✏ Issue #503: Give Your Creativity Some Space, Micro Invest, Exciting New Tools for Designers, 7 Steps to Building a Personal Brand, and more…

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Give Your Creativity Some Space

Creatives are under constant pressure to produce day-in, day-out. The repeated demands on our skills can result in lower quality work — forcing a design never works well. In this short post, Rafal Tomal offers seven simple tips for giving your creativity space, letting it breathe, and using the resulting calm to uncover new, interesting directions.

Micro Invest

If you’ve got a startup on the boil, you’ll know how often it’s moved to a back-burner so you can earn a living. Micro Invest is an awesome idea for connecting solo founders with solo investors, with the aim of paying a developer a six-month salary to focus on their project full-time. Submit your MVP, and receive support and micro-investment.

Apps On Demand

Developing mobile apps is a highly competitive industry, made all the more difficult to break into because we are so precious about the utilities we download to our pricey devices. Streaming apps offer many of the functionalities of regular apps but without the need to install them on a device. Chris Stokel-Walker investigates.


Superpowered is a handy Mac app for managing your meetings and messages with a single click. It’s ideal for freelancers managing their own busy schedule. There is a free forever plan that integrates with Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, Around, and WebEx; the pro version integrates with Slack and starts at $10 per month.

Exciting New Tools For Designers, September 2021

Every month we publish this popular guide to the most exciting new tools and resources for designers and developers we’ve found on the web in the previous four weeks. September means school’s back in session, so most of the entries this month have a learning focus, but you’ll still find tons of cool stuff, including some awesome free fonts.


If you value developing and honing new skills, then you’ll love the idea of Omnicourse, a new audio-course platform that covers more than 100 topics. World-class instructors teach courses that range from 5-minute learnbites to 3-hour full courses that you can hear whenever you want. You can apply to join the beta now.

What is a Personal Brand? 7 Steps to Building the Business of You

Your personal brand is a way to define yourself, mostly for yourself, but also as a way of connecting with the world. In this in-depth guide, Dayna Winter introduces seven steps to crafting your personal brand, beginning with an example of how to establish a personal brand statement and concluding with ways to nourish and maintain it.

15 Great Chrome Extensions for Web Designers and Developers

Browsers are no longer used for simply surfing the web; in 2021, a web browser is a working app; for many professionals, a web browser is the working app where they perform most of their daily tasks. This revolution has led to a wealth of available plugins for super-charging workflow. awwwards looks at 15 of the best for Chrome.

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✏ Issue #502: Why Hyperlinks Are Blue, Google’s Jaw-Dropping Image Upscaling, Rebooting the Web With Motion, 3 Essential Design Trends, and more…

Thursday, September 2, 2021

View this newsletter online Unsubscribe NEWSLETTER ISSUE #502 SEPTEMBER 2, 2021 Why Are Hyperlinks Blue? One of the most persistent design patterns on the web is that links are blue — assisted, no

✏ Issue #501: UI Cheat Sheet, 20 Best New Sites, How I Experience Web Today, Google Overhauls Webpage Titles, and more…

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✏ Issue #500: 11 Principles of Design, Work For Free Without Wrecking Your Career, Adobe MAX, Twitter’s New Font, and more…

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✏ Issue #499: Writing Great Alt Text, Intercom Brand Refresh, Exciting New Tools for Designers, Playbook, and more…

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View this newsletter online Unsubscribe NEWSLETTER ISSUE #499 AUGUST 12, 2021 What Are Accessibility Overlays Good For? Accessibility overlays are a highly contentious topic; some people argue that

✏ Issue #498: 3 Essential Design Trends, Get More Clients, Why We Love the Pastel Color Palette, Google Penalty Tools, and more…

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Now Hiring: Senior Interior Designer at Rinfret, Ltd. (and More!)

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✏ Issue #505: Mechanic, 21 Exceptional Google Fonts, How to Get Your First 1000 Subscribers, CSS Cascade Layers, and more…

Thursday, September 23, 2021

View this newsletter online Unsubscribe NEWSLETTER ISSUE #505 SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 Mechanic Mechanic is an open-source framework for building web-based design tools that can export assets right from your

Accessible Palette, Ocean Photography, Container Units, Div Soup, Motion One

Thursday, September 23, 2021

The 5 best design links, every day. Curated by a selection of great editors. Email not displaying properly? View browser version. Sidebar September 23 2021 Accessible Palette: stop using HSL for color

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Aston Martin Designs Hudson Valley Manse + More Real Estate News

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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✏ 18 Designs That Impacted 2021, 4 Tips for RWD, All the Details on iOS 15, and more…

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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Chrome 94, more CSS Paint API, gaps, focus outlines, and cascade layers. CSS Layout News Issue 321 By Rachel Andrew – 22 Sep 2021 – View online → Welcome to another issue of CSS Layout News. My own

Innovation by Design, iOS 15, Shape Rotations, CSS @when, Research Synthesis

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The 5 best design links, every day. Curated by a selection of great editors. Email not displaying properly? View browser version. Sidebar September 22 2021 Innovation by Design Awards 2021 fastcompany.

📆 Astonishing Calendar App UIs + 🏆 Challenge Updates

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Jump Into This Week's Designer Digest 🤾‍♀️ First off, we'd like to congratulate Tariqul Islam, the winner of our latest 🍳Recipe App Challenge! Next off, don't forget that the second week to

The 5 Lighting Trends Ruling 2021

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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