Top 33: Design News for Sep. 27 - Oct. 3

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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 September 27th through October 3rd, 2014.

    1. MailChimp Email Design Guide

    A useful guide filled with tips and advice to help you convey your message in style. Learn how to better use images, fonts, call to actions and more. Provided by MailChimp.

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    2. Dead Pixel Society

    A growing collection of pop culture references rendered in beautiful pixel artwork. Produced by a handful of committed icon designers.

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    3. Panels.Scotch.io

    A simple off-canvas jquery plugin that’ll help you build hamburger menu panels for your websites. Browse 30 examples of it in use. Free for personal use, and affordable for commercial use too.

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    4. Hoefler & Frere-Jones Lawsuit Settled

    The most dramatic feud in the design industry has quietly come to end. Read speculation on how type stars Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones settled their bitter lawsuit on Fast Co. Design.

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    5. You’re My Favorite Client

    Snag the newest A List Apart book by Mike Monteiro called You’re My Favorite Client. Mike demystifies the design process and helps you prepare for your role as design lead in your client projects.

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    6. Studio Ghibli Wallpapers

    If you love Miyazaki’s anime features such as Spirited Away and Totoro, then you won’t want to miss this list of 100 free digital wallpapers of Studio Ghibli films.

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    7. Path Talk

    Path Talk is the first standalone app from Dave Morin’s Path social networking enterprise, and it’s planned to let you text with businesses instead of calling them.

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    8. AirTraffic.io

    A new piece of software released by the tiny Bold agency. AirTraffic helps small teams organize and streamlines sales leads.

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    9. SamCard App

    Scan business cards with your smart phone’s camera to automatically add the person’s contact information to your address book.

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    10. Affinity Design

    After 4 years in the making, this vector art creation software has just launched! It’s only $39 and available in the App Store.

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    11. Bass CSS

    A lightweight, modular collection of base element styles, utilities, layout modules and color styles designed for speed, performance and scalability. This CSS toolkit is based on OOCSS principles.

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    12. Random Gradient Generator

    Roll the dice and be served a colorful gradient from a pool of 274,941,996,890,625+ choices.

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    13. Dropbox.com/Guide

    Explore user and admin guides for this well-designed digital rand. Learn how to sync, share and manage your files, or take control of your business account and learn how to manage your team.

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    14. Mobile Web App Checklist

    Browse a list of best practices to consider when planning, designing and building a mobile app.

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    15. draGGradients

    Create custom css radial gradients by dragging the points in this web app.

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    16. Design Gangs

    A fun side project by the talented Matt Stevens in which he has made badge logos for design gangs on Dribbble.

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    17. David McLeod Typography

    Enjoy a collection of beautifully illustrated type and lettering by designer David McLeod.

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    18. Make App Icon

    Drop your design file in the on-page toaster drop zone, and this convenient service will generate all of the app icon sizes you’ll need for your app!

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    19. Lemonade V2

    In need of a responsive grid system? Try Lemonade — a customizable grid made with Sass.

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    20. Design By Typing

    Enjoy a collection of screencasts on using Vim, Git, Unix, HTML and OOCSS as design tools.

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    21. Harp.io

    Effortless web publishing through Dropbox. Harp.io is a pretty simple way to get your sites and apps online.

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    22. Responsive Tabbed Navigation

    Offered up for download by CodeHouse, this helpful free navigation kit is optimized for mobile, offered in both horizontal and vertical menu positioning, and is supported by most browsers.

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    23. Karma

    Take portable wifi with you wherever you go. Karma has a no-nonsense pricing structure where you’ll pay only for what you use of their nationwide coverage. Pre-order now.

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    24. Bootstrap Icons

    A cheat sheet of all existing Bootstrap icons.

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    25. Nusii

    Deliver simple, beautiful proposals without fighting software or digging through old files. Have a better chance at winning those RFPs! Created by Nathan Powell of Handmade Studio.

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    26. Gumroad iOS App

    Do you use Gumroad to sell goods directly to your audience? If so, you’ll want to encourage your buyers to use their new app, which lets customers read, listen to and watch products purchased via Gumroad.

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    27. Deebs Fundraise Posters

    Coordinated by Dana Tanamachi, browse this charity poster shop to help Tyler & Noel Deeb raise funds to adopt their newest son from China. Many talented designers contributed designs worth snatching up!

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    28. HuBoard

    HuBoard is the best way to iron out your GitHub issues, and it’s built from the ground up using the public API.

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    29. Webplate

    A framework like no other. Webplate is an awesome front-end framework that lets you stay focused on building your site or app while the remaining really easy to use.

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    30. Gerstnerizer

    Generate fascinating geometric-based line patterns with this sweet little web app.

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    31. 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest

    This week, National Geographic Magazine has opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on October 31, 2014. The grand prize? $10,000 and a trip to their HQ to participate in their annual photography seminar.

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    32. Dribbble Buy Button

    Dribbble announced that they’re planning to roll out an option for players to add a purchase link if their shot, and Creative Market is one of their first featured partners.

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    33. Prott

    Rapid prototyping for iOS. Capture an idea, add animation, sync multiple screens in realtime and preview your work in progress with others! Available in the App Store.

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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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