I saw that Jeffrey Zeldman post too and grabbed some of the Chrome extensions. I also like Safari when surfing like an „civilian“ and Chrome for developing.
@ThomasKimmich By „writing“ you mean writing copy, slogans, headline and so on, right? I also find it hard, but for me it is fun. I like working that out until it sounds good, flows well and says its thing in a nice manner, like without spelling it out on the nose. Finding a good class name is often much harder for me…
My way of coming up with good copywriting is taking a walk and try not to think about it. The moment you turn around to go home, the ideas start coming. Just let them do their thing and pick out the fragments that you like. Try to bookmark those fragments in your mind and then, when you return to your desktop, throw them on a page and then work real language around those fragments. Instead of a walk you could also take a nap…
I think that the structure of a site depends on the content, the purpose and the tone of the copy. Everybody is familiar with the first two, but I think if a site is more formal or more casual, this also determines the structure of the site. Doesn’t it?
Therefor I am not so much into components and therefor Pinegrows or Blocs offer of easily dragging components in, didn’t ever catch me. Maybe that’ll change, because when I look at my finished sites, they have - components! I started to make my own ones, but I am not that diligent with it.
I mostly design in the browser now, but sometimes I make a sketch in Affinity Designer. I also have Sketch.app and I always feel guilty of not using it so much, but the UI elements for borders and shadows and gradients etc. on the right side of the interface are too small and too fiddeley for me. I regularly change the wrong elements by accident and I don’t know what I do wrong. These tools are so essential for me, that if they don’t work fool proof, I can’t really use the app.
But there is one feature I use Sketch for exclusively and that is „Copy CSS Attributes“. And a 2nd that is „Copy SVG Code“.
I am on Sublime Text, using the „Solarized (light)“ theme. Sublime is definitely too nerdy for me like with updating and managing components and themes and so on. And I probably only use a fraction of its possebilities, so I could just as well go back to Atom, but I am irrational by default. Atom has very nice little helpers like this color display thingie (https://atom.io/packages/pigments). You could probably find things like that for sublime as well, but I feel the quality for Atom is better.
I guess the feature that keeps me staying with Sublime is this multiple cursor thing. Just „drawing“ a line of multiple cursors along a bunch of HTML elements for indentation is just so good.
Since I was the only person on the planet who didn’t know how to concatenate CSS files with Codekit, I asked the developer in an email. He came back to me in an hour and also answered my supid questions later. From his iPhone. Just great.
I don’t know when I opened Photoshop the last time. The Affinity Apps are just enough and the right tools for me. Also, big advantage over Sketch: Higher DPI if you need the thing for print also.
I wonder how the makers of the Affinity/ Serif apps and Sketch.app can make a living when their software is that cheap. I don’t think I ever needed to pay for an upgrade for Sketch. I guess I started with V3 and am now miraculously on V4. Maybe I missed something.