What’s new for designers, May 2015

By Cameron Chapman Posted May. 11, 2015 Reading time: 5 minutes

In this month’s edition of what’s new for designers and developers, we’ve included lots of podcasts, design resource directories, lots of web apps, learning resources, productivity resources, new frameworks, APIs, team resources, and much more. And as always, we’ve also included some awesome new free fonts!

Almost everything on the list this month is free, with a few high-value paid apps and tools also included. They’re sure to be useful to designers and developers, from beginners to experts.

If we’ve missed something that you think should have been on the list, let us know in the comments. And if you know of a new app or resource that should be featured next month, tweet it to @cameron_chapman to be considered!



ReadThisThing is a modern storytelling toolbox that includes resources and tools for things like audio and video content, staying up to date on the news, social media, and more.



Startup CVs

Startup CVs lets you upload your CV to be discovered by startups across the US and Europe. It includes startups looking for all sorts of job functions, from entry level to co-founder.

startup cvs



Tailor uses statistical analysis to create better copy for your landing pages. It lets you show incoming users different layouts or copy based on what has worked best for users in the past.



The Unmistakable Creative Podcast

The Unmistakable Creative Podcast gives you access to hundreds of interviews with all sorts of creatives and interesting people. Interviews include Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Elle Luna, and more.

unmistakable creative podcast



Collections is Google’s answer to Pinterest, letting you create collections for your interests, follow and be followed, and customize your collections with custom names and cover photos.




OneLiners.co lets you crowdsource your company’s tagline. You can also suggest and vote on taglines for others.




Funnel lets you easily create contact forms, track deals, send proposals, track customers, and more. It even works with Gmail.




Riddle lets you create social content in just one minute. You can better engage your audience through quizzes, lists, polls, and more.



Marvel API

The Marvel API lets developers create stuff using information about Marvel’s library of comics, including both upcoming releases all the way back to their start 70 years ago.

marvel api



IntroBar lets you welcome visitors from specific sources and even offer them special deals. Giving a custom intro based on where visitors came from lets you get more out of your visitors.




Deekit is a shared, real-time whiteboard for remote teams that works for designers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, developers, and more.




Augment is a Chrome plugin that lets you access apps like Google Calendar, Evernote, Dropbox, and more, right within Gmail. Take action right from your inbox, making Gmail a powerful productivity tool.



Pexels Videos

Pexels Videos is a collection of completely free stock videos for your projects. They’re broken down by category, with videos of people, drinks, animals, industry, and more.

pexels videos



BassCSS is a collection of base element styles, layout modules, color styles, and more. It’s designed for clarity, performance, speed, and scalability.



9 Squares

9 Squares is a collaboration between nine different designers and animators from around the world. Each one creates a 3-second looped, abstract animation based on a 4-color palette.

9 squares



Layzr.js is a small, modern, fast library for lazy loading images. It’s dependency-free, and boosts page loading speed while keeping options to a minimum.



Trianglify Generator

The Trianglify Generator lets you create a custom images based on triangles and color gradients. You can adjust the width and height of the final image, as well as adjust the variance in triangle shapes, the cell size, and the color palette.

trianglify generator


Email Framework

This Email Framework makes it easier to build bullet-proof responsive HTML email templates. It supports over 40 email clients, and has been thoroughly tested with Litmus.

email framework



Beagle is a tool for creating better proposals that lets you import content to base your proposals on existing ones. It also has tools for collaboration, and lets you send directly to your client with a custom cover letter.



First Aid Git

First Aid Git is a searchable collection of frequently asked Git questions. Answers were collected from personal experience, Stackoverflow, and official documentation.

first aid git


Peek Space

Peek Space is a collection of free-to-use, curated space photos that you can use for your projects. The images are all from NASA, and were curated from thousands of images available online.

peek space


How to Center in CSS

How to Center in CSS is an app for centering your content with CSS. Just specify the type of content to center, the container size, and alignment, and it generates your code for you.

how to center in css



Kubist lets you create Cubist-style artwork from an image. Just upload an image and adjust the number of points to use and the style to create your own custom image.



Project Fi

Project Fi is a project from Google that aims to deliver a fast, easy wireless experience alongside leading hardware makers, carriers, and users.




Electron lets you build cross-platform desktop apps using web technologies. It’s open source, and works with Mac, Windows, and Linux.



Ways We Work

Ways We Work interviews a variety of founders and creatives on how they work. It includes questions about the tools they use, how they stay on top of email, and more.

ways we work


Visual Studio Code

Visual Studio Code is a free app for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications. It works on Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows.

visual studio code



RightFont for Mac lets you manage fonts, and find the correct font quickly. It even integrates with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, as well as Sketch.



Font Library

Font Library is an open source project for tagging and organizing Google Fonts. You can browse by a variety of tags, including “friendly”, “small caps”, “whimsical”, “cute”, and more.

font library



Ntype is a 4D communication tool that lets you share messages via URL. Messages are animated, and you can even download an OTF font of the current rotation.




Wwwhere is a directory of web apps and resources that are broken down by category. There are apps and resources for coding, community, project tools, UX, inspiration, and much more.




Pintsize is a Sass front end template. It’s simple, configurable, scalable, and lightweight.



The Path to Performance

The Path to Performance is a podcast dedicated to making websites faster. So far they’ve had interviews with Jeff Lembeck of Filament Group, Mark Dorison of Chromatic, and Lara Hogan of Etsy.

the path to performance


10Up Engineering Best Practices

The 10Up Engineering Best Practices illustrate how to engineer in the “10Up way”. They’re aimed at already-capable engineers, rather than beginners.

10up Engineering



The Octobot iOS app tells you when something has changed in GitHub’s services status. It’ll tell you when there’s a partial service outage and when systems are back up, with optional push notifications.



Structure Font

Structure is a free display typeface with modern geometric styling.



Valencia Sweetness

Valencia Sweetness is a brush-style script font that includes alternate, sans, and script ornaments.

valencia sweetness



Metrica is a modern geometric typeface that’s ideal for nightlife designs.




Didactic is a practical serif typeface with a full character set and unique style.




Spastic is a hand drawn font designed for people that are “a little strange, off, and possibly should have some distance from one another”.



Moderne Sans

Moderne Sans is a clean sans-serif typeface designed by Marius Kempken.

moderne sans



Bough is a free hand drawn typeface with a vintage feel that comes in regular and condensed versions.




Ailerons is a modern condensed typeface that was inspired by aircraft models of the 1940s.




Sunday is a custom, hand-drawn typeface with a full character set and alternate glyfs. It’s perfect for signage, posters, and other display uses.



Matchstick Thin

Matchstick Thin is a free sans-serif typeface with a geometric style, designed by Oliver Walthard.

matchstick thin