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Design News for July 5 - 11

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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 5th through 11th, 2014.

    Format

    Format is a powerful online portfolio platform for creative professionals. It comes with dynamic, responsive themes that are designed to make your work look stunning on all modern browsers, smartphones and tablets. This is definitely one worth watching or trying out (14-day free trial!).

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    Jeremy Coward: Photographer’s Toolkit

    Jeremy Cowart is a talented photographer who is respected among designers and photographers alike. Recently, he tweeted about a new free digital toolkit that he’s releasing in which he shares his tips, insights and best practices.

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    Creative Market: Handpicked Bundle

    Did you see our latest handpicked bundle? For $39, you get a value bundle of design resources worth over $1,100. That’s 96% off the usual price of all of the individual assets included. It's already almost over so get it while you can!

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    Yeo+Lab

    Yeo+Lab is a Yeoman generator for Pattern Lab, a static site generator based on Brad Frost’s Atomic Design methodologies. This incredibly useful digital design tool is free to download and install.

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    Creativity For Sale

    Do you want to turn your passion into profit? Are you tired of working for other people? Need help getting exposure for your next great idea? If yes, then read this book by Jason Surfrapp, in which he gives readers an in-depth look at how he used unconventional thinking to turn one idea into a million dollar marketing business.

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    Electric Objects

    If you love art in your home, then help back this new framed high-definition screen and integration computer on Kickstarter that promises to bring all of the art on the Internet into your living room. It’s called the EO1 by Electric Objects.

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    Transactional Email: A Comprehensive Guide to Great Email Marketing

    Getting email marketing design right is tough. Read through this blog post by Get Vero, which offers five chapters of information regarding how to produce more effective emails.

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    Wunderlist

    Lists, lists, lists. Lists of lists. We love lists. Do you? You won’t want to miss Wunderlist 3, which promises to be the one list app to rule them all. Watch this Youtube video on the upcoming feature release, and in the meantime, download the current version for your iPhone in the App Store.

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    SunFriend

    Summer is in full effect because as you know, it's hot outside! If you’re looking for a way to track the healthiest amount of time that you should be out in the sun? Check out SunFriend, a UV monitor wearable created just for this task!

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    TGD Store & Poster

    The Great Discontent just launched their new store and a few goods too! Their folding, two-sided limited edition poster designed by Frank Chimero features a full-size photograph with a hand-written quote on the front, and features quotes at different sizes on the back — depending on how many times you fold it. For a mere $12, you get multiple pieces of inspiring art. Make sure to watch the video on this page too. Lastly, Issue One is now available through the site too!

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    OMFG Co: New Site

    The popular design studio OMFG Co. just release a brand new site full of excellent case studies and projects. In tandem with their new site launch, VSCO released a video feature about them on their blog, called Ingenuity and Hustle.

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    WineFolly: Wine Guide Infographic

    Do you prefer red or white? Check out this beautiful, simple infographic about wine for beginners, created by WineFolly.

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    Type Designers at Work

    Browse a Tumblr blog full of historic images of famous type designers hard work crafting beautiful typefaces.

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    Emmet

    Explore all that this essential tookit for web developers has to offer. Emmet is a javascript plugin for many popular text editors which greatly improves HTML & CSS workflow. Discover the hidden power features that Emmet offers, as outlined in this article by Jordan Moore.

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    The Origin of the Hamburger Menu

    Ever wonder where the Hamburger Menu came from? Dig into this Evernote conversation between Norm Cox and Geoff Alday to have a look at the history of this modern UI element of controversy. It goes all the way back to 1981.

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    The Meetup Guide

    Crafted with care by designer Ciera Holtzenhal (a member of the Creative Market community), The Meetup Guide is the quintessential, affordable bundle resource that contains documentation and assets that will help you create, plan and host a local event series.

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    How Many People Are In Space Right Now

    For the curious, this web page boldly displays how many people are currently in space right now.

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    DesignersMX Beta

    Designers MX is almost back, as it’s currently in beta testing now. Folks have been waiting a long time for this beloved music curation platform. Follow along as they shoot to launch the final product soon. Designed by the Paramore Digital team and Blake Allen.

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    Cereal Magazine: Travel & Lifestyle

    Check out this beautiful online magazine focused on traveling. Each volume captures the spirit of different locations to visit, and their secondary site — Guided by Cereal — contains a collection of bespoke online travel guides. Beautiful, inspiring stuff.

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    Dronestragram

    What happens when you combine drones and Instagram? You get Dronestragram, the first drone photography community. And, have a look at their recent photo contest with National Geographic. The impressive image of the eagle took 1st prize, but you can see all of the winning shots in this gallery.

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    Front App

    If you want to share inboxes with other folks, then Front App is for you. You can collaborate on customer support, hiring, sales, and much more!

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    Breach

    Breach is a browser for the HTML5 era. It’s written entirely in Javascript, and is free, modular and hackable. Grab the Alpha v0.3 and check out the future.

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    Echo: Economy of Hours

    Echo puts a whole new spin on business by trading time and skills, not cash or money. You give what you have and get what you need, on a per hour basis.

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    Dimensions Toolkit

    Have a look at this super friendly Chrome Extension for designers to test responsive websites. You can download it in the Chrome web store or try out the online version.

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    Button App

    Built for the mobile economy, Button helps users create and manage loyalty reward programs. Track engagement, re-activate lost customers, measure segment growth, test conversion ideas and much more!

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    Shout App

    The idea is pretty simple: Trade anything you own with people around you. Available in the App Store and coming to Android soon too.

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    API Changelog

    Do you use APIs from various popular web services? Don’t get caught off guard when APIs change. API Changelog monitors the docs of APIs that you depend on and send you notifications when they change. Very helpful. Currently, the platform is tracking 45 popular services.

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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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