We are thrilled to say that A Design Kit is NOW AVAILABLE for iOS users in the App Store!! This app has been a long time coming and we’re so excited that we can now share it with all of you. Initially, Elsie and I were just talking about apps, partly brainstorming new features for ACS and one thing she mentioned was she wished she had was more realistic brushes to use for IG stories or general designs on her photos. So if you’re into origin stories, A Design Kit started off as a brush app idea, but quickly evolved. We kept adding more things, thinking “Well, if a user wanted to use a brush, then they may want fonts too, so we might as well add that to the app,” and it snowballed from there. We’re super happy that we didn’t stop with brushes and we think you will be too. 🙂
A Design Kit is composed of four major design tools to use on your photos: brushes, text, design, and stickers. I’ll explain a bit more about each tool and see them in action below:
We knew from the start that we wanted realistic brushes in the app! With A Design Kit, you can write with the look of markers, pencils, paintbrushes and more. We also love that the brushes can be used in different textures, gradients, and metallics (Did you hear that? You can WRITE IN METALLIC!). Once you’re done writing or drawing, you can even resize the drawing. This makes it much easier to create handwritten elements on your phone (or at least we think so) because you can write larger than you might want and simply resize it down.
Choose from a bunch of different modern fonts, including simple, editorial, typewriter, and more. This is perfect for a quote to go on your Instagram feed or just a fun caption to put onto your stories! This app is also a great tool for online small business owners as you can easily design assets you might need to market your offerings on social media. As small business owners, and (obviously) avid Instagram users ourselves, we get it! So we wanted this app not only to be really fun but useful too.
A Design Kit also has a lot of different design elements to add to your photo, including lines, shapes, and paint strokes! You can change the texture and color on these too! Of course you can create your own using the brushes from the app, but the designs are already made so that it can be that much faster to put together an awesome looking image.
We may have gone a little overboard with these, but the stickers in A Design Kit are So. Much. Fun! We had some of our favorite illustrators help us out with these, so there are different styles and kinds to choose from. We can’t wait to see them start popping up in your stories!
A Design Kit has been a lot of work but SO worth it! We’re proud of the result and can hardly wait to start seeing all of your creations. Also, once you download you’ll see the you can move back and forth between A Color Story and A Design Kit. So you can easily use the filters and photo editing tools you love in ACS and then add your design elements in ADK seamlessly. We’re thinking of A Design Kit as the trendy little sister of A Color Story, so feel free to think of her this way too. 😉
So what comes with the initial download? There’s a lot, and here’s what you can expect:
After you play around with the app, it would mean so much if you would leave us a review! And if you’re having any issues at all, we’d love to troubleshoot with you. Just reach out through our app support, so we can be sure to get all the information we need. xo. Emma, Elsie, Trey, Rachel, and the whole ACS team
Q. Is this available for Android?
A. Unfortunately, no. It’s nothing personal against you or against the platform. And yes, we’re very aware of the enormous user base. But we’ve invested in developing Android apps twice in the past, and both struggled to make a minimal profit. The Android market simply doesn’t spend as much in their store as iOS.
Q. Will this be available for iPad?
A. Soon, but not yet. We’re working on that as we speak, as we think these brushes are going to be a ton of fun on a larger canvas.
Q. Why not just update A Beautiful Mess?
A. A Design Kit definitely has some similarities to A Beautiful Mess, in that you can add text and design elements. However, we had several more modern looks and features we wanted to include that would require us to change and take away certain functions of A Beautiful Mess to create the app we really wanted. We released the ABM app five years ago and see now as a good time to move onto something new.