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 June 7th through June 13th, 2014.
Created by Chris Bank at UX Pin, this free book is a complete companion to wire framing—guiding users through theory and practice of creating winning designs across every stage in the product development process. This guide is for designers, product managers, engineers and anyone who creates product.
Made by Fuzzco, the Pocket Art Director is a quick way to get feedback on your design project by the roll of a die. You can roll the die digitally in your browser, or print out a physical copy to throw across your desk, which will give the art direction you need to take next steps on your current project.
LaunchBar is an adaptive app launcher and document browser that starts with a single keyboard shortcut to access and control every aspect of your digital workflow.
Not a fan of keyboards? Say hello to the keyless keyboard of the future. AirType learns the finger movements you make to get the letters that you want through two wristband products.
Type Sample is a tool for identifying and sampling web fonts, built by Justin Van Slembrouck and Paul Barnes-Hoggett. It’s relatively simple, you install a bookmarklet to your browser’s bookmark bar, and save three samples of fonts used on web pages for free. In order to save an unlimited number of samples of web fonts, its $5 a year.
A new inspiration site that makes it easier for designers to get good ideas on the fly. They’ve also built in a moodboard creation feature so that users can collect their favorite visuals to inspire them in their work.
Late last week, Dribbble launched new profiles. The revised design features an updated header layout that contains most of the content that was previously positioned in a side bar, so that larger thumbnails are the primary experience on profiles.
PaperLater is a new service brought to users by Newspaper Club. It allows users take articles that they don’t want to read on screen, and delivers their content as a printed newspaper. It’s a beta program is only offered by invitation in the UK and costs £4.99 per an issue. This might be the most hipster digital platform of 2014.
Mou is the missing markdown editor for web developers on Mac OS X. It includes syntax highlighting, live preview, sync scroll, fullscreen mode and much more.
A fun fútbol based competition in which 2 dribbble shots are paired up for voting in reflection of the upcoming world cup matches. As you vote for your favorite designs in the matches, you score goals for the team designated for the shots you like.
Bonus: #DribbbleInviteFest is giving 60 dribbble invites through this platform. All you have to do is play to enter for a chance to win a Dribbble invite.
Bootsketch is a little Bootstrap 3 theme for wire framing web projects. Unlike the Bootstrap base theme, Bootsketch provides a sketch render to remove all design visuals when presenting prototypes to clients or during user testing.
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Pingboard is a modern company directory that helps you simplify your office operations. It’s a tool built for office managers that makes managing employee information easy and simple.
Vessyl is a beautifully designed smart cup that automatically knows and tracks what you’re drinking in real-time.
Did you find something we missed? Feel free to post any design news that you saw this week in the comments below to share them with the community.