Doing some web design these days, I find that Ubuntu offers a really mature stack to tackle the job with powerful applications and good OS integration. Drag’n’drop a wide spectrum of objects between applications to avoid having to browse through your files, multiple desktops to reduce window chaos and the do-one-thing-but-do-it-right philosophy stemming from the terminal era and general speed are some of the advantages that you notice quite quickly as really helpful. I’ll shortly cover some of the apps I use and their best features.
For the initial concept forming I use:
- Shotwell – great for importing & organizing “inspiration” photographs; tags and grades really help a lot and it’s cool to be able to quickly colour-balance, straighten and crop photos
- Nautilus – with its multiple tabs, split windows and drag’n’dropability of files, folders, & bread crumbs, it is an essential helper throughout the whole process (the dash is also a good sidekick with quick search capabilities for far-away files and apps)
- Gpick – creating colour systems by picking colours from photographs, pdfs, extending them through colour harmony rules, ctrl+c-ing hex values to your clippboard or dragging colours or importing full profiles to Inkscape or GIMP… a tad unstable, but powerful as hell!