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What’s new for designers, March 2016

By Cameron Chapman Posted Mar. 14, 2016 Reading time: 4 minutes

In this month’s edition of what’s new for designers and developers, we’ve included coding resources, drag and drop design tools, productivity apps, stock photo sources, coding languages, open source tools, inspiration 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!

 

Foodshot

Foodshot offers up free food photos from around the web, every day. They’re all hi-res and hand-picked.

foodshot

 

Stripe Atlas

Stripe Atlas is a new way to start an internet-based business from anywhere. You can incorporate a US company, get a US bank account, and start accepting payments with Stripe from anywhere in the world.

stripe atlas

 

Typeface

Typeface is a new Mac font manager that helps you pick the perfect font with quick and accurate font previews.

typeface

 

CSSCO

CSSCO is a set of photographic filters made with CSS and inspired by VSCO and CSSGram.

CSSCO

 

Ethical Web

Ethical Web is a set of ethical web design standards that focus on user-centered design, aiming to create a better web for everyone.

ethical web

 

365cons

365cons is a daily icon diary created by Amy Devereux. Icons are designed in a variety of styles, making it a great source of icon inspiration.

365cons

 

Dorkoy

Dorkoy is a drag and drop website builder that lets you create an unlimited number of websites for one yearly license fee. It offers more than 100 different kinds of content blocks, email support, and more.

dorkoy

 

Thunkable

Thunkable lets you build native mobile apps with a drag and drop interface. The currently support Android, with support for iOS on the way.

thunkable

 

Statuspage

Statuspage lets you create a status page for your website or app that’s hosted on GitHub.

statuspage

 

Coach

Coach lets you teach online, with no upfront fees (you just pay when you accept a payment). Easily share and sell your knowledge.

coach

 

Attendize

Attendize is an open-source, self-hosted event management and ticket sales platform. It includes customizable event pages, attendee management, data export, event statistics, embeddable widgets, and more.

attendize

 

Papier

Papier is a Chrome Extension that lets you capture notes in any new tab, and saves them locally so they’re still there the next time you open a new tab.

papier

 

Ha.ckathon

Ha.ckathon lets you find hackathons in your area in one big directory. Sort them by who they’re open to, whether they’re online or local, and more.

hackathon

 

Emojicode

Emojicode is a static, strongly typed programming language based on emoji. It lets you build fast cross-platform apps while having tons of fun.

emojicode

 

Tster

Tster lets you create high quality mockups and wireframes right on your iPhone. It includes prototyping, multiple artboards, drag and drop shapes, and more.

Tster

 

Pivle

Pivle gives you daily free graphics resources that can be used for personal or commercial projects. They include UI kits, PSD templates, icon kits, and more.

Pivle

 

Bar.foo

Bar.foo is a collection of stories from Google software engineers. It includes stories about voice search recognition, smart compose in Gmail, collaboration in Docs, and more.

bar.foo

 

Mapme

Mapme lets you build simple maps for free with no coding. Just create a map using the wizard, populate it with content, and then embed it on your site.

mapme

 

SYBG

SYBG lets you automatically deliver personalized emails and on-site product update announcements for each of your users.

sybg

 

Vocus

Vocus is a set of tools for Gmail that lets you add email tracking, meeting coordination, text snippets, and send later functions.

vocus

 

Polymail

Polymail is a powerful email productivity app that runs natively on desktop and mobile. It’s currently in private beta.

polymail

 

LOLColors

LOLColors offers curated color palette inspiration. Browse by latest or most popular.

lolcolors

 

Visage

Visage makes it easy to create visual content for marketing that’s on-brand. It’s easy to use, and the visuals created are high-quality.

visage

 

FocusList

FocusList is a productivity app that lets you timebox your tasks and use the Pomodoro method to get things done more efficiently; and to track your working habits and most productive times.

focuslist

 

Respond

Respond, from Buffer, lets you deliver more responsive customer support on Twitter. It includes real-time monitoring, keyword search, reporting, team support, and more.

respond

 

Samu

Samu helps you make sure you get the right things done each day, by prioritizing your tasks based on the Eisenhower Matrix.

samu

 

Zed

Zed is an offline-capable, open source text and code editor for power users. You can use it to edit local files as well as remote files on any server.

zed

 

Teh Playground

Teh Playground is a PHP testbed for rapid PHP prototyping without having to build your own LAMP stack.

teh playground

 

SlimFAQ

SlimFAQ lets you easily create FAQs, with up to 20 questions for free (with branding). It integrates with Intercom, and includes search, customization, and more.

slimfaq

 

Todo

Todo is a command line todo list manager that can be as powerful as you need it to be. It includes long-term scheduling, prioritization, contexts, and more.

todo

 

Standup Bot

Standup Bot automates your daily standups in Slack. It helps keep team members accountable, tracks goals, and lets you share successes, plans, and upcoming challenges.

standup bot

 

Reedsy

Reedsy is a free writing tool that lets you easily export your work to a typeset book (as either a PDF or ePub document).

reedsy

 

Brand AI

Create a hosted style guide with Brand AI, which you can then integrate with your existing workflows and tools. You can start with your website style, or with a style guide template.

brand ai

 

Hustle Mode On

Hustle Mode On is a curated directory of the best productivity tools online. There are categories for improving focus, creating new habits, mastering time, mastering Gmail, and more.

hustle mode on

 

Ikra

Ikra is a free geometric slab typeface with low contrast. It’s great for use in identity, headlines, and information design.

ikra

 

Flow

Flow is a free brush font with tons of character that’s perfect for display use.

flow

 

PhotoCab

PhotoCab is a free display font with a retro, art deco-ish feel.

photocab

 

Akmens

Akmens is a free brush font with a funky, modern vibe.

akmens

 

Leoscar

Leoscar is a free display font with a modern look that comes in serif and sans-serif varieties.

leoscar

 

Cutie Star

Cutie Star is a hand-drawn script font with a funky, vintage vibe and an irregular baseline.

cutie star

 

Highlands

Highlands is a free, hand-drawn typeface that comes in two styles. It’s completely free for personal use.

highlands

 

Fela

Fela is a free (for personal use) slab serif typeface that’s great for display use. It includes upper case characters, numbers, and punctuation glyphs.

Fela

 

Johanna

Johanna is a modern, almost abstract typeface that’s great for branding, posters, and the like.

johanna

 

Portica

Portica is a free display typeface that was inspired by Helvetica, and features strong lines with a solid body.

portica
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