What’s new for designers, July 2015

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July 13, 2015
What’s new for designers, July 2015.

In this month’s edition of what’s new for designers and developers, we’ve included lots of design apps, startup resources, photo editing apps, email tools, image resources, icons, PR tools, frameworks, 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!


Paddle offers tools for growing your app. It lets you collect email subscriptions, get in-app feedback, prompt users to rate your app, gauge user happiness, and more.



Aboardly makes email automation simple. You can easily trigger emails to customers based on interactions (or lack thereof).



Ultralight is an intuitive photo editing app. It includes simple and fun on-screen controls with 22 easily customizable filter presets.



Prio is a beautiful to-do list app that’s easy to use. It safely stores tasks in the cloud, and can send you reminders.


Down for Everyone or Just Me?

Down for Everyone or Just Me? makes it simple to see if a website is down in general, or if you’re experiencing a local outtage. Just enter a website URL to find out.

down for everyone or just me

The Full Stack Web Course

The Full Stack Web Course teaches you everything you need to know to build a brand new digital marketplace from the ground up. It teaches everything from HTML and CSS to app design and server architecture.

full stack web course

Breakout Room

Breakout Room is a collection of professional talks, presentations, and webinars you can search or browse. You can see recorded, upcoming, and live talks, too.

breakout room


Instant lets you track your device and app usage, as well as fitness and travel time. You can lifelog your entire day.



Turret is a styles and browser behavior normalization framework. It allows you to more rapidly develop responsive and accessible websites.



DeployBot is a simple app for deploying code anywhere. You can trigger deployments automatically or manually.


Crisis Communications Playbook

The Crisis Communications Playbook from Press Friendly tells you what to do when a startup PR crisis hits. It includes three easy steps, as well as info on how to create your own PR playbook to address any type of crisis.

crisis communications playbook


Mave makes it easy to find the apps your friends are using. Just enter your mobile number to get started.



IconStore offers free icon packs from world class designers. There are dozens of sets available.



Zeplin makes it easy to automatically generate styleguides and resources for your apps. It makes collaborating with your developers much easier and faster.



Insights.VC offers valuable insights for startup founders. They cover everything from building company culture to hiring people to finding a co-founder.

insights vc


Teachery lets you create and sell beautiful online courses quickly and easily, with no design or development skills required. Just sign up, create a course, add lessons, style it, create an order page, and you’re ready to start selling!


JumpStartup Toolkit

The JumpStartup Toolkit from the 40 Day Startup lets you save time and stop repeating tasks. It includes HTML page templates and components, email templates, social media templates, and more.

jumpstartup toolkit

Learn How to Angel Invest

Learn How to Angel Invest, from Future Investor, is a free course that helps you learn how to invest in startups. It includes insights from a variety of VCs and investors, and is aimed at both non-accredited future investors and accredited investors.

learn how to angel invest


Breakouts helps you choose a JavaScript game engine. It’s a collection of implementations of the classic game, created with numerous engines.



Basscss is a low-level CSS toolkit that’s lightning fast. It’s modular and composable, and strikes a balance between consistency and flexibility.



Relay gives you design communication that’s synced with Slack, making it easy to capture and share your works in progress. It works with Adobe CC, Sketch, Chrome, and Mac OS X.



Coverr offers beautiful stock videos that you can use for free on your homepage. It even includes the code you need to implement them, and they offer seven new videos every Monday.



Scarlet, from Macaw, is an upcoming live design environment from Macaw. It’s made for responsive design, offers remote preview, and more.



Gradify detects the most prominent colors in an image and creates a gradient based on them. It’s perfect for creating image placeholders in your designs.



Foundry is a collection of vector assets for designing mobile apps and other interactive designs. It includes a variety of images, from browser chrome to everyday objects, any or all of which can be downloaded.



Thankbot helps you get more business by delivering handwritten thank you notes. Each note comes on a 4x6 card and can include up to 50 words, with discounts for higher volume orders.


Square Payroll

Square Payroll is payroll designed for hourly employees that includes fully integrated timecards. It takes care of taxes (including witholdings, payments, and filings), lets employees set themselves up, and works for your entire staff (including salaried employees). All for just $20/month and $5/employee paid.

square payroll


Pipefy makes it easier to manage and organize all your startup processes in one place. Just add forms, set the workflow, and invite your team.



Napkn builds the best app idea submitted each week. It’s entirely free, and they even submit it to the App Store for free.



Analyze.ly lets you integrate cost data from third-party services into Google Analytics. Any custom data source can be imported, with plug-and-play integration with Bing Ads and Facebook Ads.



Shido is a Slack bot that helps you get small tasks completed quickly. A four hour task completed by quality freelancers is just $39.



Specfox makes it easy to create website specification documents. You can upload screens, add notes, and create PDFs for your developers.


Webdesigner News

Webdesigner News is a news aggregator that lets you see the latest news in the design world, as well as check out the most voted, most shared, and most clicked. You can even sign up for an account to save your favorites.

webdesigner news


Arte is a simple sans serif typeface with varying stroke widths.



Flow is a free font with a whimsical, organic style.



Turnstyle is a lowercase font that has a circular shape with some square corners.



26Floor is a free novelty font with characters that look like 3D floor plans.



Palitoon is a display brush typeface that’s perfect for youth-oriented projects.


Thick Chick

Thick Chick is a handmade typeface that’s free for personal and commercial use.

thick chick

Yeezy Display

Yeezy Display is a stencil-ready display typeface inspired by Kanye West.

yeezy display

Project Seen

Project Seen is a font that crosses out words the NSA tracks online. You can download the font or try it out online.

project seen

Wacamoler Caps

Wacamoler Caps is a small cap typeface that’s inspired by movie typography. It includes extended Latin characters and the Greek alphabet.

wacamoler caps

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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