Use Your iPad in Your Interior Design Business

Your iPad can be a valuable tool in your interior design business. These apps, in 6 different categories, can help you take advantage of your iPad to be more creative and productive. From the presentation given to ASID members in June 2012.

 

1) SHOWING YOUR PORTFOLIO

The iPad is an amazing presentation tool to show your work to potential clients. Here’s how to take advantage of its visual capabilities.

Photos app, comes with iPad

Create albums on your computer and then sync them over to your iPad. No text or specs.

Pad Folio, $10

Portfolio app that allows you to include specifications and allow you to have multiple portfolios.

Other portfolio apps:

Each has a different design and functionality, and some allow you to create video and audio portfolios too.

 

2) DESIGN INSPIRATION

Use your iPad to get design ideas using the following apps.

For interiors:

The first 2 don't need an internet connection; the last 4 do.

For furniture:

  • SnapShop Showroom, free. Good for general ideas. A lot of lower end products (IKEA, CB2, Pier1 are “featured brands”).

Other places to find inspiration:

  • Pinterest, free (iPhone only)
  • Pinteresting!, $2. Better way to look at Pinterest on the iPad.
  • Many furniture and product manufacturers have their own apps, including Lutron, B&B Italia, Cappellini, Cassina, FLOR, IKEA, Poliform, Poltrona Frau, Restoration Hardware, Jonathan Adler
  • Lots of interior design magazines are on the iPad, as standalone apps in the App Store. Some give free content, some require you to purchase content. One good one is Dwell, free (iPhone only)

 

3) COLOR

Use your iPad to experiment with color palettes. Most let you use a photo to create a custom palette. Don’t forget that color calibration on your iPad can be an issue.

Wood guide:

  • I.D. Wood, $5. Includes images and information on over 200 woods. Search based on color, region, sustainability, durability, and use. Lots of reference pages too.

 

4) DESIGN WORK

Use apps to help you with your design projects.

Create floor plans:

Tools and calculators:

Measurements of rooms and objects:

Drawing and sketching:

 

5) GENERAL WORK

Many of our clients are doing work on the iPad when out of the office. In addition to accessing your email, calendar, and contacts, here are a few other ways to use it for non-design work:

Dropbox for access to all work files is essential (free under 2GB)

Creating and editing Word and Excel documents, and syncing them with Dropbox:

Taking notes:

  • Audio Note, $5, and Notability, $5. Take notes by hand or by typing; click on the text to hear the audio recorded at that moment.
  • Penultimate, $1. Basic handwriting app for note-taking.
  • Adonit Jot Pen, $20. Great pen for taking written notes.

Mind mapping:

  • MindNode, $10. There are lots of free mind mapping apps as well.

 To do lists:

  • RememberTheMilk, free. Syncs with their web-based service, works with Siri, get better sync for $25/year.
  • ToDo, $5. Syncs with iCal and Outlook, and/or syncs with their Mac application ($15), and/or syncs with their web application ($20/year).
  • Things, $10. Syncs with Dropbox to the Mac, also syncs with their Mac application ($50).

Scanning business cards:

  • CamCard, $3 (free to try). Camera on 1st and 2nd generation iPads isn't good enough, but can be used with all versions of iPhone.

Tracking expenses:

  • BizXpense Tracker, $6. Data can be exported or synced with DropBox. You can log data by client. You can take pictures of receipts and link them to expenses.

 

6) SECURITY

These are basic security considerations to keep in mind when using your iPad for business.

So nobody can look at your data: 

  • Use a lock code, and set it to lock after a few minutes. This encrypts all the data on your iPad.
  • Put an “If Found” screen on it (Wallpaper LockScreen Text, $1) 
  • Track your iPad if it’s lost or stolen, and remotely wipe it (Find My iPhone, free)

So nobody can walk away with your iPad:

     

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