You’d think that web designers would have a dedicated toolkit that is specifically designed to help them do their work, but this is actually not the case. As web design has grown as a profession, designers and front end developers have had to make do with a set of applications intended for print media and photo manipulation and bend them to our rather specific needs.
When you think about how much revenue a big company like Adobe pulls in from web designers, its really surprising that we only have one tool dedicated to web work, Dreamweaver. Unfortunately its a bloated developers gadget box that has no real value when it comes to actually designing a website as opposed to just coding one.
Jason Santa Maria has just written a very interesting article about this subject, systematically going through the approaches to the creative process that are currently available:
The web and its related disciplines have grown organically. I think it’s safe to say the web is not the domain of just the geeks anymore—we all live here. And those of us who work here should have sophisticated, native tools to do our jobs.
Read his full article here.