Design News for July 26 - Aug 1

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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 July 26th through August 1st, 2014.

    Ugmonk Black Series

    Jeff released a new line of design goods centered around the sophisticated quality of the color black. The product line is sleek, versatile and understated, and contains 8 of Jeff’s favorite products in the new visual motif.

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    DesignedIn is an exclusive community platform where design students, alumni, faculty and employers come together to learn, teach and work on real-world projects in an effort to place students into jobs after college. It reached its goal on Kickstarter, so expect the platform to ship in the near future!

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    PageLayers is an awesome website screenshot app for Mac OS X that converts web pages into Photoshop files with separate layers for all page elements.

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    If you’re a designer looking to customize and sell swag with your own artwork, then you might want to give the new GearLaunch platform a try.

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    Think Gaming: App Sales Data

    Ever wonder how many new users and sales that top grossing iOS games are making? Well, thanks to an estimation leaderboard by Think Gaming, you can take a peak at this data.

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    Learn a language for free. Forever. Choose between Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch or Portuguese, then let this language gamification platform take you from foreigner to well-versed global citizen.

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    Design Is History

    Do you know about many talented designers who have paved the way for us? Dig into this archive of stories, interviews, showcases and more about the great professionals of our industry.

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    MailChimp Fast Fives

    Play a fun 8-bit game in which you have to fist bump and hi-five hands that come onto the screen from west, east, south or north. Avoid touching other stuff like knives, cactus, and cereal. Hilarious.

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    Asana: New iPhone & iPad Apps

    Here at Creative Market, we use Asana on a daily basis, and couldn’t find it more helpful. Since launching 2 years ago, the Asana team has been hard at work building on their platform. This week, they announced brand new apps for iPhone and iPad. Download them today in the App store.

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    Behance Apps

    The folks over at Behance have been busy building a suite of apps for everything relating to their platform for both Apple and Android devices. Beyond their default Behance browsing app, they also offer Creative Portfolio, Adobe Sketch, Wallpaper, Work in Progress, Creative Cloud, and more.

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    Built for the modern developer, FireShell is a front-end boilerplate and workflow package that groups together HTML5, Sass and Javascript.

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    Amazon 3d Printing Store

    This eCommerce giant recently launched a 3D printing store in which users can customize good and have them shipped directly to their home (or anywhere, for that matter). (via Tech Crunch)

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    Up Down Left Right

    Designed by Mathew Sisson, Up Down Left Right is a tiny site that aggregates beautiful board games available on Amazon.

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    Sketch Toolbox

    A handy little plugin manager for all you Sketch users out here. Sketch Toolbox lets you browse the most popular plugins available for Sketch, and then downloads, installs and automatically updates the new plugins with a single click.

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    Computer Virus Catalog

    Have a look at this illustrated guide to the worst viruses in computer history. And don’t worry, your machine won’t get infected by browsing through the site.

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    Game About Squares

    Waste a few moments clicking around this interesting browser game. The point of it is to cover the corresponding circle that’s colored the same as the box with arrow. Made by Andrey Shevchuk.

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    The Adobe Illustrator Story

    When Illustrator first shipped in 1987, it was the first software app published for a young company named Adobe. Watch this 20 minute short story with interviews from one of the cofounders and other prominent designers who use this believed vector app.

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    Tapity: App Making Workshop

    Join Apple Design Award winner Jeremy Olson and 10 other top app makers to learn how to validate your app idea, craft a delightful design, and market your app to the top of the App Store.

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    Duo 1.3

    Duo is a dual-paned web browser built for Responsive Web Design that lets you browse the web in two views: your standard ‘desktop’ view as well as a typical ‘mobile’ view. The most recent version 1.3 was made available on the App Store this week.

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    NPR One

    NPR One was introduced this week. It offers the ability to infinitely stream public radio news and stories that are curated just for you. Available in the App Store and Google Play store today.

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    In a pinch and need to sell or buy tech products in San Francisco? Grab this app to participate in 97-minute local auctions. Everything is guaranteed to sell and you’ll instantly know how much you’ll make if you’re selling items.

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    Have a look at this easy, on-demand, online printing fulfillment and shipping solution called Printful. You upload your designs to products made available for sale online, and Printful does the rest.

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    Team Reporter

    It’s no secret that a few regular emails can cut down your workload, but they also can cut down on the time wasted in meetings spent “getting everyone up to speed.” Now, there’s an email solution that helps with cross-team communication called Team Reporter. Check it out.

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    Font Face Ninja

    Discover what web fonts are being used across your favorite websites with this handy tool. You can hide images/graphics too, which makes it easier to sort through the fonts. It’s free, and comes as a bookmarklet, Chrome extension or Safari extension.

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    GrandArmy: USPS

    GrandArmy has redesigned an American institution, the United States Postal Service. Despite budget woes and other limitations, the new system is bold, modern and beautiful. Have a look.

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    Jessica Hische: Ultra Schedule

    Jessica is back with another excellent, in-depth article on her blog. This time around she explores how to get the most productivity out one’s schedule — especially for freelancers.

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    Animating SVG Text on a Path

    Explore this article on how to achieve animating SVG text on a path using code by Joni Bologna via CodePen.

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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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