50 Time-Saving Web Design – Developer Tools

In our field it is important to know how to do specific tasks and use creativity to achieve our goals, however it is necessary to have the right tools in order to get our aims in a more efficient way. Here you have several tools for different steps on our daily work, from scratch to production:

Mock Up Tools

MockFlow

MockFlow is an application based on Flash which allow  you to create a wireframe with simple elements to develop a prototype so you can show your concepts  to colleagues and clients. The points in favor to this service are a fast wireframing tool and its collaborative purpose.

FrameBox

FrameBox is a drag and drop application which aloud you making fast wireframes using ui elements, resize them and even you can set layout width for making low quality prototypes for responsive web design. You can share your designs by social media or mail. Simple and efficient.

Icons

Iconizer

This site has a collection of icons, you type on the search bar and then it retrieves you the result. Pretty much stuff we can find out there, but there is something extra: after picking the desired icon, you are able to personalize it, so you can change background, angle of image, foreground color, etc.

Iconmonstr

This is the right place for someone who is looking minimalistic icons. Shapes can be downloaded in png  or in SVG format

One Div

All icons displayed on this website are released in pure css with only one html div, it aims to show the potential of CSS3 for creating visual objects and an alternative to SVG for responsive web design.

We Love Icon Fonts

This site offers icon fonts in order to be used as simple icons. You should add the font you like into your collection, @import to your css with the url, then associate a class to it and then apply it where you consider convenient. Here you have an example.

Textures

Texture King

Texture King shows different categories related to textures and inside them you can get many options to download.

Lost and Taken

Another great texture collection, the most remarkable about this site is its great categories, which covers many kind of textures (like lights or plant leaves) that you cannot find anywhere else.

10 Ravens

10 Ravens has free textures, stock images collection and 3D models. Very nice resources for exigent people.

Stock Images

Official PSD’s

Official PSDS is an excellent site to look for PSD resources, its collection is really huge, plus really nice tutorials and a community where you can interact with another Photoshop users.

SXC

Simple and full of options, SXC is the right place to look for a particular image.

Freepik

Freepik is a wonderful resource, because in there you can find vectors, photos and PSD. Very simple and extremely useful.

Fonts

Dafont

Dafont offers a really big quantity of fonts, most of them are free for commercial and personal purposes. It is a tremendous tool in order to preview how text will look like. There are many categories to search and it worth to look over them maybe you can get some inspiration for your next project.

FontSquirrel

Font Squirrel has galleries of fonts free for commercial use, plus a @font-face generator where a font can be set in different font formats in order to assure a consistent crossbrowser experience. Please see this tutorial from Paul Irish where he explains how to do that. It is necessary to stress that  the fonts that you can convert should be legally elegible for web embedding. Are you a little lazy about using the font-face generator? Don´t worry there are plenty of kits already ready for use in @font-face kits.

Identifont

Identifont has free fonts, a section called Fontset where you can mark your favorites fonts, but the most remarkable feature is the one related to identify fonts. Many times you get amazed for a font in a site and you do not have how to trace it. Now you can do that with Identifont.

What Font is

What font is lets you identify an specific font using a picture of it, besides it has plenty of free fonts to download.

Google Fonts

Google fonts is a service you can choose different kinds of fonts, then download or embed in your site by css, @import or via Javascript.

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Ezequiel Lavaca is a frontend freelance developer passionate on new technologies. Personal website: www.canvasestudio.com

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6 Comments
  1. jacek Mar 29, 8:54 pm

    Whoo extra tool pack.

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  2. sunil Mar 30, 6:43 am

    Thanks a lot! for nice article. This will not only help me a lot but also a number of designers in their upcoming projects.

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  3. Ajay Dhameliya Mar 30, 8:57 pm

    Super collection….very useful for any newbie web developer…

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  4. Jake Mar 31, 10:27 am

    Nice pack. Thanks a lot. The 4th one (Iconizer) has an old screen though. At the moment it’s completely different

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  5. orange Apr 1, 10:00 am

    So many useful tools, I really love this list. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. @MaxR_V Apr 12, 9:19 pm

    I would also add http://subtlepatterns.com/ for some free awesome backgrounds for the web – many modern, well designed, topnotch bgs!

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