Tools of the Trade

Web designers work with a wide range of tools on a regular basis to get their work done and to keep up with the ever-changing landscape that they deal in. The world of web design is vast and fast moving. As new problems and fads spring up, designers must find the right tool for each situation.


Balsamiq is an amazing little tool that slashes the time designers spend configuring things and coding. Actually, “little” is a bit misleading as the tool is quite powerful. While it is not only designed for creating websites, it is perfect for the job making it a favorite among web designers all around the world. What makes Balsamiq so great is that there is very little knowledge of coding needed. Users are able to build using only visual elements and a drag and drop workflow. The interface is easy to understand making the task of building a webpage accessible to everyone.


Moqups is another great tool that makes web page design a breeze. It works in much the same way as Balsamiq being a frame-based drag and drop design interface, but it operates online in a browser instead of a standalone program on a computer. The biggest benefit to that is your design work follows you wherever you go. All a designer-on-the-go needs to take along on a trip is a way to access the net.

Google Web Designer

It is no surprise that Google has a hand in web design tools. Google seems to be on the cutting edge of almost everything they do, and that is no different in the field of web development tools. Google’s software uses all of the latest in coding practices, such as HTML5 and CSS3 which means that there is virtually no limit to the types of content and layout options available.


While these are just a few of the main tools in use today, they are hugely popular among experts in the field of web design.Each has its own special set of attributes which help designers do what they do.
A good source for more tools is where you can find a lot of great tips.