A worker is only as good as their tools. This may be somewhat debatable when it comes to web design as skills and knowledge are paramount, but still, the quality of the tools help.
When it comes to web design tools, there are plenty to choose from, but the quality varies significantly. Whether we are talking about image optimization or themes and apps, researching which are the best ones can nearly be as much work as building the whole site!
So, we’ve compiled this current (for now) list of seven tools for website design trends 2019 which will help better design your website.
This accurately but cutely named app from Google is a free tool that allows you to compress any image without having to sacrifice its quality. Squoosh is excellent for pretty much everybody but especially for web designers who are concerned about site speed, as you should all be!
This easy to use app is just a drag and drop interface with a slider that edits the level of compression. This app works both off and online and will save you a bunch of time!
2. Adobe XD
One of the best vector design and wireframing tools around is Adobe XD, built by, you guessed it, Adobe. It offers a suite of drawing tools, as well as tools for non-static interactions, feedback gathering, and mobile or desktop previews.
Another cool feature is the device-specific artboard which has a customizable size that allows for the importing of various other UI kit. This software also integrates seamlessly with Creative Cloud and gives you a host of Adobe libraries so you can use it with Photoshop or Illustrator with ease.
This program is great for projects as it encourages team collaboration and allows for easy communications and markups.
PixelModo is essentially a graphic designer in your pocket. Having the right graphics, that avoid copyright issues, can be a challenge to anyone who is designing their own website and doesn’t have any unique photo stock.
PixelModo is an easy-to-use design tool which you can use to create high quality, unique graphics. It has several million high-quality images that are royalty-free and easy to alter for your own designs as well as being very well designed itself. The interface is intuitive, and you will likely get a lot of benefit out of this little beauty!
While building your site, you will need to do a lot of testing and CodePen is the easiest way to do that effectively. Great for HTML, CSS, and JS code snippets this program is an online code editor and open-source learning environment.
This is handy for developers of all levels as not only can you test code snippets but you can also get feedback and tips from the online community. You can expand this with the full CodePen Projects Integrated Development Environment which lets you build websites in your browser.
It features easy drag and drop web files, as well as templates and debugging tools, everything you need really!
This one is a blessing for all of the front-end developers as it is the easiest way to code websites or apps that have been designed in other programs like Photoshop.
The best part for Photoshop users, in particular, is that Avocode is a plug-in for the program meaning you can work much more efficiently. The program automatically analyses your files, importing them into the app, then you are given full control over the export. Elements in the design are then selectable for you to paste the code into your text editor.
Our favorite on the list! Vaunt is the app you need to nail your websites color scheme. Let’s say you have an image for your business or brand; Vaunt will match your entire site color scheme.
The only catch being it is available for Mac and nothing else. Vaunt uses a clustering algorithm which examines your image, identifies the dominant colors then blends your site! It has an easy-to-use drag and drop interface and is very simple when learning how to get the best out of it.
Finally, this tool will help you with A/B testing. Linksplit lets you split traffic between two website variations and offers a decent free trial period.
You just enter your URLs, and Linksplit generates short test URLs that you can share with customizable rules available for each one.
This and the other tools above should make the designing of your website a much simpler task, while also ensuring you finish with a high-quality result!
James Silverwood is the digital marketing manager for Perpetual Strategic Services which is the fastest growing Website Design Company in Jeddah. He helps clients grow their web visibility through all aspects of digital marketing.