My Mac experience dates back almost 25 years. I’m not old. I started young. So, I remember the days of Mac OS Classic, the early wonder years of Mac OS X, and a time when Mac users did not have as many applications as today.
Back a decade or so ago, back to when iWork was a thing, I started collecting templates. My Microsoft days gave me a collection of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint templates, but I started anew with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Since then, thanks to a wayward OCD gene that found its way out of family potato farmers and whiskey tasters in Ireland, my collection of templates grows.
Here’s another set but this one works from a single app, single location, and plenty of in-app purchases from the Mac App Store. It’s called DesiGN Market Templates. Think of it as a digital market for, well, templates for almost everything.
The whole package can be divvied up into four basic categories of templates: Presentations, Graphics, Printable, and Sounds. Take a look at just a few:
Too many, right? I know. But that’s the deal with templates. It’s like font collections. You can never have too many.
What good are so many templates? Well, templates help you get started so you don’t have to start from scratch. If you’re not an Illustrator or Photoshop guru who gets paid by the hour, you’ll appreciate a shortcut and the DesiGN Market templates have something for everyone.
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Photoshop
- Apple iBooks Author
- Apple Keynote
- Apple Numbers
- Apple Pages
- Apple Mail
- Google Docs
- Google Sheets
- Google Slides
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft Word
Sure, templates for Adobe, Apple, and Microsoft, but you read correctly. Google, too.
No. Not really. Most of the templates in the various collections are better starting out than I would finish after a day of working on my own template. Just remember that templates are a starting point; a way to save time because time is money.
The only other issue is this. DesiGN Market templates don’t really add to my personal and somewhat extensive template collections for iWork, Adobe, and Microsoft. They are different, yes. But they are rentals rather than collectibles. If you use plenty of templates in design work or in the office, the annual fee is a bit of a bargain, but I’m just not quite sold on the whole subscription model.
That said, you can download the app and try any five of the templates and there are hundreds and hundreds.