We love to disconnect as much as the next creative, but in reality, our phones are our everything: from a personal assistant, entertainment center, meditation coach, our modern day Rolodex, and everything in between. Here are just a few of the many apps that are well worth the real estate on your homepage. Get the to the app store stat!
calm.com — When vacay is a little too far off the calendar, Calm is a great app for a quick escape via guided relaxation and meditation. Just a few minutes really does lead to increased focus and decreased stress, plus, it’s way cheaper than airfare.
Highball by Studio Neat— Happy Hour in your pocket. This is one of the best drink recipe apps we’ve found: you can upload, share, and search through tons of cocktails at the tap of a button. So whether you’re playing hostess or need a new after-work special, this one’s a must-have. Drink responsibly.
Niice.co — The design-focused, minimalist mood-boarding platform of our dreams. Their newly released iPhone app still has some room to grow, but on the web, it’s a perfect resource to get your creative juices flowing or even share a collaborative board. Export your moodboards as PDFs, Dropbox folders, or send a link directly to a client.
VSCO — If this photo editor isn’t a mainstay on your home screen, it should be. VSCO Cam & Film (for Android/iPhone & Lightroom) are more than just great film-simulating filters (and they really are great!) — they’ve built a beautiful community of artists around the world. They’ve also got a suite of products (VSCO Grid, Journal, & Film) that are great places to get inspired and maybe even get discovered.
And an honorable mention goes to:
Felt Pro / This one’s pre-launch (May 2015) but we’re already sold. Write and send handwritten personalized stationery, all from your iPad. Personalized thank-you notes in the mail are always good form, and stand out even more in the digital age, so good on Felt for making the process easy and modern at $4 a card (including shipping)!
Are there any apps on your home screen that everyone should download? We're always up for an App Store shopping spree.