4 design tools you never knew you needed

Certain tools for designers are likely to make the default shopping list for any agency or freelancer. These include essential hardware, creative software (don't miss our picks of the best free graphic design software and the best 3D modelling software), project management tools and more. There are also some great tools for working remotely as a freelancer, as well as some innovative gadgets for a smarter studio. 

Read on to discover four new tools for 2018 that you never knew you needed, but could make you rethink how you work...

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Nick Carson

Nick is a content strategist and copywriter. He has worked with world-class agencies including Superunion, Wolff Olins and Vault49 on brand storytelling, tone of voice and verbal strategy for global brands such as Virgin, Pepsi and TikTok. Nick launched the Brand Impact Awards in 2013 while editor of Computer Arts, and remains chair of judges. He's written for Creative Bloq on design and branding matters since the site's launch.