Categories / Inspiration

Top 39: Design News for Sept. 20 – 26

Creative Market March 31, 2021 · 7 min read

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 September 20th through 26th, 2014.

1. CSS Audits

Read this A List Apart article by Susan Robertson about taking a thorough inventory of your CSS code. The goal? To improve what’s there, fix issues and make your codebase better (and your site faster too).

2. DesignKit by IDEO

Design Kit is a batch of resources and education about the power of human-centered design. Download books, guides and other resources that’ll help you innovate and solve problems for people with digital design.

3. 13 Ways Designers Screw Up Client Presentations

Do you have a tough time presenting your work? Read this article by Mike Monteiro to avoid common pitfalls, and get insights into how you can better control the flow of presentation meetings.

4. Podcast.Gift

Enjoy this weekly curated digest of the best podcasts in business, design and tech. You’ll be sure to receive only the best selections, as they are handpicked by a panel of podcast enthusiasts.

5. Dribbble API v1

Dribbble launched a v1 of their API, which contains a large set of endpoints covering the most comment read operations and support authentication via oAuth.

6. Ugmonk: Sixth Anniversary Set

For the 6th Anniversary Set of Ugmonk, Jeff released a limited edition of 200 sets of gold and black swag. Get one before their gone!

7. Fitter Happier Text

A side project by jxnblk that produces performant, fully fluid headlines that are block justified. Two points for the Radiohead reference in the project title! Grab it on GitHub.

8. Apple Pay Human Interface Guidelines

Dig into this small PDF that defines guidelines for Apple Pay.

9. How Top Startups Pay Designers

Both startups and designers need to be educated about what to expect when it comes to requesting compensation for work. Read this thoughtful article by Daniel Burka of Google Ventures.

10. OverQuick

Add text on top of your photos fast and easy. Download the app from the App Store and give it a try!

11. Major League eGaming Arena

Sure, video gaming is super popular these days, but did you ever think that the virtual sport would get its own physical arena?

12. Manual

Available in the App Store, Manual is a custom exposure app for iOS 8 only iPhone cameras. It offers full, independent control of camera elements such as shutter, ISO, white balance, focus and exposure bracketing. Made by William Wilkinson.

13. Pictura Plugin

Search Flickr for images while inside of Photoshop with this nifty plugin extension.

14. GestureKit

Gesture commands for all your devices. Check out the first open source cross-platform tool that can empower you to create gesture-driven apps. Support it on Indie Go-Go.

15. HeForShe

Explore an informative site experience that’s committed to the solidarity movement for gender equality, then take action.

16. Subtle Patterns Plugin

Access thousands of subtle patterns while inside of Photoshop with this free handy plugin extension.

17. PaintCode: Ultimate Guide to iPhone Resolutions

With so many versions of the iPhone starting to stack up, this handy guide from the folks behind PaintCode summarizes the current landscape of Apple’s smart phones. Browse dimensions such as device size, view port size, resolutions and more.


Do you create tutorials and education lessons? If so, then you’ll want to look into using — a new platform where you can sell online courses from your own website.

19. CSS Animation Book

The second ebook in a series on web programming by Vicki Murley, which offers insights into how users can apply CSS transitions and animations to make elements more interactive on their web pages. Download it on iBooks.


The video player that gets out of the way. Join the beta to get access to an amazing free HTML5 video player that you can match to your brand identity in minutes.
a href=”” target=”_blank”>designnews-customplayer

21. Vector Wood Texture Tutorial

Dig into this Illustrator tutorial by the talented Veerle Pieters on how to create nice looking wood textures in vector format.

22. Photoshop for Web Design

The latest informative offering by Nathan Barry, PS for Web Design is an educational course that teaches folks how to design websites and apps using Adobe Photoshop.

23. UI Cloud

The self-proclaimed largest user interface design database in the world. Search through over 46,000+ UI elements or browse 1,200+ UI kits.

24. Fluid

Turn your favorite web apps into real mac apps with this easy to use app.

25. Anchor App

Invoicing is one of those necessary tasks that is time-consuming and sometimes painful. If you’re in the market for another solution, then check out Anchor — a free invoicing software that you host on your own server. It’s easy to integrate with Stripe and PayPal too!

26. ParticleGround

A jQuery plugin for snazzy background particle systems for your web projects.

27. One Month iOS

Plain and simple: learn to build your first iPhone app in just one month using Swift. You’ll produce a simple photo sharing app similar to Instagram in this structured lesson series.

28. pttrns

No big deal. Just another awesome library of mobile user interface design patterns.

29. UX Design Weekly

Subscribe to this email newsletter that hand picks a list of the best user experience design links for you each week.
a href=”” target=”_blank”>designnews-uxdesignweekly

30. SVG Circus

SVG Circus allows designers to create cool animated SVG spinners, loaders and other looped animations in no time at all from the browser.

31. Nicely Said

Written by Nicole Fenton and Kate Kiefer Lee, Nicely Said is about writing for the web with style and purpose, and is a must read for anyone whose thinking about putting content online.

32. Aaron Draplin: The Art of the Side Hustle

Watch a video produced by Vans on Aaron Draplin. He talks about side projects while standing among 650+ printed pieces of design work from his career.

33. Nice Letterform

A very simple page that shines a spotlight on individual letters from popular typefaces.

34. Jauntful

Getting out and exploring the world increases creativity. With Jauntful, you can share printable guides to the cities you love and want to explore.

35. Nod

Nod is a smart piece of hardware that seamlessly transform your movements into commands, allowing you to control your laptop, living room lights and more with just the wave of your hand. It’s like magic!

36. Total Moving Face Reconstruction

A team at University of Washington figured out a way to reconstruct a 3D mesh version of the human face in order to animate it from a static photograph.

37. Swissted

An ongoing project by graphic designer Mike Joyce (owner of Stereotype Design), in which he redesigns vintage rock show lyres in the international typographic Swiss poster style.

38. Retinize.It

The best Photoshop action out there that helps designers prepare assets for iOS or optimize them for retina-display websites.

39. Color Sublime

Make your sublime text more awesome with color!

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.

Lettering Worksheets
Getting started with hand lettering?
Free lettering worksheets

Download these worksheets and start practicing with simple instructions and tracing exercises.

Download now!
About the Author
Creative Market

Making beautiful design simple & accessible to all.

View More Posts
Go to My Shop
Related Articles
  • Awesome! 8 years ago
  • Really awesome inspiration links! Thanks for sharing! 8 years ago
  • Fantastic roundup, absolutely love the Ugmonk 6th Anniversary Set! So subtle, yet so beautiful. 8 years ago
  • Nice, really diggin Svg Circus! 8 years ago
  • Great resources! Pictura plugin is my favourite!!! 8 years ago
  • You manage to find something really cool every week. Those band posters in Swiss style? Absolutely fab! 8 years ago
  • Thanks for sharing! Awesome resources. 8 years ago
  • The Ugmonk collection looks sweet ! 8 years ago
  • Great collection! I´ll spent my afternoon with it ;) 8 years ago
  • Anonymous
    Great collection! Thanks 8 years ago