My Top 5 Apps

The apps I use on the daily


1. For creating order in my life...

I use Evernote to organize my thoughts, my personal projects, my work, and my school. I would be in trouble if I didn't have it. Evernote is a great note-taking software. You can organize all of your notes into neat categories for different parts of your life. Everything is stored on "THE CLOUD" so you can access your notes anywhere you are if you have an epiphany or forget an important detail that needs to be looked up immediately. I always have it open on my computer and use it quite a bit on my phone as well.



2. For making my life less quiet...

Everyone knows about Spotify and it's great. Pretty much the only thing I use to listen to music unless I'm in my car (still haven't coughed up the $9.99 / month for the mobile version). Most of the time it is open and playing on my computer. I also use it to find the latest album releases because I'm too busy (read: lazy) to keep up with the latest releases.



3. For talking to people and stuff...

I use Google apps in some form many times a day and almost all day while at work. Gmail is obviously great for emailing and is probably the app I use most but I also use Docs and Calendar pretty heavily too. Docs is great for live collaboration where everyone can see what you are doing and add anything that they thing would be helpful. Calendar is great too. Being able to quickly look what I have scheduled for the day and color coding things based on whether it's for work, school, or something else is awesome. I also use Analytics a good bit for work if you want to count that as a Google app.



4. For trying to make things pretty...

I use at least one of these daily. With school, work, and personal projects, I am constantly making new stuff with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign. Still learning a lot with everything but that's why I'm going to school, right?! They are definitely all great tools but a lot of the time it is a love-hate relationship.




5. For Everything Else...

Everyone knows what Chrome is but it is definitely my most used "App." I use it over other browsers for it's simplicity and flexibility. It does everything I want it to but nothing more and if there is something I don't like then there is an extension to fix it. My two favorite extensions are Speed Dial which creates a page that has thumbnails for all your favorite websites, and smooth gestures which allows you to bind navigation commands like "close tab, forward, back, etc" to different gestures of your mouse.