Windows 8.1 Intel i7 Processor Based System I'm a PC. While I am not a raving fan of the newest rollout of the Windows OS, I am still a user. The cost savings benefits of equipping a computer with a blazing fast i7 processor for a fraction of the cost that it would take to get that speed in a mac are what keep me on this platform. Web design requires image creation and manipulation. In order to keep projects moving along efficiently, a speedy web designing computer is a must.
Adobe Photoshop In order create web design optimized images and art work a great photo editing application is key. There are other options available, but in my workflow, nothing beats Photoshop. All of the websites I create from scratch begin taking shape as artwork in this application. Web design is a very visual communication medium. Photoshop enables unrestricted creativity with the ability to optimize image and art work for web design specific projects.
PNGGauntlet While Photoshop is the go to application for image creation. I throw in an added step to the images I create for websites. Optimization. Pnggauntlet will take the images I create in Photoshop and optimize their file size without losing any quality in rendering. A great web design is worthless if it takes 5 seconds to load in a browser.
Invision App Keeping clients in the loop throughout the web design process is key. I love using InvisionApp to send design mockups to clients. The service allows the upload of jpg and png resulting in a very convenient short link allowing clients to view the design mockups and add comments and feedback directly into the application.
Slack From time to time I will work on projects that require a larger team of web designers and developers. Slack is a messaging application that allows direct instant messaging as well as group chat on all devices. This helps keep everyone in quick communication.