Top 34: Design News for Aug 16 - 22

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    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 16th through 22nd, 2014.

    1. Design Triggers

    Browse this great library of UI design triggers by Zurb. Learn more about key factors when deciding how to implement design triggers in your interactive projects.

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    2. RWD Podcast

    A new podcast that’s co-hosted by Karen McGrane and Ethan Marcotte. In each episode, the hosts interview people who make responsive redesign projects happen.

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    3. Guardians of the Galaxy UI Reel

    Did you love Guardians of the Galaxy as much as we did? If so, watch this show reel by Territory Studio, the folks behind the concepts, design and animation of the user interfaces of the movie. You can also check out static screens on Territory’s Behance.

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    4. Web UI Design Patterns

    Dig into this free ebook by UXPin that explores trends and best practices of user interface design patterns in 2014.

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    5. Louise Fili Notecards

    Released by Chronicle Books, Quattro Parole Italiane Notecards is the latest stationery product by Louise Fili. Beautiful work. We'd expect nothing less from Louise.

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    6. Visual eBook

    Created by Scott Torrance, the Visual eBook contains 143 visuals to inspire you to take action. It’s free for download on Gum Road for the next two weeks!

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    7. Feltron 2013 Annual Report

    Keeping up his personal side project of tracking his personal data every year, Feltron uncovers patterns and insights from his activity.

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    8. Morpholio

    Create mood boards for interior design projects with ease. Make layouts, collages and illustrations that will inspire and move your creative projects forward.

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    9. Dynamic Heat Maps

    Sure, using heat maps to evaluate user focus and clicks on web pages might be a few years old, but this new Javascript library has taken heat maps into the future. Heatmap.js helps you watch and assess 3 dimensional web page activity data in real time.

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    10. MOMA In-House Design Studio

    Browse design projects by the Department of Advertising and Graphic Design for the Museum of Modern Art’s in-house design studio.

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    11. Uber Opens API

    Uber opens its API with 11 big brand launch partners, including OpenTable, TripAdvisor, and more. The introduction of their API is designed to increase reach and get in front of lots of potential new users.

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    12. Love for the Elderly

    A new start-up that empowers younger generations to send kind letters to the many elderly citizens in the US who have no one to care for them or show them love.

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    13. Feedie

    Turn your foodie photos into real food for kids. Download the app and connect it to your social networks. Visit a participating Feedie restaurant, use the app to share a photo of your meal, and the restaurant will make a donation equal to one meal into The Lunchbox Fund.

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    14. Raincast

    A simple app that displays a real time probability chance of rain or snow at your location directly on your smart phone’s home screen. This is some great outside of the box thinking.

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    15. Sache

    Discover Sass and Compass extensions and tools for your next project.

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    16. The Verge: Kanye Samples

    Browse a listenable history of samples that are borrowed by Kanye West across all of his albums. Fascinating to hear the original samples and how they were used in many of his songs.

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    17. LiveSurface Context

    Work in the real world with Context, a revolutionary Mac application that enables you to visualize your design ideas without leaving Illustrator. You can drag and drop surfaces from the shop into your project folder, edit the template by applying your artwork, and send finished comps to your team or client.

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    18. Mailbox for Mac Beta

    Although you’ll need an access coin from a friend, Mailbox for Mac is a beta that you don’t want to miss. They’re planning on replacing painful traditional email altogether, so you’ll want to follow their progress. Have a look at this review on The Verge.

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    19. Teddy the Guardian

    The first smart teddy bear on the market, Teddy the Guardian is like Teddy Ruxpin for the next generation. He’s full of sensors to track vital signs of the child who is playing with him.

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    20. Song Exploder

    Do you like listening to process stories? Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, piece by piece, and tell the story of how they were made.

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    21. Generate Gif

    Do you love Sketch App and animated gifs? Well, now you can combine the two with this nifty plugin, that empowers you to generate animated gifs from a sequence of art boards in Sketch.

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    22. $499 iOS 7 Course... Free!

    Offered by BitFountain, learn to build iOS7 apps by completing this 14-app course. With over 350+ videos taking you step-by-step through the process, you’ll exit the program with competency in iOS7 and XCode5.

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    23. Swing Copters

    The latest iOS game creation by Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen is out! It’s called Swing Copters, and apparently it’s very hard.

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    24. The Firm

    Created by Sunnyside Games, The Firm was released Tuesday for iOS in the App store. Watch the film trailer, and enjoy all the glory of this hilarious business parody 8-bit game.

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    25. Google Photo Sphere Camera

    Create beautiful 360º images and publish them to Google maps. Brilliant stuff.

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    26. Designer News API

    Did you know that LayerVault released an API for news.layervault.com in February this year? It was the most requested feature, and comes with full documentation to boot.

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    28. PayPal One-Touch Mobile Checkout

    PayPal just announced that it's rolling out a one-touch mobile checkout for apps.

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    29. Fraym

    If you need a CMS built on PHP, then you won’t want to miss this new open source content management system that’s currently in beta.

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    30. The Sugar Lab

    This makes my sweet tooth hurt. 3d systems is experimenting with 3d printing delicious confections.

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    31. Ugly Notes

    This is pretty funny. Send a greeting card with a well-designed, but terrible message.

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    32. Realistic iOS App Icons

    Browse a beautiful collection of realistic app icons made by the folks of Ramotion. This certainly is a knock against flat design and takes skeumorphism to new heights.

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    33. PSFK: The Maker’s Manual

    The Maker’s Manual is a free download explores how DIY artists, inventors and entrepreneurs are leveraging new tools, platforms and services to take their ideas from concepts to reality.

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    34. Who Uses Sketch

    Explore a dashboard of users who’ve added themselves as users of Sketch App.

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    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.


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