What’s Hot & New for Designers / August, 2015

We just release our first review about the hottest and newest things for designers released in august, 2015. We’ve included lots of marketing resources, startup resources, educational tools, email tools, image resources, icons, CMSs, CSS resources, and much more.

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 then write an email to us.

MARKETING STACK

stack

Marketing Stack is a curated directory of marketing resources and tools. It includes resources for writers, asset management, toolkits, analytics, and tons more.

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LRN

lrn

Lrn lets you learn to code at your convenience on your smartphone. It includes fun interactive mini-quizzes that teach you.

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ZEPLIN

zeplin

Zeplin lets you build pixel perfect apps that you can easily hand off to your dev team, allowing for better communication between designers and developers.

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XPRS

xprs

XPRS lets you build responsive sites with no coding, for free. It even supports e-commerce features.

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FONT AWESOME 4.4

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Font Awesome 4.4 offers up 66 new icons over previous versions, including icons for Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock, genderless, Pocket, more brands, sticky notes, and much more.

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HAKKA LOGS

hakka

Hakka Logs is automated networking for developers. Just tell them who you’re looking for, get personalized intros to developers who match your request, and reply to start a conversation.

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CUSHION

cushion

Cushion helps you smooth out your unpredictable freelance income and schedule. It gives you better insight and fewer surprises.

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CRAYON.CSS

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Crayon.css is a list of CSS variables that link color names to hexidecimal values. You can use it with postCSS, Stylus, Sass, or Less.

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CALL TO IDEA

calltoidea

Call to Idea gives you quick insipration for a variety of UI patterns. Get inspiration for about pages, case studies, branding, dashboards, and more.

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DRAGULA

dragula

Dragula makes creating drag and drop UIs simple. It’s well-documented and easy to implement.

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SCREENINGS

screenings

Screenings lets you watch inspiring videos, or have them delivered right to your email. There are videos about animation, illustration, logo design, product design, UX, and more.

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PROTOTYP

prototyp

Prototyp makes it quick and easy to create interactive prototypes. It’s built on Framer.js.

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STRETCHY

stretchy

Stretchy gives you easy form element autosizing for responsive designs. It’s completely standalone, works with your existing HTML/CSS, and works in all modern browsers.

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UNSPLASH IT

unsplash

Unsplash It offers up beautiful placeholders with images from Unsplash. It’s easy to use, with over 700 images available for use.

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PAYABLE

payable

Payable makes it easy to manage and pay your contractors. You can track things like hours, mileage, and expenses, for easier billing.

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BLACKSTOCK

blackstock

BlackStock offers up free and affordable stock images that aren’t white-centric. They offer images for both web and print projects, and all the images are royalty-free.

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UNIVERSAL RECOMMENDER

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Universal Recommender is a template that creates correlators from several user actions, events, or profile information to make recommendations. It’s well-documented and quick to get started with.

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KYA

kya

Kya is a powerful analytics platform that works on any WordPress site for gaining powerful audience insight. They offer a 30-day free trial.

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MAKERBASE

makerbase

Makerbase is like IMDB for product makers. You can search by maker or product, or submit yourself to the database.

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ONEPAGER

onepager

OnePager is a downloadable single page site builder for WordPress. It has a simple, easy to use UI, and it’s intuitive and user friendly to use.

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EXPORT KIT

exportkit

Export Kit is a Photoshop plugin for converting your PSDs into HTML, CSS, WordPress, jQuery, and more in just a few clicks.

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NOW UI KIT

now

Now UI Kit is a free, cross-platform UI kit that includes 52 templates, 35 custom icons, and more than 180 UI elements. There are both Photoshop and Sketch versions available.

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DESIGN FOR HUMANS COURSE

humans

Design for Humans Course is a 10-day, 6 lesson course on emotional design. It includes lessons on adding personality, creating unique signup flows, emotions in landing pages, and more.

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THE WORKING LUNCH

lunch

The Working Lunch is a daily collection of helpful content for starting and growing a business, aimed at reading or watching on your lunch break.

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COMPANY AUTOCOMPLETE API

company

Company Autocomplete API takes partial company names and returns full company names, along with domains and logos.

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CLICK HERE

clickhere

Click Here is a plug-and-play toolkit for getting more clicks from your email campaigns. It uses psychological triggers to increase your email conversions.

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FEATUREKIT

featurekit

FeatureKit lets you effortlessly announce new features to your users. It integrates with any app, fits any device, and it’s customizable.

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ONBOARDED

onboarded

Onboarded offers perks for startups, just for trying services. Get offers from companies like Postmates, Lyft, Uber, and more.

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NODESK

nodesk

NoDesk features a curated collection of resources for the digital nomad. If your work is location independent, NoDesk is sure to have some useful tools for you.

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INSTANT UPDATE

update

Instant Update is an open source CMS that instantly transforms your HTML into a CMS. It includes live editing, global content support, edit history, and more.

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MAGIC FORM

magicform

Magic Form lets you post any web form to a Google Spreadsheet. You can set it to auto-add columns, modify rows, and even accept file attachments.

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SELL ONE THING

sellonething

Sell One Thing lets you create a checkout page for selling one thing online, that integrates with Stripe for payment processing.

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ONE LINE

oneline

One Line is a set of free startup icons. They have a unique line-drawn style that’s both whimsical and versatile.

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