Exciting New Tools for Designers, December 2020
Jumpstart your next design project or speed up a workflow with some of these new tools and resources. With so many new tools being developed all the time, you are almost certain to find something that can help you with projects.
Here’s what new for designers this month.
Everypixel Patterns solves a common design problem: Creating seamless patterns with graphic editors is such a long and exhausting process. That’s why some people choose to get patterns from stock websites but that can be a challenge too (and difficult to search). This tool makes getting patterns less time-consuming. It includes a gallery of well-designed content, which you can customize and edit as needed.
Lobe is a machine learning app from Microsoft that helps you create and train models. Start by showing the app examples of what you want it to learn and it will train a model for you. The tool is pretty easy to understand and you don’t need or experience or code knowledge to use it and you can train an app for free on your computer.
Laser Cat is a silly and fun Google Chrome extension that adds a cartoon cat to your browser that allows you to zap away anything you want to remove in the browser window. It’s light and fun. Go play!
Pattern Collect is a curated gallery of patterns by various designs and illustrators. You can download patterns for use in projects or submit your own to share with the design community. The library is searchable and you can get new patterns via email if you subscribe.
CSS Clip Path Editor
CSS Clip Path Editor is a cool little pen by Mads Stoumann that puts an image inside of almost any clip path you can imagine. There are presets to choose from or you can adjust the settings and paths to create your own image shape.
Responsive & Configurable SVG Waves
Overlay is a plugin for Figma or Sketch that transforms components and symbols into clean and reusable React, Vue, or HTML code. The benefit? Use it to create more consistent websites and design systems more quickly and in a pixel-perfect manner.
List.js is a library for adding search, sort, filters, and flexibility to tables, lists, and other HTML elements. It is built so that it will work on existing HTML and be invisible. Plus, it is simple to install and use.
What Are Design Tokens?
Design tokens are a “hot term” says Andy Bell. So, he wrote an explainer that breaks down what they are and how they might look in a standard data format like JSON. Read the explainer and you’ll be able to identify design tokens and understand them.
SVG Path Editor
Draggable Blend Generator
Draggable Blend Generator does just what the name implies. Change the blend mode of a background and foreground using a draggable tool so that you can see the changes in real time. Just enter the URL of a background image or pattern and color swatch and you are ready to go.
Jam Wand is a “magic wand” for making changes on your website, starting with copy. Click on any text, edit it, and submit the change to GitHub to be merged into the code. Copy changes as easy as click, type, and click again. (This tool is still in beta.)
Boost UI Kit
Itmeo Market is a new online graphics marketplace with exclusive and ready-to-use templates for a variety of projects. Templates include elements for logos, UI kits, graphic elements, Instagram templates, landing pages, and more. (This is a paid/subscription-based resource.)
- ^ Everypixel Patterns (www.everypixel.com)
- ^ Multiavatar (multiavatar.com)
- ^ Lobe (lobe.ai)
- ^ Laser Cat (chrome.google.com)
- ^ Pattern Collect (patterncollect.com)
- ^ FarbVelo (farbvelo.elastiq.ch)
- ^ CSS Clip Path Editor (codepen.io)
- ^ Responsive & Configurable SVG Waves (codepen.io)
- ^ Veed (www.veed.io)
- ^ Overlay (overlay-tech.com)
- ^ List.js (github.com)
- ^ Design tokens (piccalil.li)
- ^ SVG Path Editor (yqnn.github.io)
- ^ Operator Lookup (www.joshwcomeau.com)
- ^ Beacon (www.gethubble.io)
- ^ Plaiceholder (plaiceholder.co)
- ^ Machine Translation (lingvanex.com)
- ^ Draggable Blend Generator (codepen.io)
- ^ Jam Wand (jam.dev)
- ^ Boost UI Kit (boost.monster)
- ^ Romanizer (schascha.github.io)
- ^ Itmeo Market (itmeo.com)
- ^ Bellmoco Handcola (www.dafont.com)
- ^ Bondie (www.fontspace.com)
- ^ Bovino (www.dafont.com)
- ^ Estilistica (www.1001fonts.com)
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