10 web design tools you can’t live without
The world of web design tools can never remain idle. As the technology keeps on changing and growing the standards also keep on evolving. Every month there’s some new stuff to try out in the world of web designing. Here, in this article, we are going to talk about 10 web design tools you can’t live without. Try them out, and see how they work for you. Here we go!
Pattern Lab is based on the concept of Atomic Design. It is a beautiful pattern-driven design tool created by Dave OIsen and Brad Frost. The concept says that you should break your design down into its smallest parts say atoms and combine them to form bigger; re-usable components say molecules and organisms. These can be then turned into usable templates.
Although at its core it’s a static site generator that stitches together UI components, there’s much more to Pattern Lab than that.
- It’s language and tool agnostic, enables you to nest UI patterns inside each other and design with dynamic data;
- It features device agnostic viewport resizing tools to help you ensure your design system is fully responsive;
- It’s fully extensible so you can be sure it’ll expand to meet your needs.
Sometimes the best tool can be something as easy as a new browser. Vivaldi is a fast, customizable web browser for power-users built by some of the people who started Opera. Vivaldi is the most customizable web browser and offers other cool features such as command line control, a panel for taking notes, tab stacking and tiling, and web panels that enable you to put all your favorite sites in one place for easy access.
The Affinity Designer has been nicknamed as the ‘Photoshop killer’. The app is remarkably well designed and feels like it’s been made to be a dedicated web and graphic design tool.
There were a few features like adjustable, nondestructive layers. This essentially means you can adjust images or vectors without damaging them.
Avocode makes it tremendously flexible for front-end developers to code websites or apps from Photoshop designs. It’s a product of the same team that brought CSS Hat and PNG Hat into existence, so it’s not surprising they’ve taken the exporting process one step further with Avocode. Although previous apps have permitted you to export assets, what makes this app really special is that you can use its Photoshop plugin to sync your PSD into Avocode with just one click. Isn’t that amazing!
This is a tool for creating responsive UIs for apps and websites. It feels like it’s been built to do just one job: to create high-fidelity prototypes, but not production files. This is actually a good thing as the team is focused on exactly what it is creating, and it’s not trying to make an app that replaces developers.
Antetype is all about high-fidelity prototypes. On download, you’re given a moderately basic widget library, which you can use to swiftly use to create prototypes and start designing.
It’s easy to convert your designs into CSS with Sketch as it has incorporated CSS logic into the app. This makes converting your designs into CSS much easier.
Another feature that’s really handy for speeding up the design/development crossover is ‘Automatic Slicing’. Without having to manually add slices, Sketch can create objects using one-click export in various formats such as PNG, JPG, and TIFF.
A form is a prototyping tool like no other. It’s not a typical design tool in that, there’s no tools or layers palette. Using the app feels like a mix of design and code. There are some great tutorials on how to use Form, but the process is rather complex. However, once you get familiar with these processes, you can create stunning pieces of art. Having access to the device’s camera and other sensors means the prototypes you create are just as powerful as the coded app would be.
UXPin is a brilliantly flexible wireframing and prototyping tool. You can use it to create rapid low-fidelity wireframes. Making high-fidelity prototypes with interactions is also really easy with UXPin. Select an element such as a button, and you are guided through a step-by-step process of adding the interaction.
Macaw was built with designers in mind, and without touching any code you can create responsive designs that look and work great across all devices. The design of the app is simple, and feels familiar hence working is easy. The code the app produces is actually really well constructed.
When you first open Marvel you’re asked to connect it to your Dropbox, which allows the app to grab the files it needs to create your projects. One drawback one can see is that if you don’t use Dropbox, there’s no other way to get your files into Marvel. Once you have your PSDs in place, you can use Marvel’s UI to hotlink your pages together. Some really cool features include being able to create transitions between links/pages and quickly preview how these will look in the browser.
This was a list of 10 web design tools you can’t live without. Hope this article was of help! Do tell us about how helpful this piece of work was to you.