the late great John Lennon. But have you heard the modern version of this?! ‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy on your smart phone’ and in a word, I agree! But there is a whole lot of interesting going on in my smart phone! Hours and hours of endless entertainment in news, fashion, design, photography and the list goes on and on. But it is also so imperative to our business world now. Where would we be without technology and social media? Applications like Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Instagram have opened up the communication lines and it’s a free for all – a community of sharing information which I think is quite brilliant and feel lucky to be a part of this viral age. Apps are also an amazing creation. We now have software that allows us to do anything on the go; draw, plan, design, play and learn. Here are some design apps that I use regularly for interior design and think they’re fantastic (and just for the record, I’m sure John Lennon would own a smart phone if he was alive today…)
This app comes from the same designers of Evernote. It’s an app for iPad and when used with a stylus, it simulates the experience of writing. It’s great for sketching and making notes which is a handy tool to have when you are with a client taking a brief of a space.
Room Planner (free)
Room Planner by Chief Architect allows you to create floor plans and 3D models. As well as drawing floor plans, it allows you to arrange rooms with furniture, doors and windows. There is a multitude of colours, materials, textures and 3D objects to choose from. Excellent when you are planning a space for a client brief and easy to use.
Houzz is a beautiful visual app that allows you to browse millions of design ideas and add them to your own virtual idea book. There are great features like the ability to click on links in a photo which will give you information on where to buy the furniture or accessories. You can also search for local professionals in your own area in the ‘Find Local Pros’ tab.
The virtual mood board – this app makes my life a happy one! You can create boards for any scenario; to plan projects, make wish lists, plan trips and with an unending sea of images, there is so much to be inspired by. It also has the added functionality of clicking on the image and it takes you directly to the website to where the image came from which I have found great when trying to source items for clients.
This clever app allows you to organise notes, photos, audio recordings, lists and more that you can then tag and file into stacks. It also decodes your handwritten notes so you can search for those too! An ample little office on the go!
What are your favourite apps? I am always on the lookout for new and upcoming apps and would love to hear what your essentials are!