What’s new for designers, March 2016
March 14, 2016
In this month’s edition of what’s new for designers and developers, we’ve included coding resources, drag and drop design tools, productivity apps, stock photo sources, coding languages, open source tools, inspiration resources, 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 to be considered!
Foodshot offers up free food photos from around the web, every day. They’re all hi-res and hand-picked.
Stripe Atlas is a new way to start an internet-based business from anywhere. You can incorporate a US company, get a US bank account, and start accepting payments with Stripe from anywhere in the world.
Typeface is a new Mac font manager that helps you pick the perfect font with quick and accurate font previews.
CSSCO is a set of photographic filters made with CSS and inspired by VSCO and CSSGram.
Ethical Web is a set of ethical web design standards that focus on user-centered design, aiming to create a better web for everyone.
365cons is a daily icon diary created by Amy Devereux. Icons are designed in a variety of styles, making it a great source of icon inspiration.
Dorkoy is a drag and drop website builder that lets you create an unlimited number of websites for one yearly license fee. It offers more than 100 different kinds of content blocks, email support, and more.
Thunkable lets you build native mobile apps with a drag and drop interface. The currently support Android, with support for iOS on the way.
Statuspage lets you create a status page for your website or app that’s hosted on GitHub.
Coach lets you teach online, with no upfront fees (you just pay when you accept a payment). Easily share and sell your knowledge.
Attendize is an open-source, self-hosted event management and ticket sales platform. It includes customizable event pages, attendee management, data export, event statistics, embeddable widgets, and more.
Papier is a Chrome Extension that lets you capture notes in any new tab, and saves them locally so they’re still there the next time you open a new tab.
Ha.ckathon lets you find hackathons in your area in one big directory. Sort them by who they’re open to, whether they’re online or local, and more.
Emojicode is a static, strongly typed programming language based on emoji. It lets you build fast cross-platform apps while having tons of fun.
Tster lets you create high quality mockups and wireframes right on your iPhone. It includes prototyping, multiple artboards, drag and drop shapes, and more.
Pivle gives you daily free graphics resources that can be used for personal or commercial projects. They include UI kits, PSD templates, icon kits, and more.
Bar.foo is a collection of stories from Google software engineers. It includes stories about voice search recognition, smart compose in Gmail, collaboration in Docs, and more.
Mapme lets you build simple maps for free with no coding. Just create a map using the wizard, populate it with content, and then embed it on your site.
SYBG lets you automatically deliver personalized emails and on-site product update announcements for each of your users.
Vocus is a set of tools for Gmail that lets you add email tracking, meeting coordination, text snippets, and send later functions.
Polymail is a powerful email productivity app that runs natively on desktop and mobile. It’s currently in private beta.
LOLColors offers curated color palette inspiration. Browse by latest or most popular.
Visage makes it easy to create visual content for marketing that’s on-brand. It’s easy to use, and the visuals created are high-quality.
FocusList is a productivity app that lets you timebox your tasks and use the Pomodoro method to get things done more efficiently; and to track your working habits and most productive times.
Respond, from Buffer, lets you deliver more responsive customer support on Twitter. It includes real-time monitoring, keyword search, reporting, team support, and more.
Samu helps you make sure you get the right things done each day, by prioritizing your tasks based on the Eisenhower Matrix.
Zed is an offline-capable, open source text and code editor for power users. You can use it to edit local files as well as remote files on any server.
Teh Playground is a PHP testbed for rapid PHP prototyping without having to build your own LAMP stack.
SlimFAQ lets you easily create FAQs, with up to 20 questions for free (with branding). It integrates with Intercom, and includes search, customization, and more.
Todo is a command line todo list manager that can be as powerful as you need it to be. It includes long-term scheduling, prioritization, contexts, and more.
Standup Bot automates your daily standups in Slack. It helps keep team members accountable, tracks goals, and lets you share successes, plans, and upcoming challenges.
Reedsy is a free writing tool that lets you easily export your work to a typeset book (as either a PDF or ePub document).
Create a hosted style guide with Brand AI, which you can then integrate with your existing workflows and tools. You can start with your website style, or with a style guide template.
Hustle Mode On
Hustle Mode On is a curated directory of the best productivity tools online. There are categories for improving focus, creating new habits, mastering time, mastering Gmail, and more.
Ikra is a free geometric slab typeface with low contrast. It’s great for use in identity, headlines, and information design.
Flow is a free brush font with tons of character that’s perfect for display use.
PhotoCab is a free display font with a retro, art deco-ish feel.
Akmens is a free brush font with a funky, modern vibe.
Leoscar is a free display font with a modern look that comes in serif and sans-serif varieties.
Cutie Star is a hand-drawn script font with a funky, vintage vibe and an irregular baseline.
Highlands is a free, hand-drawn typeface that comes in two styles. It’s completely free for personal use.
Fela is a free (for personal use) slab serif typeface that’s great for display use. It includes upper case characters, numbers, and punctuation glyphs.
Johanna is a modern, almost abstract typeface that’s great for branding, posters, and the like.
Portica is a free display typeface that was inspired by Helvetica, and features strong lines with a solid body.