Useful Things

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Optimal Sort

OptimalWorkshiopOptimal Sort is a great way to see how users break your website’s content into categories. Using their online tool, you can create a “bucket” for each navigation item, or category, and “cards” for each page on your website. Users can then sort the cards into what they think are the appropriate buckets, letting you test your own assumptions of how the content should be organized.

Productivity Apps

FastCompanyStruggling to pinpoint what’s affecting your productivity at work? Take this nifty, interactive quiz from Fast Company that helps identify a specific productivity problem and apps that can help solve it. For more insight about enhancing productivity at work, check out the magazine’s Dec./Jan. issue!

Adobe Color CC

Purple and Fuschia Adobe Color CC Logo Adobe Color CC is a great resource to find out the kind of color palate that works best for your company. There are many features that allow you to determine what that color scheme may be: Analogous, Monochromatic, Triad, Complementary, Compound, Shades, and even custom color representations. They make it fun and easy to discover the combinations that make your website pop!

Remember the Milk

Blue and White Cow Remember the Milk LogoTo get ready for the start of a new year, I look at the months ahead and begin with simple, recurring items, like when I need to change my oil, detail my car, or buy a new toothbrush. Then I work up to appointments and higher-priority deadlines and dates as they come along. Remember the Milk is an easy-to-use app that allows me to categorize and prioritize, but most of all, take care of business efficiently.

Evernote

Evernote logoEvernote is useful for anyone who has to remember things. Whether you’re on a mobile device or at your computer, Evernote helps you manage and sync day-to-day information you need to keep track of, like notes, contact information, images, to-do lists, web pages, and more. If you’re looking to get organized, get Evernote!

Secret Santa Generator

Draw Names logoWith the holidays right around the corner, the Secret Santa Generator is a great way to set up an office or group gift exchange. Just add peoples’ names and contact details, and the app will draw from the pool and notify participants who they’ve selected. Users can also upload a wishlist, which will be sent anonymously to their “gifter.” The Secret Santa Generator not only helps maintain anonymity, but saves paper from drawing names of out of a hat too!

Moz

Blue and white Moz logoMoz has an assortment of must-have tools to track, analyze, and optimize your site’s standings. Whether approximating link equity through Open Site Explorer or starting a local search engine marketing campaign through GetListed, Moz’s inbound marketing tools are a great complement to Google Analytics for any SEO strategy.

Timeful

Timeful logoThe Timeful app is a calendar and to-do list that not only tracks meetings and events, but also allows you to add daily habits (e.g. drink water, take a walk). The app learns from users’ different interactions and deciphers when they are most productive, helping users to schedule in critical items when they have energy and mindless tasks during their daily lulls.

 

Moodboard

Example moodboardMoodboard is handy tool to organize and display your thoughts and ideas. It’s a great program to collect websites, colors, textures, etc. that catch your eye when prepping for a website redesign project. You can then easily share your moodboard with your team and web design partner so they can see your ideas.

Wordle

Wordle logoWordle is a nifty tool that compiles answers to a question and transforms them into a visually engaging word cloud. While preparing for the web redesign process, a Wordle can help you see how different stakeholders view a particular topic—a great jumping off point for a brainstorm session around a group’s vision for a new website.

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