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5 Great Tools and Tricks for Designers and Developers (March 2016)

5 Great Tools and ...

Stop the madness!

Check out these 5 great tools and tricks to keep your work life from getting out of bounds. 


How Designers Worked in 2015

Avocode, the web-based program that enables designers to go from PSD or Sketch to code, compiled this snappy infographic that takes a closer look at the 2015 usage behavior of designers using Sketch and Photoshop.

With over 1,000 designs uploaded every day, they’ve got a lot of amazing intel on choices of styling, fonts, and even the eternal debate: square vs. rounded buttons.



From a little international company named Google, Resizer allows you to quickly view responsive websites in a variety of sizes.

While it won’t help you design an entire site, it’s perfect for testing breakpoints, responsive grids and surface behaviors, and UI patterns for material design.

Simple Icons

Simple Icons

It’s been around for a few years, but there’s a good chance in the flurry-of-new-web-things you might have missed Dan Leech’s incredibly useful icon set.

From to Zillow, here’s hundeds of PNG icons for popular websites, apps, and organizations, all in eleven sizes (16, 24, 32, 48, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048 and 4096 pixels squared).

Do be aware that these most of these logos are trademarked (but we didn’t need to tell you that, did we?)

Color Hunter

Color Hunter

Here’s a handy tool for creating palettes, especially if you’re starting your work from an existing image.

Enter search terms, hex color codes, image URLs, or uploaded images into Color Hunter, and BOOM, magic pallet. You can even search by tags, which pulls up thumbnail results from Flickr.

 Need to keep track of your favorite palettes? No problem, accounts are free!

 Using Flexbox

Using Flexbox Today

A great primer on the power of Flexbox, Chris Wright’s article outlines a strategy for adding its value to your projects and provides examples of how to enhance current layouts with Flexbox. Card layouts, split screen layouts, pinned layouts, newspaper and ad units, multi-column layouts, as well as dashboards, they’re all here!

Have any additions on our Top 5? Let us know, we’d love to add ‘em!

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