What’s new for designers, August 2015
In this month’s edition of what’s new for designers and developers, we’ve included lots of marketing resources, startup resources, educational tools, email tools, image resources, icons, CMSs, CSS 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!
Marketing StackMarketing Stack
is a curated directory of marketing resources and tools. It includes resources for writers, asset management, toolkits, analytics, and tons more.
lets you learn to code at your convenience on your smartphone. It includes fun interactive mini-quizzes that teach you.
lets you build pixel perfect apps that you can easily hand off to your dev team, allowing for better communication between designers and developers.
lets you build responsive sites with no coding, for free. It even supports e‑commerce features.
Font Awesome 4.4Font Awesome 4.4
offers up 66 new icons over previous versions, including icons for Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock, genderless, Pocket, more brands, sticky notes, and much more.
Hakka LogsHakka Logs
is automated networking for developers. Just tell them who you’re looking for, get personalized intros to developers who match your request, and reply to start a conversation.
helps you smooth out your unpredictable freelance income and schedule. It gives you better insight and fewer surprises.
is a list of CSS variables that link color names to hexidecimal values. You can use it with postCSS, Stylus, Sass, or Less.
Call to IdeaCall to Idea
gives you quick insipration for a variety of UI patterns. Get inspiration for about pages, case studies, branding, dashboards, and more.
makes creating drag and drop UIs simple. It’s well-documented and easy to implement.
lets you watch inspiring videos, or have them delivered right to your email. There are videos about animation, illustration, logo design, product design, UX, and more.
makes it quick and easy to create interactive prototypes. It’s built on Framer.js.
gives you easy form element autosizing for responsive designs. It’s completely standalone, works with your existing HTML/CSS, and works in all modern browsers.
Unsplash ItUnsplash It
offers up beautiful placeholders with images from Unsplash. It’s easy to use, with over 700 images available for use.
makes it easy to manage and pay your contractors. You can track things like hours, mileage, and expenses, for easier billing.
offers up free and affordable stock images that aren’t white-centric. They offer images for both web and print projects, and all the images are royalty-free.
Universal RecommenderUniversal Recommender
is a template that creates correlators from several user actions, events, or profile information to make recommendations. It’s well-documented and quick to get started with.
is a powerful analytics platform that works on any WordPress site for gaining powerful audience insight. They offer a 30-day free trial.
is like IMDB for product makers. You can search by maker or product, or submit yourself to the database.
is a downloadable single page site builder for WordPress. It has a simple, easy to use UI, and it’s intuitive and user friendly to use.
Export KitExport Kit
is a Photoshop plugin for converting your PSDs into HTML, CSS, WordPress, jQuery, and more in just a few clicks.
Now UI KitNow UI Kit
is a free, cross-platform UI kit that includes 52 templates, 35 custom icons, and more than 180 UI elements. There are both Photoshop and Sketch versions available.
Design for Humans CourseDesign for Humans Course
is a 10-day, 6 lesson course on emotional design. It includes lessons on adding personality, creating unique signup flows, emotions in landing pages, and more.
The Working LunchThe Working Lunch
is a daily collection of helpful content for starting and growing a business, aimed at reading or watching on your lunch break.
Company Autocomplete APICompany Autocomplete API
takes partial company names and returns full company names, along with domains and logos.
Click HereClick Here
is a plug-and-play toolkit for getting more clicks from your email campaigns. It uses psychological triggers to increase your email conversions.
lets you effortlessly announce new features to your users. It integrates with any app, fits any device, and it’s customizable.
offers perks for startups, just for trying services. Get offers from companies like Postmates, Lyft, Uber, and more.
features a curated collection of resources for the digital nomad. If your work is location independent, NoDesk is sure to have some useful tools for you.
Instant UpdateInstant Update
is an open source CMS that instantly transforms your HTML into a CMS. It includes live editing, global content support, edit history, and more.
Sell One ThingSell One Thing
lets you create a checkout page for selling one thing online, that integrates with Stripe for payment processing.
Magic FormMagic Form
lets you post any web form to a Google Spreadsheet. You can set it to auto-add columns, modify rows, and even accept file attachments.
One LineOne Line
is a set of free startup icons. They have a unique line-drawn style that’s both whimsical and versatile.
Intro RustIntro Rust
is a font family that includes three different styles avialable for free: a sans serif, a distressed font, and a script.
Work SansWork Sans
is a sans serif based on the early Grotesques with ten different weights.
Metal CurveMetal Curve
is a free font inspired by metal bands (thrash metal, black metal, power metal, etc.) past and present.
is an uppercase serif font that comes in Opentype and TrueType formats.
is a display font for personal and commercial use.
Inknut AntiquaInknut Antiqua
is an antique typeface that’s great for long-form text.
is a sans serif typeface for personal use that comes in four weights.
is a handcrafted vintage-inspired display typeface.
is a free handdrawn sans serif display typeface.