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20 Must Have UI Design Tools and Resources for Designers

by Durodola Ridwan | Sunday, January 26, 2014 | 7 Comments

Having a complete set of UI for your application or website's might be an arduous task. Creating your own unique UI set will be the best option for most designers.

The dream of every designer is to deliver high quality, fascinating and unique experiences for the users. To achieve this goal, it is necessary for every web designer have a collection of building  blocks and web interface tools and resources in his arsenal.

If you are working on a client website or resell-able website template, there are variety of tools and resources that allow you to access and create high-quality user interface. So, in this resource post, we will be showcasing 20 best UI design tools and resources that will help you create some.

User Interface Framework

It allow designers/illustrators to design usable application interface with hundreds of common GUI elements - just drop them from Illustrator Panels or pick them in the library files.


Lumzy is a Mockup and Prototype creation tool for websites and applications. With Lumzy, you can easily create your mockups and send them to clients on the fly. Lumzy also offers the ability to share and work on a project with others by simply sending them a URL.


MockFlow helps designers to design an interactive UI mockups for Desktop Software, Rich Internet Apps and Web sites.


DHTMLX is a JavaScript library that provides essential functionality for building cross-browser, Ajax-based user interfaces. Develop impressive web applications faster with a set of ready-to-use UI widgets.


Fivesecondtest helps you fine tune your landing pages and calls to action by analyzing the most prominent elements of your design.

iPhone Mockup

iPhone Mockup lets you create user interface for an iPhone app in a drag and drop system. You can share the mockup with others by sharing the URL.


ForeUI is an easy-to-use UI prototyping tool, designed to create mockup / wireframe / prototypes for any application or website you have in mind. With ForeUI, your prototype project will be skinnable, since you can easily change the style of your prototype by simply switching the UI theme.

Android Asset Studio

The launcher icon generator will help you to create icons that you can use in your android application from variety of source images.


DesignerVista is a powerful, easy to use mockup tool to quickly design mockup for Windows Desktop Applications, Websites and Mobile Applications. There is tremendous number of high-quality native controls, widgets, clip art, icons, etc. available right in the mockup application.


iPlotz allows you to rapidly create clickable, navigable mockups and wireframes for prototyping websites and software applications.


Napkee lets you export Balsamiq Mockups to HTML/CSS/JS and Adobe Flex 3 at a click of a button. Plus, whenever you modify and save a file on Balsamiq Mockups the changes are shown on Napkee in a blink.


Mockingbird is an online tool that makes it easy for you to create, link together, preview, and share mockups of your website or application.


Dojo saves you time, delivers powerful performance, and scales with your development process. It’s the toolkit experienced developers turn to for building superior desktop and mobile web experiences.


An online wireframe application that allow collaboration with your team in real-time and a built-in chat function to avoid distraction.


Cacoo is a user friendly online drawing tool that allows you to create a variety of diagrams such as site map, flowchart, mind map, wire frame, UML diagram and network diagram.

The Pencil Project

Pencil Project is an open-source GUI prototyping tool that's available for all platforms. It has even more shape collections included by default. The list of built-in collections now includes general-purpose shapes, flowchart elements, desktop/web UI shapes, Android and iOS GUI shapes.

Pattern Libraries


Patternry is a user interface design pattern library aimed to help solve common interface design problems and provide new ideas and inspiration.

Pattern Tap

This is a great place to find design patterns, with over 5000 patterns and still counting. Patterns can be viewed categorically.


A good resource to find commonly used design pattern inspiration. You can browse by user or website, or check out collections based on individual design elements.

User Interface Design Patterns

User Interface Design patterns are recurring solutions that solve common design problems. Design patterns are standard reference points for the experienced user interface designer.

Do you know of any UI design tools or resources that we have missed? Please share it the comment.

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