40 Incredibly Useful Web Design Tools You Should Use Daily

Posted in Tools, Web Design4 years ago • Written by 32 Comments

This article will showcase tools which should and could be used by designers daily. If you need some inspiration – you can visit the most popular and recommended design showcase sites to find really good works and examples. Check out design related tools, online generators, free font sites, template sites, great websites helping to test and manage websites – those all have been created to save your time! Remember -  not always the best way is to create everything by yourself. Be smart and you will accomplish your tasks much easier and quicker without struggling!

I strongly suggest you to go through this article and bookmark tools, which could help you or just bookmark this page and come back whenever you feel discouraged or struggled! Enjoy!

Inspiration

1. Deviantart

Deviantart is one of the largest artist showcases on internet. You can find some great inspiration here.

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2. Web design library

Web Design Library is an internationally refereed resource that provides a platform for the dissemination of design thinking and research. It covers all theoretical and practice-oriented aspects of the effective, efficient and attractive presentation of information on-line.

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3. Stylevault

Stylevault.net is a design showcase where web designers can show off their talents and get inspiration as well as giving it.

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4. Behance

Behance is a very great place for inspiration, because there are more professionals with stunning designs.

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5. The design inspiration

The Design Inspiration is created by a group of designers who are seeking various design inspiration every day.

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Design tools

6. Colour lovers

COLOURlovers is an international community of designers and artists of all kinds who visit the site to get color inspiration, ideas and feedback for both their professional and personal projects. COLOURlovers’ loyal members create colors, palettes and patterns to nurture their ongoing love affair with color.

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7. Adobe kuler

Adobe kuler is a web-based application by Adobe that helps you create and share color themes.

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8. Color hunter

Color Hunter is a place to find and make color palettes created from images.

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9. Colorotate

With ColoRotate, you can work with colors in 3D, in real time, and in a way that matches how our minds process color.

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10. Stripemania

Stripemania is a simple and free web 2.0 tool to create seamless diagonal stripes for your designs. You are able to choose the size of the stripes and the spacing between those. You can even add color gradient effect for all of your stripes.

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11. Fontstruct

FontStruct lets you quickly and easily create fonts constructed out of geometrical shapes, which are arranged in a grid pattern, like tiles or bricks.

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12. Dafont

A great website which allows you to browse fonts alphabetically, by themes, or by date. Most of the fonts are free to download.

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13. Icon finder

Icon search engine with over 100 000 free icons.

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14. Whatthefont

Seen a font in use and want to know what it is?

Submit an image to WhatTheFont to find the closest matches in our database. Or, let cloak-draped font enthusiasts lend a hand in the WhatTheFont Forum

whatthefont-web-designer-tools-useful

15. Lorem Ipsum

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.

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Coding tools

16. Typeteste

The Typetester is an online application for comparison of different typefaces. Its primary role is to make web designer’s life easier.

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17. Typeface.js

With typeface.js you can embed custom fonts in your web pages so you don’t have to render text to images.

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18. Firebug

Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of web development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.

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19. Smush.it

Smush.it uses optimization techniques specific to image format to remove unnecessary bytes from image files. It is a “lossless” tool, which means it optimizes the images without changing their look or visual quality

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20. pForm

HTML form creator.

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21. Zend Studio

Zend Studio 7.0 is the next generation of our professional-grade PHP application development environment. It has been designed to maximize developer productivity by enabling you to develop and maintain code faster, solve application problems quickly and improve team collaboration.

zendstudio-web-designer-tools-useful

22. Fire FTP for Firefox

FireFTP is a free, secure, cross-platform FTP client for Mozilla Firefox which provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers.

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23. Expandrive

ExpanDrive acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac or PC. It lets you open, edit, and save files on remote computers from within your favorite programs. ExpanDrive enhances every single application on your computer by transparently connecting it to remote data.

expandrive-web-designer-tools-useful

24. W3C Validator

The W3C validator is a free service by W3C that helps check the validity of Web documents. Also available CSS validator.

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25. jQuery UI

jQuery UI is an open source library of interface components — interactions, full-featured widgets, and animation effects — based on the stellar jQuery javascript library . Each component is built according to jQuery’s event-driven architecture (find something, manipulate it) and is themeable, making it easy for developers of any skill level to integrate and extend into their own code.

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26. Clean AJAX

Clean is an open source engine for AJAX, that provides a high level interface to work with the AJAX technology.

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27. Refelction.js

Reflection.js allows you to add reflections to images on your web pages. It uses unobtrusive javascript to keep your code clean.

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28. Blueprint CSS

Blueprint is a CSS framework, which aims to cut down on your development time. It gives you a solid foundation to build your project on top of, with an easy-to-use grid, sensible typography, useful plugins, and even a stylesheet for printing.

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29. CleanCSS

CleanCSS is a powerful CSS optimizer and formatter. Basically, it takes your CSS code and makes it cleaner and more concise.

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30. XHTML Character Entity Reference

This page contains the 252 allowed entities in HTML 4 and XHTML 1.0, as outlined in section 24 of the official HTML 4 specifications, published by the W3C.

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31. Pingdom

Pingdom offers cost-effective and reliable server, network and website monitoring. We use a global network of servers to monitor our customers’ sites 24/7, all year long. The service includes statistics for uptime and response time, and can send out alerts via SMS and email.

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32. Lightbox 2

Lightbox is a simple, unobtrusive script used to overlay images on the current page. It’s a snap to setup and works on all modern browsers.

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33. WIX

Free flash page builder.

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34. Best free templates

BestFreeTemplates.info offers exclusive CSS templates of various categories, available for free downloading. Our free templates can be easily called one of the best free templates in the Internet. Qualitative CSS layout, absolutely unique professional web design – all this being an incontestable advantage of our free webtemplates. That’s what allows us to characterize our website templates as the best free templates.

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Testing and managing site

35. Browsershots

BrowserShots is a web-based browser compatibility check tool that lets you easily preview how your website looks in all popular browsers. No email or registration required, submit your web URL and wait 3-5 min for BrowserShots to generate screenshots for each browser.

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36. Browsercam

See your web design on any browser on any operating system. Check javascripts, DHTML, forms and other dynamic functionality on any platform. Not just yours. Use our bank of testing machines remotely to test your website.

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37. Are my sites up?

Are my sites up is a simple service that notifies you when your sites goes down.

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38. Google analytics

Google Analytics is the enterprise-class web analytics solution that gives you rich insights into your website traffic and marketing effectiveness. Powerful, flexible and easy-to-use features now let you see and analyze your traffic data in an entirely new way. With Google Analytics, you’re more prepared to write better-targeted ads, strengthen your marketing initiatives and create higher converting websites.

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39. W3Counter

W3Counter is your free, hosted website analytics solution for answering the key questions about your website: who’s your audience, how they find your site, and what interests them.

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40. eLogic

Track and monitor the activities of your website. Knowing what your web page statistics are is the key to running a successful online business.

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32 Comments Best Comments First
  • Pablo

    Thursday, November 26th, 2009 23:38

    12

    Hey man, great job, very helpful.

    +4
  • Sarah

    Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 00:30

    32

    I find this site a good tool. It has a good selection of high res images for Dirt Cheap. Very good for travel images. Not so Great for People shots, But i use them for backgrounds and stuff.

    +2
  • bijeesh

    Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 02:37

    29

    Great list! , very useful

    +1
  • Mariken

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 20:24

    10

    Great tools! I’m just in the middle of redisgning my own site.

    0
  • Ed

    Sunday, November 29th, 2009 11:23

    13

    Awesome list. Thanks!

    0
  • Bob Santos

    Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 19:40

    8

    Thank you for the great list! Will surely check each of them.

    0
  • Yani

    Friday, January 1st, 2010 03:17

    15

    waw! great collection here! :D thanks for sharing it does really inspirat me!!! keep it up like this ^^

    0
  • Teresa Schultz

    Saturday, December 5th, 2009 13:02

    14

    Plenty of great web design tools, thanks! I’m only really using Submit Express for submitting sites to search engines and checking or fixing meta tagging, and the W3C Validator at the moment, but plenty from your list is going to prove helpful – thanks!

    0
  • Melody

    Monday, November 2nd, 2009 23:43

    7

    Awesome resources here…I’m so in love with deviantart.com–the artists on there are amazing!

    0
  • Tom

    Monday, November 2nd, 2009 15:12

    1

    Thanks very much for the mention Daniel!! 15 years old eh? Very impressive! —Tom

    0
  • Vamsi

    Monday, November 2nd, 2009 17:18

    2

    Hey Daniels, you got the Fire FTP screenshot wrong. just check, there is firebug image.

    0
  • Chris Davidson

    Monday, November 2nd, 2009 14:56

    4

    Very useful list – well presented – excellent contribution. Thanks very much.

    0
  • Luis Lopez

    Monday, November 2nd, 2009 21:47

    6

    Excellent list, I use like ten or a more of these daily, but the list is really complete, I could recommend a time tracker like Ora, twitter search, o Thefwa.com website, this one mostly for those who use flash.

    0
  • Shane

    Monday, November 2nd, 2009 20:13

    5

    Some of those sites have help me out a lot, i will visit the others soon.
    Thanks for sharing.

    0
  • julio

    Thursday, January 28th, 2010 17:49

    16

    Awesome post this is a big help keep up the great post.

    0
  • alfade

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 16:46

    17

    You should consider to put this in your list : http://cssgallerysubmission.com
    It’s a free css gallery submission tool, will help us to promote our webdesign easily ;)

    0
  • Isak

    Friday, September 30th, 2011 17:16

    26

    I really like Deviantart for inspiration!

    0
  • Carroll

    Saturday, September 10th, 2011 09:12

    25

    forums built over the similar matters? Thanks a lot!

    0
  • Russ Tafari

    Saturday, October 8th, 2011 00:23

    27

    Great collection!!! Bookmarked!! I will be checking back with your site to see what other great articles you have written!

    0
  • Kent

    Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 00:59

    28

    Lots of good tools. Its interesting that blogging software tools didn’t make it on the list. Maybe its on another page.

    0
  • Dan

    Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 11:39

    31

    Great tools Daniels. I’ve been browsing them for the past hour and didn’t even realize it. You’ve kept me captivated :) so thanks for sharing these tools with us.

    Best Regards,
    d’

    0
  • Steve

    Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 18:44

    30

    Great collection! I really love Clolor hunter and Colorotate. Amazing tools.

    0
  • Martin

    Friday, September 2nd, 2011 13:37

    24

    Excellent list. Deviantart and Icon Finder impressed me well, so beautiful designs. Thanks

    0
  • Fraser

    Friday, May 20th, 2011 10:55

    21

    Thanks for the inspiration, great post.

    0
  • ARTisani

    Monday, May 3rd, 2010 13:19

    19

    Thanks for the resources.
    Although I use a lot of them already some of them were new to me.

    0
  • Operation SCAR

    Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 13:46

    18

    Thank you so much for this detailed list. I have been looking for something like the Icon Finder Site (#13) for a long long time so I’m eternally grateful to you for that link alone.

    I’m going to spend a little time exploring the others as I suspect there are some more gems in here.

    0
  • XeBii

    Friday, May 6th, 2011 06:55

    20

    Thanks for this Useful List!

    0
  • Carren

    Sunday, August 14th, 2011 01:27

    22

    Cool list. What about tools for actually designing pages? Most of us use Photoshop or Fireworks, but is there anything else?

    0
  • Thijs

    Monday, August 15th, 2011 19:51

    23

    Great list!

    An interesting addition would be a web-based code editor, like http://codey.co/ or http://shiftedit.net/

    0
  • Poonam

    Friday, November 6th, 2009 11:35

    11

    You could also add Raptivity Web Expert in this list. It is a great tool for web designers to add interactivity to their websites and that too in minutes without programming!

    -1
  • Johnson Koh

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 12:38

    9

    Excellent post as usual. You have just shown me a lot of other great sites that I have not come across. Thanks!

    -1
  • Sarah

    Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 00:30

    32

    I find this site a good tool. It has a good selection of high res images for Dirt Cheap. Very good for travel images. Not so Great for People shots, But i use them for backgrounds and stuff.

    +2
  • Dan

    Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 11:39

    31

    Great tools Daniels. I’ve been browsing them for the past hour and didn’t even realize it. You’ve kept me captivated :) so thanks for sharing these tools with us.

    Best Regards,
    d’

    0
  • Steve

    Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 18:44

    30

    Great collection! I really love Clolor hunter and Colorotate. Amazing tools.

    0
  • bijeesh

    Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 02:37

    29

    Great list! , very useful

    +1
  • Kent

    Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 00:59

    28

    Lots of good tools. Its interesting that blogging software tools didn’t make it on the list. Maybe its on another page.

    0
  • Russ Tafari

    Saturday, October 8th, 2011 00:23

    27

    Great collection!!! Bookmarked!! I will be checking back with your site to see what other great articles you have written!

    0
  • Isak

    Friday, September 30th, 2011 17:16

    26

    I really like Deviantart for inspiration!

    0
  • Carroll

    Saturday, September 10th, 2011 09:12

    25

    forums built over the similar matters? Thanks a lot!

    0
  • Martin

    Friday, September 2nd, 2011 13:37

    24

    Excellent list. Deviantart and Icon Finder impressed me well, so beautiful designs. Thanks

    0
  • Thijs

    Monday, August 15th, 2011 19:51

    23

    Great list!

    An interesting addition would be a web-based code editor, like http://codey.co/ or http://shiftedit.net/

    0
  • Carren

    Sunday, August 14th, 2011 01:27

    22

    Cool list. What about tools for actually designing pages? Most of us use Photoshop or Fireworks, but is there anything else?

    0
  • Fraser

    Friday, May 20th, 2011 10:55

    21

    Thanks for the inspiration, great post.

    0
  • XeBii

    Friday, May 6th, 2011 06:55

    20

    Thanks for this Useful List!

    0
  • ARTisani

    Monday, May 3rd, 2010 13:19

    19

    Thanks for the resources.
    Although I use a lot of them already some of them were new to me.

    0
  • Operation SCAR

    Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 13:46

    18

    Thank you so much for this detailed list. I have been looking for something like the Icon Finder Site (#13) for a long long time so I’m eternally grateful to you for that link alone.

    I’m going to spend a little time exploring the others as I suspect there are some more gems in here.

    0
  • alfade

    Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 16:46

    17

    You should consider to put this in your list : http://cssgallerysubmission.com
    It’s a free css gallery submission tool, will help us to promote our webdesign easily ;)

    0
  • julio

    Thursday, January 28th, 2010 17:49

    16

    Awesome post this is a big help keep up the great post.

    0
  • Yani

    Friday, January 1st, 2010 03:17

    15

    waw! great collection here! :D thanks for sharing it does really inspirat me!!! keep it up like this ^^

    0
  • Teresa Schultz

    Saturday, December 5th, 2009 13:02

    14

    Plenty of great web design tools, thanks! I’m only really using Submit Express for submitting sites to search engines and checking or fixing meta tagging, and the W3C Validator at the moment, but plenty from your list is going to prove helpful – thanks!

    0
  • Ed

    Sunday, November 29th, 2009 11:23

    13

    Awesome list. Thanks!

    0
  • Pablo

    Thursday, November 26th, 2009 23:38

    12

    Hey man, great job, very helpful.

    +4
  • Poonam

    Friday, November 6th, 2009 11:35

    11

    You could also add Raptivity Web Expert in this list. It is a great tool for web designers to add interactivity to their websites and that too in minutes without programming!

    -1
  • Mariken

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 20:24

    10

    Great tools! I’m just in the middle of redisgning my own site.

    0
  • Johnson Koh

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 12:38

    9

    Excellent post as usual. You have just shown me a lot of other great sites that I have not come across. Thanks!

    -1
  • Bob Santos

    Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 19:40

    8

    Thank you for the great list! Will surely check each of them.

    0
  • Melody

    Monday, November 2nd, 2009 23:43

    7

    Awesome resources here…I’m so in love with deviantart.com–the artists on there are amazing!

    0
  • Luis Lopez

    Monday, November 2nd, 2009 21:47

    6

    Excellent list, I use like ten or a more of these daily, but the list is really complete, I could recommend a time tracker like Ora, twitter search, o Thefwa.com website, this one mostly for those who use flash.

    0
  • Shane

    Monday, November 2nd, 2009 20:13

    5

    Some of those sites have help me out a lot, i will visit the others soon.
    Thanks for sharing.

    0
  • Chris Davidson

    Monday, November 2nd, 2009 14:56

    4

    Very useful list – well presented – excellent contribution. Thanks very much.

    0
  • Vamsi

    Monday, November 2nd, 2009 17:18

    2

    Hey Daniels, you got the Fire FTP screenshot wrong. just check, there is firebug image.

    0
  • Tom

    Monday, November 2nd, 2009 15:12

    1

    Thanks very much for the mention Daniel!! 15 years old eh? Very impressive! —Tom

    0

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