7 Essential Concepts and Sketching Apps for Web Designers and Developers

Wouldn’t it be nice to step away from the computer screen every now and then, get out and about a bit without a laptop, but still be able to get some work done?. This is possible with tablets, from Apple’s iPad to the higher-end Android tablets. Web designers and developers have several tools at their disposal when working from a tablet. How about using iPad to create awesome sketches and paintings, wouldn't that be awesome? Well, I have listed of some excellent iPad and android apps that can allow you to tap into the artistic capabilities of iPad.

Adobe Ideas

Adobe Ideas is meant for sketching whatever type of idea and it all syncs to Adobe’s Creative Cloud as well. Where Paper is toying with the paper and brushes analogy all the way, Adobe Ideas is more like traditional painting software. Unfortunately Adobe Ideas isn’t available on Android anymore, but it used to be so perhaps you’ve got the app already. That’s a shame, because in many ways this is the perfect app to start sketching in. This is especially true since Adobe Ideas is vector based and hence easy to put to good use further down the line.


Ink is one of those dead-simple apps that, at ¬first glance, no brushes, no colors, no type, no shapes, nothing but a white sheet and the ability to draw a line with your ¬inger. When you’re done, you ¬lip the sheet upwards, the image is saved to your Camera Roll, and you get a new empty sheet. That’s really everything Ink does, and as such it looks a bit bleak in comparison to other apps. The thing is, sometimes all the tools and settings are in your way. If you just want to draw something quick, then Ink has less of a threshold than the more advanced apps. 


Draw is a simple drawing app for Android OS that has some of the strengths that Paper does, and Adobe Ideas for that matter, but far from all of them. There are settings for how thick your lines should be and what color, as well as the transparency, but that really is it. The color blending isn’t as classy as in Paper, but Draw does a nice job and if you want to use colors to accentuate different parts of your design then it works well enough. The one other thing you can do is import images as a base for your drawings, but since there are no layer feature that leaves it fairly limited. All in all, Draw is a nice little drawing app for your concepts.


Inkflow works like a word-processor for visual thinking. Capture your ideas as easily as with pen and paper, then arrange and reorganize them with your fingers!. Its a universal app for iPhone and iPad. You can make different writing styles and ink it any color. Then select, reorganize, scale and rotate what you jotted down easily. You can import images from your Camera Roll or directly from the camera and then rearrange these with the same amount of ease. Same goes for text which can be added in over 50 fonts.

SketchBook Pro

SketchBook Pro is a professional-grade painting app that is easy to use for every artist. Designed specifically for pen-based interaction, transform your desktop computer, laptop, or Tablet PC into a digital sketch pad for professional artists, illustrators, and designers. The intuitive interface makes it easy to access a host of tools and state-of-the-art features, including pencils, markers, brushes, colors, guides, layers, and blending effects.


Paper basically turns your iPad into a cocktail napkin for jotting down sketches and ideas. Paper contains a tasteful mix of real-world metaphors, like a virtual notebook to hold your sketches and uniquely digital interactions like Rewind, which lets you undo by swiping two fingers in a circle.

Concepts: Smarter Sketching

Concepts combines artistic sketching with the precision of drafting into one simple, elegant drawing app. The latest version brings support for pressure-sensitive stylus, zoom grids, and few other additions. You can now create amazing art boards and collections, add beautiful silhouettes over your doodle In addition, it lets you adjust the opacity from the Tools menu and adds pull tabs to the toolbar for easier grabbing.

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