What’s new for designers, January 2016

By Cameron Chapman Posted Jan. 18, 2016 Reading time: 4 minutes

In this month’s edition of what’s new for designers and developers, we’ve included lots of jQuery resources, theme and mockup collections, email tools, productivity tools, collaboration tools, job hunting 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](http://twitter.com/cameron_chapman) to be considered!



Theme.Cards is a collection of the best free themes out there. There are collections of blog templates, landing pages, one page apps, Bootstrap themes, WordPress themes, and more.

Theme cards


CloudMagic for Mac

CloudMagic is now available for Mac! It makes email more efficient, and works with Gmail, Yahoo, Google Apps, Outlook, iCloud, and many others.



jQuery Cards

jQuery Cards is a repository of over 1000 quality jQuery plugins. You can subscribe to have them delivered straight to your inbox twice a month.

jquery cards



Elevtr lets you test your app ideas by seeing if there’s an audience for it. You can also browse around and support ideas you like.



Design Workflow with Sketch

Design Workflow with Sketch is a free e-course from Invision that shows you how to have a better, more streamlined workflow when you’re working with Sketch. Sign up to get weekly lessons delivered to your inbox.

Design workflow with sketch


Remotely Awesome Jobs

Remotely Awesome Jobs is a curated list of the best remote job listings from across the web. Search by keyword and add tag filters to refine that search.

remotely awesome jobs


Profile Hopper

Profile Hopper makes it super easy to generate new leads by using LinkedIn. It automatically visits the profiles of people you select on LinkedIn, which often causes them to visit your profile in return and check out what you’re offering. It’s a great method for freelancers to gain new clients.

profile hopper


Zurb Notebooks

Zurb Notebooks lets you get contextual feedback from clients to let you iterate faster and better.

zurb notebooks



Techruiter is a curated collection of resources and reviews for your tech hiring needs. There are resources for employer branding, social search, job boards, and more.




Placemat gives you nice placeholder images of people, places, and things for your site. It’s simple to use and flexible.




CommuteKit lets you take control of the time you spend on your commute. It includes over 120 tools for learning, relaxing, and being productive on the go.



Founder Mantras

Founder Mantras gives you a daily dose of wisdom from startup founders, owners, and independent creators. Subscribe for updates to your inbox.

Founder Mantras



Everlist is a daily list app that makes your lists more beautiful. Use it for to-do lists or any other lists you need to manage simply and elegantly.



Project Oxford

Project Oxford is a set of AI APIs from Microsoft that you can use to make your apps more engaging. There are APIs for vision, speech, and language.

project oxford



Guesstimate is a spreadsheet for things that aren’t certain. Explore public models to see the kinds of things people guesstimate, or create your own spreadsheets.




Proud aims to be the best time management app ever for those who like to have total control over their lives and are already very busy.



Doc Search makes it easy to add search to your documentation. It’s already been integrated into several open source projects.

Doc Search



Appolo makes it easy for developers to showcase their apps in style. It’s a set of Jekyll plugins and themes for creating a static portfolio website.



Mockup Catalog

Mockup Catalog is a collection of free design mockups and related resources. It includes UI kits, fonts, mockups, packaging designs, and more.

mockup catalog



Persona is a new publishing platform from the makers of Cargo that let you enhance your online presence globally. You can get a personal web page with a device-agnostic layout in an ever-evolving collection of design styles.



Odoo Website

Odoo Website makes it easy to quickly build websites that are open source, mobile, and SEO-friendly. It has a drag and drop editor interface, lets you edit text inline on the web page, and reduce development time.

odoo website



Colofilter.css lets you create duotone images easily with CSS filters, inspired by Spotify’s ads from 2015.




Brand-colors is a collection of official colors for web brands, with a fun and easy to use UI.



Design for Startup

Design for Startup gives all sorts of information on how design works and what makes a good design aimed specifically at startups. It’s a curated list of useful articles, tools, and resources.

design for startup



Funder is a fun game where you can create new slogans for popular websites that can then be voted up or down by the community.




Missive lets you collaborate with others right in your inbox. It’s compatible with Gmail and lets you instantly collaborate right within email conversations.




Retype is a next level typographical photo editor. It’s available for iPhone and iPad.



The Unbeatn Path

The Unbeatn Path is a collection of stories from successful dropouts. Subscribe for regular updates.

the unbeatn path



Codesign.io is a simple way to share and discuss feedback anywhere on the Web, using a free Chrome extension.




Filestage is an easy way to share, review, and approve media content. Use it with clients or colleagues.




Colordrop makes it simple to color your designs using a drag and drop interface.




Fabricator makes it simple to build your UI toolkit. Organize your design system the way you want, with the taxonomy you choose.



189 Quotes for Developers

189 Quotes for Developers is exactly what it says: 189 quotes perfect for developers. Some are directly related to web dev, while others are a little more abstractly related.

189 quotes for developers



Wimool is an easy to use app for generating images. Use it to generate favicons, iOS touch icons, and startup images for various iOS devices.




Mathieu is a casual hand drawn font with a dripped paint style. It’s free for personal use.




Plum is a simple, playful sans serif font with rounded corners.



HK Grotesk

HK Grotesk is a sans serif typeface inspired by classic grotesques that comes in three weights.

hk grotesk



Haida was inspired by the artwork of the Haida tribe of Canada’s Northwest Coast. It comes in basic and ornamental styles.




Exodus is a luxury serif display typeface that comes with a unique set of alternative characters that’s free for personal use. It comes in six different styles: regular, stencil, striped, sharpen, subtract, and wacky.




September is a display font based on old school knuckle tattoos.



Honey Llama

Honey Llama is a free script typeface for personal use.

honey llama


Hellfire Club

Hellfire Club is a tribal-inspired typeface.

hellfire club


Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa is a western-inspired display font that’s free for personal use.

santa rosa



Brushed is a simple brush typeface that comes with a full set of glyphs: uppercase, lowercase, numbers, symbols, and more.