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Everyday tools for design and theming

I spend a lot of my time theming in the browser, writing CSS and testing ideas. In this blog post, I wanted to share some of my favorite tools for designing and theming.

In-Browser Tools:

Web References:

Desktop Tools:

Do you have any favorite tools for designing and theming? I'd love to hear from you in the comments.



For reference material, I always recommend the Mozilla Developer Network ( Their CSS reference is at

Also, check out Chrome Dev Tools ( as an alternative to the already awesome Firebug. FF is still a memory hog for me, so Chrome tends to be my goto development browser.

I'd also recommend MDN for CSS, and also most other front-end development topics - w3schools is not always a good resource. This site explains why information from the w3schools site can be questionable:

If you like using Balsamiq for mockups and wireframes, this set of Drupal CMS components can be handy if you're going into that level of detail:

Hi Sarah, thanks for the info, and especially thanks for the Drupal-specific Balsamiq download! That is very cool.

I second the recommendation for MDN (and the warning about W3Schools below). I normally add 'mdn' to the search string for CSS and JS searches - that usually brings MDN results to the top, and pushes W3Schools results down.

I love firebug. But I also use inspect element with chrome. Its good to use for cross browser testing because it allows you to switch between different browsers. This includes iPad and Android.


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To get the pixel width and height of any elements on a webpage use Measureit (firefox in browser tool)

Yeah I love the inspect element on chrome, I find personally firefox a little slow so only use it for testing purposes really

The URL resource of Bootstrap should be changed to

Foundation is 2nd after Bootstrap, I think you can add them

Thanks for sharing this. There are many other free tools which can assist the development process.

A couple other awesome color tools that come to mind: for palettes and for color codes.

Awesome post. Lots of free tools are available which can help the development process. Keep it up.