Top 18 Helpful Web Designer Tools For Successful Projects

People who work as web designers know that the quality and attractiveness of their designs depend to a great extent on tools, used in the project. Although no one would deny the importance of simple and basic methods like using pencil and paper, finding new successful apps will definitely improve your work making it more creative and intriguing.

The following list of 18 incredibly useful top tools should be considered by every web designer, who wants to succeed. They are very convenient to use and will save you a lot of time, efforts and money.

1) Gridset

This full-fledged tool was initially developed as an internal product, but currently helps developers build and design layouts based on grids. Actually, with its help, you can create the type of grid you need, whether it is asymmetrical, fluid, fixed, compound or regular columnar. You can create your own library of the grids you make. This will save you a lot of time avoiding all those calculations that usually are involved in the process. You will be able to create responsive prototypes fast and efficiently.

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2) Niice

Being considered as a great design search engine, Niice pulls in results from Designspiration, Dribbble and Behance. This is a great source of inspiration that will never disappoint you.

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3) Bootstrap

This tool provides uniform and clean solution to your interface tasks that every developer has to perform daily. It makes web development much easier and faster, providing a responsive grid system of 12 columns, JavaScript plugins and a number of styles, components, typography, basic global display, etc.

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4) Pixel Dropr

This is a Photoshop plugin that helps designers collect illustrations, icons, buttons and photos, as well as other necessary elements and to drag and drop them to PSD files.

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5) Adaptive Images

This special tool makes use of a htaccess file, one line of JavaScript and a php file to detect the screen size of your visitors. The rescaled versions of the HTML images then are chosen automatically without destructive elements or the need of making corrections.

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6) Drupal

This is an open source platform for content management that powers a great number of applications and websites. It can be used practically for everything – web applications, blogs, etc. A great number of people all around the world make use of this convenient and important tool.

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7) FitText

This great jQuery plugin helps you tune the text without image disturbance. The front size is updated automatically based on the element width, so that your layout would not be broken and the headlines are scalable enough.

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8) Wirefy

Wirefy is for those that prefer to focus on content. It helps designers and developers plan and structure their content the way they like. Those that are familiar with CSS and HTML will greatly benefit of this elegant and simple tool.

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9) Responsive Tables

The complex and large amounts of data should be kept together in a proper way to make sense. These data tables could be a problem in responsive design, as after adjusting the viewpoint, the tables may look ugly or inconvenient to read. But the simple combination of the CSS and JavaScript, offered by ZURB allows you to adapt tablets and devices and keep your responsive layout.

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10) Joomla

This is a popular and free CMS that is very user friendly and preferred by million designers worldwide.

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11) WordPress

This is another free and popular CMS tool that helps you manage the content.

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12) Reset CSS

This is a worldwide recognized browser that is a must for every developer, so that he can offer the designs he made across all browsers and platforms.

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13) Skeleton

This free tool is ideal starting point to build a website, with very simple and light structure that can help even to those who have never studied how to work with framework.

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14) Mockflow

This is an online tool that helps people who work in a team on certain design project to make notes, so that another person can see your changes and discuss their opinion or concerns in live chat.

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15) Google Webfonts

Take advantage of various web fonts that Google offer to the web designers. All of them are free of charge and very convenient to use.

google-webfonts

16) Adobe Kuler

This tool helps web designers to conveniently create, edit and upload the color schemes.

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17) Moqups

This HTML5 app can help you create UI concepts, mockups and wireframes.

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18) GuideGuide

This is a fantastic Photoshop extension that gives you the opportunity to create accurate grids with one click only.

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