What’s New for Designers, May 2017

Carrie Cousins.
May 15, 2017
What’s New for Designers, May 2017.
This month’s collection of new tools has a theme – they are mostly time-savers. Many of these elements are small in weight but big in helpful nature. Almost everything on the list this month is free, with the exception of a few more premium typefaces. 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!

PaperSizes

Ever wonder what the exact dimensions of a certain paper type are? This happens a lot if you are working with multiple print designs and don’t have every option as a preset. PaperSizes takes the guesswork out of it with a handy tool that breaks down every size by name and specification in more than a dozen classifications. papersizes

Brand Briefer

Brand Briefer is a fun tool that’s designed to help you build a brand board, but is also an inspiration gallery of imagery, colors and style that other brands are using. Want to know exactly what McDonald’s yellow looks like (or any other color in the palette)? Brand Briefer has a file on it. brandb

Screenshot Designer

You need a great screenshot in app store to help encourage user downloads. Screenshot Designer helps you take images of your app design and add text or neat background to make them pop in crowded digital storefronts. The tool is easy to use – select a template, drag in an image and export. screnshot

TodoMeter

This to-do list is unlike others because it fills a meter as you cross items off the list. TodoMeter comes with a sleek design and is available for Mac, with a Windows version on the way. todometer

BreakLock

BreakLock might just eat up the rest of your day. This fun little game is a hybrid of Mastermind and the Android pattern lock with three degrees of difficulty. (There’s no way you’ll only play once.) breaklock

SVGito

SVGito is a small tool to help designers and developers automate improvements to SVGs that would normally require a manual code edit. The changes reduce the file size and complexity of an SVG while maintaining the visual appearance. It is primarily designed for SVG files exported from Sketch. svgito

Framer

Framer is a tool that “detaches code from canvas for a smarter but simpler workflow,” according to the developers. The newly designed interface puts a focus on building blocks and kicks code to the background with auto-code functionality. framer

Responsive Periodic Table with CSS grids

The Responsive Periodic Table with CSS Grids is a neat look at a detail use of a grid system that flexes and flows with changes to screen size. And maybe not in the way you think. While the desktop version uses a periodic table style design, the responsive shapes adjust beautifully to other screen sizes. table

CodeCopy

CodeCopy adds functionality that’s been missing for a long time – the browser extension adds a copy to clipboard function to every code snippet. It works with Chrome and Firefox. codecopy

Twitter Corners

Twitter Corners is a little bit of code that adds a Twitter divot to the corner of screen based on the similar Github element. twitter-corners

Essential Icon Collection

This collection of line icons includes 500 free elements for commercial and personal use. The icons all have a softer rounded style and were created on a 32-pixel grid for mobile app and web project usage. icons

Super Tiny Social Icons

Super Tiny Social Icons are minuscule SVG versions of your favorite logos. The average size is under 500 bytes and each icon is 400x400 with a 512x512 viewbox. They will scale up and down. There are dozens of icons in the collection, all ready to use. tiny-icons

Illusion.ai

Illusion.ai is a conversional interface that you can embed in websites to help facilitate chat with users or customers. What’s neat about the tool is that is has a more text-like feel that users are accustomed to and doesn’t rely on static text. illusion

Confetti

Confetti is a little tool that helps you create Memphis-style confetti patterns in one-click with Sketch. You can adjust transparency, rotation, overlap, size and more to get just the pattern you need for a project. confetti

Bot Store

The Bot Store is a directory of chatbots that you can download and use for a number of tasks. (This is one of the fastest growing areas in online customer service.) Find bot templates for surveys or scheduling and a directory of bots in action to help inspire your projects. botstore

Typefont

Typefont is an algorithm written entirely in JavaScript that recognizes the font of a text in an image using the Tesseract optical character recognition engine and some image processing libraries. typeID

Brushability

Brushability is a set of nine typefaces that provide almost every display option you can imagine. It includes script, sans serif and inline styles as well as plenty of swashes and alternate characters. brushability

Buinton Rough

Buinton Rough is a script typeface with noble and vintage looks and is a modified version of Buinton. It has serifs at the beginnings of the strokes, swash capitals and formal design. Buinton Rough has lots of alternate characters, swashes and ligatures. buinton

Coco Gothic

Coco Gothic is a contemporary take on the retro geometric sans serif style of early typefaces like Futura. It comes in six weights with matching italics and features an extended character set with open type support for small caps, ligatures, alternates, European languages, Greek and Cyrillic alphabets for a total of 36 fonts ready to solve your design problems. This is a premium typeface with plenty of practical uses. coco

Ink

Ink is a tattoo style typeface that started as a school project for the type designer. The letter style could make an interesting dropcap or other display option. ink

Kumu

Kumu is a fun, bubble-style display typeface. It might make a fun option for a novelty headline or poster design. kumu

Summer Festival

Summer Festival is a clean script with plenty of characters. The light feel of the typeface is perfect for a variety of projects. The free version is for personal use only. summer-fest

Zoon Hoot

Zoon Hoot is a novelty, Star Wars-inspired sans serif display face. It includes upper- and lowercase styles, numbers and basic punctuation. zoon

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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