What’s new for designers, March 2014

The March edition of what’s new for web designers and developers includes new web apps, photoshop plugins, productivity tools, graphics programs, CSS frameworks, jQuery plugins, 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.

 

Designer Candies

Designer Candies offers up freebies for designers on a regular basis. Freebies include textures, templates, brushes, and more.

designer candies

 

IM Free

IM Free is a collection of free stock photographs from IM Creator. You can search for images or browse by subject.

im free

 

Speed Design with Illustrator

Speed Design with Illustrator is a selection of 14 tips for speeding up your design process with Illustrator. It includes tips for things like dynamic buttons and starter templates.

speed design with illustrator

 

Readerrr

Readerrr is a new RSS reader that’s easy to use but balanced for web designers, with a built-in syntax highlighter and more designer-centric features in the works.

readerrr

 

Zurb Quips

Zurb Quips is a library of design stats from a variety of sources. It’s a well-organized source of meaningful and accurate stats that you can use to keep on top of what’s happening in the design world.

zurb quips

 

Cerberus

Cerberus is a set of solid patterns for responsive emails that even work in Outlook. Optimize your emails for small screens with just a few simple patterns.

cerberus

 

Dollar Photo Club

Looking for affordable stock photos and vectors? Dollar Photo Club offers 26 million stock photos for just $1 an image.

dollar photo club

 

Glyphr Studio

Glyphr Studio is a free HTML5-based font editor that makes is simple for design hobbyists to create their own fonts, practically eliminating the barrier to entry.

glyphr studio

 

Stripe Checkout

Stripe Checkout is an embeddable payment form for mobile, tablet, and desktop devices that makes it easy for customers to pay instantly. Checkout is continuously working to refine and optimize your sales funnel for you.

stripe checkout

 

Grid Style Sheets

Grid Style Sheets uses the Cassoway Constraint Solver algorithm (the same one Apple uses to compute native layout) to replace the browser’s layout engine and reimagine CSS layout.

grid style sheets

 

ScrollMagic

ScrollMagic is a jQuery plugin for creating scroll interactions, including starting animations at a specific scroll position, synchronizing an animation to scrollbar movement, and more.

scrollmagic

 

Future52

Future52 is a project that features 52 designers with 52 creations over 52 weeks. There are three creations up so far, and you can follow them on Tumblr for more.

future52

 

Atom

Atom is a hackable text editor from GitHub. You can customize it to do whatever you need, or just use it out of the box.

atom

 

Type-Finder

Type-Finder is a quick questionnaire that lets you easily find reputable typefaces to meet your needs. Just answer five questions and you’ll get a list of great fonts to choose from.

type finder

 

Type Quest

Confused about how to use OpenType Webfont features? Type Quest is a great learning resource that will teach you everything you need to know to take advantage of all the features OpenType Webfonts offer.

type quest

 

Dewey

Dewey is a better bookmark system for Chrome. It gives you the ability to add custom tags and screenshots, and you get smarter search.

dewey

 

Panda

Panda (formerly Geisha) offers up daily inspiration to designers, either as a website or in a Chrome extension. Easily browse Designer News, Dribbble, Behance, and more in one place.

panda

 

Ink

Ink is a free Photoshop documentation plugin. It lets you add extra information to your mockups so your developers have a better understanding of how the final output should look.

ink

 

Random User Generator

This Random User Generator plugin for Photoshop makes it simple to create random users to add to your mockups, complete with names and photos. You can choose whether you want male or female users (or both), and adding them to your mockup is as simple as dragging and dropping or cutting and pasting.

random user generator

 

Sache

Sache is a directory of Sass and Compass extensions for your projects. Just browse for the extension you want (you can also sort by tag), or add your own.

sache

 

Lightly Icons

Lightly Icons is a set of 350 pixel-perfect iOS7 icons inspired by Neue Helvetica. It comes in several file formats, including PNG, PSD, AI, EPS, and SVG, all for $19.

lightly icons

 

HapTime.in

HapTime.in is an alternative to timers and spreadsheets that makes it simple to easily keep track of your time. There’s nothing to install (just a web app), and tracking is as easy as tapping.

haptime

 

Hemingway

Hemingway is a great free app for improving your writing. It highlights all sorts of common writing pitfalls, including overly complex sentences, adverbs, phrases that could be simpler, passive voice, and more.

hemingway

 

Cute Grids

Cute Grids is a clean, responsive grid base for your designs. It’s mobile first, includes five media queries based on em widths, and has detailed documentation.

cute grids

 

TLDRLegal

TLDRLegal is a resource for finding easy-to-read summaries of popular software licenses in plain English. You can search or browse, or sign up for updates.

tldrlegal

 

Essay ($10)

Essay, from Ten Dollar Fonts, is a bold all-caps display font inspired by black weight type set in books from the mid-20th century, rock music, and athletics, among other influences.

essay

 

Voyager ($10)

Voyager is a geometric sans serif typeface that’s highly legible, but with enough personality to be used as a display font, too.

voyager

 

Magnifique ($10)

Magnifique is inspired by decorative French and Italian cafe lettering dating back to the early 1900s. It’s modern while still capturing the romance and elegance of these cultures.

magnifique

 

Campton (free)

Campton is a geometric sans serif font based on the neutrality trend of the early to mid twentieth century. Light and bold weights are free, others start at $30.

campton

 

Courtesy Script Pro ($59)

Courtesy Script Pro is a Victorian-inspired hand-lettered typeface with the look of custom stationery. The lowercase is notably understated while the capitals offer a variety of stroke weights and flourishes.

courtesy script

 

Wood Nouveau JNL ($25)

Wood Nouveau JNL is inspired by hand cut wood type popular between the Victorian era and the 1920s, as well as the hippie counterculture that came later.

wood nouveau jnl

 

Jayhawker ($15)

Jayhawker is a stylized retro display font that’s great for drop caps, posters, headlines, and more.

jayhawker

 

LHF Chicago Script ($52)

LHF Chicago Script is a Charles Borges’ script with several OpenType features, including automatic ligatures and manual stylistic alternates.

lhf chicago script

 

Pintanina ($50)

Pintanina is a bold display font with definite pop culture and comic book stylings.

pintanina

 

Maculature ($29)

Maculature is a grungy, uneven typeface inspired by old posters and ads. It’s legible while still being distressed, and includes some ancillary graphemes, ornaments, and rough lines.

maculature
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  • Rajat Singh

    Loved it. Thanx

  • Adam McIntyre

    Thank you for featuring DesignerCandies. Very much appreciated. It’s fantastic to get credit from a site that is so widely (and personally) respected.

    • Exeter Web Designer

      Adam, the resources on DesignerCandies are great, looking forward to using them in future projects, love the foliage stock!

      • Adam McIntyre

        Thanks @exeterwebdesigner:disqus, looking forward to seeing them in use ;)

  • Lauren Busby

    Great resources, once again!

  • http://filtergrade.com/ Mike Moloney

    Great article, DesignerCandies looks fantastic. Also really love the looks of Stripe Checkout. Thanks for sharing.

  • orange county web designer

    Great collection of resources. I look forward to these posts every month. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ondřej David

    Once again a wonderful set of resources. Thanks!

  • Exeter Web Designer

    A great set of resources, thanks for sharing.

  • http://kookoopx.com kookoozhang

    Great resources, loved。

  • voltagenewmedia

    Wicked post thanks!

  • Ralfoi

    My favorite website this month is http://www.mishes.com...

    A cool design blog with interesting and very well written articles.

  • http://www.webhostingreviewboard.com/ Chawki Trabelsi

    Thank you for the resources I liked the LHF Chicago Script and Maculature type fonts.

  • Harish

    nice collection ! thanks :)

  • http://www.proweb365.com/ Minneapolis Web Design

    Thanks for great collection… Do love it!

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