Everyone wants to have a professional looking web design, however, sometimes that is just not possible without the correct tools. There are now so many tools out there, it’s difficult to distinguish between the ones you need and the ones you don’t. After all, there are many elements to designing a website, therefore there are many tools to reflect this. Tools definitely do not make the design, that’s the designer’s jobs. Nonetheless, there are still many web design tools every professional web designer needs.
The Creative Cloud.
There isn’t a shadow of doubt in our minds that you have heard of the famous Adobe creative cloud. Some web designers say that the Creative Cloud is truly their bread and butter when it comes to designing a website from start to finish. This is mainly because Adobe provide so many different programmes that can help you accomplish an array of tasks from designing logos and full page layouts to choosing a colour palette and editing photos. A few of our designers’ favourites are Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Of course, if you don’t want to pay for a monthly subscription there are always some free alternatives. However, be warned that there is always a reason as to why they are free.
Foundation by Zurb.
Described as “the most advanced responsive front-end framework in the world” Zurb makes designing responsive websites, apps and emails that are compatible with all devices a breeze. Zurb works by providing you with frameworks that you can build upon and customise to create a fully functional and unique design. By embracing minimalistic and simple framework you can truly make the design your own. You can even use Zurb with your CMS (content management system) of choice, be it WordPress, Drupal or Sitecore. But that’s not the best part. Zurb is actually completely free to use too. So you literally have no excuse not to use it.
A CMS (content management system).
Whilst WordPress, Drupal and Sitecore don’t do any of the actual “design” work they do make managing and deploying a website a whole lot easier. Of course, there is nothing wrong with a plain old HTML website but when something so complex as a web design is imported into a content management system it just makes things a whole lot easier for both the web designer and the client. From a design point of view, CMSs make things a lot easier to change further along the process if needed because the design is now theoretically a template split into different sections so now we only have to edit a section at a time instead of the whole thing.
Although these tools are great remember that it’s the designer, not the tools that make an effective design. Additionally, what may be easy for one project may not work for another. It’s all about assessing your design requirements and matching them to the best tool for the job.
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