February 13, 2014 · 577,691 awesome subscribers NEWSLETTER ISSUE #107

The Design Kickstarter Bundle (400+ items) 

The Design Kickstarter Bundle includes more than 400 premium design elements. Included are 200+ textures, 100+ brushes, 100+ vector elements, swoosh styes and Photoshop actions. This stunning bundle is now on sale for only $17 for a limited time only. See what's inside

Big changes at 37signals

The company formerly known as 37signals has made Two big announcements in the past week, to mark their 15th anniversary. They've decided to focus purely on their most successful product, Basecamp, going forward, and they've also changed their name to Basecamp. It's a bold move for the company which has launched nearly a dozen other apps in the past ten years.

First time UX, the good, bad, and ugly

First Time User Experiences is a Tumblr blog that collects new user experiences from a variety of products, both good and bad. They critique the good bits as well as offering tips for where improvements could be made. It's a great resource for app designers.

Waiting, loading animations, and Facebook

The Psychology of Waiting, Loading Animations, and Facebook takes a look at how animation can be used to improve usability, and particularly the use of loading animations to indicate status, and particularly how small changes to these animations can greatly influence things like a user's perception on who's to blame for an app's loading speed.

Learn languages through game play

Ba Ba Dum is a set of five games that can teach you 1500 words in 9 different languages (including American English, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Russian, and more). The games vary in their difficulty, with one even requiring you to spell the correct word. You can view stats on each game, including which words are easiest and which are hardest.

An animated UI library

Use Your Interface is a UI library that focuses on transitional interfaces and interaction design patterns. It's a great source of inspiration and is updated on a daily basis by Josh Davey. You can sort UI examples via tag, too.

Gestural hell for Facebook's new app?

Facebook Paper's Gestural Hell discusses how the gestures used in Facebook's newest app aren't particularly user-friendly, mostly due to the pain-inducing thumb hook. It also discusses how easy it would be for Facebook to fix the problem with one relatively small design change.

A list of all the interesting CSS color names

CSS Colours is a visual guide to all of the color names used in CSS. There are tons of interesting color names many designers are probably unaware of, like dodgerblue, khaki, honeydew, firebrick, tomato, goldenrod, and many others. You can filter by color family, too, if you're looking for a specific color name.

Lessons from Steal Like An Artist

10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative offers up some lessons from the book Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon. It's practical advice, while also being encouraging and nurturing to new creatives. All ten tips are covered, with excerpts from the book.