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


The days are getting shorter and the shadows longer. There’s no better time to curl up with a warm laptop (and possibly a pumpkin latte) and learn some new skills.

We’ve chosen five tools and tricks sure to make your work life a bit sunnier.

Take that, seasonal affective disorder!


Learn How To Take A Punch

“The logo is too small.” “It doesn’t.... you know, pop.” “My wife really likes blue.”

Everyone’s a critic, right? Well, it’s one thing when someone is armchair quarterbacking, quite another when a client criticizing your work to your face.

London-based art director Antonio Pratas gives you the training you’ll need to bob, weave, and yes, take that punch.

See you on the ropes!

Designer Hangout

Designer Hangout

If you’re a UX pro, then Designer Hangout is definitely the place you should be.... um, hanging.

With over 5,000 members, it’s got to be the most active UX design community on the planet.

Best of all, because it has a high barrier for entry (every member needs to be pre-vetted) you’re guaranteed lots of high-quality discussions, debates, and resources every time you pop in.


wA11y – The Web Accessibility Toolbox WordPress Plugin

Developed by Rachel Carden, an accessibility advocate and software engineer at Disney Interactive, the wA11y plugin gives you scads of tools to check and correct your WordPress site’s accessibility. Handy, eh?

If you’d like a walk through of the plugin before you install (plus a comparison of other accessibility tools), check out Claire Brotherton’s insightful post at A Bright Clear Web.


A Designer’s Guide to Working With Style Guides & Style Tiles

We’ve been fans of Samantha Warren since her Style Tiles presentation at An Event Apart. So we’re happy to see the folks at HongKiat covering her amazing work.

UX designer Jake Rocheleau guides you through the process and tells you the benefits of creating Style Tiles and Style Guides. It’s a great primer on how both work, even if you think you’ll never need to make one. (BTW, you probably will.)


A Deep Dive Into Axure 8: A Comprehensive Review

Let Smashing Magazine take you on a deep dive into the inky depths of Axure RP 8, fresh out of beta. Pierre Croft gives a detailed look at the new tools, features, and enhancements found inside. He also lets you know how they will affect your day-to-day workflow.

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