What’s new for designers, February 2017

Carrie Cousins.
February 13, 2017
What’s new for designers, February 2017.

Everywhere you look there are new releases, and new tools popping up, but how do you know which elements are worth your time? In our monthly roundup we present the latest resources that you’ll want to add to your toolbox. Almost everything on the list this month is free, with a few high-value paid apps and tools. 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 @carriecousins to be considered!

Apple iOS 10 Design Resources

Apple released a new set of design resources that includes Adobe Photoshop and Sketch templates and other UI materials for quickly designing iOS apps. Per Apple: The included resources are comprehensive and accurately depict the full range of UIKit controls, views and glyphs available to developers using the iOS SDK. They make it easier to understand how iOS apps are constructed and how to design apps that match the iOS design language. Included icon and glyph production files have been preconfigured to automate asset production using Sketch slices or Adobe Generator for Photoshop CC.” 001

Adobe Project Felix

Adobe’s new Project Felix allows designers to create high-quality photorealistic images by using composite 2D and 3D assets. You can build product shots, scene visualizations and abstract art with a set of tools that already feels comfortable. The beta release is out now for Mac and Windows, and the tool does all the heavy lifting – even if you don’t have 3D visualization experience. 002

Lunacy: Sketch Viewer for Windows

Icons8 just released Lunacy, a tool that allows you to open Sketch files in Windows. The free tool allows users to export images, generate CSS for layers and work offline. It also inspects layers, measurements, styles, fonts and colors so you can work with Sketch files away from a Mac. 003



is an iOS, Android, and React Native library that renders After Effects animations in real time. The tool from Airbnb allows apps to use animations as easily as static images with small file sizes. 004

Nachos UI Kit

The Nachos UI Kit for React includes a great base stack of pre-coded UI components to help you create an app with ease. All you have to do to access the component is install, import and use the parts you like. This is a community driven project so anyone can contribute and help it grow. 005



is a JavaScript file uploader that fetches files from almost any location, such as Dropbox, Instagram, a local machine, or remote URL. The open source code has a plugin-based architecture and support for resumable uploads. It’s still in the early stages, but has a great deal of potential. 006

Commit Print

How cool would it be to have a printed piece of artwork that shows your footprint on GitHub? While this is a total geek scenario, you can get your own custom print from Commit Print. Just plug in your username to see what your print looks like and order one for your wall. (This could make a great gift.) 007


Not sure how to manage all your icons? IconJar is a tool to help you organize and manage all those files. Preview, export and drag and drop icons into the tool. It works with anything, even apps that don’t natively support SVG files. While you can try it for free, this Mac app is $19.99. 008



is one of the smallest jQuery UI date pickers you will find and it is quite powerful. The new 3.0 version includes touch interactions, a large mode and redesigned scripts. 009

CSS Peeper

CSS Peeper

is a smart CSS viewer for designers that helps you access styles with a Google Chrome extension. Install the tool and you can immediately see the line height, font or button size on any website. (It’s a tool for designers who just want to know what everyone else is doing!) 010

Designer Flat Icon Pack

The Designer Flat Icon Pack includes plenty of bright, line elements for projects. They can be used in icon sizes or as larger buttons or elements thanks to the vector format. Each element is fully editable as well, and comes in EPS, AI, SVG, and transparent PNG formats. 011

CSS Grid Layout Terminology

CSS Grid Layout

is a set of grid vocabulary terms sitting on the grid, thanks to this great bit of code. If working on a grid give you fits, this is a good place to start. 012

Auto Layout for Sketch

Auto Layout

is a Sketch plugin that allows designers to define and view a project on different screen sizes, not just iPhone 7. (There are plenty of users without the latest Apple device.) The coolest feature might be the ability to generate and see artboards for all selected screen sizes at one time. 013

Revision History in Elementor

Are you an Elementor user? Then you will love the new Revision History feature. It logs a revision every time you save to make it easy to go back and forth between page designs and create all the backups you need along the way. 014

Business PowerPoint Template

PowerPoint templates might not be the first thing that come to mind when you think web design, but how do you showcase and sell projects to clients? A great template can ensure that your presentations look as good as your web designs, and you won’t have to spend a lot of time creating them. 015

Vecteezy Editor


is a free SVG editor that allows you to create vector elements with ease. The Chrome, Chromium or Opera plugin allows users to edit or create vector designs in-browser, a great time-saver for small elements and tasks. 016

UX Process and Documentation Kit

Does the idea of starting a new project stress you out? The new guide from UX Pin provides a step-by-step process to help you design a lean UX process and helps templatizes UX activities to streamline your workflow. 017



, which is still in private beta, helps you increase user retention and growth by letting users talk to each other in your SaaS app. It’s a real-time solution that works like Slack, only inside your app so users can communicate with ease. 018



is an easy to use implementation of a Flickr-style justified layout. The open source code is functional and easy to use. 019

Minimalista Free Logo Pack

This kit

helps you create a simple ready to-to-go logotype in minutes. The modern options are good for a quick bit of logo inspiration, particularly for designers who hate working with logos. 020



is a bold, thick display typeface with a fun feel. What’s especially nice is that unlike many other typefaces this lettering set is highly usable horizontally or vertically. 021



is an uppercase condense typeface that’s designed for display. Each letter contains bold strokes with neat edges. 022

BW Glenn

BW Glenn

is one of the few paid new releases on this list, but the typeface is so nice (and affordable) that it’s hard to resist. With slab and sans styles, the readable typeface is highly usable for display or body text and is a lot of fun. 023

Uni Neue

Uni Neue

is a redesigned version of Uni Sans and has a bold feel with bubble-ish letter forms. It is friendly, professional and easy to read as a display option. 024

Black Animal

The free version of Black Animal includes plenty of swashes in a brush style handwriting typeface. It is highly readable and a great display option. For even more letter styles, there’s also a full version available. 025

Carrie Cousins

Carrie Cousins is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience in the communications industry, including writing for print and online publications, and design and editing. You can connect with Carrie on Twitter @carriecousins.

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