Web design tools - useful tools for web designers

Katleen Hinz, updated on 16 September 2022
5 Min. reading time

To make your career as a web designer a little easier, there are over 300 tools available today to help you create your website. Some are good and useful, others not so much.

But since we can't possibly list all these tools and resources here, we've compiled information on 15 important web design tools to give you an overview.

Which tools help with web design?

1. InVision (Studio)

InVision is arguably the UI tool that does it all and includes everything you need to create your web design. Thanks to InVision's many features, you have access to various tools such as microinteractions on your website, rapid prototyping and responsive web design. 

In the end, you can easily export your design via InVision, share it with others and invite them to collaborate. InVision is mainly for getting feedback from clients.

In addition, InVision works on macOS as well as Windows and via the browser, which makes it easier to work together on the same project.

 2. Adobe XD

Adobe XD is a vector-based software that is particularly suitable for creating online projects. It is used for the UI design of web apps and mobile apps, which are then stored in the Adobe Creative Cloud. For this reason, files or elements from Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator can also be imported flawlessly. Adobe XD can be used for both macOS and Windows.

 3. Adobe Photoshop

Although Photoshop is primarily an image editing programme, it is also excellent for creating a website - but it is more for experienced web designers. However, once you get the hang of it, you can create beautiful web designs with Photoshop using different templates and patterns - Photoshop can be used for (almost) everything. 

Unfortunately, this very helpful programme comes at a price, which is why only professional web designers use Photoshop for the most part.

 4. canva

Canva helps you create images for social media or your website with a simple drag-and-drop method. Canva gives you access to a large number of images, illustrations, animations, fonts and much more. A popular alternative to Canva is the tool "Crello", which also offers a variety of free video clips.

 5. sketch

Sketch is one of the most widely used and popular UI and web design tools due to its ease of use and usability. It is primarily intended to support you in the creation of designs on websites and apps and especially facilitates collaboration with others - all team members have access to all content and functions.

Sketch, unlike Photoshop for example, is vector-based, which means that you can enlarge or change graphics as you like without loss of quality.

A small disadvantage of this tool is that it is only designed for macOS and not for Windows. The advantage: There is a Windows application "Lunacy" in which you can open all Sketch files and also edit them.

 6. balsamiq

Balsamiq is a wireframing tool and especially suitable for creating a first draft of the website. Using drag-and-drop, you place images, texts and other elements as they will later appear on your page. 

Balsamiq is also available as a trial version, where you can test the tool for 30 days free of charge and then decide for yourself whether you want to buy the full version or not.

 7. figma

Figma is characterised above all by the fact that several designers can work on a project simultaneously in real time. Responsive web design is a priority at Figma, because thanks to the cross-device design, functions and content are displayed equally on desktops, smartphones and tablets.

The main advantage of Figma is that it can be used not only on iOS and Windows devices but also in the browser and on devices running Linux. Whether you use the free or the paid version is up to you.

 8. marvel

Marvel is also an excellent tool with which you can quickly implement ideas and create a first prototype for a website. It is therefore possible to get an idea of what your website will look like and make the necessary changes and optimisations immediately. 

The advantage of Marvel is that it is an online tool and you don't have to download a programme.

9. mock flow

At MockFlow you can plan your website down to the smallest detail. You have the option of writing down your initial ideas here and then creating a concept from them. With the help of ready-made layouts and templates, you can then implement this concept, with a UI revision tracker at your side.

10. framer

Framer is a tool designed to help you improve communication and collaboration between you and your team. The special thing about it is that everyone involved is notified and kept up to date at all times as soon as a change is made or the design is updated.

11 Flinto

The tool Flinto supports you in planning an interactive design, because the creation of animations and transitions is very simple here. Unfortunately, Flinto is currently only available for macOS, but elements and functions from Figma and Sketch can be imported without any problems.

12. Fluid

The Fluid tool allows you to create prototypes and UI designs for your future website quickly and easily. You can then share them directly with other users or your team.

13 StartUp 4

The "StartUp 4" tool allows you to create websites without any programming knowledge. Thanks to the integration of Google Fonts, you can easily select the appropriate fonts and insert any layout, design or style using drag-and-drop.

14. font

When choosing the font(s), there are several tools that can help you create your content. Examples where you can find both free and paid fonts are:

  • Fonts in the Wild
  • What Font Is
  • Font Squirrel
  • Google Fonts
  • etc.

There is something for everyone here!

 15. colours

Likewise with the colours on your website, you can choose a tool to help you find the right ones. Some examples of this are:

  • Colour Scheme Designer (create colour combinations)
  • ColorHexa (information on colour schemes and gradations)
  • Adobe Color (Find five matching colour tones)
  • Color Thief (generate a colour palette based on a picture)
  • Grad Pad (Design colour gradients)
  • etc.

What is our conclusion about the web design tools?

Good web and UI design involves detailed planning and the creation of a flawless concept. Unfortunately, there is no tool that can do the whole process for you, but there are tools that can help.

As already mentioned, there are of course many more tools, but we think that you are already very well positioned with the ones mentioned above.

Do you need support in creating your web design or do you have questions about certain web design tools? We are happy to help you with all your questions and problems!

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Katleen Hinz
Katleen is a content creator at f5.design. But above all, she is an expert in international communication and media studies. In her free time, she travels and explores the world with a zest for life.

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