Handy Digital Tools for Creative Professionals

Posted 11 April 2019

Handy Digital Tools for Creative Professionals

Here are some handy digital tips for your creative practices and creative talents!

Sam Grovers featured article in ArtsHub this week aims to provide tools for creatives to gain confidence with admin. Reflecting on being a creative and pursuing this for a living he explains, requires more than just “raw talent”. Through interviewing a selection of people he discovered their favourite tools in assisting them with their creative professions and provides his own tools, in the hope that it will spark further inspiration for others.

Photo: Austin Distel on Unsplash Sourced: ArtsHub

Chrissy Irvine – Photographer and Operations Manager at The Big Idea

Chrissy uses a whole raft of digital tools to make her life easier. Here’s a few examples:

Squarespace. Most creatives don’t need super complicated websites – you basically just need a place to put links to your work, some information about yourself, and some contact details. Squarespace is great for exactly this. It costs a few hundred bucks a year, and in exchange you get a basic website.

Chrissy uses Squarespace for her personal website, as well as using it for a dedicated site for a project called Herstory. Check them out!

Google Drive. As a photographer, Chrissy has to store lots of large photo files, which take up massive amounts of space on her computer. Sticking them on Google Drive lets her free up hard drive space. Google Drive also makes it easier for her to share these files with her clients – she just has to give them access, rather than email them (which takes aeons).

Mercedes Ackerman – Creative Content Specialist

Mercedes is a busy creative content specialist who has worked with a whole bunch of high-profile clients, like Spark, Microsoft and Givealittle. Here’s what she uses to make her day easier:

Trello: Trello is basically a board with post-its on it, in digital form. It’s great for scheduling tasks, because you can have a column for each project you have on the go, with a card for each part of that project. Simple, but effective.

InVision: One challenge of visual projects is that it’s really hard to give feedback. If you’ve hired someone to put together a website, it’s hard to give them feedback without printing the whole thing, scrawling feedback on it, then scanning it. This is not great. Mercedes uses InVision to solve this problem. She uploads visual projects into Invision, which she can use to share with clients. Clients can easily annotate drafts and give their feedback, which Mercedes says eliminates the potential for miscommunication.

Headspace: This is one I didn’t expect, but it’s a great one. Headspace is an app that helps you get your brain in the right place by encouraging you to take time out and focus on mindfulness. “If your mind’s not in the right place,” says Mercedes, “none of these tools will ever help complete a task.”

Sam Grovers

Sam Grovers discusses his own tool that he finds useful.

Streak CRM, for Gmail. I have half a dozen or so clients on the go at any one time, so I need to keep track of which projects are in early stages, which ones have been quoted, and which ones are underway – along with their due date, so I don’t blow through my deadlines.

The cool thing about Streak is that it’s in your email, which is where all these conversations are taking place anyway. You can tag emails to specific projects, which makes it really easy to keep track of all that information that flies in and out through email.

Best thing is, the basic version is free. It’s good stuff.

So take a look at some of these digital tools.
Most of them are reasonably affordable too, which is great for a struggling creative!

Read the full article on Arts Hub here

About Sam Grover: Sam Grover loves telling quirky stories about New Zealand’s community of artists and interviewing successful arts practitioners to gather insights about funding and commercialising their art.

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