What’s new for designers, May 2016

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May 09, 2016
What’s new for designers, May 2016.
In this month’s edition of what’s new for designers and developers, we’ve included website builders, new CMSs, CSS frameworks, pattern guides, color resources, email marketing collections, productivity tools, 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](http://twitter.com/cameron_chapman) to be considered!


StringBean is a featherweight CSS framework that comes in at just 4K. It uses a 24-point grid system rather than the more common 12-point. stringbean


Gutenberg is a starter kit that brings meaning and craftsmanship to web typography. It’s flexible and simple to use. gutenberg


Frend is a collection of modern front-end components. They’re modest and dependency-free. frend


RichCSS is a clean and reusable object oriented CSS framework. It allows for reusability of your CSS, versioning, and more. richcss

Microsoft Bot Framework

Microsoft Bot Framework lets you build and connect intelligent bots that can interact with your users wherever they may be. bot framework


Min is a “smarter” web browser. It uses DuckDuckGo for search, includes a calculator, and more. You can even jump to any site using fuzzy search and get suggestions before you start typing. min


Runner helps you speed up your Sketch workflow. It gives you an intuitive interface that supercharges your daily workflow. runner

Flexbox Patterns

Flexbox Patterns are a collection of user interface patterns for Flexbox. It includes examples and source code. flexbox patterns

Email Toolbox

Email Toolbox is a collection of hand-picked resources for email marketers and designers. It includes links to people, courses, writings on email design, and more. email toolbox

Material Color

Material Color is a material design color palette tool. You can view by code, hex value, or RGB. material color

Microsoft Flow

Microsoft Flow is Microsoft’s version of IFTT. Create automated workflows between your favorite apps and services for notifications, data collection, and more. microsoft flow


Bookmark is a drag and drop website builder that’s easy to use and creates beautiful, responsive websites. bookmark


The MJML App lets you leverage the power of MJML directly from your desktop. You can import and manage templates, edit email with live rendering, and more. mjml app

Simplified JavaScript Jargon

Simplified JavaScript Jargon is a community-sourced JavaScript buzzword glossary. simplified javascript jargon

UTM Builder

If you need to build UTM tags for your links, UTM Builder makes it easy. Just answer the step-by-step questionnaire and it generates your link for you. utm builder


Create is a powerful mobile creativity and graphic design app. It lets you use shapes, icons, typography, lines, photos, and more. create


Stashes.io lets you build your own collections of resources to refer back to or share. stashes.io


Showbox makes it super easy to create studio-quality videos right in your browser, in just minutes. showbox


Sympli is a collaboration platform that works with Xcode, Android Studio, Sketch, and Photoshop. Just design with Photoshop or Sketch, export to Sympli, and quickly implement your design. sympli


Fontea gives you access to all 700 Google fonts in Photoshop (and soon in Sketch). It’s a plugin, so it doesn’t interfere with your usual Photoshop workflow. fontea


Maki is a set of icons for map designers. It includes 114 icons for things like parks, museums, and places of worship. Maki


FourZeroFour is a gallery of the most awesome 404 pages from around the web. fourzerofour


Smartmockups is a collection of the best free product mockups, ready and waiting for your designs. smartmockups


Carrd makes it easy to create simple, free, fully responsive one-page sites for anything you want. Just choose a template to start from. carrd

Logo Foundry

Logo Foundry is a logo maker app that works right on your phone. It includes over 6000 symbols, shapes, and icons to use. logo foundry

Flexbox Grid

Flexbox Grid is a responsive grid system based on the flex display property. flexbox grid


Frwrdto.me is a little bookmarklet that lets you send web pages to your inbox with just one click. fwrdto.me

Pitch Card

Pitch Card lets you pitch your idea in 200 characters or less and get quick feedback. Share with just your friends or with everyone via social media. pitch card


Sherbit lets you analyze and understand the data your apps and devices collect about you. You can connect and visualize your data to find meaningful insights about yourself. sherbit


Pagekit is a modern open source CMS that’s intuitive, modular, and flexible. It has a simple UI, built-in marketplace, and is built with Symfony components. pagekit


Worona makes it simple to turn your WordPress site into a mobile app for iOS or Android. It lets users read your posts when they’re offline, sends push notifications, and more. worona

Homizio Nova

Homizio Nova is a free sans-serif typeface that includes light, regular, and italic styles. homizio nova

Sweet Sorrow

Sweet Sorrow is a vintage script font that’s perfect for things like signs, t-shirts, logos, and other display uses. sweet sorrow


Ludicrous is a free handwriting font that includes ligatures and extras. ludicrous


Goldin is a rounded sans-serif typeface that’s perfect for branding and display use. It comes in regular and light weights. goldin

South Rose

South Rose is a beautiful display typeface inspired by the South Rose window in the Notre Dame cathedral. south rose


Wadon is a modern typeface with accents reminiscent of ancient runes. wadon


Asteroid is a super funky geometric font that looks straight out of a sci-fi movie and is perfect for branding. asteroid

Nighttime & After Midnight

Nighttime & After Midnight are complimentary typefaces, one with slab-serif stroke terminations and the other with circle terminations. nighttime after midnight

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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