These Web Design Tools Are All-Stars
Developing your web presence can encompass a variety of things, from creating a great website to managing your social media presence.
It can also mean finding the tools that will best help you design and execute the essence of your brand. After all, making a connection with your target audience is the first step to engagement and eventual brand loyalty.
Choosing the right tools for your web design needs can be tricky, however. From choosing the right domain name to finding easy tools for quick, eye-catching designs, there are plenty of options and lots of room to adjust your favorites according to your needs.
We’ve been designing, updating, and refreshing web content for years, and during that time, we’ve compiled a list of our own go-to web design tools:
What Is It? Canva is a free design website that allows users to create engaging, intuitive designs on an easy-to-use platform. From email header images, infographics, and postcards to collages, presentations, flyers and social media posts, Canva is basically a one-stop shop when you need eye-catching, shareable designs that don’t take forever to create.
Why Do We Love It? Canva provides you with plenty of scaffolding, from layouts and fonts to design schemes, to help make everything comprehensive and stress-free. When you upgrade to Canva for Work, you get access to even more design tools, including the ability to upload and utilize your own fonts. They also provide a portal that teaches you how to use the platform, as well as an area to get some design inspiration, if you’re having trouble in the creativity department.
What Is It? Paletton is a free website that allows designers to create their own color palettes and schemes, based on any color of their choosing. What’s more, Paletton allows you to modify those schemes according to your preferences.
Say, for instance, you’d like to modify your color palette for monochromatic colors or adjacent colors—you can do so in Paletton, at the click of a button. You can modify any color down to the most minute of your preferences, from hue to shade and everything in between. They also offer additional tools, like color charts and color wheels to help you get the most intuitive palette and scheme possible.
Why Do We Love It? Paletton is the designer’s best friend when it comes to user experience. The simplicity and ease of use is perfect for even the most inexperienced designer or creator—you’ll start to understand the ins and outs of the platform after just a few clicks around the website.
What Is It? CSS Tricks began as a website to help developers and designers with the creation of Cascading Style Sheets, to minimize the pains and time commitment of creating multiple page formats when developing a website or series of web pages. They have since expanded to offering advice on nearly all aspects of web development and design.
Why Do We Love it? The website is easy to navigate, and it really is a go-to source for a number of web development and design questions. They have a blog, which is refreshed with new content multiple times a day, plus a section with videos for more visual learners. The Almanac offers a sort of glossary for design and coding questions, to make finding answers as simple as possible.
What Is It? Relay specializes in helping Slack users share and collaborate on designs, eliminating the hassle of more traditional share methods. You can sync with OSX and Sketch, connect with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to share designs and artboards, capture URL pages in Chrome, and add annotations and actionable feedback to designs.
Why Do We Love It? Relay minimizes the spent communicating and collaborating on designs, and you don’t even need an account—as long as you have Slack, you can utilize the platform. Simplicity is important when time is of the essence; if there’s a program that makes it effortless to share designs, we give it a big thumbs up.
What Is It? Infogram is an easy-to-use, free online tool for transforming your data in charts and infographics. You can make them interactive for great presentation capability or embed them with the pro version.
Why Do We Love It? Visual content is highly valuable for engaging and diversifying your online presence. A great tool for integrating data and statistics into a visual format is, therefore, invaluable. Interactive and responsive infographics and charts are even better—they make client presentations far more involved.
So there you have it: 5 of our favorite tools for web design. This is a conversation that’s always changing, as our needs and the tools available evolve—we’re lucky enough to have more options than we can even count.
What are you favorite tools for web design? Let us know in the comments!