4 Must-Have Browser Extensions for Web Designers

1. Some sort of advanced developers toolbox.

Built-in browser development menus offer a lot, but you have no idea what you’re missing out on if you’ve never utilized an advanced developer toolbox extension. Some offer validation of not only HTML, CSS, JS, but also issues like accessibility. In addition, there are toggles for dozens of web-things so that debugging is a breeze. In fact there are quite a few tools you didn’t even know you needed until you start using them like page weight analysis, image dimensions, measurements, and more. One you might want to check out right away is Web Developer. This tool is a pretty nice all-in-one solution, but if you find yourself in need of one particular task a lot, check out other options — and by that I mean google it… you’ll be amazed at what’s out there.

2. A way to take screenshots…of an entire page… and share it.

If you like to keep track of awesome web and UI work that you come across while browsing, then you need this. Especially with how quickly the internet is changing, a neat micro-animation or specialty landing page might not be there next week. One problem with built in computer screenshot software is that it can’t scroll down a webpage. This is where a browser extension comes in. Many have multiple options like record, full page, crop, etc… as well as sharing capability so that you can keep everything in the same place whether that’s your Keep, Evernote, Onenote, Trello, etc… I like to use Nimbus.

3. A quick color picker

I use this a lot. a lot. a lot. When working in hex codes, I cannot for the life of me remember even my own brand color palette let alone my client’s. A quick color picker provides two things: a constant reference for that “oh, wait what’s that one color again?” and a instant discovery tool for when I see a new website and fall IN LOVE with that creamy background charcoal grey they’re using.

4. Creative Inspiration

A lot of blogs will promote a particular website like behance or dribbble, but it can be exhausting jumping from site to site and scrolling through hundreds before you get something truly inspiring. Introducing Muzli a true life saver. This extension will combine all your favorite inspiration sites, let you add to it, and even save your favorites. Trust me on this one — I haven’t found a better inspiration tool. :)