It is a difficult task to stay on top of the website design and development game. Society’s taste for aesthetics changes all the time and technology is in a constant state of evolution. Anyone who offers web design services have to keep themselves updated on the latest happenings and the newest tools available.
Many of these tools often require payment before use. But there are several tools out there that are free to the public. Web designers who are on a tight budget can utilize these to improve their design methods. However, they are not easily found unless one knows where to look for them.
Here is a list of some of the best open source tools out there that are not as well-known yet, but are effective just as well as more popular programs:
This tool allows website designers to quickly style and space typography for browsers. The styles used are based on the most popular and used methods, such as grids and modular design.
The tool for the memory-conscious designer, UIkit is a modular and lightweight front end framework. Since it does not take up too much online space, it is generally faster and more streamlined for an easier user experience.
kodeWeave lets its users experiment with front end code. One feature that makes this different from other front end developer tools is that it can be downloaded as an application for desktops. It is useful for those who cannot be online all the time. It also allows designers with clients who do not want data on their projects and experiments in cloud storage.
Colormind can study color schemes from films, photographs and artworks. It will then generate palettes based on these images. It can also create random schemes by itself if it has nothing to base on.
This is a site builder framework for online use. Users can edit their designs, the coding, and it has support for responsive design. It also has an undo and redo option and a drag-and-drop feature for pre-made sets of elements.
According to Web Designer Depot, another plus of GrapesJS is that it can be included in other projects. Users can migrate their work to another site builder, a content management system or CMS, or other HTML/CSS template editors for end user customization. As with all site building programs, it is not the most user-friendly editor, if one is wholly unfamiliar with website design.
This is a user interface that holds customizable conversations with site visitors. Illusion.AI is a service that can be integrated into online products. It can give modified answers to queries regarding one’s products or services, as stated by Practical Ecommerce.