Any web developer is always looking for ways to better optimise their workflow. Productivity is the goal for any developer because any kind of programming often requires a lot of hours to complete a whole project, often with teams of dedicated coders working towards one goal. Because of the manpower required to get through this kind of work, I am going to give you some of the great tools to help with the development process.

 

DrawKit

DrawKit provides 100% free hand-drawn vector illustration and icon resources. They also feature animated illustrations powered by Lottie. This website is a lifesaver, and the illustrations are great, I have used them a lot and the find product always looks great. I have found that using beautiful vectors makes it easier to create a clean design that operates well in a responsive web design environment.

 

Blush

If are interested in some more personalised, yet great looking illustrations, then consider looking at what Blush has to offer. Anything you create using their software is free to use for personal and commercial use. The website is well designed, you can tell they worked with a talented UX designer With Blush’s tools you can create powerful, unique illustrations that will help your website stand out. They offer downloads of the images in a variety of formats, though some of the formats are gated behind a paid plan. But with the free plan, PNGs are free. Since PNG is such a common image file type, most will not struggle with this restriction.

 

Free Illustrations

Ever wondered that that amazing background image from that landing page that hooked you in came from? It would be easy to assume they hired an experienced graphic designer that cost a lot of money to create such a unique image. But they are more likely to use Free Illustrations. Over at Free Illustrations, they provide high quality and beautifully crafted background images for your website for free. I must let you know that there is a catch though, the full quality images are not free. But if you see their work you will understand the fee is warranted.

 

Can I Use

Most of us web developers know stock overflow all too well. If you have not heard of it then you are missing out a massive community of inspiring developers, just like yourself, sharing their work and helping those out with issues. Web developers also understand the compatibility nightmare that can crop up between browsers. For example, we might want to use a basic JS function like find() to later find out they will not work on Internet Explorer. Anytime you are not sure about the compatibility of a browser javascript API or CSS property, make sure you use a helpful site like Can I use. It made my life a lot easier when I was trying to iron out compatibility issues.

 

JWT IO

If you want to inspect a JWT IO token, because you need to validate scopes, or the expiration date, maybe even seeing the payload, this is the perfect resource. The more visibility you have on your JWT IO tokens the better, for many developers this can be a big pain during their time actually web developing so do not let it hold you back from your fantastically made website.


To conclude, efficiency is the aim of the game when you are building a website. So using the right tools will help you reduce the number of issues you will run into. Using great image-producing services can help you make a few convincing page mockups, at the very least. This will help you be a better designer and use your time more efficiently.