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Infographic Of The Day: The Best Design Tools On The Market

Designers, in many ways, are quintessential first adopters and ideal test customers: They’re technically savvy and demanding, with an extreme attention to detail and polish. Please them, and it’s pretty certain that you’ve got a great product on your hands.

All of which makes this infographic commissioned by Best Vendor particularly interesting: Drawn from a survey of 180 design pros, it shows the favored apps in their toolkits. At the very least, these charts will show you a few apps that you might consider:

Maybe the most striking thing here is how little Microsoft you see—Word, for example, is barely an afterthought. The areas ripe for some real disruption though are generally those where one single app is dominating the scene—surely there’s something better out there than Dropbox, a web app for sharing files on the cloud, great as it is? Evernote, a program for writing reminders and clipping important notes, is likewise something that people love, but I wonder how you could improve something like that.

Along those lines, the survey also pointed out some fascinating little apps that might be worth picking up, and that might evolve into big things or even industry standards: