Top 35: Design News for Aug 30 – Sep 5
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Every Friday, we’ll be sharing a round-up of what’s happening in the Design Industry, such as new digital product announcements, platforms being launched, unique peer projects, interesting experiments and much more. Follow along as we keep a pulse on exciting news in design each week.
Here’s our recap for the week of August 30th through September 5th, 2014.
3. Elegant Hack
The indie platform that helps customers easily create and manage a beautiful, effective website just got redesigned. Phil Coffman led the design efforts behind the shiny new responsive site. Don’t miss their intuitive Pricing page too, which Phil wrote about at length on Medium.
Check out this next generation package manager for the front end that blends ideas from Component, Browserify and Go. It makes writing and organizing front-end code fast and pain-free. Have a look on Github.
Have a look at a minimal, ui-focused programming language for web designers. Simply insert uilang.js in your page to build interfaces such as popovers, tabs, galleries, overlays and more. No programming experience is required. By Benjamin De Cock. Don’t miss these four demos of uilang too: one, two, three, four.
Have you thought about submitting an app to the Apple app store? Read through this list of common rejection reasons as published by Apple, which includes crashes, bugs, broken links, placeholder content, incomplete information and much more.
Ello is an invite-only platform that lets users post simple, ad-free content. Its initial target audience is artists and designers, and the platform feels like the early days of Tumblr. View a sample profile by Dirk Marwig. From the comments of a few prominent designers that I follow on Twitter, many folks don’t know what Ello is for or how to use it.
Impulse is a tool to create high-performance interaction for the mobile web, such as dynamic physics animations. Browse the library of examples to see what it’s capable of, then have a look at the guides, API and Github.
18. Chuck Groenink
Love visually rich illustration? You won’t want to miss Chuck Groenink’s portfolio. His work is so good.
Claiming to be the next generation of mobile interaction design, Pixate offers users the ability to put together quick user experience prototypes that are touch friendly and focused on the smart phone capabilities of your choice. You can build these prototypes with the intention of sharing them with clients or your team.
23. Map Glyphs
25. Empty States
Check out this crash course on integrating the Dribbble API and Jribbble to showcase shots in your online portfolio.
Much like Netflix, this platform allows customers to browse artwork, select pieces from a rotating curation list, have them installed, and then replace them after they’ve grown tired of them. It’s sort of like a monthly rent-a-piece art service.
29. Icon Strike
30. Twerker App
Instant native prototypes for designers. Powered by Relative interface — a high performance graphics framework for iOS, Form aims to bring the power of OpenGL to iOS apps with simple, familiar and powerful API.
33. Moment Lens
You won’t believe how much better the Moment lenses make your iPhone photography. After seeing samples posted by a friend on Instagram, I believe this hardware helps you create 2x-3x better visuals with your smart phone.
Katie Kovalcin weighs in on great alternates for popular fonts that are on the heavy file weight side. The alternates that are presented are nice options!
What Did We Miss?
That does it for all the great design industry links we found this week. Join the conversation by adding interesting sites or resources you found below.