What’s new for designers, April 2013

The April edition of what’s new for web designers and developers includes new web apps, jQuery plugins and JavaScript resources, mobile apps, educational resources, mockup kits, frameworks, web development tools, coding resources, and some really great new fonts.

Many of the resources below are free or very low cost, and are sure to be useful to a lot of designers and developers out there.

As always, if we’ve missed something you think should have been included, please let us know in the comments. And if you have an app or other resource you’d like to see included next month, tweet it to @cameron_chapman for consideration.

 

Gridwax

Gridwax is a bookmarklet that lets you easily add an adjustable vertical baseline to any site right in your browser. Just install the bookmark, click on it, and then adjust the height with your arrow keys.

gridwax

 

Chardin.js

Chardin.js makes it simple to add overlay instructions to your apps via a jQuery plugin. It’s easy to install and configure.

chardin

 

Photolettering

Photolettering is a free iOS app that lets you add text to photos you take within the app or images from your camera roll. It features some great fonts from House Industries, including Elephant, Kerpow, and Aztek.

photolettering

 

Learn CSS Layout

Learn CSS Layout is a tutorial site that teaches you CSS layout techniques beyond the basics. It includes lessons on the box model, positioning, CSS frameworks, media queries, and much more.

learn css layout

 

UX Apprentice

UX Apprentice teaches you the principles of UX design with a layered approach, including discovery, strategy, and design. It includes information on the core principles of each layer, as well as real life examples and resources for each.

ux apprentice

 

dsgnjbs

dsgnjbs aggregates the best design jobs from a variety of design websites, including Dribbble, Behance, Smashing Magazine, 37 Signals, and more.

dsgnjbs

 

Flat UI

Flat UI is a free web user interface kit that includes buttons, menu items, inputs, checkboxes and radio buttons, tooltips, and many more basic design elements.

flat ui

 

FlatDesign

FlatDesign is a showcase of designs with flat UIs. It includes everything from apps to portfolios to event sites.

FlatDesign

 

TimeJump

TimeJump lets you add deep links to HTML5 audio and video content with a standardized API based on the YouTube deep-linking syntax.

timejump

 

SVG Patterns Gallery

The SVG Patterns Gallery is a collection of SVG patterns complete with code. SVG images are smaller than bitmap images generally, and stay sharp on high resolution displays.

svg patterns gallery

 

Inkwell.io

Inkwell.io is a handmade sketch kit specifically for web and app designers that comes with all the tools you might want to sketching mockups and wireframes.

inkwell

 

Flat+3D Mockup Kit

This Flat+3D Mockup Kit makes it easy to create attractive mockups for your apps on a wide variety of devices. There are free and paid kits included, depending on which devices you need.

flat 3d

 

Ivory

Ivory is a simple, powerful, responsive front-end grid framework that easily scales from 1200px right down to 320px wide. It has a flexible layout with 12 fluid columns, is supported on the latest versions of all major modern browsers, and it’s easy to use.

ivory

 

Mixture

Mixture is a rapid prototyping and static site builder tool that works with your favorite editor. It supports various boilerplates, as well as support for creating your own.

mixture

 

Kippt

Kippt lets you build an online library for collecting research, stories, inspiration, and notes. You can make your collections private or public, or just share them with specific people.

kippt

 

Photoset Grid

Photoset Grid is a jQuery plugin that lets you arrange images into a flexible grid, inspired by Tumblr’s photoset feature. It was originally created for the Style Hatch Tumblr themes, but is now available for use outside of themes.

photoset grid

 

SuperBox

SuperBox is a jQuery plugin that works as a static image gallery that reveals the full size version when an image is clicked on.

superbox

 

jQuery Menu Aim

Want to create responsive mega dropdowns like Amazon’s? jQuery Menu Aim helps make mega dropdowns more useful by anticipating the user’s mouse movement to open submenus rather than delays and timeouts.

jquery menu aim

 

Retinise.js

Retinise.js is a jQuery plugin that “retinizes” the inline images on your site using “data-src” instead of “src”, so it only pulls the image you need rather than loading multiple versions.

retinise

 

Is a Follower

Is a Follower is a little piece of JavaScript that adds a status indicator to a Dribbble user’s profile to show you whether they’re following you. It’s available as a bookmarklet, a Greasemonkey script for Firefox, or a Chrome extension.

is a follower

 

Mobify.js

Mobify.js is an open source library that makes it easy to adapt your site for any device. It captures and manipulates your site’s DOM before resources are downloaded, enabling resource control, conditional loading, and more.

mobify.js

 

Intro.js

Intro.js lets you add an easy step-by-step guide to introduce users to your site or app. It’s fast and small, and offers both keyboard and mouse navigation.

intro.js

 

Animatable

Animatable lets you easily animate all sorts of properties, including background-color, background-position, border-width, font-size, color, border-radius, opacity, and much more.

animatable

 

Accounting.js

Accounting.js is a JS library for number, money, and currency formatting. It even includes Excel-style column rendering for lining up symbols and decimals.

accounting.js

 

Bespoke.js

Bespoke.js is a DIY presentation micro-framework that offers a number of different slide animations, including coverflow, cube, and carousel, among others.

bespoke.js

 

Soundtrack Volume ($34)

Soundtrack Volume is a handdrawn typeface that comes in two weights. It’s a lively all-caps font with contextual alternates.

soundtrack volume

 

Press Style (free)

Press Style is a distressed sans serif display font. It has upper and lowercase letters, as well as a fairly large number of accents and symbols (especially for a free font).

press style

 

Dottie Daze (free)

Dottie Daze is a handdrawn display font with dotted accents.

dottie daze

 

Futura FH Custom (free)

Futura FH Custom is based on Futura, with added accents, making it a great display font. It’s free for personal and commercial use.

futura fh custom

 

Langdon (free)

Langdon is a serious, dependable font that’s free for personal and commercial use.

langdon

 

Cyclope (free)

Cyclope is a distressed sans serif typeface that’s free for personal use (commercial use requires a donation).

cyclope

 

Defeated (free)

Defeated is a new display font with abstract letterforms that’s free for personal and commercial use.

defeated

 

Benito ($40)

Benito is a proportional, geometric woodtype with six styles: print, stencil, and clean, each with italics.

benito

 

Imperious ($20)

Imperious is a funky geometric font that includes more than 450 ligatures.

imperious

 

Naive Inline ($20)

Naive Inline is a handwritten serif type family with three weights. It was a very Parisian feel, and allows for a ribbed or full bicolor interior.

naive inline

Know of a new app or resource that should have been included but wasn’t? Let us know in the comments!

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  • http://twitter.com/SentivaWeb Sentiva

    Soooo many goodies… Want to have them all….

  • Hemanth Malli

    Hey you always come up with good information and designs. Great read !!

  • Seba

    I would also like to suggest ProtoTouch (prototouchapp.com)

    You can Create, Preview, Share and Install in any iPhone, iPod, iPad or web browser your mobile prototypes without a single line of code.

    You can add screenshots from Dropbox, using your iPhone library or taking pictures from drawings. You can use mockups, wireframes, drawings or final designs, everything adapts easily in ProtoTouch. Then you just add interaction between your screenshots.

    Share your prototype with your clients, friends, reviewers or whoever you want to get feedback from with just a link. You can share it via Twitter, Facebook, SMS, email.

    Anyone with an iPhone or any web browser can install and use your prototype.

    If the user has an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad the prototype will install its icon in the users device as a real app!

    Hope you like it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/winithemescom Wini Themes

    One more great resource to be considered http://winithemes.com – a comprehensive collection of Premium Designs for WordPress, HTML, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, OpenCart and more, created by industry’s leading web designers and developers. It comprises more than 7,500 beautiful layouts with advanced features and has one of the most powerful filters in the market.

  • Mike @ Mobify

    Thanks a lot for including Mobify!

  • Simon

    Thanks for including retinise.js :)