5 Essential Tools for Web Designers {2018 Updated}

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

5 Essential Tools for Web Designers {2018 Updated}

Posted by Rahul Gupta
Web designers are always in demand. Without a decent website, businesses are invisible, but most business owners don’t have the skills to create a functional website. 
Essential Tools for Web Designers
This is where you come in. In this article, we'll have a look at the hardware any would-be website designer needs to kickstart their new career. 

List of Essential Tools for Web Designers

PC or Laptop

You can either use a PC or a laptop for your website design businesses. A PC has the advantage of being upgradable if you need to swap out components or add extra RAM, whereas a laptop is portable. This allows you to take your laptop to client’s offices for presentations. It also means you can work from anywhere. 

Mac or Windows

Many designers swear by MACs. Most tech companies use MACs for design primarily because much of the software used in the web design industry was develop for OSX first. Apple PCs and laptops are also very user-friendly. Ultimately, though, it comes down to personal preference. Don’t forget, however, that if you plan on designing applications for the Apple store, you will need Apple hardware. 

Hard-Drive

Making backups is critical. Imagine for a moment how gutted you would be if your PC died and you lost a week’s worth of work on a new client’s project. It could even cost you the contract. Always make backups, both online and on to an external hard drive. An SSD is more reliable than an HDD. Expect to pay more for a decent quality SSD – Samsung is the best brand in this area. 

Monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse

If you are into gaming, you already know the value of good quality peripherals. The WiredShopper has a useful guide to the best gaming mouse, but creative niches need different mouse options. Look for a mouse with a thumb wheel and adaptive scrolling. Your mouse needs to be responsive. It also needs to be comfortable, so an ergonomic mouse is a good choice. 

Look for a large monitor, preferably one with a high screen resolution. It is a good idea to invest in a second monitor, so you can work on multiple applications simultaneously or have your email inbox open while you work. A monitor calibrator is also handy. This helps you ensure your color workflow is accurate at all stages in the design process. 

Invest in an ergonomic keyboard with shortcut buttons so you can access your apps quickly. 

Tablet and Stylus

Depending on how creative you want to be, a graphics tablet with a stylus could make life easier. An iPad Pro with an Apple pencil is versatile and offers a fantastic creative experience. You might think to consider investing in a Windows Surface Book 2, which is a stunning hybrid laptop/tablet. The 15-inch detachable screen is easy to work with and now it’s come down in price, the Surface Book 2 is more affordable.  

Once you have all your hardware and software set up, have some business cards printed and start working on your website design portfolio. 

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