Design is just as much a matter of visual cohesion and quality as it is of coding and functionality. Without the right look for a site, you will be left adrift in a sea of clones that users will not find to be very interesting. That’s why you need to make the investment in the right tools to create a website, and one of those tools is a monitor that can give you a better look at how the site actually appears in sharper ranges.
- Depth of color, fidelity of blacks can be quite essential when creating designs that have a strong emphasis on color choice– which most do. While designing for mobile sites, you will need to remember that most screens won’t be as bright as a desktop or laptop monitor that’s connected to a power source. Power saving functionality dims the screen to save on juice, but it also mutes certain colors. Very distinct shades of black help with this, but so do brighter colors, which you can pick more readily with a monitor that has spot-on color calibration and settings.
- Resolution also matters a great deal, even if you’re just designing for the mobile audience. The bigger the screen is for you, the easier it will be to resize elements and preview a variety of different resolutions through your responsive design. This isn’t a replacement for doing testing on an actual mobile device, but it can help you to spot some critical errors in the very earliest stages of your design.
- Large, but practical is the key when considering the size of a workstation monitor to purchase. You may have seen some studios and workspaces with monitors that go upwards of 30 to 40 inches, and while those can look impressive for the playback of media or video games, they aren’t exactly ideal for how close you usually sit to the screen. The range of 24 to 30 inches is usually best, and even better if you choose the lower end. 27 inches is often considered to be the ideal.
- Bells and whistles are nice, but not always necessary. Attaching IPS monitors can break up how much visual real estate you need to dedicate to a single task by giving you multiple viewing options, and that can actually be quite nice if you like to multitask, but don’t be fooled into thinking that they’re necessary. You can often get by with a single monitor and a better mind for your workflow management. Of note; tablets with screens used for drawing are a special case, and actually work quite well for designers that like to see their work on the surface they’re drawing on. They’re also very expensive, of course.
Your monitor choice usually comes down to what you can afford, and what you actually need for the task. The overall goal here is to get something sharp, but practical and affordable for your office.