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What’s new for designers, September 2016

By Cameron Chapman Posted Sep. 12, 2016 Reading time: 3 minutes

In this month’s edition of what’s new for designers, we’ve included productivity apps, email apps, free icon sets, UI galleries, color tools, CSS frameworks, stock image tools, and 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, 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!

 

Moo.do

Moo.do is a task manager for Gmail. It interfaces with tasks, email, documents, calendar, projects, and contacts.

Moo.do

 

Diverse UI

Diverse UI is a collection of free stock photos of people from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds to bring some diversity to your designs.

diverse ui

 

Designer Emojis

Designer Emojis is a collection of 45 vector emojis you can download for free. They highlight the tricky yet rewarding job of being a designer.

designer emojis

 

Founder Catalog

Founder Catalog is a collection of what founders of some leading startups are writing about right now.

founder catalog

 

Stocky

Stocky is a source of free stock photos, videos, graphics, and music that you can use for both personal and commercial projects.

stocky

 

Startup Pitch Decks

Startup Pitch Decks is a collection of real world fundraising decks from startups like Airbnb, Buffer, YouTube, Mattermark, Buzzfeed, Crew, and more.

startup pitch decks

 

Adioma

Adioma is an easy to use infographic generator that lets you create things like timelines, organizational charts, and more.

adioma

 

UIDB

UIDB is a search engine that lets you find live examples of any UI. You can browse all the examples or check out the most popular tags.

uidb

 

Grid.Guide

Grid.Guide is a tool to help you create pixel perfect grids in your designs. Just enter your requirements and it will show you all the whole pixel combinations you can use.

grid.guide

 

Sunsama

Sunsama is a calendar built just for teams. It helps you run focused meetings, prioritize tasks, and more.

sunsama

 

Kin

Kin is a better calendar experience. It connects with Google, Office365, Trello, Facebook, GitHub, Meetup, Eventbrite, and Wunderlist.

kin

 

Timely

Timely is an automatic time tracking app for freelancers and teams. It works in the background, letting you focus on your work.

timely

 

Duet

Duet is a self-hosted alternative to Trello. It’s completely brandable, so you can make it match your business, and it has a one-time fee rather than a recurring monthly charge.

duet

 

Checkout Pages

Checkout Pages is a curated directory of the best checkout pages, with additional links to directories of pricing pages, product pages, and store pages.

checkout pages

 

Hud

Hud is a tool for managing and cataloging your UI patterns so you can share them with your team.

hud

 

Four Hour Book Club

If you’re an avid listener of the Tim Ferriss Show, then you’ll want to check out the Four Hour Book Club, which catalogs all of the books mentioned on the show.

four hour book club

 

Napkin

Napkin is a startup idea app for iOS. It lets you capture all of your business ideas in a simple, clean design.

napkin

 

Apply Pixels

Apply Pixels is a set of industry standard design tools and UI templates for supercharging your design workflow.

apply pixels

 

UI Temple

UI Temple is a curated collection of website designs to inspire you. Sort by industry, page type, color, and more.

ui temple

 

Kelir

Kelir is a free color picker app for Mac. It’s also got tools for creating palettes and gradients.

kelir

 

Wing

Wing is a minimal CSS framework. It’s perfect for smaller projects that don’t need all the features of a framework like Bootstrap or Foundation.

wing

 

Word Geeks

Ever need on-demand content written for your desing projects? Check out Word Geeks, an exclusive network of on-demand writers.

word geeks

 

Stockmagic

Stockmagic is a tiny app that lives in your menu bar that lets you find the best images on 25 of the biggest free stock photo services.

stockmagic

 

Rush

Rush is a communications app that lets you easily switch between mail and chat. It also includes a group calendar and other tools for teams.

rush

 

Polymail

Polymail is a powerful email productivity app that’s now available for iOS. It includes tons of advanced tools for contact management, too.

polymail

 

Open Icons

Open Icons are a set of 119 open source line drawing icons that include everything from sharing and downloading to bananas and ghosts.

open icons

 

Land

Land is a free ornate display font inspired by whimsical hand-lettering.

land

 

Banaue

Banaue is a free brush font with 104 characters, including all the basic glyphs you could want.

banaue

 

NS-James

NS-James is a free geometric sans serif typeface that’s versatile and highly legible. The “light” version is free.

ns-james

 

Luciano

Luciano is a fancy handwritten font with upper and lowercase glyphs.

luciano

 

Sadistic

Sadistic is a decorative display font perfect for horror projects. It comes with a complete set of Latin and Greek characters.

sadistic

 

Free Brush

Free Brush is a brush style font created for the fps.hu website and downloadable for free.

free brush

 

Hydrant

Hydrant is an inline shadow grunge font. It has a vintage style that’s perfect for branding and headers.

hydrant

 

Rocket Shadow

Rocket Shadow is a free vintage-style font that’s great for retro headers and branding.

rocket

 

North

North is a simple, geometric sans-serif typeface that’s great for things like logos and posters.

north

 

Noelan

Noelan is a modern calligraphy typeface that includes swashes for automatically connected initials and terminals.

noelan
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