50 User Interface Design Tools A Web Designer Must Have

18 Mar

50 User Interface Design Tools A Web Designer Must Have

The success of web applications and websites depends in how well designed the User Interface is. Designing a good user interface however is a very challenging process. A designer’s concepts and design decisions always affect the end users of the web site, application or generally any user interface or service he has designed. That is why, the dream of every designer is to deliver high quality, enjoyable and valuable experiences for the users.

To achieve this goal, it is necessary that a web designer have a collection of web user interface resources and building blocks in his arsenal. There is a variety of User Interface resources that allows you as designer to access, redefine, and create a well crafted User Interface.

In this article I am presenting a collection of User Interface Design tools that a web designer can use to realize his design goals. Let us explore these things and further our own craft. Be fascinated!

 

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1. Patternry

patternry

Patternry is a user interface design pattern library aimed to help solve common interface design problems.

2. User Interface Design Patterns

uipatterns

User Interface Design patterns are recurring solutions that solve common design problems. Design patterns are standard reference points for the experienced user interface designer.

3. Pattern Tap

patterntap

Pattern Tap is here to satisfy and encourage the inspiration needs of interface design peers and peeps. It aspires to be the one stop pattern shop for your next inspiration need.

4. User Interface Design Framework

UID Framework

A free User Interface Design tool for Web Designers.

5. Lumzy

Lumzy

Lumzy is a quick mockup and creation and prototyping tool.

6. Android Asset Studio

androidassets

The launcher icon generator will create icons that you can use in your Android application, from a variety of source images. To begin, simply enter the input details below. Output will be shown below.

7. Mephobox

mephobox

Great resource for finding design pattern inspiration. You can browse by user or website, or check out collections based on individual design elements.

8. Unique Mobile UI Design Elements

UID elements

A free set of UI design elements.

9. Mockingbird

mockingbird

Mockingbird is an online tool that makes it easy for you to create, link together, preview, and share mockups of your website or application.

10. Serena Prototype Composer

Serena Prototype Composer

Serena Prototype Composer makes it possible to simulate how an application will look and function before any code is ever written.

11. Landing Page Optimization

Landing Page Optimization

Fivesecondtest helps you fine tune your landing pages and calls to action by analyzing the most prominent elements of your design.

12. Android UI Elements Set

androidui

Free set of classic Android OS UI elements.

13. The Pencil Project

Pencil Project

The Pencil Project’s unique mission is to build a free and opensource tool for making diagrams and GUI prototyping that everyone can use.

14. Mocklinkr

mocklinker

Use mocklinkr to convey your static mockups as a linked-up and clickable website to impress your clients.

15. MockFlow

mockflow

MockFlow helps to design interactive UI mockups for Desktop Software, Rich Internet Apps and Web sites.

16. OSX Leopard GUI Set

leopardui

The package includes fully editable vector Photoshop sources and a customizable Fireworks PNG file, the original fonts that were utilized for the making of the GUI are also included.

17. iPad GUI Set

ipadgui

Everything you need for your iPad app layout in layered, vector PSD files.

18. iPlotz

iPlotz1

iPlotz allows you to rapidly create clickable, navigable mockups and wireframes for prototyping websites and software applications.

19. ALL In One Web Elements Kit

elements

Complete set of web elements you may find very useful for your upcoming project. A huge set of various web elements, easy to modify trough layer styles.

20. Javascript Kit

Javascript Kit

One of the original javascript snippet libraries on the Internet

21. Concept Feedback

concept

Post your designs and concepts and get free feedback from the design community.

22. Webappers

webappers

Lots of jquery components including a very good collection of image editing snippets.

23. DHTMLX

dhtmlx

DHTMLX is a JavaScript library that provides essential functionality for building cross-browser, Ajax-based user interfaces. Develop impressive web applications faster with a set of ready-to-use UI widgets.

24.HTML Goodies

htmlgoodies

Jquery resource with excellent step-by-step documentation.

25. Dojo

dojo

Dojo saves you time, delivers powerful performance, and scales with your development process. It’s the toolkit experienced developers turn to for building superior desktop and mobile web experiences.

26. Code Sucks

codesucks

Javascript snippets with extremely detailed write ups about how they work.

27. Echo 3

echo3

Echo behaves as a user interface toolkit–like Swing or Eclipse SWT. AJAX technology is employed to deliver a user experience to web clients that approaches that of desktop-based applications.

28. Snipplr

snipplr

A good resource with lots of newer scripts and jQuery techniques.

29. Midori

midori

Midori is an ultra-lightweight JavaScript framework that gets the job done without getting in your way.

30. roScripts (beta)

roscripts

Scripts, Snippets and Resources that can be voted on by users.

31. jQuery Labs

jquerylabs

An enormous library of pre-made jQuery components for your website.

32. The Javascript Source

javascriptsource

A toolkit of commonly used javascript and ajax snippets.

33. Scripty 2

scripty2

Script2 is a powerful flexible Javascript framework to help you write your own delicious and user interfaces.

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34. Snippet Library

snippetlibrary

A library of user-submitted and reviewed snippets and code tutorials from a variety of programming languages.

35. ZK

zk

ZK includes over 200 ajax components, all ready to go.

36. jQTouch

jqtouch

A jQuery plugin for mobile iPhone application development.

37. Hot Gloo

hotgloo

The Online Wireframe Application.

38. qTip2

qtip2

A jQuery upgrade for the qTip tooltip plugin. Easily make stylish tooltips for your site.

39. WebResources Depot

webresources

Included in their large directory of design resources is a number of very useful scripts and snippets.

40. Fillerati

fillerati

A unique alternative to Lorem Ipsum. Generate blocks of real text for your mockup. Select to receive your text from a variety of public domain works.

41. Open Source Scripts

opensource

Providing Javascript snippets and code.

42. HTML Assets

htmlassets

This is a collection of free Javascript code snippets. It has scripts setting the default focus on page elements (useful for HTML forms), scripts to auto-jump to the next form field when the current form field is full, and scripts to display the current date and time, reload the web page, print the web page, view the page source, close the browser window, and go back to the browser’s previous web page.

43. Ajax Rain

ajaxrain

Excellent library of snippets in a categorized and tagged format to make it very convenient to search for what you’re looking for.

44. Mini Ajax

miniajax

A collection of extremely elegant snippets.

45. Webcodr.com

webcodr

A few very useful snippets for your website.

46. Editable Grid

editablegrid

EditableGrid is an open source Javascript library aimed at turning HTML tables into advanced editable components. It focuses on simplicity: only a few lines of code are required to get your first table up and running.

47. Cacoo

Cacoo

Cacoo is a user friendly online drawing tool that allows you to create a variety of diagrams such as site maps, wire frames, UML and network charts. It can be used free of charge.

48. Slidenote

slidenote

SlideNote is a customizable, flexible jQuery plugin that makes it easy to display sliding notifications on your website or in your web application. It’s also available as a WordPress plugin.

49. Denim

Denim

DENIM is a system that helps web site designers in the early stages of design. DENIM supports sketching input, allows design at different refinement levels, and unifies the levels through zooming.

50. Placehold.it

placehold.it_

A quick and simple image placeholder service.

 

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