Essential Criteria for a Real Web Design Application

by Tom Kenny (@tkenny)

Type rendering seems to be Jason Santa Maria’s main complaint with current software used for web design and many would agree, myself included.

I would also like to add to his list of a what a web design app should consist of is an accurate (and easy) way to reproduce CSS effects such as the many different types of border styles. Basically we’re in agreement that CSS should play a more integral role earlier on in the design stage.

So why not build a desktop app for web design around WebKit? I’m not talking about an in-browser AJAX toolkit for dragging elements around and changing fonts, but an actual desktop application built with WebKit as the core to its display.

It’s clear whoever creates a piece of software blending both a graphics editor with the concept of designing in a browser (with WebKit) could have a very bright future. Who knows, Adobe could do it. Stranger things have happened.

Let me know what you thing by sending me an @tkenny reply on Twitter.


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by Tom Kenny

I’m a freelance web designer and front-end developer with 9 years of experience designing for the web. Follow me on Twitter here.