Tools of the trade

Nothing will ever beat pen and paper :)

illustration: pen & paperNo matter how good or bad your drawing skills are right now – continue or start using your sketchbook for notes, doodles and design drafts. You will find that the best approach is to capture your idea immediately and without distraction on paper. It is quicker and easier than any other tool :)

graphic apps

Affinity Designer

graphic design software • vector

PC, MAC Serif visit site ↗

Affinity Photo

photo editing software • bitmap

PC, MAC Serif visit site ↗


digital design toolkit • vector

MAC Bohemian B.V. visit site ↗


open source graphics editor • vector

PC, MAC, LINUX open source visit site ↗


GNU Image Manipulation Program • bitmap

PC, MAC, LINUX open source visit site ↗


image optimisation tool • jpg

PC, MAC Beamr visit site ↗


image optimisation tool • jpg / gif / png

PC RIOT visit site ↗


image optimisation tool • jpg / gif / png

MAC Kornel Lesiński visit site ↗


image optimisation tool • png

MAC Kornel Lesiński visit site ↗


SVG optimisation tool • svg

online Jake Archibald visit site ↗

code editors


"More productive than caffeine"

MAC Warewolf visit site ↗


"A hackable text editor for the 21st Century"

PC, MAC, LINUX open source (via GitHub) visit site ↗


"A modern, open source text editor that understands web design."

PC, MAC, LINUX open source (via Adobe) visit site ↗

Sublime Text

"A sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose"

PC, MAC, LINUX Sublime HQ Pty visit site ↗

Visual Studio Code

"Code editing. Redefined."

PC, MAC, LINUX open source (via Microsoft) visit site ↗

dev apps


FTP :: "Connecting to every server."

PC, MAC iterate GmbH visit site ↗


FTP :: "FileZilla®, the free FTP solution."

PC, MAC, LINUX open source visit site ↗


FTP :: "Upload, download, and manage files on tons of servers with an easy, familiar, and powerful UI."

MAC Panic Inc visit site ↗

GitHub Desktop

Version control :: "... a unified cross-platform experience that’s completely open source and ready to customize."

PC, MAC, LINUX open source (via GitHub) visit site ↗


"Version control with Git - made easy. In a beautiful, efficient & powerful app."

PC, MAC fournova visit site ↗


"Simplicity and power in a beautiful Git GUI"

PC, MAC Atlassian visit site ↗


"Dash is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. "

MAC, iOS Kapeli Apps SRL visit site ↗


file comparison :: "Spot the differences, merge in seconds."

MAC, iOS Black Pixel visit site ↗



"Fast for good. Powerfully private."

PC, MAC, LINUX, android, iOS Mozilla visit site ↗


"Free, open and private."

PC, MAC, android Alex Kontos visit site ↗


"Secure, fast & private web browser with adblock."

PC, MAC, LINUX Brave Software Inc. visit site ↗


"The faster, safer way to get things done on the web."

PC Microsoft visit site ↗


"Now more simple, secure, and faster than ever - with Google’s smarts built-in."

PC, MAC, LINUX, android, iOS Google visit site ↗


"Anonymity Online"

PC, MAC, LINUX, android, iOS open source visit site ↗


"Your browser matters. Take control…"

PC, MAC, LINUX Vivaldi Technologies™ visit site ↗


"The best way to see the sites."

PC, MAC, LINUX, android, iOS Apple visit site ↗


"Fast, secure, easy-to-use browser"

PC, MAC, LINUX, android, iOS Opera Software visit site ↗


"…the browser that's fast and secure"

PC, MAC, LINUX, android, iOS Yandex visit site ↗


"The no-compromise browser."

PC, MAC, android, iOS Cliqz visit site ↗

browser add-ons


bookmarklet : utilities for grid layout, measurement and alignment.

any browser SpryMedia visit site ↗

What font

"The easiest way to inspect fonts on webpages."

any browser Chengyin Liu visit site ↗

awesome screenshot icon Awesome Screenshot

'Capture, Annotate and Share'

Firefox, Chrome Diigo Inc. visit site ↗

Web Developer Toolbar

"The Web Developer extension adds various web developer tools to a browser."

Firefox, Chrome, Opera Chris Pederick visit site ↗

Web Developer Checklist

"Analyses any web page for violations of best practices"

Firefox, Chrome, Edge Mads Kristensen visit site ↗

Empty Cache Button

"Cache clearing made easy. One click."

Firefox mvm visit site ↗

Clear Cache

"Clear your cache and browsing data with a single click of a button"

Chrome Benjamin Bojko visit site ↗

search engines


"The search engine that doesn't track you."

online DuckDuckGo visit site ↗


"The search engine that plants trees."

online Ecosia GmbH visit site ↗

Internet Archive

"Our mission is to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge."

online 501(c)(3) non-profit visit site ↗


"…a global movement whose mission is to bring free educational content to the world."

online Wikimedia Foundation visit site ↗

Wolfram Alpha

"Compute expert-level answers using Wolfram's breakthrough algorithms, knowledgebase and AI technology"

online Wolfram Alpha LLC visit site ↗

Flickr / creative commons

"Find your inspiration."

online Yahoo visit site ↗


"more than simple search"

online Microsoft visit site ↗

Google Search

"Our mission is to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful."

online Google visit site ↗

testing tools


'... another viewport resizing tool ... it focuses on general ranges (small-ish. medium-ish. large-ish.)'

online Brad Frost visit site ↗

responsinator Responsinator

"... quickly get an indication of how their responsive site will look on the most popular devices."

online Tama Pugsley and Andy Hovey visit site ↗

am i responsive Am I responsive

"A time saving exercise by @justinavery for RWD Weekly Newsletter"

online Justin Avery visit site ↗

W3C W3C Markup Validation Service

"Check the markup (HTML, XHTML, …) of Web documents"

online open source (via W3C) visit site ↗

nibbler Nibbler

Tool for testing websites - giving insights into key areas, including accessibility, SEO, social media and technology.

online Silktide visit site ↗

richard's toolbox Richard's Toolbox

collection of online tools

online Richard Oosterhof visit site ↗

gtmetrix GTmetrix

"… gives you insight on how well your site loads and provides actionable recommendations on how to optimize it."

online visit site ↗

webpage test web page test

"... test from multiple locations around the globe using real browsers and at real consumer connection speeds."

online open source (via Google) visit site ↗

site24x7 Site 24x7

"Free Network and Site Reliability Engineer Tools"

online Zoho Corp. visit site ↗

MXToolBox MX Toolbox

", fast and accurate network diagnostic and lookup tools."

online MXToolBox, Inc. visit site ↗

Google Page Speed Insights PageSpeed Insights

"...analyzes the content of a web page, then generates suggestions to make that page faster."

online Google visit site ↗