The 9 best apps that made our work this 2019 awesome
Limitless Lab continues to break the limits with the addition of new members and projects that guarantees us a crystal clear vision by 2020. We are grateful for the limitless opportunities that we’ve grabbed for the past year, and we wouldn’t be able to achieve little successes without the help of tech platforms and startups that aim to foster creativity and collaboration in teams.
We live in the digital age wherein people are highly exposed to various technologies that helps us boost our productivity. In this blog post, let us share the 9 best apps that helped us here at Limitless Lab to create possibilities and innovation with our clients and partners:
Slack is the essential desktop and mobile app for communication that we use during work hours. It’s also a popular office communication app for various corporations like Target and Oracle who use this app regularly.
We won’t deny that the general use of emails for work conversations and collaborations is hugely positive. Still, we have to admit that it can also be a hassle to look for specific messages in your massive pile of mails in your inbox.
Slack saves you from messy inboxes. This communication app makes your office conversations more organized by letting you create different channels for your various projects, departments, and clients. Team members can also be added or excluded in specific conversations – this means that they won’t receive notifications about channels that don’t include them.
Not only that, but Slack also lets you share documents, video chat, and send GIFs inside the application. Linking your other office tools such as Google Drive and Google Calendar also helps boost your productivity.
Most, if not all, design thinkers are in love with sticky notes. The design thinking process usually highlights how sticky notes help people organize and prioritize ideas. And sticky notes are the reason why we included Miro on our list. Miro is a collaborative online board app – perfect for teams like us who also brainstorm online. A visual collaboration platform for organizations, Miro lets users create real-time whiteboards, use sticky notes and freehand drawing, and brainstorm and organize ideas.
The Limitless Lab team uses Miro for planning projects with partner organizations, creating workflows of our projects, and so much more. This application lets you have design thinking sessions with the aid of technology.
Miro is an excellent tool for maintaining your workflow, and you can also download the mobile app on your phone!
Pinterest is one of the fastest-growing platforms for online content sharing. It is an app that allows users to view and share their interests with other people by pinning images and videos on their boards and look at other people’s boards as well.
Whenever the Limitless Lab team needs inspiration for our next project or materials, Pinterest comes to the rescue. We have boards dedicated to each project, and all we do is browse for photos and videos that match the vision we see for our projects and pin it to our board.
Similar to the previously mentioned apps, Pinterest is also available on mobile. You can search for inspiration with just a tap of your finger! What’s also great is you can also add collaborators to your board.
Not only you can use Pinterest for work, but you can also use it to make your personal and passion projects more organized.
Figma is a design collaboration tool which is also called as the Google Docs for designers. Why? Because you can access Figma using your browser, and you can also have real-time collaboration with other people.
Limitless Lab is passionate when it comes to collaboration, which is why we included Figma on our list. Figma helped us a huge deal when we were making UX/UI mockups for our clients. It somewhat also has a similarity with Adobe Illustrator and Sketch, so designers will not find it challenging to adapt to this fantastic app.
Sharing files and versions of your mockups through communication apps can somehow be a hassle, but Figma is here to make things easier for you
You might be asking, how do we show other people our mockups after creating them on Figma? The answer is ProtoPie. ProtoPie makes prototyping your mockups as easy as pie. The prototype stage is essential in the design thinking world, and having interactive prototypes is what ProtoPie can do for you.
With ProtoPie, you can create prototypes that resemble your actual product. These types of products will help your users experience your product more accurately; therefore, they will give you accurate feedback as well. ProtoPie also makes it easier for our designers and developers to discuss the prototype.
You can easily upload your mockups from Figma to ProtoPie with a single click. ProtoPie also does not require you to code your prototypes for them to work. We also love how designers can stimulate designs on desktop or mobile devices using the ProtoPie app as well. ProtoPie makes the prototyping stage of design thinking more engaging and effective and less tedious. It also makes us designers have an experience of how other people will use our designs.
Designers, ProtoPie is the next prototyping app you should definitely try.
Of course, Notion is present on this list. Notion is an all-in-one workplace where you can plan, organize, and collaborate with your team in real-time. Notion allows you to jot down your notes, add and assign tasks to your team members, and see the workflow of your projects. If your team is the type to get disorganized quickly, then Notion is for you.
The first thing we noticed in Notion is its user interface – organized, neat, and classy because of its dark mode feature. This feature enticed us to explore the app further, and we fell in love with how Notion can organize your projects and offer real-time collaboration.
Notion works in both desktop and mobile apps, making it easier for you to notify your team members about their tasks. There are also handy templates you can use for your notes, and look at your tasks in a spreadsheet and calendar view.
Similar to Pinterest, you can also use Notion to keep track of your passion projects!
You might be wondering why Instagram made it to our list.
Limitless Lab is also active on Instagram; it’s one of our platforms for communicating with our users. But apart from that, there is another reason why we love Instagram – inspiration. Similar to the reason why we love Pinterest, Instagram also gives us inspiration for our publicity materials.
There are different kinds of inspiration we can get from Instagram – from color schemes and layouts of our posters to motivational quotes that boost our productivity.
We make sure that the people and companies we follow have photos on design thinking and innovation. It’s also important that who we follow creates eye-catching Instagram photos and heart-moving words. If not, why use Instagram to get inspiration?
We recommend you to use Instagram for your business as well. Not only will you be able to promote your business further, but you can also get the motivation you need from your Instagram feed.
8. Google Apps
We at Limitless Lab are sure that we weren’t the only ones making use of Google Apps’ brilliant features.
Google has it all – a drive for your files, a document where you can type, a spreadsheet where you can record data, slides that you can use for your presentations, a calendar where you can set your meetings, and the list goes on and on and on.
Limitless Lab has a drive where we place all our files related to our company and to the projects we handle. These files are easy to organize through folders. You can also control the specific people who can access the data.
The most popular feature of Google Apps is Google Docs. People like us use Google Docs as it automatically saves your progress online. You can also choose the template of your document that is suitable for what you need.
Like what we have repeatedly mentioned in this blog post, we love collaboration. Google Apps are known for their real-time collaboration feature, which is perfect for teams like us.
Last but not the least, Spotify. Spotify is an online music platform that gives its users access to millions of songs and playlists. The Limitless Lab team is fans of numerous genres; from K-pop to EDM, classical music, indie, or electropop, these music help boost our productivity at work.
Music is also an integral part of the design thinking process. Ideating for your next big project with music playing in the background enhances the activity of your brain, helping you generate creative ideas. We even have several playlists in Spotify that we use for our design thinking workshops.
You can avail of Spotify Premium at a low price. The premium version lets you download your favorite songs offline and does not play advertisements. Now’s your time to create a Spotify playlist to boost the productivity of your team!
The nine apps we listed in this blog post helped us become limitless this 2019, and we hope that with these apps, you’ll be limitless too! We recommend you to try these apps and see if they are suitable for you.
Happy new year from the Limitless Lab! Let’s rock the next decade!
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