Exciting New Tools for Designers, December 2020
Jumpstart your next design project or speed up a workflow with some of these new tools and resources. With so many new tools being developed all the time, you are almost certain to find something that can help you with projects. Here’s what new for designers this month.
Everypixel PatternsEverypixel Patterns
solves a common design problem: Creating seamless patterns with graphic editors is such a long and exhausting process. That’s why some people choose to get patterns from stock websites but that can be a challenge too (and difficult to search). This tool makes getting patterns less time-consuming. It includes a gallery of well-designed content, which you can customize and edit as needed.
is a free and open-source multicultural avatar maker. Type something in the input field and generate one of 12 billion avatars. (Everything is randomly generated and free to use.)
is a machine learning app from Microsoft that helps you create and train models. Start by showing the app examples of what you want it to learn and it will train a model for you. The tool is pretty easy to understand and you don’t need or experience or code knowledge to use it and you can train an app for free on your computer.
Laser CatLaser Cat
is a silly and fun Google Chrome extension that adds a cartoon cat to your browser that allows you to zap away anything you want to remove in the browser window. It’s light and fun. Go play!
Pattern CollectPattern Collect
is a curated gallery of patterns by various designs and illustrators. You can download patterns for use in projects or submit your own to share with the design community. The library is searchable and you can get new patterns via email if you subscribe.
is a color palette generator that shows a new and random scheme with every refresh. The color choices are fresh and could work for a variety of projects, too.
CSS Clip Path EditorCSS Clip Path Editor
is a cool little pen by Mads Stoumann that puts an image inside of almost any clip path you can imagine. There are presets to choose from or you can adjust the settings and paths to create your own image shape.
Responsive & Configurable SVG WavesResponsive & Configurable SVG Waves
is a soothing pen by Jhey. Change the background and wave elements for a simple and cool animation in SVG.
lets you host, edit, and deliver videos in the cloud using a REST API. It works on any browser, device, and bandwidth, and keeps your website light, even when delivering heavy video content.
is a plugin for Figma or Sketch that transforms components and symbols into clean and reusable React, Vue, or HTML code. The benefit? Use it to create more consistent websites and design systems more quickly and in a pixel-perfect manner.
is a library for adding search, sort, filters, and flexibility to tables, lists, and other HTML elements. It is built so that it will work on existing HTML and be invisible. Plus, it is simple to install and use.
What Are Design Tokens?Design tokens
are a “hot term” says Andy Bell. So, he wrote an explainer that breaks down what they are and how they might look in a standard data format like JSON. Read the explainer and you’ll be able to identify design tokens and understand them.
SVG Path EditorSVG Path Editor
makes it easy to manipulate paths for any SVG element. The grid – if you choose to use it – helps edits stay symmetrical and easy to manage.
Operator LookupOperator Lookup
is a tool designed to help you write, run, and share SQL in Slack. It makes collaboration easy so you can work on and run queries, debug, and resolve issues all in a single platform.
transforms your images into lightweight placeholders using pure CSS or SVG.
Machine TranslationMachine Translation
is available as Cloud API, on-premise translation server, and SDK that can be easily integrated into lots of business cases. Both solutions work with 110 languages.
Draggable Blend GeneratorDraggable Blend Generator
does just what the name implies. Change the blend mode of a background and foreground using a draggable tool so that you can see the changes in real time. Just enter the URL of a background image or pattern and color swatch and you are ready to go.
Jam WandJam Wand
is a “magic wand” for making changes on your website, starting with copy. Click on any text, edit it, and submit the change to GitHub to be merged into the code. Copy changes as easy as click, type, and click again. (This tool is still in beta.)
Boost UI KitBoost UI Kit
is a collection of elements and components that will help you finish website design projects using a bright and airy style. It works with Figma for easy integration.
is a fun game that tests your knowledge of Roman numerals. With two modes – a randomizer and a challenge you can participate in – you’ll learn to convert numbers visually in minutes.
Itmeo MarketItmeo Market
is a new online graphics marketplace with exclusive and ready-to-use templates for a variety of projects. Templates include elements for logos, UI kits, graphic elements, Instagram templates, landing pages, and more. (This is a paid/subscription-based resource.)
Bellmoco HandcolaBellmoco Handcola
is a beautiful decorative typeface with fun swashes and serifs. The free version is for personal use only.
is a handmade brush typeface with fills in many of the letterforms. It contains 106 characters and is free for personal use.
has multiple weights that can work for display or body text. The modern serif is free for personal use.
is a thin modern style sans serif with smooth lines and a vertical profile. It is best suited for display use and is free for personal use.