Working as a graphic designer, especially if you work for yourself, means you have the opportunity to be creative but also need the skills to run your business effectively. Here are 12 iphone, ipad and web apps that can help you manage client meetings and grow your clientele with skill and professionalism.
This iPad app allows you to take extensive notes at client meetings and even show off preliminary sketches at a moment’s notice. Penultimate eliminates paper clutter and prevents the loss of valuable notes.
2. Moodboard Pro
Moodboard Pro a design tool that offers you the opportunity to gather inspirations for projects in one convenient place. If your client brings you a picture that she wants to build a design around, you can easily incorporate it.
3. BugMe! Ink Notes and Alarms for iPad
Clients expect to be able to offer constant feedback. This app allows you to take notes and exchange them with clients via Twitter so they are always informed as to the status of the project.
4. Color Expert
The quest to find just the right color palette for a project can really hinder progress. This app allows you to help clients visualize certain colors and find other combinations to get the perfect hue.
5. Quick Office
If you need access to your office even when you aren’t in the office, you can find all the tools you need with Quick Office. This can allow you to meet clients wherever is needed.
6. Omni Focus
Communication is an important part of the process of working with your clients. With Omni Focus, you can manage client emails and maintain a current and accurate production schedule.
7. Work Timer
Working with multiple clients means effectively juggling your time between several projects. This app allows you to log and schedule the hours you spend on tasks which helps you meet your deadlines.
A note taking app is vital to managing projects and making sure to record and incorporate client feedback. Evernote not only allows you to write notes, but you can also audio record so as not to break up any stream-of-conscious strokes of genius with typing.
9. Font Previews
This app allows you to show your clients various fonts without dragging them to a computer to help your meetings run more smoothly and move along quickly.
Missing a deadline can not only make a project more expensive for your client but also damage your work reputation as well. Stay on task with this web app and be the designer that your clients can rely on.
Create and track design proposals with Bidsketch. Different approaches work better for different clients, so this Web app allows you to make presentations in a variety of ways to win your clients over. Each bid has its own page where clients can view their proposal and make comments.
Graphic and logo design firms relay heavily on creating successful client relationships. Using the right technology can mean the difference between winning a contract for important projects and losing a client.