Latest Tools of the Week [15th August – 21st August]

Tools, apps, websites that promise to provide best help thereby letting you heave a sigh of relief are more than welcome no matter whichever designing or developing project one is working on. Such resources help solve the purpose, and provide users the desired results in comparatively lesser period of time and without much fuss on the users part.

This week’s list of latest tools and apps comprises some of the cool ones that you all would certainly love checking out. From erino that helps you boost the mobile experience by engaging gestures, to resize.ly, FontCDN for searching Google Fonts; there are some really worth checking out tools. Here is the preceding five weeks’ compilations that we would love to suggest you all to take a glance at incase you missed out any of them.

Latest Tools of the Week [8th August – 14th August]
Latest Tools of the Week [1st August – 7th August]
Latest Tools of the Week [25th July – 31st July]
Latest Tools of the Week [18th July – 24th July]
Latest Tools of the Week [11th July – 17th July]

1. Errnio

Discover gesture engagement, craft and customize gestures to create a unique mobile web experience with a wonderful tool namely Errnio. Boost your mobile experience with one simple line of code for creating new interactions based on user gesture behaviour. With it web designers and developers can increase site retention, profit from value added actions and gain insights into mobile site behavior. Reacting to an average of 10-15 gestures on consumer’s part, Errnio gives website owners and web developers all new monetization stream through gesture engagements. It helps in making websites responsive/mobile friendly thereby providing best user-experience through mobile-unique interaction that is done with gestures.

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2. The WordPress Template Hierarchy

The WordPress Template Hierarchy is a visualization resource for the users to make optimum use of.

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3. Stretch CSS

Stretch CSS is a 12 column grid that can have any gutter size you want. With it columns can be offset and centred to make manoeuvring content really easy. Besides columns can be specified differently for three devices sizes.

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4. Resize.ly

Resize your images, make them responsive and retina ready with all the magic happening in the cloud.

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5. FontCDN

FontCDN by Thomas H. Park is a helpful way to quickly search Google Fonts for your next project’s typeface.

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6. Xpressive

Xpressive is an HTML and CSS live design tool for Mac users. It is a web authoring application for the Mac OSX that dramatically improves the quality and productivity of interface design.

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7. getAwesomeness

Github we all know is one resourceful place that designers and developers hit to get help in their various endeavours. getAwesomenss is a a tool created to retrieve all the awesomeness from Github. Sounds cool to me!

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8. Tufte CSS

Tufte CSS is a one stop destination for getting tools to style web articles using the ideas demonstrated by Edward Tufte’s books and handouts. The best part of Tufte CSS is that its simple, there is an extensive use of sidenotes, tight integration of graphics with text, and carefully chosen typography.

 

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9. ColorHunt

ColorHunt is a one stop destination for designers to get a superb collection of beautiful colors. The best part is there is regular updation of colors from which designers can decide which one to opt for.

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That’s all for this week. We would love to hear from you all. If you have any suggestions, tools to add, share reviews or anything, you can leave your comments below.

Latest Tools of the Week [8th August – 14th August]

There are many tasks in designing and development that need to be done manually; where one has no other option that to put in their maximum efforts to get the results However, there are many little tasks that can be done with the help of tools created specifically to help users get the job done. One can well understand the importance of such helpful tools, applications.

Here is our another list of best tools of the week. Before you hit a jump to check it out, we suggest you to take a look at the ones we came up with in the previous five weeks.

Latest Tools of the Week [1st August – 7th August]

Latest Tools of the Week [25th July – 31st July]

Latest Tools of the Week [18th July – 24th July]

Latest Tools of the Week [11th July – 17th July]

Latest Tools of the Week [4th July – 10th July]

1. Codesign

Want to get feedback on your artwork, then this is latest visual feedback tool that is beautiful and does it work in a organized way. So, what are you waiting for, design something and get the feedback!

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2. Gradify

Gradify is a tool that finds the most prominent color from any images and generates a scalable, responsive CSS gradient.

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3. Shidobot

Shidobot is actually a Slack bot that will help you get your small jobs done in the field of design, writing, data entry for just $39 per 4 hour task.

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4. Foundry

Foundry is a website where you can find vector assets that will help you design mobile apps or interactive webdesigns.

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5. Pannellum

Developed by Matthew Petroff using HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and WebGL, this is a very lightweight, free and open-source Panorama viewer for the web.

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6. Dummy Credit Card Generator

A simple tool developed by Saijo George that will help designers to generate fake credit card numbers for texting their e-commerce projects.

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7. CodeDoodl.es

This is a website where you can find curated creative coding sketches. This site not only shows engaging web experiments but also boasts an amazing design and cool animations.

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8. Trello Inspiration

This website will help users to get familiar with Trello and how you can use this awesome tool for your project or organization. You will various boards to get inspiration like wedding planning, newsletters, calendars, growth hacking and more.

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9. Screenings

A perfect place for designers where you can check out various informational videos on a variety of subjects like UI, design, animation, typography, fonts and more.

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Have more to add to the list? Leave your comments below to let us know. We would love to add the resources you suggest to our list.

40 Useful Tools for Designers and Developers – July 2015

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Tools, apps, websites that can be categorized as useful resources for our designers and developers are genuinely doing their job pretty well to help the ones checking them out and making their optimum use. It is always a wise idea to seek help if you are able to work smart and invest your time on the job that need to be done by yourself.

DesigniMag team is working in the same direction, not exactly creating these useful resources instead by looking for them all over the web and preparing the list of the best tools and apps. Each one of the tools is carefully selected based on its utility, the ease, availability, without the hidden charges or anything that might leave the users disappointed.

Here is our list of useful tools for designers and developers that were introduced in the month of July 2015. Check out our previous month’s compilation by clicking on the link. 30 Useful Tools for Designers and Developers – June 2015.

1. Web Design Conferences to Attend in August 2015

If you have missed out, we are adding the list of web design conferences that are scheduled to be taking place this month and we suggest our designer friends to try and be the part of whichever conference they wish to attend. Register now, before it gets late.

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2. Best Podcasts for Web Developers

Podcasts are the best source of keeping oneself posted about the latest happenings in the field of development. Few days back we listed down some 15 podcasts for our developer friends to subscribe and stay in the loop and informed about the latest developments, trends and other things.Click on the link or the image below to check out the list of worthy podcasts for developers.

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3. Sketch Flex Layout

Its a jQuery plugin for Sketch that lets users create CSS Flexbox layouts with the stylesheets and prototypes available.

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4. CodeMyUI

This is a web portal that provides users miscellaneous resourceful stuff that they can check and use if the need arises. Incase one gets stuck, this is a one stop destination that will prove to be helpful.

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5. AnyAPI

AnyAPI is a website where users are provided with over 100 high-quality public APIs to be used easily.

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6. SVG Filters

SVG filters is a tool that helps in getting SVG filters. All users need to do is drag and drop the image and SVG Filters will do the needful.

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7. Brand Colors

Looks good and is worth checking out too. Here users get official color codes for different brands.

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8. Font Matcherator

Its a tool that lets users identify the fonts on the images. Upload an image with type and Font Matcherator will identify the fonts that match.

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9. Pagelocity

This tool optimizes and maintains different web pages the easy way. Also, with the help of this tool, users get an insights about their web page within a minute.

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10. Zeplin

Zeplin is a tool that lets users design hand-off in simple manner. Also, one can generate styleguides and resources, automatically.

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11. Turret

This is a framework that ensures in style and browser behaviour normalisation to ensure rapid development of responsive and accessible websites.

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12. Relay

Its a design communication system that is synced with slack. With Relay users can capture and share work in progress with their team members.

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13. HTML5 Mega Cheat Sheet

HTML5 Mega Cheat Sheet is a website that provides users the series of HTML5 tutorials and guides.

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14. Zoom Slider

Zoom Slider,; Name says it all! Its a simple content slider with a depth-like zoom functionality for a predefined area in different slides.

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15. Photoshop Design Space

Photoshop Design Space is a website that is built with HTML5 to let users rapidly prototype, test, and create a space in Photoshop without compromising with the reliability.

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16. Purify CSS

The tool detects as to which CSS selectors your app is using thereby creating a file without the unused CSS.

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17. Sassline

This tool helps spread better typography all across the web. Its best use can be made in prototyping, blogs and full website builds.

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18. Material Palette

Material Palette is a tool for designers to select the palette. Users need to select two desired colors and material palette will show how the result would look like.

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19. Semantic UI

Semantic UI is a development framework that promises to help create beautiful, responsive layouts using human-friendly HTML.

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20. Material Design Lite

This is a tool that lets users add a Material Design look and feel to their websites.

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21. Systematic CSS

Systematic CSS is a tool that makes it easier for users to prototype, iterate and scale a web design in a systematic manner.

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22. Ditto

Ditto is a tool that can be used in Photoshop for things like colours, text, font sizes; almost everything.

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23. XType

XType is one efficient data validation in JavaScript that improves the efficiency and readability by unifying the most basic but common data and type validations in apps into single, highly optimized operations.

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24. Session With Typography

Sessions with Typography is a self-guided experiment for Typekit fonts and Adobe Muse.

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25. Tota11y

Tota11y is an accessibility visualization toolkit that ensures to help in visualization of how a partiuclar website performs with assistive technologies.

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26. BassCSS

BassCSS is a lightweight, fast, modular CSS toolkit that comprises of a huge range of base element styles and immutable utilities to provide speed, clarity, performance and scalability.

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27. Half Tone Patterns

This is an online vector halftone generator created by Larissa Davidova that as the name says generates half tone patterns for designing.

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28. Crayon

Its a list of CSS variables that links color names to hexadecimal values usable with post CSS or with the CSS preprocessor.

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29. Expand.js

This is a modular library comprising of approximately 80+ custom elements and 350+ utility functions to start working on various web apps in a hassle-free manner.

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30. Sketch Flex Layout

Sketch Flex Layout is a plugin for CSS Flexbox layouts that use style-sheets and prototypes.

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31. Spectacle

Spectacle is a reactjs presentation library to write their decks in JSX. It shows users a slide lookahead, current time and current slide.

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32. Breakouts

Breakouts is a website that comprises of different JavaScript game engines for implementations of the classic game Breakout in different engines.

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33. RADjs

RADjs is a framework that helps users in building mobile apps in a speedy way. It supports almost all web browsers and is optimized for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8.

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34. A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning

If Machine Learning interests you all then you have got a website that will help you get the better learning. Its a visual introduction to Machine Learning. Also check out our some of the best Machine Learning cheat sheets and 12 best free Machine learning ebooks.

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35. QuantityQueries

QuantityQueries by Drew Minns is a tool that claims to help users in building Quantity Queries for different projects.

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36. Zeplin

Wish to create pixel perfect apps without any issue or much fuss? With Zeplin you can do so as it helps generate styleguides and resources, automatically.

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37. Styleguide

Creating and maintaining styleguides goes easy with this amazing tool namely Styleguide.

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38. DeployBot

Deploybot is a simple app that helps users in deploying code anywhere without complex cookbooks, recipes and configurations.

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39. CSS2SASS

CSS to SASS is a converting tool that enables users to convert CSS to SASS easily.

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40. Markdown UI

This is a responsive user interface in markdown that helps in creating responsive UI’s for mobile and web using Markdown Syntax. Rapid prototyping UI’s for single-page and multiple-page apps goes easy with Markdown UI.

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Have anything to add, suggest or pass on the review as to how good or bad these resources are to be used in various designing and development projects? Do let us know!

Best Illustrator Tutorials of July 2015

Be it a web designer, graphic designer or anyone working in the creative field, they need apt tools that let them expand the horizon and enhance their designing skills. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are the tools that enable designers to give shape to their creative ideas.

It is this illustrator that when used the right way, knowing all the tips, tricks, shortcuts and much more helps get the visually appealing desired results. While some of you might be new to Illustrator, there might be a whole bunch of the designers who wish to learn more about this cool tool namely Adobe Illustrator.

With the aim to help you all the best way possible, we keep coming up with the best Adobe Illustrator tutorials and few related lists like Latest Adobe Illustrator Icon Design Tutorials. Here is our monthly compilation of the carefully hand-picked best Illustrator Tutorials that showed up in the month of July. Have a look!

1. Create a Retro Style, Airline Destination, Travel Poster

Another awesome Illustrator tutorial from Design.TutsPlus.com that helps you to learn creating a 1950s inspired retro style travel poster that looks colorful.

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2. Making of Robot Earth 3009 Typographic Illustration

This tutorial explained by Tom Whalen will help you to create an awesome illustrated type poster sporting an amazing typography.

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3. How to Create a Cute Illustration of the Janus House Using Adobe Illustrator

One of the best Illustrator tutorial by Andrei Stefan that explains how to create a San Fran inspired house using some simple Illustrator tools like the Rectangle Tool, the Rounded Rectangle Tool and the Pen Tool.

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4. Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: Design Retro Isometric Artwork

Mark Oliver will explain you to design a retro isometric artwork using simple tools and techniques in Adobe Illustrator.

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5. How to Create a Semi-Realistic Apple Watch Illustration in Illustrator

This tutorial by Andrei Marius will take you through a simple Illustrator tutorial that will help you to create a semi-realistic Apple Watch illustration using simple tools and techniques.

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6. Create a Set of Apple Watch Icons in Adobe Illustrator

Well, we have already created Apple Watch illustration in the previous tutorial and now it is time to create Apple Watch icons in Illustrator with the help of tutorial explained by Yulia Sokolova.

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7. How to Create a Desk Lamp in Adobe Illustrator

This is the first time we are featuring any Illustrator tutorial from InstantShift.com. This one is really good and will help you to create a realistic looking desk lamp in Adobe Illustrator using vector shape building techniques, basic tools, complex gradients and some simple effects.

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8. How to Turn Your Sketches Into Vectors with Adobe Illustrator

Do you make doodles or sketches? If yes, how about turn them into beautiful vectors? This Illustrator tutorial from Vectips.com will help you to do so.

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9. Create a Copper Pipe Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

This is one of the best Illustrator text effect tutorial that will help you to give any text a copper pipe effect using a custom brush and few simple Illustrator Tools.

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10. Creating a Vector Portrait With Curly Hair in Adobe Illustrator

This tutorial will explain you how to create a vector portrait with amazing detailed curly hairs using some basic simple tools in Adobe Illustrator.

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11. How to Create A Wood Grain Texture in Adobe Illustrator

Using effects like Graphic Pen and tools like Warp Tool and Twirl Tool, this Illustrator tutorial from Vectips.com will help you to create a wood grain texture in a few easy steps.

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12. How to Create Infographic Elements with VectorScribe in Illustrator

Infographics is a new way to make your content viral and we need some of the readymade infographic elements from time to time. This tutorial from Astutegraphics.com will help you to create your own infographic elements using VectorScribe plugin in Adobe Illustrator.

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Which one of these best Adobe Illustrator tutorials would you like to try your hands on? Have any tutorial worth sharing? Write to us!