The well known term “Web Design” covers a wide range of disciplines and skills used in building and maintaining websites. Requirements and techniques are developing rapidly leaving a need for web designing tools and resources. The different areas of web design include topics like graphic design, interface design, authoring, user experience design and SEO.
Web design has changed a lot since the early days and today it’s hard to imagine professional websites without having different menus and custom widgets, cool themes and fonts, animated graphics and awesome backgrounds. You can find a lot of web designing tools and resources to help master the creative and technical skills and there’s also a wide range of schools and educations teaching web design.
To help you find your way through this massive amount of options we have created this round up on new useful Web Designing tools and resources. I also encourage you to take your time to browse our list of best website templates for WordPress. WordPress is without doubt the leading CMS today and the themes and plugins available provide web designers with a set of very powerful tools.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links (at no extra cost to you). I recommend that you do your own independent research before purchasing any product or service. This article is not a guideline, a recommendation or endorsement of specific products.
Less Framework 4 – MORE INFO
Less Framework is a CSS grid system for designing adaptive websites. It contains 4 layouts and 3 sets of typography presets, all based on a single grid.
Photoshop Grids – MORE INFO
This is a collection of PSDs with predetermined grids for common design scenarios. Each template contains a columnar grid defined with guides and overlays. All of the templates use a 12-unit grid, except for the email template, which uses an 8-unit grid. Imitating responsive layouts, units and gutters increase in size (approximately) as the canvas gets bigger.
The Golden Grid – MORE INFO
The Golden Grid is an interesting thing to play about with and there’s no denying it does produce layouts which somehow just ‘feel right’. It adds the horizontal guides to the 960 Grid System. The rectangles formed by the intersection between the lines and the columns are characterized by harmonious dimensions and are the same as those found in nature and in the human body. The layout is magically more balanced, and the positioning of the elements on the page makes for quicker and more precise work.
Gridpak – MORE INFO
Adobe Shadow – MORE INFO
Adobe Shadow is a new inspection and preview tool that allows front-end web developers and designers to work faster and more efficiently by streamlining the preview process, making it easier to customize websites for mobile devices.
Sublime Text 2 – MORE INFO
Sublime Text 2 is a new version of the very powerful editor Sublime Text. It is a sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose with a slick user interface and extraordinary features like Sublime Text’s Minimap – overview graphic for ‘birds-eye-view’ of source and powerful command palette to quick perform actions.
Spiffing CSS – MORE INFO
Spiffing allows you to write your CSS and stylesheets in conformance to proper British English grammar and spelling regulations. If you pride yourself on speaking the Queen’s English you might also feel the need to code your CSS files in a similar fashion. Spiffing CSS allows you to do just this.
Online 3D Sketch Tool – MORE INFO
This sketch tool is in a league of I self, it uses the power of HTML Canvas to create 3D drawing. It very easy to use for example: to rotate the canvas in 3D, you just need to hold down SPACE and then DRAG horizontally with your cursor. You can also make the drawing vibrate – check it out.
Simple Device Diagram – MORE INFO
This device is a handy tool in responsive website design planning. It simplifies the process of choosing what device widths to design to. It outlines the ideal width for the design for 3 layout sites, 4 layout sites, etc.
Firebug 1.9.2 by Joe Hewitt and others – MORE INFO
Skeleton – MORE INFO
Skeleton is a small collection of CSS & JS files that can help you rapidly develop sites that look beautiful at any size, be it a 17? laptop screen or an iPhone.
Online Sprite Box Tool – MORE INFO
This is a nice tool to help you compress images and feed them all in “sprite”Compressing images is all the rage these days and putting all your images in a “sprite”. This will both increase the speed of your image transitions and loading time significantly.You can edit images with great maneuverability not only in HTML5, but also in CSS3 and jQuery.
Web Developer 1.1.9 by Chris Pederick – MORE INFO
The Web Developer extension adds various web developer tools to your Firefox browser. As a web developer Chris wrote this extension to help with his own work, and he has expanded it and added new features requested by others.
Online Velocity Sketch Tool – MORE INFO
Velocity sketch is a great online HTML5 canvas drawing tool. It will assists you in drawing strange and wonderful images and allow you to experiment different options in your design solutions to add the element of twist and amazement. Try it.
Bootstrap from Twitter – MORE INFO
Bootstrap is easy to use, just drop in the pre-compiled CSS into your project. It’s just CSS, but it’s built with Less, a flexible pre-processor that offers much more power and flexibility than regular CSS.
Online XRay Tool – MORE INFO
This is actually a great that will help analyze awesome website design to help you produce the best solutions yourself. You can easily get details of various page elements on any webpage with this tool.
Online Pattern Generator Tool – MORE INFO
This is a nice online tool to create page and header backgrounds or even heading backgrounds. It uses the power of HTML canvas to help you create the pattern your looking for.
Backstretch – MORE INFO
This is a simple jQuery plugin that allows you to add a dynamically-resized background image to any page. It will stretch any image to fit the page, and will automatically resize as the window size changes. Images are fetched after your page is loaded, so your users won’t have to wait for the (often large) image to download before using your site.
Chrome Developer Tools – MORE INFO
Including a number of enhancements Chrome’s Developer Tools are based on WebKit’s Web Inspector. The tools give you the ability to do everything from edit HTML to view breakpoints in your script, perform remote debugging, and much more.
Adapt.js – MORE INFO
Responsive Web Design Sketch Sheets – MORE INFO
This tool is a useful aid in mapping out the placement of elements across various devices. With this tool, you can have an idea where to place the the elements of the web page in different sizes of browsers.
Wireframe Magnets (DIY Kit) – MORE INFO
This DIY magnet template is based on the Konigi wireframe stencils and includes 3 sheets of elements that might be useful in whiteboard prototyping.