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What’s new for designers, November 2015

By Cameron Chapman Posted Nov. 10, 2015 Reading time: 4 minutes

In this month’s edition of what’s new for designers and developers, we’ve included lots of productivity apps, design plugins for Photoshop and Sketch, best practices guides, educational resources, testing tools, marketing tools, 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](http://twitter.com/cameron_chapman) to be considered!

 

Workmanship Manual

The Workmanship Manual gives guidelines for writing front-end code that’s reliable and easy to maintain. It includes guidelines for HTML, CSS, and more.

workmanship manual

 

Fluid for Sketch

Fluid for Sketch is a plugin that lets you create more constraint-based, responsive designs.

fluid for sketch

 

Refold

Refold is a standing desk made from cardboard. It disassembles and folds into an easy-to-carry and easy-to-store package, and can be set up in just minutes.

refold

 

ProtoSketch

ProtoSketch is a design app for your iPad. Use it for product design, UX design, mobile design, and more.

protosketch

 

DSCO

DSCO is a GIF-making app created with VSCO, with their superior imaging technology built-in.

dsco

 

Swiss Style Color Picker

This Swiss Style Color Picker is beautifully minimalist and simple to use. Just click on a color among the 3D cube illustrations and automatically copy it to your clipboard.

swiss style color picker

 

Tech Prep by Facebook

Tech Prep, by Facebook, aims to teach young people about programming, and all of the potential job opportunities that coding knowledge can give them when they grow up.

tech prep

 

Floid

Floid is a UX design tool for creating multiscreen app flows and interactive animations. You can use it to create almost native-like prototypes for any device.

floid

 

Front-end Developer Handbook

This Front-end Developer Handbook could be used by anyone to learn about best practices for front-end development. It’s written for dev pros, but can be used secondarily by managers, CTO’s, instructors, and more.

front end developer handbook

 

Simple Icons

Simple Icons are a set of 154 SVG icons for popular brands, including Ubuntu, Klout, Dribbble, Quora, Reddit, YouTube, and many more.

simple icons

 

Spec.fm

Spec.fm brings the best podcasts and other resources for the design and development communities together in one place. You can even sign up for updates via email.

spec.fm

 

FontReach

FontReach scans the top million websites to show font usage across the web. Just enter a font name to search for it and see both how many sites it’s used on and what its rank is among all of the common web fonts.

fontreach

 

Blend

Blend lets you choose from standard color palettes (Flat UI, Material Design, etc.) to create a CSS gradient. It’s easy to use and you can quickly grab the code for your projects.

blend

 

Photon

Photon is the fastest way to build Electron apps using HTML and CSS for cross-platform desktop applications.

photon

 

Expose

Expose is a simple static website generator for photoessays. It also works for videos.

expose

 

Daily UI

Daily UI sends you a prompt every weekday for 100 days that you can then interpret and design a UI element for, making you a better UI designer.

daily ui

 

Goodbye John Doe

Goodbye John Doe is a peculiar placeholder name generator. Just hit the spacebar to generate a new name.

goodbye john doe

 

Blur Like Jony

Blur Like Jony is a Photoshop filter plug-in that lets you create blurs the same way Apple does in iOS. Choose from Dark, Light, or Extra Light filters.

blur like jony

 

PeakFeed

PeakFeed is a new way to track your brand’s social media efforts, along with the efforts of up to two competitors.

peakfeed

 

Analytics for Instagram

Analytics for Instagram offers free basic analytics for Instagram, right from your iPhone.

analytics for instagram

 

WP Email Delivery

WP Email Delivery is managed email delivery for WordPress. It works with any plugin that sends through WP-mail.

wp email delivery

 

Neonmetrics

Neonmetrics aggregates and processes your data from the marketing platforms you use to help you design better reports, for you or your clients.

Neonmetrics

 

Explore Freelance Rates

Explore Freelance Rates is an interactive graph that shows freelance rates across design and development based on skills, experience, and location.

explore freelance rates

 

Smooch

If you already use HipChat for team chat, then check out Smooch, which lets you speak to your customers directly from HipChat, rather than using a separate app.

smooch

 

Fundamental UI Design

FUndamental UI Design is a free weekly email course that teaches key UI design topics.

fundamental ui design

 

Typorama

Typorama is an iPhone app that transforms your text into beautiful typographic designs automatically.

typorama

 

Product Board

Product Board is a platform for launching products that people actually want. It helps you align behind a clear strategy and prioritize what matters.

product board

 

5 Questions for 100 Designers

5 Questions for 100 Designers features short interviews with designers (mainly graphic designers), with five important questions and short answers.

5 questions for 100 designers

 

Buildbox

Buildbox lets you create games as easily as creating PowerPoint presentations, with no coding required. Build once and then export to over a dozen different platforms.

buildbox

 

Landing.Jobs

Landing.Jobs helps you find a great tech job by showing curated offers, rather than just a list of random job openings.

landing jobs

 

Bunch

Bunch is a web dashboard that integrates with your teams’ calendars to help automatically manage calendars for you and make your meetings better.

bunch

 

Diffd

Diffd lets you compare website versions with highlighted changes before you deploy, without staring at code differences.

diffd

 

Cormorant

Cormorant is a serif typeface that’s inspired by the Garamond typeface. Cormorant is meant for use at large sizes, where Garamond appears clunky and inelegant.

cormorant

 

Nickainley Script

Nickainley Script is a handwriting font with a touch of vintage style. It comes with uppercase, lowercase, numeral, and punctuation.

Nickainley Script

 

Lumberjack

Lumberjack is a free display font that comes in four styles: regular, rough, inline, and shadow.

lumberjack

 

Koebis

Koebis is a free (in exchange for sharing) display typeface with a modern, stylish aesthetic.

koebis

 

Moabhoers Free

Moabhoers Free is a stylish uppercase display font.

moabhoers free

 

Labours

Labours is a handcrafted typeface with vintage style, perfect for display use like signage or flyers.

labours

 

Ahamono Monospaced

Ahamono Monospaced is a monospaced font that supports a wide variety of languages, and has slightly exaggerated letterforms when compared to many other monospaced typefaces.

ahamono monospaced

 

Baston

Baston is a distressed, rounded typeface with Latin and Greek letterforms.

baston

 

Demon Letter

Demon Letter is a free gothic-style font that’s perfect for display use on things like packaging and flyers.

demon letter

 

Ruby Ruby

Ruby Ruby is a handwritten script font for display use.

ruby ruby
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