The internet revolution has made the web design tools one of the most sought after commodities of the modern world. There are a plethora of web design tools enabling you to compose interactive, informative and responsive web pages in a quick time. Therefore, the web designer of today has one critical decision to make. He must select the best web design tools to build dynamic and effective design.
We have underscored 5 web design tools that are a must-have for any web designer. The rationality behind the selection of these web design tools is their ability to adopt as well as embrace the underlying web concepts and technologies. We begin with something that seems very rudimentary, but actually, it is as fundamental as anything can be:
I know you must be shocked by the inclusion of web browser as a web design tool, but in fact, you must realize that this is the most important web design tool. There is just one answer to the frequent argument about whether a web design should be carried out in image processing software or the browser. The right and logical answer is that the designing must be done in the tool used by the viewer to view the web page, which obviously is the web browser.
You must be comfortable working with the source code, as it is the same platform your browser works on. You must also have at least one browser available with every main rendering engine.
Google Drive’s Drawing App
The wire framing of the apps and websites can be achieved through any vector-based image editor. It is advisable to start off with the wire framing of the desktop version of the website before proceeding on to creating a copy, then resizing the canvas and moving forward afterwards.
Google is the best when it comes to sharing documents and cooperating with others in an effective manner. Features like simultaneous editing, in context commenting and hangout integration, transform tedious tasks into fun-filled activities.
Another standout aspect is the automated guides for the designers. They advise you based on the existing dimensions of objects in the document. All that stuff for no charge makes me this app’s ardent fan.
These prototypes are part of an important web design tool that gives clients an idea about the way different design elements like UI, color, typography will look when viewed on the browser. This facilitates the clients and reduces inconsistencies after the web design is finalized.
The style prototypes also provide clients some insight into the web designing process. I have yet to find a web designer who does not relish clients with some basic knowledge about the web design process.
This is another simple but highly effective web design tool. However, you must not rely on it for viewing web pages in different sizes and contexts. This tool will enable your clients to view the web pages and have a feel of their website’s visuals on devices other than the laptop screen.
To be fair, there are other similar tools available, but this one is better owing to its user friendliness.
Adobe Edge Inspect
This is a must have for those web designers who have a mobile testing lab. For those who do not have one should get that as soon as possible. The Adobe Edge Inspect synchronizes all your devices to view the web page simultaneously. Editing the page through one device will make all the other devices see the updated page. This, however, will cost you a few bucks, but that’s worth every penny.
I have only enlisted a few web design tools that are necessary for any web designer. If you wish to dig a little deeper which of course you should, there are a number of other tools that can prove an asset to you. You should always remember that no matter how good are your tools, they are only as good as the one utilizing them.