What’s New For Designers, April 2019
We’re all about learning tools this month in our round of up new resources and tools for designers. From games to books to tutorials, there’s something new for everyone to learn and enjoy. 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!
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UX AgendaUX Agenda
is a compilation of conferences, meetups and workshops in a single, searchable location. Look for events near you or add your own UX events for free.
is a collection of the best talks about coding around the world in one place. Watching any of the videos is free. Look for talks from specific conferences or by topic.
Static PagesStatic Pages
allows you to publish any static page on a WordPress website with any URL in a matter of seconds. It also includes SEO optimization for ease of use. https://designmodo.com/static-pages/
Illustration GalleryIllustration Gallery
is a collection of royalty-free illustrations for projects. It’s updates weekly with plenty of options for personal or business use in a clean, modern style.
(which is still in beta) is a digital art gallery where you can share artwork and how it was created. Upload work with a short description and gather feedback on it from a community of artists. Think of it as the artist version of Dribbble.
is a color scale tool to help you generate color palettes for user interface elements and then export the hues for Sketch or other programing tools.
Color ReviewColor Review
is a tool to help you test contrast between color elements in a design. This can help you ensure that foreground and background elements have enough contrast to be read with ease by all users and is a great accessibility tool. Use it online or download the app.
is a tool that helps you turn websites into organized data without coding. Add the extension to Google Chrome to start scraping data; just point and click to collect the data you need.
is a tool to describe workflows and patterns in an easy (and visual) format. Create and build flowcharts in seconds and don’t worry about needing more complicated drag and drop tools. And it’s all interactive.
Humane by DesignHumane by Design
is a project by Jon Yablonski to provide information about designing ethically humane digital products. From the site: “The exponential growth of mobile technology has ushered in an age where time and attention is an increasingly scarce resource. Instead of technology enhancing our abilities as humans, we’ve seen it become a vehicle for extracting our attention, monetizing our personal information, and exploiting our psychological vulnerabilities. As designers, we play a key role in the creation of such technology, and it’s time we take responsibility for the impact that these products and services we build are having on people it should serve.”
Outdoor Icon Pack
The Ultimate Outdoor Icon Pack includes 64 editable vector icons and a checklist for adventure designs. The flat line styles are trendy and easy to use.
Friendly FacesFriendly Faces
is an inclusive avatar generator. Pick random options or adjust specifics to find an avatar that looks more like you. Then download and share.
Remix IconRemix Icon
is a set of open source line-style icons in a variety of categories. Use them as part of a consistent design system or as stand-alone elements.
Asian Adventure IconsAsian Adventure
is a colorful set of 76 flat icons that represent Asian culture and elements. Icons comes in AI, SVG and PNG formats.
Tutorial: How to Make a Speech Synthesis Editor
This great – and detailed – tutorial from Smashing Magazine helps you understand the logic behind the technology powering all the voice assistants in our homes. This guide helps you create a “What You Get is What You Hear editor for digital speech synthesis.
Tutorial: How to Create Clipped, Blurred Background Images in CSSThis tutorial
takes you through creating seamless blur effects using CSS filters for a trending photo look. The tutorial includes written and video instructions and is easy to follow.
Tutorial: All You Need to Know About Hyphenation in CSS
How do you feel about hyphenation on the web? It can be a somewhat touchy subject. This tutorial by Richard Rutter explains hyphenation dictionaries for the web and related CSS guidelines.
Tutorial: How to Organize Files in a Design Agency
It’s an age-old question: How to you best organize design files? The team at Clay digital agency go behind the curtain on their process, and you can definitely learn from their workflows and file structures.
Generative PosterGenerative Poster
is a fun pen that will allow you to adjust parameters and create an abstract poster design quickly. Just adjust the controls to see changes as they happen and keep tweaking until you find the right design.
Lovely PuppyLovely Puppy
is a light and cheerful display font for children’s or whimsical purposes. The download includes a font duo with the sans serif and script versions as well as a set of doodles and patterns.
is a strong, display sans serif. It has a distinct style with upright letterforms with some disconnected strokes. This typeface includes uppercase characters and numerals.
Public SansPublic Sans
is a strong neutral typeface for various uses. The family includes thin, extra light, light, regular, medium, semibold, bold, extra bold and black variations. Plus, you can join the development on GitHub. The typeface is a variation of Libre Franklin.
is a Clarendon style typeface with the skeleton of Century Schoolbook. Longer extenders give text a bit more air to breathe and improve legibility in small text sizes. Despite the strength and sturdiness of the design, each letter shape carries warmth and an echo of the human hand. The familiarity of the letterforms also conceals some nostalgia. The family has 10 styles, ranging from light to black (including italics) and is ideally suited for editorial, advertising and packaging as well as web and app design. A massive body combined with low stroke contrast, emphasizing the horizontal elements, make it very suitable on screen and for small text sizes on newsprint paper.