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


May is the best month to start getting your skills into Summer Shape.

Whether you’re a fan of CSS-FIT or just like working your apps, check out this month’s offering of cool tools, tips, and tricks to start looking and feeling good!


How to Fix Design

99U asked twelve leading designers and creatives the opportunity to point out what they thought was the most pressing issue in the field of design right now—and how they would fix it.

This article is a terrific opportunity to see how today’s leading problem solvers tackle issues inside their own industry.


Heroine Interview with Debbie Millman

Hosted by writer and women's leadership coach Majo Molfino, the Heroine podcast features “life journeys and down-to-earth conversations with women creative leaders and risk-takers – ordinary women who do extraordinary things because they embrace the unknown.”

That’s a list that includes the CEO & co-founder of The Noun Project, the Head of User Experience Design at Airbnb, and the author of “Feminist Fight Club.

This episode features design legend (and writer, educator, artist, brand consultant, and host of the radio show Design Matters) Debbie Millman. It’s an insightful hour-long interview that covers everything from her dark childhood days to becoming a brand consultant to circling back to her “true creative spirit.”


How to Build a Custom Email with Foundation for Email

Everyone understands that building HTML emails is a pain. Doubly so when they’re responsive.

This article on WebDesignerDepot covers the framework Foundation for Emails (formerly Ink) to show you how to get up and running using a custom template that writer/ developer Andy Leverenz used for his own branding agency.


OK GO’s “The One Moment”

This one belongs under the Inspiration category. If you haven’t had the chance to watch this video from Chicago-based band OK GO, take a moment to get inspired.

Most of the footage for this music video was shot in just 4.2 seconds.

The band and the folks at Park Pictures slowed it down to give you 4 minutes of awesome.

So, let’s count that out: 4 seconds of footage, 4 minutes for you to get inspired, and 40 minutes for you to watch all the How To videos to see how they pulled it off.


It’s Time To Start Using CSS Custom Properties

Ready for some hot CSS debates?

Lead front end developer and CSS/ JavaScript fanboy Serg Hospodarets wrote this article on custom properties for Smashing Magazine that’s led to a rather well-used comment section.

Agree or disagree, it’s well worth the read.

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