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10 Most Wanted UX / UI tools for Web Developers

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User expectations have never been higher. It’s no longer enough to present people with websites and apps that function. Instead, developers are expected to design websites and apps that provide superior experiences. In order to accomplish this, you need the right tools.

To pin it down a bit further, you need these tools. This list of tools contains must-have utilities for web developers who must create stellar user experiences.

1. Overflow For User Flow Diagramming

User flow diagramming is an integral part of the design process. This is the means you use to gain an understanding of all of the ways users might perform any of the tasks that are possible on your web page. Diagramming these processes is an important way to ensure that you don’t ‘miss’ anything.

Unfortunately, user flow diagramming is often skipped in the interest of finishing projects quickly. That’s a shame because the process is vital to creating better UI/UX. One tool that can help with this is Overflow. It was created specifically for web designers. It’s a relatively new tool, but compatible with multiple design tools and platforms. It features design, collaboration, and presentation modules.

2. Power Mockup For Website Design Presentation

Power Mockup is a library of shapes and wireframe objects that work with Microsoft Powerpoint. This gives you the ability to create mockups to present to users with a tool that is familiar and accessible to most. This makes it easy to create interactive mockups for both apps and website design.

One of the powerful things about mockups is that it really presents users with something they can truly understand and remember. This is also a good time to provide them with some great website content. This provides them with a truly genuine look and feel, rather than the usual Lorem Ipsum filler. Here’s are some online resources to help you create great web content during the design phase:

  • GrabMyEssay has a great copywriting team. They can work with designers to create both mockups and great final products.
  • Canva is a great tool for creating visual content to add to your web pages.
  • HotEssayService provides web content writing services for small businesses and designers.
  • Google Docs is simple, free, and well-known. Use it for content collaboration between design teams, and marketers.

While content creating and editing tools may not seem relevant to design, they actually play an important role. Clear, engaging, informative content is key to getting your message out to your audience, and getting them to answer your CTA.

3. Fluid UI For Prototyping

When developers can create prototypes that are as close to reality as possible, both they and users are best able to tell if things are on the right track. Unfortunately, many prototyping tools are cumbersome at best. Fluid UI is intuitive. Even better, it works well with iOS, Android, and desktop. This is an important feature when trying to please users of multiple devices.

In addition to being able to create prototypes, developers can also use this tool to collaborate with other team members. It even has video presentation capabilities.

4. Optimizely For A/B Testing

When it comes to perfecting user experience, sometimes the slightest changes can make a big difference. For example, changing a bit of text or placing a button in a different location might have a significant impact on conversions.

The only way to know the impact of changes you make to the design of a page is through A/B testing. Experienced developers know Optimizely has been proven to be among the most effective A/B tools in existence. It provides a full-service platform that allows you to experiment with multiple iterations of any web page.

5. Mason For What You See is What You Get Design

One of the key reasons that web design often fails to deliver UX as promised is the disconnect between the design and development phases. Even when prototyping tools are used, what ends up in production is often not all that close to the design that was agreed upon.

Mason is a tool that removes the chasm between development and design. All you have to do is use the builder to create the interface. Then the tool allows you to apply that design to production with complete accuracy.

6. JustinMind For Web And Mobile App Prototyping

Justinmind is a free UI prototyping tool for developing both mobile apps and websites. And also allows developers to create wireframes. Has a drag-and-drop interface and is compatible with both Android and iOS. All developers need to do is select the template they want and then dragged in the desired UI kits.

To test designs developers can define a variety of user interactions. This includes a large number of gestures as well as transitions.

7. Sketch For Interface Design

The sketch is essentially a user design toolkit that has multiple functions. One of the more useful Pieces of the stool is the prototyping module. Its vector-based design makes it easy too quickly create interfaces. There's even a built-in code generator that turns interface design into a usable product.

8. Usertesting.com For Informed User Insight

One of the challenges that web developers have is overcoming the tunnel vision they tend to get while in the middle of a project. They tend to assume that users will interact with a website as designed. The best way to overcome this is through carefully curated user testing. This is where UserTesting.com can be a great resource.

User Testing has thousands of registered users that are capable of testing websites and apps. These users will interact with your web pages, and provide feedback to you as they complete the tasks you ask them too. This will give you great insight into the user experience.

Even better, you can identify certain characteristics that you want testers to have. For example, you can instruct UserTesting.com to only select testers who are employed in the financial services industry. This service is not free, but it can be more than worth the investment. You can also create user panels or live testing sessions.

9. Figma for Real-Time Design Collaboration

Figma is commonly known as the Google Doc's of web design. Like that it runs entirely from within the browser. It also allows multiple users to contribute to the design and leave there editorial comments. This means that designers users and other team members can work together on our design. This is in contrast to the often linear approach that can lead to poor design in production before anyone realizes anything is off.

What's especially attractive about this tool is the ability to share presentations and collaborate in real time.

10. wiARframe For AR Prototyping

More and more brands are incorporating augmented reality to make amazing user experiences. To ensure that they can provide AR design and development services, many web developers are expanding their skillsets to include Augmented Reality. One of the most well-known tools for building and presenting AR prototypes is wiARframe.

Conclusion

Web developers have an important job. Every page they design has the opportunity to draw in customers and provide the best experience possible. By using the tools listed here they increase their chance of accomplishing their goals.

10 Most Wanted UX / UI tools for Web Developers - Image 1

User expectations have never been higher. It’s no longer enough to present people with websites and apps that function. Instead, developers are expected to design websites and apps that provide superior experiences. In order to accomplish this, you need the right tools.

To pin it down a bit further, you need these tools. This list of tools contains must-have utilities for web developers who must create stellar user experiences.

1. Overflow For User Flow Diagramming

User flow diagramming is an integral part of the design process. This is the means you use to gain an understanding of all of the ways users might perform any of the tasks that are possible on your web page. Diagramming these processes is an important way to ensure that you don’t ‘miss’ anything.

Unfortunately, user flow diagramming is often skipped in the interest of finishing projects quickly. That’s a shame because the process is vital to creating better UI/UX. One tool that can help with this is Overflow. It was created specifically for web designers. It’s a relatively new tool, but compatible with multiple design tools and platforms. It features design, collaboration, and presentation modules.

2. Power Mockup For Website Design Presentation

Power Mockup is a library of shapes and wireframe objects that work with Microsoft Powerpoint. This gives you the ability to create mockups to present to users with a tool that is familiar and accessible to most. This makes it easy to create interactive mockups for both apps and website design.

One of the powerful things about mockups is that it really presents users with something they can truly understand and remember. This is also a good time to provide them with some great website content. This provides them with a truly genuine look and feel, rather than the usual Lorem Ipsum filler. Here’s are some online resources to help you create great web content during the design phase:

  • GrabMyEssay has a great copywriting team. They can work with designers to create both mockups and great final products.
  • Canva is a great tool for creating visual content to add to your web pages.
  • HotEssayService provides web content writing services for small businesses and designers.
  • Google Docs is simple, free, and well-known. Use it for content collaboration between design teams, and marketers.


While content creating and editing tools may not seem relevant to design, they actually play an important role. Clear, engaging, informative content is key to getting your message out to your audience, and getting them to answer your CTA.

3. Fluid UI For Prototyping

When developers can create prototypes that are as close to reality as possible, both they and users are best able to tell if things are on the right track. Unfortunately, many prototyping tools are cumbersome at best. Fluid UI is intuitive. Even better, it works well with iOS, Android, and desktop. This is an important feature when trying to please users of multiple devices.

In addition to being able to create prototypes, developers can also use this tool to collaborate with other team members. It even has video presentation capabilities.



4. Optimizely For A/B Testing

When it comes to perfecting user experience, sometimes the slightest changes can make a big difference. For example, changing a bit of text or placing a button in a different location might have a significant impact on conversions.

The only way to know the impact of changes you make to the design of a page is through A/B testing. Experienced developers know Optimizely has been proven to be among the most effective A/B tools in existence. It provides a full-service platform that allows you to experiment with multiple iterations of any web page.



5. Mason For What You See is What You Get Design

One of the key reasons that web design often fails to deliver UX as promised is the disconnect between the design and development phases. Even when prototyping tools are used, what ends up in production is often not all that close to the design that was agreed upon.

Mason is a tool that removes the chasm between development and design. All you have to do is use the builder to create the interface. Then the tool allows you to apply that design to production with complete accuracy.

6. JustinMind For Web And Mobile App Prototyping

Justinmind is a free UI prototyping tool for developing both mobile apps and websites. And also allows developers to create wireframes. Has a drag-and-drop interface and is compatible with both Android and iOS. All developers need to do is select the template they want and then dragged in the desired UI kits.

To test designs developers can define a variety of user interactions. This includes a large number of gestures as well as transitions.



7. Sketch For Interface Design

The sketch is essentially a user design toolkit that has multiple functions. One of the more useful Pieces of the stool is the prototyping module. Its vector-based design makes it easy too quickly create interfaces. There's even a built-in code generator that turns interface design into a usable product.



8. Usertesting.com For Informed User Insight

One of the challenges that web developers have is overcoming the tunnel vision they tend to get while in the middle of a project. They tend to assume that users will interact with a website as designed. The best way to overcome this is through carefully curated user testing. This is where UserTesting.com can be a great resource.

User Testing has thousands of registered users that are capable of testing websites and apps. These users will interact with your web pages, and provide feedback to you as they complete the tasks you ask them too. This will give you great insight into the user experience.

Even better, you can identify certain characteristics that you want testers to have. For example, you can instruct UserTesting.com to only select testers who are employed in the financial services industry. This service is not free, but it can be more than worth the investment. You can also create user panels or live testing sessions.



9. Figma for Real-Time Design Collaboration

Figma is commonly known as the Google Doc's of web design. Like that it runs entirely from within the browser. It also allows multiple users to contribute to the design and leave there editorial comments. This means that designers users and other team members can work together on our design. This is in contrast to the often linear approach that can lead to poor design in production before anyone realizes anything is off.

What's especially attractive about this tool is the ability to share presentations and collaborate in real time.



10. wiARframe For AR Prototyping

More and more brands are incorporating augmented reality to make amazing user experiences. To ensure that they can provide AR design and development services, many web developers are expanding their skillsets to include Augmented Reality. One of the most well-known tools for building and presenting AR prototypes is wiARframe.

Conclusion

Web developers have an important job. Every page they design has the opportunity to draw in customers and provide the best experience possible. By using the tools listed here they increase their chance of accomplishing their goals.

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