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6 Chrome Extensions Every Designer Dreams Of

6 Chrome Extensions Every Designer Dreams Of

When it comes to graphic design we can say our life trough history has been a pretty tough one. To this day we did great progress from our freestyle cave-designing colleagues. By combining text and image with the latest technology available, graphic designers introduced a visual form of communication that could be personalized but at the same time to convey a clear message to any audience in the world.

Each profession has adapted to advances in technology, but unlike, for example, developers, we have stayed on paper and pencils much longer. Today, thanks to these same developers, we have a whole range of new technologies, plug-ins, and various browser extensions at our disposal. The turning point was January 2009 when Chrome launched version 4.0 with approximately 1500 extensions, among which there were many extensions that have found wide use in our wonderful profession. Below are listed 6 must-have extensions that you will adore and that will make your job a lot easier.

Muzli

Night owls and early birds at 4 AM are often the victims of the 10th page of Google and recently in a clash with Pinterest looking for inspiration when they run out of coffee. Forget about your problems with the Muzli chrome extension. Every time you open a new browser window, you’ll see a feed of awesome design. Muzli pulls design inspiration from over 150 sources such as Dribbble, Behance, and Designspiration. Discover the best web design inspiration, best websites, web trends, best mobile sites as well as opinions and articles from design experts across the web. With each new tab, you’ll be greeted with the best design inspiration and news that you won’t find with a web search. Muzli definitely wins the award for the best endless source of ideas for creative workers. Start exploring!

ColorZilla

There are times you just wish to see hex instead of colors to see which color is being used – and ColorZilla is everything you need. By hovering over elements you’ll get the hex which could be copied on the clipboard. ColorZilla for Google Chrome makes a great assistant to web developers and graphic designers with color related tasks – both basic and advanced by including a Color Picker, Eye Dropper, Gradient Generator, and many other advanced tools.

WhatFont

Yes, this is the question we all ask when we come across a nice font on some random page, WhatFont? Developers are already graced with Firebug and Webkit but what about designers? Instead of spending hours looking for a font family this extension allows you to easily inspect web fonts by just hovering on them. Nonetheless, it provides font details–from font name, font family, weight, size, line-height, to the hex code for the text’s color. So quick one: what font is this one?

Dark Reader

When the inspiration hits at 2 AM this Chrome extension will be a lifesaver. Dark Reader is here to protect your precious designer’s eyes by enabling dark mode wherever you land on the Internet. You can also adjust the settings like brightness and contrast making it really helpful for those who are productive at night.

Site Palette

Another one for the color team is Site Palette. This Chrome extension helps detect color codes on any given web page but not one by one like ColorZilla that we already mentioned. Site Palette instead provides you with the color palette used on a website. You also have the ability to share the palette and download it for Sketch or your Adobe software. Try to find out the OrionLabs palette and let us know the hexes on our IG page!

Spectrum

The beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but what if the beholder has an eye deficiency? Spectrum is a tool that makes a designer see his web through the eyes of a person with a vision deficiency. By clicking on the chrome extension you can select a specific color deficiency and view what your web looks like in the eyes of someone with the selected deficiency.

Today, modern technology allows us to do things better, more accurately and makes work easier that might otherwise take hours. As the technology evolves with things like virtual reality, augmented reality, and more so will our profession. Over time, there will be even more optimized aids, more specialized for our profession that will change according to trends. What do you think about the evolution of graphic design? Which tools and extensions are you using? Here at the OrionLabs, we’d love to hear your thoughts…

Ania Tuljak
ania@theorionlabs.com