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What’s new for designers, November 2013

By Cameron Chapman | Resources | Nov 11, 2013

The November edition of what’s new for web designers and developers includes new web apps, graphic design tools, coding resources, project management tools, icons, mapping 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.

 

Flaticon

Flaticon is a huge repository of downloadable free vector icons. They also offer a free plugin for using icons directly within Photoshop.

flaticon

 

GlyphSearch

GlyphSearch makes it simple to search for icons from Glyphicons, Ionicons, and Font Awesome. You can also browse icons on the site.

glyphsearch

 

Content Snippets

Content Snippets collects specific snippets of written content from around the web, and puts them together in one place for you to get inspiration.

content snippets

 

Layers CSS

Layers CSS is a CSS framework that is lightweight and unobtrusive, and includes no dependencies. It doesn’t restrict the look and style of your design.

Layers CSS

 

Free Vector Maps

Free Vector Maps gives you access to tons of vector maps of countries all over the world. They can be used for free under the Creative Commons Attribution License, or can be purchased for unlimited usage.

free vector maps

 

Slidr.js

Slidr.js is a lightweight, simple JS library, with no dependencies, for adding slide transitions to your page.

slidrjs

 

Merry Icons

Merry Icons is a set of 100 royalty-free hand drawn icons for Christmas, all for just $16.

merry icons

 

Sir Trevor

Sir Trevor is a rich web content editor that stores your content as structured JSON and Markdown rather than HTML, makes it simple to extend your content, and much more.

sir trevor

 

Knock

Knock is an innovative way to unlock your Mac using your iPhone. All you have to do is knock on your iPhone’s screen and your Mac will unlock, no password required.

knock

 

iOS7 App Icon Template for Obsessive Designers

This new iOS7 App Icon Template for Obsessive Designers takes into account the branded approach of new iOS7 icon design, which is more like logo design than ever before.

ios7 app icon template

 

Ionicons

Ionicons are a premium icon font for the Ionic Framework, released under the open source MIT license.

ionicons

 

Temper

Temper is a simple app to let you create questions to embed on your website to get feedback so that you can better adapt to what your visitors want. Plans start at just $12/month.

temper

 

Sitedrop

Sitedrop is an easy way for creatives to share their works-in-progress. Just connect to Dropbox to share any kind of file, which can then be downloaded, commented on, or favorited.

sitedrop

 

Slack

Slack is a communication platform for teams that brings all of your communication into one place. It archives and organizes your messages as you go, and works with virtually every major platform.

slack

 

Streme

Streme is an easy way to keep a collaborative stream of links, with no signup required. You can add links to videos, music, and more.

streme

 

Silk

Silk is a sharing platform for creating collections about anything. Just create a site, add facts to your pages, and create overviews and visualizations.

silk

 

Canva

Canva is a new graphic design platform for the masses that allows designers to license their work for use by anyone. It can also be used to collaborate with clients, and speed up your design process.

canva

 

Fleep

Fleep is a chat program, pinboard, and file drawer all rolled into one, available online and for iOS.

fleep

 

Silvrback

Silvrback is a Markdown-powered hosted blog and bio page for your company blog. It’s clean and simple, but gives you complete control over your brand.

silvrback

 

BamBam

BamBam is a project and task management app for teams that lets users with different work styles and roles work together more easily. It’s free for up to 10 users, with additional users only $7/each.

bambam

 

Snazzy Maps

Snazzy Maps is a repository of color schemes for Google Maps that you can use in your own designs. They’re all licensed under Creative Commons and are free to use.

snazzy maps

 

Font Combiner

Font Combiner is a web font creator that lets you create your own custom font with options for hinting, kerning, subsetting, and more.

font combiner

 

Typecast

Typecast is an easy way to test drive Google fonts on screen. Sign up for an account to test across devices, as well as to access more than 24,000 fonts.

typecast

 

CSS Inliner

If you create HTML emails, then CSS Inliner can greatly simplify the process of writing your inline CSS. Just paste your HTML and it does the rest.

css inliner

 

Onor

Onor is a team recognition platform that simplifies the process of encouraging and rewarding your team members.

onor

 

Tenebrae ($10)

Tenebrae is a font inspired by the Giallo films of the 70s, along with other cult film posters.

tenebrae

 

Sartorius ($10)

Sartorius is a display typeface that can work as either a mid-20th century futurist typeface, or an early 20th century industrial font, depending on which alternates are used.

sartorius

 

The Hand ($25)

The Hand is a handwritten font that is generic, readable, and balanced, to work well in every kind of design.

the hand

 

Le Havre Layers ($69)

Le Havre Layers is a family of 21 decidedly-retro fonts that can be layered to create a wide variety of effects.

le havre layers

 

Appleton ($35)

Appleton is a typeface inspired by the late 1800s, and the food labeling of that era. It’s loaded with swashes, alternates, and stylistic and multilingual support.

appleton

 

Pacific Northwest ($60)

Pacific Northwest is a handwritten font that’s fun and comes in two styles (regular and rough).

pacific northwest

 

Figa (free)

Figa is a free display font from Pier Paolo. It’s free to use as long as you email a copy of your work to the designer.

figa

 

Farewell (free)

Farewell is a free display font designed by Marianela Grande that’s perfect for headlines.

farewell

 

Born (free)

Born is a humanistic serif typeface based on traditional calligraphic forms, with some modern twists. It’s highly legible, even at small sizes.

born

 

Appetite Sketch ($29)

Appetite Sketch is a handdrawn version of the popular Appetite font, designed by Denis Serebryakov.

appetite sketch

 

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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  • Tim

    Content Snippets seems like it will make plagarism even easier for lazy people.

  • http://www.idealsite.it/ Eduardo G.

    Super great collection, thank you! :)

  • Ondřej David

    Enjoyed the collection. Great tools I have missed.

  • http://www.patrickmaciel.com.br Patrick Maciel

    Excellent collection. Thanks so much!

  • Aaron Payne

    So many icons to check out, Thank you!

  • Andrew Agnello

    I want the wallpaper from that MacBook Air! Anyone know where I can find it?

  • Eddy

    Greats collection! I will try it for my next project. Thanks for sharing.
    Have you try http://www.fooont.com? It’s combining Google Fonts inside a CSS code. And it’s free :)

  • Ashley B

    Awesome collection of resources – thank you for sharing!

  • Tobi Laniyan

    Great collection some useful apps here

  • Jay Wilburn

    Great collection as always. Thanks!

  • http://www.hatfieldtaylor.com/ Hatfield Taylor Co.

    Thanks for sharing.