Working as a web designer isn’t an easy job. One has to invest a great deal of time and efforts into understanding and implementing visual design, information architecture, typography and various other disciplines. With dozens of web design trends available in the web world, choosing one that helps in effective web designing is a tedious task. Thanks to the time-saving tools, it has now become easy to save a considerable amount of time that was otherwise consumed in working on designing part of both, small as well as large/complex websites. Today, I’ll be showcasing 10 of the best time-saver tools that are custom-made for web designers.
Bounce appears as a handy tool for making notes, writing feedback and sharing the notes with friends. Custom-made for web designers, Bounce comes up as a fun way of sharing ideas on a website.
As a web designer, you might have come across several situations wherein you need to modify a picture but don’t have your preferred software for doing the same. MugTug’s Darkroom is the tool that comes to your rescue under such situations. With this tool, you can easily adjust levels, exposure, white balance, contrast, saturation and apply interesting photographic effects. Moreover, MugTug’s Darkroom also enables you to upload pictures from Flickr and Picassa.
Keyonary is yet another brilliant tool that helps in finding shortcuts in Photoshop, Mac OS X etc. Currently, the website houses over 250 photoshop shortcuts for the convenience of web designers. All you need to do is simply type in the name of the application and you’ll get a long list of shortcuts.
Gridr Builderrr is a tool that allows you to choose a grid for your layout and preview it online for making any kind of customizations.You are free to choose from width options viz: 12 columns, 60 px column width, 20 px column margins and 10px outer margins. Custom-made for novice web designers, Gridr Builderrr has everything that is required for gaining expertise in finalizing a website’s layout.
LaunchList is a custom-made tool for all web designers who want to review their designs prior to exposing the same to the world. This tool enables you to test over 28 items related to your web design in addition to offering you the flexibility of adding custom items to the website. You can choose to comment on or cross out web design items as per your specific preferences. Once you’re done with making the alterations to the web design, you can send the report along with project’s details to multiple recipients via emails.
0to255 is a tool that allows web designers to find variations of any color. In order to use this tool, all you need to do is simply pick the color that you intend to start with and you’ll get a range of variations for the respective color. Once the list is displayed on the screen, you can click on the variation you want to use. After this, the helix code for the chosen color variation will be automatically copied to your clipboard.
AddUse is a user research tool that lets you create, manage and present your user research in a simple and cost effective way. You can use this tool at any particular time during the website development process. The best part of AddUse is that it presents graphical results from your surveys, user tests and questionnaires.
Load Impact is a tool that lets you find the performance limits of your website. This online tool simulates users accessing your website and creates test report graphs to analyze the count of users that your website can handle.
Now those were the 10 brilliant time-saver tools that come handy for both novice as well as proficient web designers. Hope you’d have loved the collection and chosen the tools that are capable of meeting your customized needs during website designing.
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Amy Brown is a web developer by profession, a writer by hobby and works for WordPrax Ltd. that provides WordPress web development services. She loves sharing information regarding WordPress customization tips & tricks.