7 Great Web Design Tools That Are More Than Worth Your Time

August 4, 2016

10:00 pm

Web design walks a thin line between art and craft. While the aesthetic side of a website is important to maintaining your artistic integrity, clients typically insist on designs that will convert customers, be responsive, and follows the latest industry’s trends.

And if you really want to make sure you are keeping clients and customers happy when it comes to web design, these seven tools will go a long way in helping you out.

Webflow

Webflow is a great tool for emerging web designers or the DIY crowd. Instead of using a good old pen and paper for prototyping and wire-framing, you can now use the simple drag and drop interface for doing the job for you.

Users can also make use of the pre-made templates that are provided for them, the in-built CMS and hosting offered by the platform. 

ReaConverter

Image optimization is extremely important when it comes to good design and page performance. This is where RealConverter comes into play. It allows designers to quickly convert image files into any format they need, and allows for image editing as well.

Many file conversion services only focus on file types that are already web design friendly. These include JPG, TIF, and PNG. How many of them take on CAD images as well? RealConverter can tackle both of these tasks and make things easy for you thanks to an extremely user-friendly interface. You can convert one image at a time, or batch process hundreds of them.

Macaw

Macaw is a great web design tool for folks who are just now beginning to learn how to code. The interface is much like that in Photoshop, so if you are familiar with it, you’ll enjoy using Macaw too. Especially because its functionality for creating responsive and mobile-ready designs is unmatched. 

Atomic

This web design tool allows you to work directly in your browser to create a design mockup. You can then share your design with anyone to a bunch of different devices. Atomic perfectly integrates with Sketch, and Photoshop, or you can start creating your design from scratch.

Once you have your design in place, you can double back and add in interactive features. This makes for simple web design with an artistic feel.

PowerMockup

PowerMockup is part of the well-known PowerPoint package. If you have coworkers or clients who are not quite technically savvy, this is a very approachable way to create a presentation of your web design mockup. Use it to create enticing presentations in just a few clicks. 

Form

Form features tons of great resources and supporting documentation for building or modifying existing themes, modules, plugins and a decent API library.

This database is a real treasure chest not just for web designers, but for front-end developers as well. Besides, the makers of Form recently teamed up with Google, so you can rest assured that this tool will always stay up to date and reflect the latest in design trends.

Avocode

Avocode is a collaborative tool that allows front-end crowd to easily collaborate with the engineers. You can import visual objects from Photoshop, your mood boards and a bunch of other tools and rest assured that everything will be coded into perfection.

Avocode allows you to effortlessly create unified style guides, which would reduce the hassle and communication required between the design and developers teams. The biggest convenience of all is that while this is happening, everything is in the same place.

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Dianna is a former ESL teacher and World Teach volunteer, currently living in France. She’s slightly addicted to apps and viral media trends and helps different companies with product localization and content strategies. You can tweet her at @dilabrien

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