In the wonderful world of web design, it pays to have the right tools in your kit to enable you get the job done as quickly and professionally as possible.
Aside from planning the layout and sketching navigation to give your users a clear, simple and flawless experience, you need to ensure all aspects of the site – from fonts to images – showcase your website to the best of your ability.
Check out these useful tools to give you a helping hand in web design:
As all web designers know, choosing the right font for your website’s audience is vital. If you’re a creative type and fancy creating your own typography, then Glyphs is for you. Allowing users to change shapes, spacing, kerning, weights and so much more, this nifty software lets you see letterforms in real-time.
Accents are super-easy to generate and you can even add notes alongside your design to keep an eye on your dimensions and the width of your stems. All fonts can be saved and exported as OpenType (.otf), Unified Font Objects (.ufo) and Photofonts (.phf).
As websites are getting more user-friendly, the demand for greater graphics tools is rising. As one of the most effective and easy-to-use image editors going, GIMP is an industry favourite for photo retouching, special effects and colour management.
Enhancing your images will really improve the overall look of your site, and the intuitive layer support helps to distinguish between which section of the image is tweaked. The amount of options and features may seem intimidating but once you’ve got the hang of it GIMP will be your one-stop shop for image editing. An easy way to practice sketching is with a graphics tab, such as the ones available from Viking.
Everything from typing text, adding images, integrating audio files, inserting tables and embedding videos is really easy – and the program features the more advanced SVG editors, CSS support, DOM explorer and form design tools that we have come to know and love.
If you’re looking to transform your home or work office into a web designer’s paradise, check out our guide to creating an office fit for a web designer.