The best apps for creativity and inspiration.

Everyone has their go-to app! Whether it be for making lists, managing money, playing games, keeping track of projects, photo editing, or social media, there truly is an app for everything. With nearly two million apps available for download, just what is the best app for those in the creative industry? Agency folks have a different lifestyle than most 9-to-5 jobs, and therefore use technology in a different way. We decided to hit the office and ask our team which apps they use on a daily basis for inspiration or to manage their creative process.

Michael Stark, Creative Director

Procreate is one of the most powerful sketching, painting and illustration apps ever designed for a mobile device, as it was built for creative professionals. This complete artist’s toolbox helps creatives beautiful sketches, inspiring paintings, and stunning illustrations anywhere. “The Procreate App has endless possibilities. I learned about it a few years ago and have been fascinated ever since I got my hands on an iPad Pro. Tattoo artists, calligraphers, and illustrators LOVE this program and use it to create jaw-dropping hand-drawn work. I enjoy using it to add a textural element to my designs or when I am specifically going for a customized style for a brand.” If you're looking for a way to grow your photography skills, myLightMeter is what Michael suggests. It’s an app that transforms your mobile device into a reliable light meter. The app is an important piece to effectively capture images on film. The app gives a better understanding of how light and shadows work for both film and digital photography, producing a better final result. “Being a photographer, I love to try new techniques, cameras and styles to grow my skills. Film photography is an avenue that allows me to have a different mindset and process for photography than digital work. Using cameras from the 1950s does not provide me with an automated means of understanding how much light is in a scene, but this app fixes that completely.”

Dustin Wood, Senior Designer

Dribbble is Dustin’s go-to resource for discovering and connecting with designers and creative talent around the globe. This app will give you inspiration and tools to cultivate your graphic design skills. “When I’m looking for inspiration, I turn to the app Dribbble. It’s good to see what others are working on. It’s a way for artists and designers to showcase a small screenshot of their work, process and current projects.” Capture uses your mobile device as a vector converter to turn photos into color themes, patterns, type, materials, brushes and shape. Then bring those assets into your mobile apps. This is a function of the Adobe Creative Suite that is also an app and adoptable for desktop. "Capture is handy because it allows you take hand-drawn designs and upload them with a vector graphic."

Maddie Derdiger, Senior Art Director

TED is an app that explores more than 3,000 free videos and lessons from the world’s most remarkable people. The app allows the user to search by any mood or topic, from tech and science to the surprises of your own psychology. “I love being inspired by not only topics relating to design, but the variety of subject matter. From history and language to innovation and science, it inspires me. Especially when I'm in a creative rut, it helps to take my mind outside of the design realm and seek inspiration in something completely new and unrelated. It also helps that a lot of the talks are animated with graphics so no matter what topic I am engaging in, there is still an element of design for creative fuel.”

Alex Vela, Art Director

Snapseed is a photo editing app. It has a powerful filter that is used on mobile devices. The app allows the users to utilize different effects on their photos with a few swipes. Allowing the user to see how different effects apply to the image in real time. “I prefer to edit my personal photography quickly and on the fly. I like Snapseed because it helps me with editing colors and lighting on photos.”

Maris Schiess, Vice President

Headspace is the simple way to reframe stress. Relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance to your life in just a few minutes a day. “I know this isn't your traditional 'creative' app, but I love Headspace just for letting things go, refocusing and re-energizing. It does a lot of other things, but sometimes it just helps me get into the place I need to be to really start thinking with a clear head.” Apps have changed our ability to create and share with the world. Whether it be a place that helps to get your creative juices flowing, to inspire new innovative ideas, or just a place for you to relax your mind after a long day, apps are meant to make life a little more convenient. What are your favorite apps for creativity or inspiration? Tweet us your favorites @matchbook_indy!