14 Useful Sites for Designers



In this article I list several useful tools for designers to simplify their work. Many of these tools are very simple but they allow us to save a lot of time.

WhatTheFont

WhatTheFont helps the designer to identify fonts used. WhatTheFont scans the image and lists several possible font names. If there is a problem help can also be requested through the WhatTheFont forum.

WhatTheFont

Fontstruct

FontStruct lets you create new fonts in an easy way. You have access to an editor where you can design your new font working on a grid.

Fontstruct

Adobe kuler

On Adobe kuler you can browser and create color themes. Being a web app it also allows the sharing of color themes.

Adobe kuler

Color hunter

Color Hunter allows you to create or find color palettes from images.

Color hunter

Browsershots

Browsershots is a web compatibility tool that checks your site on different browsers by taking screenshots rendered in all popular browsers.

Browsershots

Sumlip

Sumlip is a dummy text generator that shows excerpts from articles instead of “lorem ipsum” text.

Sumlip

Grid Calculator

Grid Calcultaor is a tool to help you calculate your grids. You can also download grids you created.

Grid Calculator

ConvertIcon

Converticon is an icon utility that allows you to create favicons in a very easy way. Just upload an image and it will be converted to .ico format.

ConvertIcon

Test Everything

Test Everything allows you to test your site in many browsers with different tools like network tools, css validators or seo tools among others.

Test Everything

Place hold it

This is a great site and with a very easy solution allows you to add image placeholders to your work.

Place hold it

Prevue.it

Prevue.it is a tool that allows you to upload your work and share it with other users.

Prevue.it

Google web fonts

Google has created a site where you have access to a good collection of open source fonts.

Google web fonts

Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator

A gradient generator similar to Photoshop gradient editor that you can use thru your browser.

Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator

Smush.it

Smush.it uses optimization techniques to remove unnecessary bytes from image files.

Smush.it


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