First, start with a cleverly designed icon. Second, make the Mac app do something important that the target user needs to do again and again, forever and forever.
Waffles And Lines
Every graphic designer I know has a similar set of tools. Photoshop and Illustrator are at the top of the expense list, but all these Mac and PC folks have a bunch of utilities, too.
Some users have special apps to capture colors. Others have plugins which enhance Photoshop with special features.
But everyone needs the waffle and lines app known as Griddle.
All this nifty, handy, usable app does is make grids. Is that cleverly named, or what?
Griddle creates grids of pixels and lines. Grids that can be used to measure, grids to align, bend, warp, or drop into a design.
Can you figure out how to use Griddle?
Use the right Sidebar tools to setup your specific grid in Griddle.
Adjust the size of the grid in pixels. Then set where on the Mac’s screen you want the grid to appear.
Major grid lines can be spaced by pixel, colored as needed, and it even has adjustments for line style.
Minor grid lines (between the major grid lines) can be similarly controlled from the Sidebar. Grids can also be copied and pasted into documents, and saved for use again.
That’s it. You may want it to do more but Griddle doesn’t. Some Mac graphic apps don’t do grids, don’t have rulers, or don’t allow overlays.
Griddle solves those issues and does it on the cheap, too.