Later this week I hope to do a proper write-up on this project, but while it’s still “hot off the press”, here’s a link to my latest work: thrifttrac.com. I designed and built the site in less than one week, just in time for my client’s appearance at a tradeshow this evening. In addition, I also designed the ThriftTrac logo.
Key tools I used in building this site were:
Atomic is a beautiful looking prototype software. I especially love how it allows for collaboration and features a “visual version history”.
Design – Work your way up from a blank canvas, or pull in designs from Photoshop or Sketch.
Prototype – Lay out your states and instantly animate between them, without coding a thing.
Share – Share your prototypes with anyone or view on any device via a humble URL.
Source: Atomic: Interface design software for professionals
Carbo is an iPad app for capturing your writings and drawings. Once you’ve brought them into your device, it gives you options for making edits, organizing, and more. It seems similar to Adobe Shape CC, but has more features.
Carbo is an application for people who love handwriting. Just use your favorite pen and paper as you usually do, without any constraint. Carbo will let you capture, edit, and organize your notes, design sketches, and whiteboard drawings, bringing handwriting into the digital age.
This is the most interesting and exciting news to come out of Automattic (parent company of WordPress) in a while. I’m intrigued to see how WooCommerce evolves.
Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg announced today that the company has acquired WooCommerce, WordPress’ most popular e-commerce platform. The plugin recently passed seven million downloads and stats from BuiltWith show that WooCommerce is dominating global e-commerce platforms, powering roughly 30% of all online stores.This is Automattic’s largest acquisition to date, bringing 55 new employees into the company from 16 countries for a total of 370 Automatticians. Mullenweg confirmed that the acquisition includes Woo, Sensei, and all of the other plugins and themes.
Source: Automattic Acquires WooCommerce
If you know how to code, it won’t take you long to grasp how handy this is: Deck of Cards API. It features an interface for:
- shuffling the deck
- drawing a card
- reshuffling the cards
- getting a brand new deck
- getting a partial deck
- adding to piles
- drawing from piles
pdfmake would make a nice addition to any project where you need to generate PDFs. Seeing how easy it is to implement has me thinking of how I could use it to generate highly styled documents in all manner of apps (e.g. invoices, charts, reports, etc).
In-browser – Print PDFs directly in the browser or delegate it to your NodeJS backend. Use the same document definition in both cases.
Fully declarative – Forget about manual x, y calculations. Declare document structure and let pdfmake do the rest.
Powerful layout engine – Use paragraphs, columns, lists, tables, canvas, etc… Declare your own styles, use custom fonts, build a DSL and extend the framework.
Watch Roman Mars’s TEDTalk on city flags. In case you’ve never heard of him, he’s the host of one of my favorite podcasts, 99% Invisible.
Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don’t have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything. ~ TED.com
This is one of the best stop-motion Lego animations I’ve seen in a while. It combines a child’s imagination with some very creative brick-work.
I’ve long been a fan of Paper by FiftyThree, grabbing the app when it was first released. Then I also bought their stylus, Pencil. Combine the app and the hardware, and you’ve got a really natural drawing interface on your iPad.
Now, FiftyThree has updated Paper with a new set of tools: Think. Given my inclination for precision, these are my favorite kind of drawing tools. Via its “intention engine”, the Think toolset lets you quickly draw all manner of shapes, fill them with color, and cut, copy, and move them around. That means I can create diagrams, charts, and mockups with just the right combination of polish and “hard-drawn” feel.
Think Kit’s Diagram, Fill, and Cut tools make it fast and easy to draw charts, diagrams, graphs, flows, wireframes, and models. Use them to sketch perfect shapes and connectors, and create presentation-ready visual model. Anything you create can then be exported directly to PowerPoint, Keynote, or your favorite iPad apps, and shared with colleagues everywhere.
Source: Think with Paper by FiftyThree
This looks to be a very handy resource for your next design project: Makerbook. The site has oodles of links to Photography, Mockup, Graphics, Textures, Audio, Video, etc sites.
A hand-picked directory of the best free resources for creatives.
Source: Makerbook – The best free resources for creatives.