Just like in most other professions, a web designer’s set of tools is what brings a concept into fruition. There are many applications available to our disposal, but there are some that just stand out from the crowd. The tools in this article are what’s regarded as the most popular tools used for web design.

Last week, you were asked to vote on what you thought was the best web design tool. Close to 280 of you shared your opinion on what the best web design tool is.

In this article, you’ll find the five web design tools that garnered the most votes.

5. Fireworks

screenshot source: Introducing Adobe Fireworks CS4 beta


JavaScript frameworks have become very popular in the recent years by making the creation of dynamic effects much easier. Lightweight, used in the WordPress and Drupal core, jQuery is now one of the most used JavaScript libraries around.

The following list of jQuery plugins will help you to improve the usability of your website or web applications by enhancing the display of your images.

1. s3 Slider

 - screen shot.s3 Slider Demonstration page.


Last week, I wrote about 10 Features That Will Make Twitter Better – the response was astounding and many people contributed their own ideas in the comments.

What became clear was the need to write a follow-up article that discusses even more user interface suggestions that can improve the Twitter web experience. To provide a well-rounded mix of ideas, the article would have to be from a combination of authors that contributed to one article.

What follows are ideas by ten professionals from different various spheres of expertise.

1. Location, location, location: the Twitter @Locals tab

Jason Finch, Blended Networking Evangelist, The dotSno Project / @dotsno

One of the greatest benefits of Twitter is being able to connect in real-time with conversations going on between those you follow, enabling you to become part of a global conversation on topics in which you have a shared interest. Any time of day or night you’re able to jump into the conversation. Imagine the power of combining this with local knowledge and conversations with local people who you have yet to discover. Think about who is around right now, on your block, talking about the stuff in which you’re interested, the strangers in the coffee shop a few blocks away tweeting about the very subjects that fascinate and engage you and who could easily become your friends. Run along, go meet them!

Locals tab.


Last week you were asked what you thought the best web design tool was. To sweeten the deal, the kind folks over at JumpeyeComponents decided to give away five licenses to their wonderful Flash effects component called FlashEff. Over 270 people cast their votes!

The winners are:

Selecting the perfect domain name for your website is the most important, and oftentimes hardest, step in establishing a web presence. There are plenty of tools out there that can help you ease the burden of checking available domains and suggesting similar names that are related to your searches.

In this article, you’ll read about 12 neat web tools that will lend you a hand in finding and choosing domain names. You’ll find a variety of search and suggestion tools that have an assortment of features so that, hopefully, you’ll discover a few favorites.

1. Domainr

Domainr - screen shot.


Adobe Illustrator is a versatile vector illustration application that’s preferred by many professional artists and designers. Its robust and powerful set of tools coupled with its intuitive interface makes it the go-to app for vector work. Illustrator excels in allowing designers to craft stunning and realistic-looking 3D artwork.

In this collection, you will find 40 useful and informative tutorials and techniques on creating three-dimensional artworks in Adobe Illustrator.

1. Create an Open Book with Illustrator’s 3D Extrude & Bevel Tool

Create an Open Book with Illustrator's 3D Extrude & Bevel Tool - preview.


Retro and vintage web designs have become increasingly popular. Ironically, the more and more the web progresses, the more designers start to revert back to old retro styles. For your design inspiration, here are 40 beautifully-designed websites that revert back in time to retro and vintage styles.

If you liked this collection, please consider also reading 20 Beautiful Vintage Photoshop Brush Sets.

1. Level 2 Design

Level 2 Design - screen shot.