Check out our top ten tools of the trade especially for web designers. It’s not like they can design clean, easy to navigate, fully-functional web pages without them!
A Copy Of .Net Magazine
Launched in 1994, .net is the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers and developers. Both online and in print, it features tutorials and guides from leading agencies in the sector, plus interviews with inspirational and knowledgeable designers and developers who are widely known in the field. For the latest industry news, reviews and an insight into the web designer world, .net is where it’s at.
Code School Subscription
Whether you’re just starting out in the industry or a seasoned pro, Code School offers something new. It is one of the best learning platforms around – and it’s available by subscription straight to your browser – so no slowing software needed! Coding lessons are made fun with the help of videos, challenges, badges, rewards and screencasts. Learn by doing, at its finest.
Boasting a huge 27” screen, the iMac is vastly preferred over the popular ‘dual screen’ option many office workers face nowadays. With a 2.8GHz i7 processor, 12GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive, this piece of kit from Apple is a force to be reckoned with. It is able to handle multiple programs at once – from Dreamweaver to Photoshop – so the needs of the web designer are catered for.
If you’re stuck for inspiration before starting your next project, or you’re a freelance web designer looking to show off your portfolio, Behance could be just the ticket. Loved, and highly respected, by creative industry, this online portfolio platform is a great place to start when eyeing-up new designs.
Any device that helps web designers navigate the screen quicker and easier is seen as a lifesaver, but using your thumb on the trackball can take a bit of getting used to. This handy piece of kit certainly makes spending hours at a PC a little kinder to your wrists.
Graphics tablets, or “pen tablets”, were first utilised by the web design industry. Acting like virtual paper, the tabs lets designers draw, colour, write, edit and highlight sketches – but the effects show up on-screen!
Colouring your website is always a joy, and thankfully Adobe has created Kuler to help designers create and share colour combinations and themes. As it’s based in the cloud, it’s available from anywhere – including on iPhone if you so wish.
The iMac comes with a mini wireless keyboard, but the majority of web designer prefer the larger, original keyboard when working 8+ hours a day. Apple is no longer manufacturing the wired keyboard but this doesn’t mean other tech retailers aren’t.
Taking the hassle out of sourcing font is subscription-free Font Squirrel. The online holy grail of free, commercial-friendly fonts, this site is a one-stop-shop for all things typography.
When showing project managers a rough drawing of your ideas, it pays to scan it in, print it off and annotate the features of your design before presenting it to the client. It’s an easy take-away from meetings and saves you reminding the client why you’ve integrated certain features.
Author Bio: Writing on behalf of office supplies retailer, Viking IE, gadgets and technology blogger, Gemma Ludlow shares her thoughts on the top 10 tools and resources for web designers.