What is Concepts?

Concepts is visual thinking; drawing reimagined for today. It combines the freedom and feel of artistic sketching with the precision, clarity, and usefulness of CAD. It's the smartest sketchbook, ever.

Cavemen used ashes. Renaissance men used pigment.
We use Math so your thoughts are manipulable for the future.

What's the Story?

Concepts started as a simple passion project. The vision? Make it easier to design and build cool things.

Over the past three years, Concepts has transformed into a full-fledged obsession for our ardent team of six. We are designers + makers. Creating is our lifeblood. And this product is our art.

Who is TopHatch?

Want to help us create the future of design? Check out our Jobs.


...the first app I've found that makes the iPad feel more like a tool and less like a toy. @redoz
This has the potential to be the ultimate design tool - the freedom to sketch with the power of vector manipulation. John
So much power with a simple, stylish interface. A tool for makers to design and build their dreams. Dave
This is the future in design. Grim

Recent News

App Store Best of 2016

Apple Best Apps on iPad: China, Taiwan & Best Apps on iPhone: Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan

For Highly Visual Brainstorming

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The 21 best apps for the Apple iPad Pro

Stuff.tv (mention) Stuff’s pick of the top painting, drawing, office and productivity apps for Apple’s giant iPad.

Draw on the go

AppAdvice Concepts... the precision drawing tool for iPad, has just been updated.

Awesome Concepts Drawing App Arrives On iPhone

Geeky Gadgets Concepts is now Universal

Concepts strikes a balance between functionality and simplicity.

Architectural Record (mention) The Digital Sketchbook.

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Concepts joins 500 Startups to build the future of design

TechCrunch (mention) 500 Startups has unveiled its fourteenth batch of companies going through its accelerator.

Partner Spotlight

Adobe Concepts is a professional level design app for the iPad. There's something for everyone.

Meet Concepts

FiftyThree We’re happy to announce our latest SDK partner, Concepts, an iPad app built to speed up a designer's workflow from idea to prototype.

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HelpShift How do you maintain steady good reviews after spending most of your budget on development? TopHatch’s Ben Merrill describes how he started improving his customer reviews within a day.

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Concepts by TopHatch updates Sketching and CAD on iPad

architosh Concepts continues to evolve nicely with an evolving suite of tools that bridge the divide between CAD and sketching. Concepts runs on your Apple iPad and works with the latest digital pen tools.

Concepts reboots drafting for iPad

GraphicSpeak New drafting tool for tablets bridges conceptualization and drafting and opens up new lines of communication for professionals.

Adobe Creative SDK Launch Partner

Adobe The Creative SDK is a rich set of iOS components creating a new era of connected creativity and a seamless workflow between your mobile applications and Adobe Tools and Creative Cloud services, reaching millions of new users.

Apple Best of 2013: Smart Productivity

Apple Created by the App Store Editorial team, this feature celebrates the most remarkable, innovative, and entertaining apps of 2013.

Best Apps for iPad Air

Apple Designed for iPad. And everything you want to do with it.

Best Creation and Design App 2013

TabTimes Judges said "Out of all the apps I tried, Concepts is the only one I didn't delete afterwards."

Concepts' New Strokes Feature Is A Stroke Of Smart Sketching Genius

AppAdvice Concepts is already an impressive smart sketching app as it is. But with its new 2.1 update, it has become vastly more impressive.

Now Featuring Copic Colors

COPIC Marker We're happy to announce that Concepts, the sketching app for creative and technical professionals created by TopHatch, now features all 358 Copic colors!