Web Design Resources for Web Professionals You Cannot Miss in 2018
Web Design Resources for Web Professionals You Cannot Miss in 2018
By: Alexander Bulat
September 27, 2018
To all lovers of long scrolls and awesome online resources, freebies alert!
Here’s a long list of awesome web design tools for you.
In this hand-picked selection, you will find only the tools that web design experts use and love.
Do not hesitate to bookmark this page and use it as a go-to resource. Come back to it when you need help with your design projects. Also, make sure you mark the apps you like the most and add them to your toolkit immediately.
In 2018, no one can afford ignoring technology. Especially when it’s free, like the resources we are offering you in this article.
You can be sure that your competitors are already using these tools, and your potential audience is expecting to see similar functionalities on your website.
We know that every web professional needs a set of awesome tools to get the job done right. We’ve made for you an ultimate list of the latest and most powerful tools and resources that are all free!
In case you find one that will want to get your money, drop the link in the comments we’ll delete it from the roundup.
So, what’s included into this web resources digest?
Coffee Cup – A color palette Manager for front-end designers and webmasters who want to make mobile-friendly sites and newsletters.
Gradients.io – Gradients are always trendy. You can have your gradients made by the program with a HEX code for each of them.
HueSnap – Take a photo and use this application to snap a color palette from it automatically. After you create a palette,change it, add complementary colors, and extract the results.
Colordot – This app for creating palettes is very simple and user-friendly. When you want to change the hue – move the mouse back and front. If you go up and down with the mouse – you will adjust the lighting. Also, use the scroll to tweak the saturation.
Khroma – With this resource, you will be able to search, explore, and save separate colors and color combinations for your next web design. The app uses artificial intelligence. First, you choose from among 50 colors to train the AI, then it gives you color combinations that will take your breath away. All the hues that might annoy you will be sifted away automatically. You can also use a library of color combinations, types, swatches, gradients, and what not.
Eggradients – This is a gradient color palette containing +200 gradient background color. As you have probably guessed from the app name, each color is displayed in an egg-shaped module.
Icons8 – Choose an icon and drag it to the editor window – that’s how easy you create icons with this application. The collection is huge, it supports various formats, and works for Windows, Android, IOS.
Vector.me – There’s a collection of free photos, fonts, vector backgrounds, and icons.
Vector4free – This is a rather small collection of 1500 icons. We love them for their high quality and detailed descriptions. You can use the icons freely for your personal projects.
Fonts & Typography
Type Genius – Find the perfect font combo for your next project.
Type Wolf – A great resource available for everything related to typography on the web.
Font Space – A huge categorized library of fonts that are fit for every occasion. There are 35k+ items with detailed labels. Note that you are getting fonts made by over 200 professional designers. Make sure you use them for your personal projects only.
Designimo – If your project already has a name, it will get an amazing logo with this free service. Just enter the name and pick a design choose from the options offered. If you want to go high-resolution, you’ll have to pay. Otherwise, the tool it’s free.
Tailor – Logo design made simple. Instant custom-made logos. Try it for Free
Logaster – Download low-rez logo for free and high-rez logo from $9.99.
Logomakr – The resource has a free low-resolution version with a huge archive of icons and fonts to use on a logo. You will pay only if you want to get professional help with your logo.
Free Logo Design – Here you can create a low-resolution free logo that is still big enough to be used for different purposes. There are nice free logo templates to help you out.
Fyuse – Fyuse 3.0 – An app for creating 3D photos. Very simple. Works both with Android, and iOS.
Negative Space – CCo licensed photos available for free use. The archive is huge, and it is growing every week. There’s a smart filter to help you navigate.
Stock Up – Searching 10,332 free stock photos across 26 websites.
Free Digital Photos – Download free and premium stock photos and illustrations for websites, advertising materials, newspapers, magazines, ebooks, book covers and pages, music artwork, software applications and much more.
MorgueFile – Free photo archive by creatives for creatives.
Window Resizer – View your website on the screens with different resolutions.
Sonics – Sonics is a library of 175 UI sounds and sound effects.
Design Pickle – Unlimited graphic design help. Unlimited requests & revisions. One price every month.
Nicely done – Here you will find lots of inspiration for digital projects, websites, and apps. If you’re keen on digital aesthetics, visit this website to spend an amazing time scrolling through the resource.
From Up North – A mobile magazine that will keep you aware of the latest trends and give you inspiration. It’s where you should go to when looking for a crazy and trendy design concept.
Coding & Web Development
PE Recent Posts – A plugin created by PixelEmu allowing you to display image slides with their title, description and even the ‘Read More’ clickable link relating to a post from a selected category.
Boilerplates – You will build fast, robust, and adaptable web apps or sites. Hundreds of developers will lend you their expertise and help boost the productivity of your web design projects.
Autoptimize – Compresses your theme and template files automatically, concatenating each script and style and compressing all the JS,CSS and HTML options in a revolutionary way.
Mongo DB – A popular JSON-oriented data storage. Allows working with big data like it’s a piece of cake.
W3C Validation – An online validator that works with HTML, XHTML, SMIL, MathML, etc. If you need a correct HTML5 code, this free resource will benefit you.
Ultimate Member – The easiest way to create powerful online communities and beautiful user profiles with WordPress.
Lettering JS – Need new ways to display copy? Impress your website viewers with jaw-dropping textual design by using this resource.
Literally Canvas – Why not create awesome drawings on this resource and then export them to your site? A wonderful free opportunity to make HTML5 canvas.
PE Easy Slider – The simple plugin that allows you to display image slides with title linked to posts from selected category.
MySQL Community – A free version of MySQL. Can be used with all the most popular coding languages.
Query UI Framework – A huge collection of components to choose from. Some of them are grouped into nice packages. Use this resource for accordion menus, auto-complete, and other important features.
Swifty Bar – Adds sticky bar at the bottom of post that shows category,post title, author, time needed to read article, share buttons and previous/next post links.
HTML5 Please – Here you will find a bunch of HTML5, CSS3 features with information about how to use them.
Hover.css – You’ve never seen such a big collection of hover effects. You can use all of them on the buttons of your website. The homepage of the resource features a jaw-dropping showcase.
Devfreecasts – A huge collection of free screencasts for developers.
Codyhouse – A free library of HTML, CSS, JS nuggets.
Code Academy – Here you can learn to code with HTML & CSS online for free.
Web Design Galleries & Inspiration
Awwwards – This gallery aims to create a meeting point where web professionals from across the world can come to find inspiration; a space for debate; a place to share knowledge and experience; give and receive constructive and respectful critiques.
CSS Design Awards – CSSDA is an international web design and development awards platform that honors and showcases freelance designers, studios and agencies for work that pushes the boundaries of creativity, functionality and usability.
FWA – FWA is dedicated to recognizing amazing digital work. One of their focuses is to give as much exposure as they can to the most amazing creative projects.
CollectUI – This platform employs Dribble shots to inspire UI creators. If you want to use any of the elements, make sure you contact their authors on Dribble.
Webdesign Inspiration – A great inspiration gallery. They find the best web designs all over the world and help web designers get inspired.
SiteInspire – A showcase of the finest web and interactive design.
The Best Designs – Features the best of web design. You can filter by style or search designs by color, industry or genre on site.
Mobbin – Did you think we forgot about mobile design? No we didn’t. Here’s where you will get inspired by 130 applications for IOs and over 6000 patterns.
One Page Love – This is the ultimate showcase of One Page websites.
Styleboost – An interesting web design gallery with nearly 1,500 sites. Each daily highlight is accompanied by a short editorial, explaining the strong points of design and designer. The gallery is no longer updated, but it is still a useful inspirational resource.
Pattern Tap – Pattern Tap is all about collecting specific designs and user interaction patterns where designers can learn what works well and why.
Web Creme – A showcase of inspiring web designs and current trends. They search the web for the best and most creatively designed websites and present them in their gallery.
Creative Bloq – With the variety of articles and resources about illustrations, UI, and web design that are available on this platform, you will forget about creative block forever.
Mockplus Blog – The blog is run by the creators of the Mockplus tool. It ideals with prototyping and UI/UX design.
Unmatched Style – Unmatched Style is not just another CSS design gallery. They want to foster constructive design criticism as well as provide inspiration to their readers.
CSSDSGN – A wide range of different websites showcased all on one website.
Design Shack – Established in 2003, Design Shack showcases inspiring examples of design, alongside resources and articles that teach you how to succeed in the same way.
Envato – Envato is an ecosystem of sites to help you get creative. It includes Envato Market, the leading marketplace for images, themes, project files and creative assets.
Lapa – Tap into the collection that gets daily updates. This resource is for landing page designers dedicated to improving their skills.
Designer News – If you want to know all the latest trends, events, and gossips in the designer community – subscribe to this media. It is very useful for UI/UX designers all over the world.
BWG – 2346 Websites are online in the gallery. The CMS behind is WordPress.
CSSline – A showcase gallery of excellent CSS sites from all over the world. CSSline includes many neat features like full color filtering and filtering by tags.
Design Bombs – Design Bombs was originally started as a web design gallery but recently it became a place to share web design ideas, tutorials, and other helpful resources.
UX Design Edge – Here you can read expert articles, find online courses, and get assistance directly from professionals.
Pinterest RWD Board – A variety of boards for responsive design for your inspiration on Pinterest.
Zurb – Here they collected the best responsive sites from across the interwebs, most of them built Foundation-tough.
jQuery Rain – This gallery includes websites which use jQuery for their interface design and interaction the best way.
CSS Leak – Browse 2048 CSS websites and get inspired.
CSS Drive – One more time-tested CSS gallery and examples.
UX Magazine – This is where UI designers blog and communicate. It is a powerful publishing and networking platform for every designer and aspiring design blogger.
Cart Craze – Here you can view the top rated eCommerce sites and get inspired.
CSS Showcases – CSS Showcases has only one objective: to provide you with a central resource to view a wide range of eye catching and innovative web designs plus inspire you to create new and exciting web designs.
Css Loggia – A project focused on providing its audience with a database of well-designed CSS based websites from around the world. Its purpose is to showcase designers’ work and to act as a small portal to the CSS design community.
Uplabs – Here you will find user interfaces, archives, open-source apps, and ready-made elements for Web, iOS & macOS, and Material Design.
CSS Hamster – This clean and simple website with a cute hamster logo features the best CSS websites from all over the web.
ProCSS – A fresh design gallery collecting the best designs on the web. They are constantly looking for the ‘cream of the crop’ when it comes to web design.
CSSclip – CSS websites gallery with card style layout.
Design Snack – This gallery doesn’t just showcase websites, they showcase the designer. They’ve taken the standard CSS/XHTML and Flash web design gallery and made it fun, providing the users with the power to create their own inspiration gallery.
Land-book – If you need inspiration to create landing pages, do not miss this free resource. It will give new landing page ideas to designers, coders, marketers, and business owners.
Pixel Perfect Portfolios – This site was created to showcase the best examples of Flash portfolio sites from around the web. It is no longer updated, but the site will stay online as a historical artifact. It is interesting to click through the gallery and see which sites are still using Flash and which sites have moved on.
Illustratd – Find the newest inspiration in illustrative artworks of the creative nerds.
Interaction Design Foundation – I’m sure you are looking for the best of the best design experts to inspire your future projects. Here’s where you find supreme UX and interaction design professionals.
Type Inspire – The largest inspiration gallery of typography and text effects.
CSS Mania – The worldwide leader of the CSS Showcases genre.
WOW CSS – There are so many grunge, textured, cartoons, painted, even artistic, and many other styled websites here.
Sitesee – A hand-picked collection of the best website designs. There are filters and categories to help you navigate.
101 Best Websites – A showcase site featuring the best CSS, Flash, xHTML and designed websites across the world.
Smashing Magazine – Here you will find lots of inspiring expert articles on web design, app creation, and UX.
CSS Star – A free gallery of great sites. Their main goal is to highlight best sites, ideas or designs made with respect to quality standards.
CSS Genius – A website focused on providing its audience with a wide range database of well-designed CSS based & standard compliant websites from around the world.
Bmaccess – A web design gallery with many websites to feast your eyes upon.
Fave Design – A web showcase gallery. They review best websites from all over the world manually. Being designers and developers themselves, they recognize best websites when they see them.
CSS Based – An online resource and inspiration guide for web agencies, designers and developers who take interest in websites that combine the powers of design, web standards and CSS.
CSS Arena – A German web design gallery compiling websites with most interesting designs.
CSS Ray – A fertile soil for your ideas to grow fast.
Visually – Marketplace for infographics and other visual content.
Big & Little Helpers
TeamWave – An integrated suite of business applications for small & medium-sized companies. Applications include CRM, Project Management, HRIS, Invoicing, Marketing Automation, Analytics & Contact Management.
Torch – The smart all-in-one business suite that uses artificial intelligence to automate work and help your business grow.
Azendoo – Make your teams more productive, deliver lightning-fast, and more.
Dew Drop – Send files in real-time for free. Drop a file and share it with anybody. No Logins — nothing to install.
Signature Maker – A free web based tool, that helps you create your handwritten digital signature, within few seconds. It’s based on HTML5, so a modern browser (e.g Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome) is all you need.
Cast – Record, edit, publish, and host your podcast with CAST.
NameMesh – And here’s a name brainstorming tool that your team will enjoy working with.
Short Domain Search – This is a list of short, available single-word domain names. It’s searchable and sortable using the controls. The list is automatically updated every 10 minutes.
Wordlab Business Name Generator – Create a free account and register on the forum. By doug so you will get practical help and knowledge from a very large expert community. The resource offers name options form the list of 7.2 million names.
Wordoid – Wordoid is the most creative way to find a catchy name for your new venture.
My Hours – This time tracker will help you see how much time you spend writing every piece of content. Very useful for freelance bloggers.
Wattpad – Whatever you’re into, it’s all free on Wattpad: the world’s largest community for readers and writers.
Headline Analyzer – The free blog post headline analyzer will score your overall headline quality and rate its ability to result in social shares, increased traffic, and SEO value.
UpWorthy Title Generator – Do you want your posts to go viral? Of course you do. With this title generator you will create highly clickable and shareable headlines.
Hemingway Sharethrough – This is a very usable headline analyzer powered by the Hemingway app. I offers nice instant suggestions for better results.
Bitcatcha Server Speed Checker – Readers will always prefer a fast-loading blog to a slower one. Use this tool to check the speed of your websites and have it compared with 10k other sites on the Internet.
A5 – Just down your text there, when you will come back it will be still where you left it.
Summarizer – Summarize any text online in just a few seconds.
Title Generator by TweakYourBiz – This is a unique tool that will offer you so many title options that it will take your breath away. Don’t use this tool is you have difficulties with making fast choices.
Medium – Medium is a community of readers and writers offering unique perspectives on ideas large and small.
Gravatar – Every blogger needs show themselves to the audience through avatars. This is a globally used network of avatars that will help you make your face know to your readers across all platforms all over the world.
Keyword Tool – Keyword tool which helps you find the keywords that people are typing into Google search box.
Google Analytics – Improve performance across your sites, apps, and offline marketing. Google’s analytics solutions can help you turn customer insights into action for your business.
Keyword Planner – Search for keyword and ad group ideas, get historical statistics, see how a list of keywords might perform, and create a new keyword list by multiplying several lists of keywords together.
Trends – Explore the trending stories by categories and by countries.
Nibbler – Nibbler is a free tool for testing websites. Enter the address of any website and get a report scoring the website out of 10 for key areas, including accessibility, SEO, social media and technology.
BROWSEO – A web app that allows to view any webpage without distractions caused by styles. It also highlights parts of a page that are relevant for SEO.
Easyredir – Redirect people to your message. Concentrate on your content and let the company handle the technology (from 7$/month).
Ahrefs – Track your backlinks, keywords, brand mentions and know what your competitors are doing (free 14 day trial).
Alexa – Alexa has traffic metrics across the web. It is an invaluable source for competitive intelligence and strategic insight (free trial, from 9.99/month).
Moz – Develop a high quality inbound link profile. Research backlinks, find link-building opportunities and discover potentially damaging links with Open Site Explorer (free trial available).
Similar Web – Measures every website and mobile app, reveals the complete picture and provides insights which marketers, analysts, and industry leaders can rely on in their work (some services are free).
Tiny jpg – Compress JPEG files with a perfect balance in quality and file size.
Tiny png – Advanced lossy compression for PNG images that preserves full alpha transparency.
Compressor – A powerful online tool for reducing drastically the size of your images and photos whilst maintaining a high quality with almost no difference before and after compression.
Hello Bar – Get more email subscribers with Hello Bar.
List Builder – List Builder lightbox makes sure your customers subscribe to your email list and come back for more.
Scroll Triggered Box – Scroll Triggered Box will boost your conversion rates. The plugin displays a pop-up box with customizable content.
Scroll Box – Politely grow your email list with Scroll Box.
Mandrill – A reliable, scalable, and secure delivery API for transactional emails from websites and applications. Ideal for sending data-driven transactional emails, including targeted e-commerce and personalized one-to-one messages.
Mail Gun – The email service for developers. Powerful APIs that enable you to send, receive and track email effortlessly. 10,000 emails free every month.
Send Grid – Delivering your transactional and marketing email through one reliable platform.
SendinBlue – SendinBlue was created to become the simplest, most reliable and cost-effective marketing platform.
Smartcasual – A professional community where they bring the easiest way for you to expand your professional network.
WriteRack – WriteRack is the best way to tweetstorm.
Playbuzz – This is an awesome free online tool for advertisers and publishers. Use it to create quizzes, lists, polls, and other interactive content. The platform will also help you increase your content coverage.
Coschedule – Create beautiful Click To Tweet boxes in your blog posts.
Latergram – Schedule & manage your Instagram posts.
Pin It Button – Add a “Pin It” button over your images, so users can add it to Pinterest easily.
How Many Shares – Count how many times URL has been shared on popular social networks.
Crowdfire – By the power bestowed upon you by Crowdfire, you can manage your Twitter and Instagram accounts far more effectively.
Klout – Spread the word about the article among your friends immediately with the help of browser extension.
RiteTag – RiteTag browser extensions for scheduling & productivity.
Social Analytics – Analysis of any page from the viewpoint of social platforms (the quantity of likes and so on).
Crowdriff – Get Twitter engagement, interest and activity analytics in real time to make interactions more personal and more meaningful.
Buffer – Social media management for marketers and agencies.
Bitly – The company is committed to unleashing the power of the link. They shorten nearly half a billion links per month as an integral part of social, SMS, email efforts (and more) from brands, marketers, publishers, government organizations, non-profits and individual users.
Add This – Promote your site with the best social tools on the web.
Sumome – Share makes it stupid-easy for your visitors to share your content to their friends, family, and others. The more people share your site and content, the more viral traffic goes back to your site.
Disqus – Build a community of active readers and reviewers.
Thinglink – Create annotations for every video or image with this awesome online tool. Adding links and interactive content to videos helps increase website conversions.
Press Kit Generator – Generate a simple Press Kit for your app consisting of app icons, screenshots and a document with your app’s description and other relevant info like genre, price, developer, website etc.
Survey Creator – Make a free survey to know your users. Create a survey, get feedback straight in your mailbox.
Wirewax – Do you remember what’s worth a thousand images? A great video! Add hotspots to your videos and make them more engaging and clickable.
Clients Support and Polling
Type Form – Free online polling and forms constructor.
Pocket – Found anything interesting? Put it into Pocket to view later.
Habitica – This free solution will help you build the right habits and gamify your entire life. You will get a character that will be passing through multiple game levels. You success in this game will depend on your task completion progress. You can also compete with friends and share your progress with the person who holds you accountable.
Rain Drop – A comfy service for working with bookmarks.
Google Keep – Is you are a big fan of Google services and making lists – this tool is your perfect fit. It allows saves lists and viewing the, across all devices.
Flowdock – Flowdock is a team collaboration app for desktop, mobile & web. Work on things that matter, be transparent and solve problems across tools, teams & time zones. Try it for free for 30 days.
Todoist – Do you enjoy making lists and assigning color codes to your tasks? This app will help you add structure to your schedule by creating sub-tasks, sub-categories, and dependencies.
Type Talk – Share and discuss ideas with your team through instant messaging on the web or on your mobile. Now Typetalk is available as desktop app. Download on Windows and Mac.
Wunderlist – The best To-do list of 2017, this free solution is still everybody’s favorite. It is very simple: you make lists and then share them with your family or colleagues.
Slack – A messaging app for teams who are changing the world.
HipChat – Great teams use HipChat Group and private chat, file sharing, and integrations.
Hygger – An Agile project management platform that allows handling many projects at once and grouping them into collections. You will be creating every possible project management elements: sprints, boards, swim lanes, logs, road maps, etc.
What’s it Like App – Where to go is only part of the equation. Start asking when to go. Travel advice.
Pivotal Tracker – This online tool offers project management made simple. The greatest features are the time tracker and awesome checklists. With a free version, you will be able to run only two projects at the same time.
Bitrix24 – This is a free project management, HR management, and CRM solution for small businesses and teams. If you sign up for free, you will use 5GB of storage and be able work on the same project with 12 people.
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