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July Roundup – 10 Tech Tools for Startups, Creatives & Savvy Users

Author: Carl Heaton
He is our senior instructor and originally from Manchester UK. Carl teaches our Web Design and Online Marketing Courses.
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Are you falling behind a web design project because you are using outdated tech tools that are eating up lots of your productive time? Or do you need to beef up the photography work you have just done but simply cannot find an ideal tool to utilize?

Well, you are in luck because it’s time for our monthly roundup of useful tech tools that you can use for creative projects and beyond. Check out these excellent apps, websites, and more so that you can rock at what you do!

Sans Francisco

If you need to create unique designs for an upcoming project, Sans Francisco is one of the best places where you can find top-rated tools for user research, interaction design, typography, color palettes, and more. Not only does this website offer tools for designers, it also has a cool library of resources where you can improve your design knowledge.

If you are looking for design jobs, there’s also a helpful section here where you can learn about new job openings and projects. All in all, it’s a neat portal for those working in the design niche!


Official site: www.sansfrancis.co

Want to get an external review on Sans Francisco? Read what the users think!

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Smartmockups App

Smartmockups is an app designed to make the process of creating stunning product screenshots extremely easy. Yes, without the need for Photoshop! What makes the app so amazing is the fact that it provides over 300 mockups that are compatible with smartwatches, smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops.

What’s more, you can easily change the backgrounds of those mockups by adding eye-catching background gradients and more. If you always yearn for an alternative to editing the usual PSD mockups, this app is the perfect solution to your needs.

Official site: www.smartmockups.com

Want to read an external review on Smartmockups App? Here’s a great read.


Signups and logins, what do they have in common? For starters, they require your personal information to protect and identify your account. Copper is an awesome tool that only needs you to enter that information once and you can use it everywhere! Running or using an online service?

You’d better consider log in through this website to enjoy an unmatched level of convenience. Copper is a work-in-progress but it is certainly moving faster than everyone has anticipated. Copper supports iOS apps as well as mobile and desktop websites.

Before you get the wrong idea, no, Copper is not a password manager. Copper solves the password problem – terribly complicated passwords that are easy to forget at the scale of today’s Internet progress.

Official site: www.withcopper.com

Want to read an external review on Copper? Navigate here!


Creating newsletters for your company or preparing presentation slides for an upcoming meeting? illustrio is the perfect place to visit as it features tons of visuals you can use for those purposes; the list of things you can do with these useful graphics is virtually limitless!

Well, imagine how frustrating it is when you are unable to find that perfect image – you had to settle for graphics that were close to what you had in mind, and you had to edit from what you found. Wasn’t that time-consuming?

At illustrio, you can edit the image online before downloading it. This is a fantastic feature, because even people who lack design skills can find it easy to edit their chosen visuals. If you already had the skills, you can edit your selected image even quicker.

Check out the site today and get ready to be impressed by the availability of over 6,000 illustrations, 13,000 icons, and more!

Official site: app.illustrio.com

Want to read an external review on illustrio? Check out this discussion!

Motion Stills by Google

Many people believe that photos are an extension of their memories. Do you feel the same way and think that they shouldn’t always be still? If you agree with this concept, you might already be a fan of Apple’s Live Photos feature that can turn your still photos into videos.

Now if that wasn’t good enough, you will love the fact that this pilot, Motion Stills by Google, takes it to another level by adding advanced rendering and stabilization. Want to edit multiple photos into epic movies? Want to compile photos into GIFs that loop forever? Motion Stills has got you covered!


Official site: get.google.com/motionstills

Want to read an external review on Motion Stills by Google? See what Forbes has to say about it!

Type Anything

When you think of font customization, you should think of Type Anything. Type Anything puts great focus on things that are related to beautiful typography. Its creators have made a simple tool that the masses can use to create stellar font combinations.

By having a wide variety of font weights, font families, and more to choose from, you can be sure that you will find the perfect match of fonts for your next project.



Official site: www.typeanything.io

Want to read an external review on Type Anything? Follow up here!


Founded in 2013, Frontify is a great place to create beautiful, web-based style guides. You can do it within minutes, and need we say… for free! Not planning to use stock photos for your style guides? No worries, you can easily upload and manage your own custom photos.

Note that .PSD files are supported as well. Whether you are thinking of color palettes, typography, icon sets, rich text, and more, Frontify ensures all elements can be customized according to your specific needs. While there are style guide templates to work from, you can be sure that the end result is something that’s totally unique.

Official site: www.frontify.com/styleguide

Want to read an external review on Frontify? Well, here’s one for you!


Looking to create your own eCommerce store but don’t know how to actually start? Easy. You need to get inspired, and what better way to do that than to start browsing through a gallery containing some of the best eCommerce site designs out there?

The galleries that ecomm.design offers are not only limited to a certain niche of websites, for example fashion websites. That’s why you can easily find a relatable site within your industry. Once you have captured that perfect storefront in your mind, be sure to implement the new UX practices you have just learnt!

Official site: www.ecomm.design

Want to read an external review on ecomm.design? Proceed here!


Every business needs a good logo as it has a huge impact on the branding of your company’s name. If you have a good logo, you have higher chances of attracting new customers. Feeling stuck while trying to create the perfect logo?

Fret not, Withoomph is probably the simplest logo generator you will ever use. You can now create tasteful logos instantly online!

Official site: www.withoomph.com

Want to read an external review on Withoomph? See this post for a video review.


Always make sure that the graphic designs you created has the power to engage your audience well. If not, you will be seeing your efforts go down the drain. Today, there graphic design tools that are easy to use and ensure that you create images that are highly engaging.

Oh yes, you can do it yourself with Snappa; no more relying on others to do it for you! What’s more, your Snappa images are fully optimized for social media platforms, blog posts, and more.

Official site: www.snappa.io

Want to read an external review on Snappa? Check out this post!

There you go! These are the 10 useful tech tools you can consider exploring to make your work life easier. Whether you are tasked to design a website or need to create powerful images for your newly written blog post, you can get a helping hand from the tools in our July roundup.

Remember sharing is caring, so be sure to share this post with your friends to help them ease daily challenges that are associated with creative work and more!

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