Tools Resources for Designers_Katie O'Brien

Behind every confident designer are the tools we use.

If you’re like me, you prioritize simplicity however possible. Simplicity keeps your projects efficient and makes more room for what matters most: your clients, your family, your community.

Here is a list of my favorite tried-and-tested digital tools for website design, business and project management, marketing, graphic design + more. I hope they bring you freedom, too.

Website essentials, from top to bottom.

My favorite webpage builder for WordPress. Fast, easy, and with room for creativity.

Two options for website hosting that are fast, reliable, and come with support.

My trusted source for legal website terms, like privacy policies, TOCs + more.

Polished + professional project management.

I use Dubsado for everything: proposals, invoices, contracts, intake forms, appointment scheduling, document housing, + more.

Asana is my virtual to-do list and the way I track projects with clients. Every client is invited to our Asana project for clarity + easy communication.

Business tools for emotional + financial security.

A secure way to store passwords for my own business and for clients during website development + for those on care plans.

An online budgeting software that helps me manage finances, see opportunities for savings, and stay on top of my finances.

Marketing made easier + more beautiful.

Email marketing platform designed to grow and convert your mailing list.

Another email marketing platform option, infamous for beautiful designs + simplicity.

Scheduling tool for social media marketing you can set and forget.

Resources for nurturing your design creativity.

An online market for creatives, by creatives, with stock photos, custom fonts, and pre-made design templates for a high-end look.

My favorite DIY graphic design software, filled with fonts, templates, and customization options for anything, digital or print.

Please note: I'm an affiliate for many of the companies listed on this page. If you use my links to sign up, I may earn a small commission at no additional expense to you. I hope you love these tools as much as I do, and thank you for your support!