As a web designer or developer, it’s often helpful to have a toolbox of simple, specialized tools to help you solve very specific problems.  Here are 3 minimal and well-designed tools that we love, and we hope they’ll make your life just a little bit better too.

What’s My Browser

3 simple detecting tools we love (and why youll love them too!)

What’s My Browser is probably one of the most useful browser detection apps we’ve used to date. The site gives visitors a unique URL they can share with you—when you visit this URL, you’ll be able to see all the information about your client’s browser that you need for debugging front-end bugs.  This flow cuts out all the unnecessary back-and-forth with clients about how to check whether they have cookies enabled, whether they have flash installed, etc., which is especially helpful when working with less tech-savvy clients.

What Theme

3 simple detecting tools we love (and why youll love them too!)

Have you ever wondered what theme a website was using?  Or where you could find a similar theme (aka all the time)?  Now you can with What Theme. This amazing tool is like a “Shazam for website templates”—all you need to do is give it the URL to a website, and it’ll work it’s magic.  It’ll even link you directly to a page where you can either download or purchase the theme.

WhatTheFont

3 simple detecting tools we love (and why youll love them too!)

Similar to What Theme, WhatTheFont is like a Shazam for identifying fonts.  All you need to do is upload an image of a piece of text, and WhatTheFont will suggest a few fonts that match those letters.  In our tests, WhatTheFont has worked very well at giving you a starting point for finding that perfect font for your next web project.