Top 10 Free Applications That Help Designers Stay Organized


As designers, it’s important to stay current with new trends and to sharpen your skills when needed. But how effective can these skills really be if you’re not organized? Being a cool and collected designer that’s organized is key to your success. Without the discipline a designer needs in today’s industry, it will be a bit hard to stay afloat when large and very important projects that require this skill come your way.

This is why we’ve compiled a list containing the Top 10 Free Applications That Help Designers Stay Organized. Takes these applications seriously and use them to systemize and enhance your workflow.



Nozbe trully allows you to get things done, with the use of to-do lists, task and project management features. You can also recieve reminders, share with others, and even access this app from your mobile device.

Open Atrium

Open Atrium

Open Atrium is more of an open-source Intranet platform, it’s features are useful for keeping track of research and projects, most notably a to-do list feature integrated with a wiki. The six main features included are – a blog, a wiki, a calendar, a to do list, a shoutbox, and a dashboard to manage it all.


Quick Silver

QuickSilver is usually categorized as an extendable interface that allows you to quickly launch apps, manage contacts, shortcuts, music, images, and several other programs on your Mac. You can also utilize this application with the help of your command line.



Todoist is an effective list-maker, that helps you create all types of lists (through a nice interface) that are simple and clean. You can integrate Todoist with Gmail, it is mobile accessible , it has a built-in calendar, and it helps you manage and keep track of your tasks.



As a designer it’s important to set goals, create and follow through with tasks, evaluate performance, measure your progress, and more! MeCanBe helps you do all that with ease and simplicity.



Voo2do is a simple task management tool that makes it easy for you to manage your time, organize tasks by project, add tasks by email, and track your time as well using a clean interface powered by Ajax.



Toodleo takes you much further than just having you create a list of all the important things you have to get done. This solid to do list manager also enables you with push notifications that will let you know when an item with a due-date is coming up.



Evernote is often reffered to as the leader in portable notes because of its ability to record tasks, plans and even images from anywhere in the world. It helps you manage your thoughts and ideas efficiently.



Geared towards designers and developers ShareDen allows you to upload any file of any type (i.e. JS, PSD, HTML, CSS, etc.) with free unlimited space and either share it (with clients, colleagues, and team memebers), host it, or store it into a folder that can help you keep all of your files organized.


Hi Task

HiTask is a free web-based task management tool that can help you stay organized. It also provides detailed and easy scheduling, organizing, assigning, and the sharing of tasks with anyone that you may want to inform.

Written By Joel Reyes

Joel Reyes is a web designer and developer with years of experience in the industry. He runs a development studio called Looney Designer, a design resource site, and a free file hosting site for designers, developers and creatives at


  1. Andrew C.

    January 27th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    great round up of apps! I like evernote, I use it on a daily basis.

  2. Jeff Woodruff

    January 28th, 2010 at 03:38 am

    I’ve tried a number of these tools and found limitations to most that made me move on to another. I’ve also tried others not on the list provided Nozbe definitely was the best for me. Not to say the others are bad, just that people like to manage their tasks in different ways. You should give them all a try and see what fits you the most.

  3. kotos

    January 28th, 2010 at 11:45 am

    I would like to introduce free: ProjectBubble

  4. David Radcliffe

    February 1st, 2010 at 08:11 am

    Another great task tool is TeuxDeux. It is so simple and it works well.

  5. Jeff Woodruff

    February 4th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    After searching around for a while I found two tools I really like. is a simple project management system and it’s completely free. Another site that I think is great is It’s great for freelance people because it allows you to add projects, tasks, clients and it also creates invoices (I know a lot of the sites out there offer this). However the thing I like best about it is they have a downloadable desktop widget for adding tasks and tracking your time.

  6. Ann/

    March 22nd, 2010 at 06:06 pm

    Lovelovelove this post. I’m so disorganized it isn’t even funny (or is it?), and I will abusing the heck out of HiTask ;) Thank you for posting this!

  7. Brett Widmann

    October 23rd, 2010 at 07:29 pm

    anything that can help me stay organized is great!

  8. Kumar

    August 14th, 2012 at 01:59 pm

    What about Replicon Time Clock, Asana task management, Invoicera invoicing tool, Basecamp project management and Google tools?

  9. J Wills

    July 30th, 2014 at 08:32 am

    Do you know about For online project management software I’d recommend proofhub. A project management tool that will help you organize and track your activities in an easy and fun way.

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