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5 Great Tools and Tricks for Designers and Developers (January 2017)


How are those New Year's resolutions working out for you?

If you just answered, “Why don’t you ask me again next month,” we’re here to help.

Just read one (or more) of our January tools and tricks and get that “learn something new” resolution done right now.

Then you can save jumping on the scale for another day.

Comic Sans: The Man Behind the World’s Most Contentious Font

Oh the humanity! True, this video doesn’t need much of an introduction to make it incredibly compelling.

Suffice it to say that if you’ve ever wondered who could have unleashed such font depravity (and can stomach seeing Comic Sans in action), this video is certainly worth a watch.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.


PRINT Magazine’s 25 of the Best Design Books of the Year

Didn’t get everything what you wanted this holiday season? Did Aunt Peggy get you wool socks again? Well, you can still treat yourself and get a nice business tax write off to boot (pun intended).

Add a little inspiration to your 2017 by checking out PRINT’s list of the best design books of 2016. From Paul Rand’s A Designer’s Art to the Art of Charley Harper, there’s going to be something you just have to buy from this list.

Hey, you might be so inspired that you design a nice thank you card for Aunt Peggy.

Could happen.

Smashing Magazine

GPU Animation: Doing It Right

Smashing Magazine finally gives a simple answer to the question, “How do I get smooth animation from the GPU?”

Well, semi-simple, as it’s a fairly long post.

Front end developer Sergey Chikuyonok takes you through the proper steps to ensure you create smooth animations that don’t crash browsers.


6 reasons your logos fail

No, TNW didn’t write this post after Mozilla unveiled their hotly debated new logo. (It led Engadget to exclaim, “Who'd have thought crowdsourcing ideas would lead to something so ordinary?”)

Rather it’s a terrific primer on creating great logos that don’t disappoint.

It’s also the perfect read for that client who is dying for you to design them a logo that is “really amazing and super cheap.”


Font Game

This "rather difficult font game" from I Love Typography tests your general knowledge of fonts by displaying 34 samples. Each answer is multiple choice—you click one of four answers and then move on to the next question.

A bit too difficult? Try Cheese or Font? You just have to guess whether the suggested name belongs to a cheese or a font. It’s not only easier than Font Game, but immensely more appetizing.

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