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Form, function, color, and style are the hallmarks of great design. If great designers like Jamie Drake or Candice Olsen lacked one of these components they would not have created the show-stopping designs we’ve come to admire. And with that, so many are people glued to their TVs addicted to HGTV, Fine Living and the DIY Network trying to figure out how to bring that inspiration to life in their own homes. And let’s face it, we didn’t win the lottery, nor do we have the Kardashian’s bankroll to acquire a designer of that caliber. So how does the average person find the tools to make their dreams come true within the budgets they have? With our trust TouchPad by our side, we set out to see what apps are out there to inspire your inner designer and bring your ideas to life.
Free, by Volatile Nuances (TouchPad)
Just Draw is a simple, intuitive, and effective way to bring your sketches to life. As a simplified sketch program, you can apply color, make notes, or even create custom postcards from scratch. Start out with a new drawing by tapping the paper icon. Then select a color from the color wheel start drawing out your plans. The slider bar allows you to adjust the thickness of your line to represent anything from a thin virtual ballpoint pen to a beefy thick marker. Floor plans, elevations, or just free sketching are all yours to make with Just Draw.
Free, by The Coding Bees (webOS smartphones and TouchPad)
Now you need a color string as they say in the design world and with ColorHarmony it makes picking out a color palate amazingly easy. Using the Adobe kuler system, ColorHarmony automatically picks out cool and warm tones that work in perfect harmony. And they have great names like MapDash, RSVP complementary and my favorite, pure 2. It takes all the drudgery out for chromophobes and allows you to breathe a sigh of relief that you have found your true colors.
$0.99, by CleverMatrix (TouchPad)
You have your plans and you have your colors - now it’s time to figure out how much of what materials you’ll need. Paint, tile, wallpaper, and flooring can add up quick, so it’s good to know how much you need before heading to the home improvement store. That’s where DIY Calculator comes into play - calculating areas and volumes isn’t really advanced level calculus, but with everything else floating around in your head relating to the design, there’s no room for error - so let DIY Calculator do the work for you. Simply plug in your measurements and get the numbers you need. It’s more than just “you need this much paint” - DIY Calculator can break down how many cans of paint you’ll need based on the coverage per can, and can also make allowances for anomalies like doors and windows. It’s a must-have app for peace-of-mind for your weekend home improvement projects.
$1.99, by Inglorious Apps
Now that you have all of your tools, now you need a place to save your ideas all in one place; an app where it’s accessible on your TouchPad to show off your wonderful design choices. With Notes HD you can easily save your measurements, screen shots, photos, and sketches - all with additional notes, all in one place. Made by our good friends at Inglorious Apps, Notes HD even lets you share your notes via email, upload them to the cloud, or send them out via Twitter. We reviewed Notes HD last month here and found it to be a fantastic general-purpose memo app that takes things more than a few steps beyond what the built-in Memos app can do.