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13 New apps, resources & goodies for Web designers that you need to check out

13 New apps, resources & goodies for Web designers that you need to check out
Harrison Weber
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Harrison Weber

Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email. Harrison Weber is TNW's Features Editor in NYC. Part writer, part designer. Stay in touch: Twitter @harrisonweber, Google+ and Email.

Given the fast pace of anything remotely related to the Internet, it’s no surprise that Web designers are constantly creating something new. Sometimes the results are absolutely hilarious, while others are innovative and highly useful. Today, we’re going to focus on the latter, with an assortment of new tools and resources discovered by our readers.

Of course this isn’t a definitive list and there’s room for more. If we left out a resource or tool that deserved a mention, definitely share it with us in the comments below!

Scroll Kit

While I’ve never been a fan of site builders, there’s something refreshing about the way Scroll Kit operates. The possibilities vary based on the user’s taste, but all in all, the grid and text-dominant editor is quite useful. You might also want to check out Breezi and Spinto.

➤ Scroll Kit



Skeleton is a small collection of CSS & JS files that can help you rapidly develop sites that look beautiful at any size, be it a 17″ laptop screen or an iPhone. Skeleton is built on three core principles: Responsive Grid Down To Mobile, Fast to Start and Style Agnostic.

➤ Skeleton


Responsive Design Test Bookmarklet

This bookmarklet is a simple tool that allows you to instantly check the responsiveness of any site you’re on. Simply click it and you’re brought to a new page that shows you the site in various sizes. For more on responsive design, you might also want to check out Resize My Browser.

➤ Responsive Design Test Bookmarklet


Box of Bundles

Box of Bundles is exactly that: A monthly, totally free and collaborative bundle of freebies, created by amazing designers all around the globe. Think UI templates, login forms, share buttons and much more.

➤ Box of Bundles



Invision is a UI prototyping tool for creating interactive prototypes and high-fidelity wireframes. If you’re looking for a tool that sits right in your browser, this is one to check out.

➤ Invision



Layercake, from the creators of Espresso, just recently launched as a tool for expediting the process of making your PSD ready for the Web. You can learn more from our full review of the app.

➤ Layercake



Temboo brings over 60 APIs into one place. “We’re the universal API for the cloud. Our SDK integrates directly into your dev environment just like any other library, except ours is way more powerful, like a gorilla!”

➤ Temboo



Parse adds a powerful and scalable backend in minutes for your mobile app. The free plan is surprisingly generous, but it certainly isn’t for everyone.

➤ Parse


Air Display

Cheekily described, “Ever wish you had an extra monitor for your Mac or PC? There’s an app for that!” The app connects tons of devices together, turning your iPhone, iPad, Android device or extra computer into a second display.

➤ Air Display


Typekit Lists

This one wasn’t tipped, but is worth a second look. Typekit’s Lists are a valuable tool for growing your understanding of typography; online and offline. There are plenty of other collections to enjoy, including condensed headline fontsfat faces and long form. Read more in our review of TypeKit Lists.

➤ Typekit’s Lists


While you’re at it, you might also want to check out Edding 850: A free modular font, 5 awesome free query plugins and TNW’s look at animated typography.

Once again, if we missed a favorite new tool, resource or goodie of yours, feel free to share it in the comments below!

Thanks to @bloginNYC,
@JeffBajayo ,
@DrGrifff and
@Sunny_Nagra, for tipping!

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