What’s new for designers, May 2013

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May 14, 2013
What's new for designers, May 2013.

what's new for designers may 2013The May edition of what’s new for web designers and developers includes new web apps, jQuery plugins and JavaScript resources, educational resources, wireframing kits, image tools, Photoshop extensions, web development tools, coding resources, and some really great new fonts.

Many of the resources below are free or very low cost, and are sure to be useful to a lot of designers and developers out there.

As always, if we’ve missed something you think should have been included, please let us know in the comments. And if you have an app or other resource you’d like to see included next month, tweet it to @cameron_chapman for consideration.


LayoutIt! simplifies building your front-end code with Bootstrap, complete with a drag-and-drop interface. You get high-quality HTML5 code starting from any of their basic templates.


Flat UI Colors

Building a flat UI? Flat UI Colors is a tiny app that makes it easy to grab the colors from Flat UI for your project.

flat ui colors


Hood​.ie is a platform for quickly building web apps. It’s for frontend-only web apps, and uses an open-source library that’s as simple as jQuery.


Little Nimbus

Little Nimbus offers robust web hosting plans starting at just $.99/​month. They offer instant activation, CPanel and PHP, and 99.95% uptime. Plus, there’s a 7‑day money-back guarantee.

little nimbus


Resemble.js is an HTML5 canvas and JavaScript app that analyzes and compares images. Just drag and drop images into the app and it will highlight their diferences.



MixItUp is a CSS3 and jQuery filtering and sorting plugin. It uses jQuery to show, hid, or re-position your elements, and CSS3 for smooth animated transitions. It’s free for person and commercial use.


Web Colour Data

Web Colour Data makes it simple to pull color data from any URL, complete with charts showing the prevalence of each color used.

web colour data


Userium is an interactive usability checklist that includes categories for user experience, the site’s homepage, accessibility, navigation, links, search, and more.



WireKit is a set of Photoshop shape layers for wireframing iPhone apps that comes in two unique styles, each of which has over 60 common UI elements.


Creative Market Photoshop Extension

The Creative Market Photoshop Extension makes it possible to browse, search, and buy Creative Market assets right from inside Photoshop.

creative market

The Productivity Manifesto

The Productivity Manifesto is a free ebook filled with tips for becoming way more productive. Just sign up for the free newsletter for a link to download the PDF.

productivity manifesto


Froont is a visual responsive design app with a drag and drop interface. It runs in your browser and even lets you share fully functional HTML and CSS with your developer instead of static images.


Billy Madipsum

Billy Madipsum is a lorem ipsum generator that generates random Billy Madison quotes rather than the standard Latin. All you have to do is choose the number of words or characters and click Call the zoo!”

billy madipsum


Nanoc is a static site builder that works for building everything from a small personal site to a large corporate site. It even works for blogs.



Ruhoh is a static blogging platform built on a number of existing technologies. It uses Markdown for writing, Mustache for templating, Git for file management, and more. It’s open source and can be hosted or self-hosted.



TowTruck, from Mozilla Labs, makes it easy to collaborate on your website in real-time. It’s implemented in JavaScript, and works with existing web pages.


Perspective Mockups

Perspective Mockups is a set of Photoshop actions for creating more interesting mockups for presenting your ideas. The results are, apparently, crisp and unique.

perspective mockups


Scope is an easy way to create a web-based version of any email to share with others. It’s free and can be used with any webmail.



Packery is a bin-packing layout library that can be used for a variety of layout types, including masonry-style layouts as well as more meticulous layouts (and even ridiculous ones).


Wired 1.0

Wired 1.0 is a wireframe kit for Sketch that also comes in .png and .eps for use with other programs.

wired 1.0

Designer School

Designer School is a regularly-updated online course that teaches more than just the basics of web development. You can join the mailing list for updates, or just check the website.

designer school


Slid​.es is free online presentation creator that makes it easy to share your work. There are some premium paid features, too, including private decks, offline presentations, and more.



Shame.css is a special stylesheet reserved just for your CSS hacks, quick fixes, and questionable code, so you can keep it out of your main codebase and hopefully isolate and fix it easier.



Gallery is a pure CSS image gallery that doesn’t use a single script. It even offers autoplay and comes in prefixed and unprefixed build versions.


Magnific Popup

Magnific Popup is a free responsive jQuery lightbox that focuses on performance and user experience. It’s light and includes retina display support.

magnific popup


Ghost is a free, open source, simple blogging platform. It puts the focus squarely on publishing and your content.



LivIcons is an animated icon pack that includes both animated and static images. It uses brand new animation methods, and of course they’re scalable and customizable.


Cylburn (name your price)

Cylburn, from Lost Type Co-Op, is a semi-connected script font based structurally on Roundhand, but with a pointed brush and restrained tension.


Fairview (name your price)

Fairview is a condensed sans serif that comes complete with small cap alternates. It was inspired by 20th century industrial typography.


Style Script ($69)

Style Script is an upright script type family with a variety of looks ranging from casual to formal. It includes over 1275 glyphs, with eight weights and styles.

style script

Trend Hand Made ($19)

Trend Hand Made is a layered font with a basis in sans and slab fonts. It comes in over twenty weights and styles, for a huge variety of design possibilities.

trend hand made

Benito ($20)

Benito is a proportional, geometric woodtype-style font family in six styles with italics.


Tomahawk (free)

Tomahawk is a free display typeface that’s free for personal use. It includes standard Latin characters, as well as a selection of Norwegian characters.


Valkyrie (free)

Valkyrie is a free type family designed for fashion brands and designers. It’s a set of serif fonts with geometric elements in a modern style.


Red Dawn (free)

Red Dawn is a free typeface based on camping and trailblazing marks. It’s an all caps display font, with a very bold look.

red dawn

Agilis (free)

Agilis is a stylized serif typeface that includes 394 glyphs, ligatures, and automatic arrows.


Idealist Sans (free)

Idealist Sans is a free type family that includes regular and light weights. It was designed by Elena Kowalski.

idealist sans

Know of a new app or resource that should have been included but wasn’t? Let us know in the comments.

Cameron Chapman

Cameron Chapman is a freelance writer and designer from New England. You can visit her site or follow her on Twitter.

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