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Build a toolkit to support your development

Monday, August 19th, 2013 by Servage

We web designers fall under an artisan job category since part of our profession involves creative work using our own tools. Like a traditional craftsman, we have some project and time period and tools to accomplish our tasks. We have to select our own brushes, colors palettes and canvas. We have limited disk space and CPU power, as they have to carry their tools in a bag and go outside to work with limited resources and choices.

We Need Selected Tools

Like traditional craftsmen, we also have to choose our tools carefully. Our tools enable us to perform our work freely and according to our style and likeness. They must be powerful enough to express our creativity in our finished work. Suppose we have an unlimited number of colors to choose from and we wonder every time about making the right choice. Chances are high that we would waste our valuable time in finding a selection or in trial and error. Therefore, it is mandatory for a web designer to have unique choices in particular situations or scenarios, so we can speed up our work without losing quality.

Today, we have many options, via a variety of tools, to accomplish different tasks. If we are not careful, we won’t organize our work efficiently. We have cloud-based services, like Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft Drive, to store our files and folders, as well as access them from everywhere and with multiple devices. If you want to make your texts or code ubiquitous, you can use Evernote and access them from anywhere.

Graphics Tools

Graphic design software is available in a vast range of options to make your designs robust and suited to your coding pattern. You can use Adobe Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, and so on to make eye candy and web compliant graphics. The majority of designers prefer Photoshop or other software with like capabilities, but many newbies can’t afford such expensive licensed software. Thus, open and free software is also available on the web, with limited features and functionality, though it allows you to accomplish your primary design tasking.

Most seasoned web designers build their designing software with some customization, like having their own font sets and a knack for making use of specific fonts in particular designs to signify the project is their work. In order to make a selected set of fonts available, they may use Font Agent Pro to manage them. Similarly, many use Typekit to create typeface combinations with their own style.

For paint purposes, web designers will use various brushes and access different brush sets through various plug-ins available in respective software. So, installing selected plugins may ease your own work. Some smart designers create a set of brushes devoted to particular set of designs, so they need not scroll a big list of brushes every time.

Programmers’ Tools

As with graphic design, we can also opt for tool sets for programming purposes, like a set of templates, so we don’t have to reinvent the wheel again and again. For a seasoned programmer, their code libraries are a very important asset where they collect frequently used functions, classes, scripts and various tags. They may also organize their libraries in particular manner, so they can work with fewer, but specific, resources. For instance, you can create a self-contained .js file with grouped functions and can use them on content delivery network like CDN.net to directly reference your project. If you wish to make your open source code publicly available, you can use Google Code or GitHub, where you share your code and get benefits from others in the same way.

References & More Reading

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