23 Exciting New Tools for Designers, February 2021
We’re going to try something a little different this month; with this roundup of tools and resources for designers, we’re going to pick a few of our favorites and group everything else in a manner that makes it even easier to find elements that will work for you, and your projects, right now.
Here’s what’s new for designers this month…
February’s Top Picks
Pika is a new Mac app that is an open-source color picker. It helps you find color swatches on-screen, saving time and design headaches. Plus, it’s packed with bonuses such as the ability to confirm accessibility compliance for colors, compact size and style, easy to access from your desktop, and format-friendly with plenty of color code options.
Iconduck is a searchable database of more than 100,000 icons in one place. (No more searching various marketplaces!) The goal of the project is to make open-source icons and illustrations more accessible. So, everything you find here is free! The site does all the heavy lifting for you by collecting icon sets, tagging them, and making them searchable.
Descript is a premium tool that eliminates some of the intimidation factors with audio and video editing. With a design that functions as a word document and allows you to transcribe, record the screen, publish, and edit, all with some cool AI features.
Persona is an all-in-one identity infrastructure that allows you to collect, verify, manage, and decide customer identities from a single dashboard. Everything is fully automated, and most users can be up and running in about 10 minutes. The premium tool does have a free version for small-scale verifications.
6 Productivity Boosters
Peekalink turns standard links into rich content that users will be delighted to share and engage in. And it’s easy to use. Just send a request to the API with a link and get a response back to use, including a rich link for your project.
LinkAce is an open-source and self-hosted archive to store and organize links that you want to save. You can search thanks to tags and lists, and all of the content is available thanks to automated backups and monitoring. There’s a demo you can try before installing it yourself.
Formality is a WordPress plugin that helps you make forms a little bit easier. It’s made to work with the Gutenberg-based form builder with a single block format to control the form. The plugin has a theme-agnostic design that works with any layout style and includes customizations to make it feel a little more personal.
The Editor X website builder is out of beta and ready for mainstream use. The platform is designed for designers and agencies to create websites collaboratively and quicker. Features include live commenting, roles and permissions, and shared design libraries. Plus, the platform offers code-free interactions.
2 Icon Sets
Plumpy Icons are packed with style. The set of icons has a fun design, comes in duotone colors, and scales to any size. Plus, there are more than 4,000 icons in the collection. There are free and paid options depending on the file type and use.
3 Tutorials and Demos
Noise Planets is a fun look at plotting random points in a circle to create amazing art pieces. You can generate fun shapes and textures and even animate your results with the tutorial and code snippets’ help.
CSS Polygon Shapes
CSS Polygon Shapes are generated using CSS-doodle and clip-path. You can go in and make adjustments to customize shapes further and use them in your website projects.
Mutsuacen is a little app that lets you create animated and interactive drawings. There’s a lot of potential with this tool if you have some true drawing chops, but it not; it’s just fun to play with. Create a doodle or sketch and export.
5 Fresh Fonts and Text Tools
Text Warping – Animated
Covid Pandemic Lockdown
- ^ Pika (superhighfives.com)
- ^ Iconduck (iconduck.com)
- ^ Persona (withpersona.com)
- ^ Peekalink (www.peekalink.io)
- ^ Formality (formality.dev)
- ^ Wondercall (tico.chat)
- ^ Editor X (www.editorx.com)
- ^ Shareful (apps.apple.com)
- ^ Supercons (supercons.vercel.app)
- ^ Plumpy Icons (icons8.com)
- ^ Noise Planets (avinayak.github.io)
- ^ Mutsuacen (mutsuacen.com)
- ^ Text Warping – Animated (codepen.io)
- ^ Gazpacho (www.myfonts.com)
- ^ Stay Home (www.dafont.com)
- ^ Dogmeal Figure (www.fontspace.com)
- ^ Haster (www.1001freefonts.com)
- ^ Covid Pandemic Lockdown (www.fontspace.com)
- ^ Valeria (www.dafont.com)
- ^ Cornellia (www.fontspace.com)
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