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

We just release our latest review about the hottest and newest things for designers released in November, 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.

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Workmaship Manual


The Workmanship Manual gives guidelines for writing front-end code that’s reliable and easy to maintain. It includes guidelines for HTML, CSS, and more.

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Fluid for Sketch


Fluid for Sketch is a plugin that lets you create more constraint-based, responsive designs.

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Refold is a standing desk made from cardboard. It disassembles and folds into an easy-to-carry and easy-to-store package, and can be set up in just minutes.

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ProtoSketch is a design app for your iPad. Use it for product design, UX design, mobile design, and more.

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DSCO is a GIF-making app created with VSCO, with their superior imaging technology built-in.

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Swiss Style Color Picker


This Swiss Style Color Picker is beautifully minimalist and simple to use. Just click on a color among the 3D cube illustrations and automatically copy it to your clipboard.

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Tech Prep By Facebook


Tech Prep, by Facebook, aims to teach young people about programming, and all of the potential job opportunities that coding knowledge can give them when they grow up.

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Floid is a UX design tool for creating multiscreen app flows and interactive animations. You can use it to create almost native-like prototypes for any device.

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Front-End Developer Handbook


This Frontend Developer Handbook could be used by anyone to learn about best practices for front-end development. It’s written for dev pros, but can be used secondarily by managers, CTO’s, instructors, and more.

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Simple Icons


Simple Icons are a set of 154 SVG icons for popular brands, including Ubuntu, Klout, Dribbble, Quora, Reddit, YouTube, and many more.

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Spec.fm brings the best podcasts and other resources for the design and development communities together in one place. You can even sign up for updates via email.

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FontReach scans the top million websites to show font usage across the web. Just enter a font name to search for it and see both how many sites it’s used on and what its rank is among all of the common web fonts.

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Blend lets you choose from standard color palettes (Flat UI, Material Design, etc.) to create a CSS gradient. It’s easy to use and you can quickly grab the code for your projects.

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Photon is the fastest way to build Electron apps using HTML and CSS for cross-platform desktop applications.

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Expose is a simple static website generator for photoessays. It also works for videos.

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Daily UI


Daily UI sends you a prompt every weekday for 100 days that you can then interpret and design a UI element for, making you a better UI designer.

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Goodbye John Doe


Goodbye John Doe is a peculiar placeholder name generator. Just hit the spacebar to generate a new name.

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Blur Like Jony


Blur Like Jony is a Photoshop filter plug-in that lets you create blurs the same way Apple does in iOS. Choose from Dark, Light, or Extra Light filters.

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PeakFeed is a new way to track your brand’s social media efforts, along with the efforts of up to two competitors.

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Analytics for Instagram


Analytics for Instagram offers free basic analytics for Instagram, right from your iPhone.

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WP Email Delivery


WP Email Delivery is managed email delivery for WordPress. It works with any plugin that sends through WP-mail.

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Neonmetrics aggregates and processes your data from the marketing platforms you use to help you design better reports, for you or your clients.

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Explore Freelancer Rates


Explore Freelance Rates is an interactive graph that shows freelance rates across design and development based on skills, experience, and location.

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If you already use HipChat for team chat, then check out Smooch, which lets you speak to your customers directly from HipChat, rather than using a separate app.

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Fundamental UI Design


FUndamental UI Design is a free weekly email course that teaches key UI design topics.

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Typorama is an iPhone app that transforms your text into beautiful typographic designs automatically.

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Product Board


Product Board is a platform for launching products that people actually want. It helps you align behind a clear strategy and prioritize what matters.

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5 Questions for 100 Designers


5 Questions for 100 Designers features short interviews with designers (mainly graphic designers), with five important questions and short answers.

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Buildbox lets you create games as easily as creating PowerPoint presentations, with no coding required. Build once and then export to over a dozen different platforms.

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Landing.Jobs helps you find a great tech job by showing curated offers, rather than just a list of random job openings.

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Bunch is a web dashboard that integrates with your teams’ calendars to help automatically manage calendars for you and make your meetings better.

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Diffd lets you compare website versions with highlighted changes before you deploy, without staring at code differences.

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