The Best Tools of 2013 for Designers and Developers

Those who are the regular visitors of our blog well know that we are coming up with the roundups of useful, motivational things for our designers and developers. This one comprises of useful tools, websites, and apps for designers and developers of year 2013 that promise to lend a helping hand to all you designers and developments in various projects.

Tools, websites and applications are created with the clear aim to solve various purposes in this world wide web. We have been coming up with the lists of the same on monthly and weekly basis. This one as the title reads is yearly list which can come out to be a long list but is definitely worth checking out. Each one of these is carefully handpicked on the basis of help and its usefulness.

So, without further adieu lets begin with the list of such useful tools, websites and applications for designers and developers of year 2013 that deserve a special mention.


The Best Tools for Designers and Developers 2013

1. Bootstrap Magic

Easily create your own Twitter Bootstrap theme with Bootstrap Magic. This is a nice Bootstrap themes generator that is made with AngularJS to let you create your themes.

The Best Tools for Designers and Developers 2013

2. Create CSS3

As the name says, this is an easy online CSS3 generator that makes the task easier. As you all can see, there are various elements on the left hand side. Clicking on one element on left hand side will automatically paste the code into the main part of the screen. The code can be easily edited to make it fit and press the preview button to see the changes that have been made.

The Best Tools for Designers and Developers 2013

3. Web Tracing Framework

Web Tracing Framework is a nice tool for instrumenting, analyzing and visualizing web applications. With it users can easily make their application jank-free at 60fps.

The Best Tools for Designers and Developers 2013

 4. Node.App is an apt tool for developers to let them maximum code reuse and fast innovation. Its a low-footprint tool for mobile applications and is compatible with Javascript API for mobile applications.


5. Ionic

This is an advanced HTML5 hybrid mobile application framework. With this users can create hybrid mobile application with the web technologies they want to. Its a free and open source tool that offers a library of mobile-optimized HTML, CSS and JS components for building interactive apps.



6. Magic

This is a CSS3 framework that comes loaded with cool animations. Simple and easy to use, the animations are cross-browser compatible.


7. Prototypo

Prototypo is a nice font generator. It lets you explore, modify, compare, export with infinite variations to suit your need.


8. Skwibl

Skwibl is the fastest way of getting feedback on your designs. You can upload your designs, invite collaborators, discuss design and much more.


9. Typerendering Mix

Type Rendering Mix is a tool that lets users apply CSS based on the text rasterizer. Designers often attempt to create consistent font rendering, this helps type appear lighter, besides disabling sub-pixel antialiasing that makes the text look blurred.


10. Hopscotch

Hopscotch is a framework that makes it easy for developers to add product tours to their pages. It accepts a tour JSON object as input and provides an API for the developer to control rendering the tour display and managing the tour progress.


11. UsabilityHub

Usability Hub lets you test your designs and mockups on real people. With it you can learn how visitors will interact with your design before final launching. Also, you will be able to find out their viewpoints, their likes, what they remember and what mistakes they make.


12. ArtistX

ArtistX is a free DVD which turns a computer into a full multimedia production studio. Users need not install it instead it boots directly into a running system without touching hard drives.


13. Sculpin

This is a static site generator that is written in PHP to convert Markdown files and formats Twig templates into a set of static HTML files that users can easily deploy.


14. Pure CSS and Simplistic Loader/Spinner

An inspiring web designer, Lea Verou has shared a simplistic solution to let users create a spinner with pure CSS that is a cool tool for handling various projects.


15. Elusive-Icons Webfont

Elusive-Icons Webfont has 299 Sleek vector icons for bootstrap. It is an open-source font that can be used in various projects without licensing issues or other “attribution” claws.


16. CSS Inliner

If writing inline CSS is a big time pain for you then CSS Inliner can be an ideal tool for you. It does the work for you. All you need to do is simply just paste your HTML in the space provided and get your your styles inline.


17. Typeform

Typeform is a tool that makes asking questions easy and beautiful. It makes respondents feel at home with a format inspired in human conversation thereby providing them an awesome experience.


18. Appsplit

Appslipt is a tool for App developers.  Appsplit is the crowdsourcing platform for Apps. Here users can set a goal, some rewards and launch a campaign for funding their project. Also, you can sell your Apps here at Appsplit.


19. Favico.js

Favico.js is a tool that helps users animate their favicon with animated badges that they can customized as per their heart’s desire. Users can choose from slide, fade, or pop as their customizing options and get the desired result.


20. Metro UI CSS

It is a set of styles for users to create a website that has an awesome interface like Windows 8. Its kind of self-contained solution for making project handling easy.


21. Spectrum

Spectrum is an app that promises to help users intuitively creating beautiful color schemes. It is inspired by principles of color theory and allows you to create color schemes based on harmony rules explore shades for a given color to fine tune the palette and automatically create color schemes from an image.


22. Font Combiner

With Font Combiner users can generate their own custom font in a format and file size. It is a web font creator and font improvement tool that comes with advanced font features viz kerning, sub-setting, various hinting options and custom font glyph combinations.


23. Site Drop

Site Drop tool that is created for users to share their work in progress. Here users can share almost any type of file and make it functional besides making it look visually appealing.


24. Spacedeck

With Spacedeck, users can visually collaborate with creative professionals. Here, users can research, create, present and discuss their work all at one place. Eacily plan new products, brainstorm about their new product, create story or moodboards besides keeping your team in sync automatically with this tool.


25. Layers CSS

Lightweight, unobtrusive, style-agnostic Layer CSS is a tool that lets users build their look on the web.


26. Formoid

Formoid is an incredible form tool in which no-coding is required for creating drag-n-drop GUI, trendy flat, metro, Bootstrap form themes, is easy. The themes created are pure css styled, responsive, retina-ready form elements, as-you-type validation, anti-spam captcha.


27. Is This Retina?

‘Is This Retina?’ is an online portal that lets you at what what point the screen becomes retina once you enter your device type, the number of pixels in height and width.


28. Flaticon

Flaticon s a free project that is created for and by designers and developers. It provides an icons for any kind of project, online or offline.


29. PSD Validator

PSD Validator helps users in finding how well their PSD files are structured with the help of some rules from Photoshop Etiquette.


30. WhatTheFont

WhatTheFont is an online service for analyzing uploaded images and returns font style matching the font used in the image.


31. Gittip

Gitip is a an online service that inspires generosity amongst the visitors. It is a way to give small weekly cash gifts to people you love and are inspired by. Sounds interesting and cool.


32. Tridiv

Tridiv is a web-based editor for creating 3D shapes in CSS which is available for only Safari, Chrome and Opera. This lets users launch straight in and start making their shapes and see the results.


33. PSD Covers

PSD Covers provides users with high quality Photoshop Cover Actions like covers, smartphones, tablets, bottles, soda cans, cartons and much more like these.


34. Color Wheel

Color Wheel as the name hints lets designer give wings to their creative talent. With the help of this tool, designers can pick various colors for their projects and explore various themes also.


35. Capsule

Capsule is a developer’s code journal that replaces that scratch document that have been opened up when you’re coding. This tool lets you create an archive of your development artifacts.



This is designed by Alsacreations agency and is 8KB lightweight documented framework. It is a minimalist, responsive and extensible style sheet to let users kick-start HTML and CSS projects.


37. Google Web Designer

With Google Web Designer you can bring ideas to life across screens. Also, you users create engaging, interactive HTML5-based designs and motion graphics that can run on almost any device.


38. Leeflets

Leeflets is a free, minimal content management system that is cool pick for designers and developers to handle different projects.


39. FontPunk

This is a website that provides fonts and helps designers apply different visual effects to a font for producing magnificent display texts. No registration is required and users need not spend any money to avail the services this website offers.


40. Martini

Martini is a nice web development tool that helps users while on go. It is simple yet highly productive.


41. UIBox

This is a box of curated HTML, CSS, and JS UI components that lets users look for components by exploring tags.


42. NoteLedge Free for Android

This is a cool useful application that helps designers and developers list down various events and thoughts of the day.


43. Noise Texture Generator

This is actually fun! You can generate your noise texture pattern easily and speedily in just 3 simple steps. All you need to do is just enter values for the noise opacity, density, background color and dimensions, and there after download your custom pattern.


44. MyndBook

Creating superb designs ask for immense brainstorming and listing them down is important too. MyndBook does the needful. It is a free web tool to help you create mind maps while brainstorming.


45. Charts Ninja

Use Charts Ninja to convert CSV files into a professional HTML5 Charts easily. Charts Ninja enables users to create Charts and graphs for free.


46. Exactli

Exactli is an online tool that provides visual collaboration for designers helping them visualize the needs of their team and clients easily. Simply upload your completed design in web-friendly format and invit clients and team members to review the same with ease.


47. Emoticode

EmotiCODE is a tool that provides a helping hand to developers to discover a whole new concept of source code, search on over 50.000 code snippets and much more.


48. Slides

Slides lets users creates, presents and share presentations easily.


49. MockUPhone

 Powered by FileSquare, a Collaboration and Prototyping, MockUPhone is a website that helps users wrap their App screenshots of their device mockups. This tool lets creative teams display screenshots in a varied manner.


50. CodeAvengers

Code Avengers lets you learn HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript by providing you with free interactive online courses to make you learn the basics of web development and computer programming for free up till a particular level after that you will have to pay.


51. is a fast, simple and entirely private file sharing tool that helps creative professionals invite members and work and securely share files of any size.


52. Emmet

Emmet is an essential toolkit for web-developers. It is a plugin for many popular text editors which greatly improves HTML and CSS workflow.


53. Emmet LiveStyle

Emmet LiveStyle is a plugin for live bi-directional (editor↔browser) CSS editing for designers and developers of new generation. As of now this app works in Google Chrome, Safari and Sublime Text, but more browsers and editors are anticipated to be available anytime soon.


54. Responsive Web CSS

Designing pages manually can prove to be a fussy task. It is for making the task of the designers easy, Responsive web CSS is created. Simply, layout your pages in minutes for beautifully responsive pages on desktops, tablets and smartphone and enjoy!


55. HTML5 Maker

This is an easy to use online animation maker that helps easily create free banners, attractive animations, websites sliders and slick presentations.


56. 4Vector

Like other search engines, 4Vector too helps users get the desired results but the difference lies in the fact that this search engine comprises of more than 180,000 free vector images. Users can get files in either ai., .svg, or .eps format and to be downloaded with ease.


57. Flatsies

Flatsies is a tool that aims at helping designers share their concepts with clients in a simple and elegant way.


58. CodeMentor

Codementor is your instant 1:1 expert mentor helping you in real time. This helps you get the instant help from expert developers.


59. Bytesize

Bytesize is a weekly news update that is focused on the technology, design and development industries.

60. Tiff

Tiff is a type diff tool that visually contrasts the differences between two fonts thereby helping the designers in their projects.



Programming language is difficult for the newbies. is a typing practice tool that can help programmers do typing practice.


62. Swiftly

Swiftly is an online tool for designers to get small design tasks done speedily and with ease. It helps save clients time and money while offering designers an way for making money in their downtime.


63. NProgress.js

This is a nanoscopic progress bar that features realistic trickle animations for convincing your users the progress.


64. Webflow

Webflow is a tool that helps create beautiful, responsive websites without code. It is a drag-and-drop website builder to design custom, professional websites with ease.


65. ModularGrid

ModularGrid is an application  that promises to help designers create a modular grid in Adobe Photoshop easily.


66. DesignDrop

DesignDrop is a tool that lets you conduct design reviews and collect feedback. Also, users can easily communicate ideas the best possible way. It helps designers to capture and organize feedback helping to review.


67. Pttrns

Pttrns is a website that comes with immense range of inspiring stuff for designers to keep them inspiring enough to design mobile applications. It includes more than 1000 UI mobile application designs for inspiration.


68. Notegraphy

This is a web/mobile application that helps you in creating beautifully formatted layouts in real-time.


69. extractCSS

extractCSS is an online tool that helps users in extracting ids, classes and inline styles from HTML document and output them as CSS stylesheet. Users simply need to paste their HTML document and let extractCSS do the rest.


70. LucidPress

LucidPress is an online portal and a layout application that lets users create beautiful print and digital documents. Designers can make flyers, brochures, newsletters, magazines and photo books speedily easily with LucidPress.

71. Start Bootstrap

Start Bootstrap is a tool for users to look for free HTML starter templates for Bootstrap and get started. Bootstrap HTML starter themes are available for free download and use.

72. Mac Text Editor Mou

Brainchild of John Gruber, MOU is the missing Markdown editor that lends a helping hand to web developers in various endeavors. With it formatting becomes easy without using complicated HTML or traditional menu bar tools.


73. Brevado

Brevado is an online service that helps keep clients in the loop thereby bridging the client communication gap.


74. annyang

annyang is a small javascript library that enables the visitors control their site with voice commands. It supports multiple languages, has no dependencies, and weighs just 2kb. Best of all, it is free of charge.


75. TypeWonder

TypeWonder lets designers view website fonts other than the original one making the whole experience superb. Smply enter the URL of the website and choose the font wish to see the content of that particular website in.


76. Canva

Canva is a simple new way of designing. Cool features which canva comes with makes it the apt tool for designer.


77. Typecast

Typecast is an iconic representations of the digital age image of the ubiquitous digital screen, stereotypically represented as a grid of brightly-lit pixels.


78. Origami

Origami is a free design prototyping toolkit for Quartz Composer. For designers who create static mockups to communicate app ideas, Origami proves to be a nice interactive tool.


Did you all find these tools and apps for designers and developers 2013 useful for you? If asked to make your pick which one(s) would be your choice and why? Do let us know!


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