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.
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.
Sublime Text 2
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.
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.
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.