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5 Terrific Design and Development Tools from An Event Apart San Diego

Source: An Event Apart

With three days and 12 amazing speakers from the design, development, and UX worlds, it was hard to pare the great tools suggested down to just five from AEA San Diego, but we can’t keep you here all day.

Besides, once you hear what kind of a mind-blowing conference this is, we’re fairly certain you’ll want to register for the remaining four shows of 2015.

1. Typecast

Dan Mall

Dan Mall

Taking us through his redesign of the TechCrunch site, award-winning art director and designer Dan Mall showed us the power of Typecast. It’s an easy way to browse and use type libraries and export production-ready HTML and CSS (or share by URL). Perfect for quickly creating and sharing a multitude of mock ups. Speed to getting work in front of clients was one of the the main points of his presentation.

2. Pattern Lab

Brad Frost

Brad Frost

In his Style Guide Best Practices presentation, Brad Frost showed us Pattern Lab, his amazing little open source tool created to help you create atomic design systems. If that wasn’t enough oomph to get us onboard, speaker Dan Mall also suggested using it in his talk. We’re in!

3. Web Ahead Podcast

Jen Simmons

Jen Simmons

Before the talented designer Jen Simmons, instructed us to get out of our Layout Rut, Jeffrey Zeldman mentioned the fantastic podcast that she hosts and executive produces, The Web Ahead. Interviews include Jeffrey, Eric Meyer, Jason Santa Maria, and tons of other leaders from the design and development community.

4. The Noun Project

Chris Coyier

Chris Coyier

Closing keynote and designer at CodePen Chris Coyier pointed us to The Noun Project, an ever growing library of free, downloadable icons representing objects and concepts. Need an icon for taking a shower? Type “shower” into the search box and BANG! Talk about helpful.

5. Boardthing

Kevin Hoffman

Kevin M. Hoffman

Information designer/architect and founder of Seven Heads Design Kevin M. Hoffman showed us the beta of Boardthing, a flexible, web-based brainstorming tool. It’s the invention of Dave Gray, who authored the groundbreaking book for innovation facilitation Gamestorming. We’ve already requested an invite, let us know when you get your access!

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