Newsletters > Issue #46: 🎁 Unwrapping the New Framer and ✍️ Announcing unDraw

🎁 Unwrapping the New Framer and ✍️ Announcing unDraw

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas. We hope you enjoy unwrapping your gifts today as much as we enjoyed unwrapping the new Framer this week. Check it out in section 2, along with loads more new tools waiting for you under the tree πŸŽ„.

Also, for some Christmas laughs, check out this face-controlled game called Wacky Faces πŸ€ͺ (since we covered face controlled apps last week).

Hope you enjoy this Christmas issue! πŸŽ…πŸ»

Top Reads This Week

7 recommended reads from our publication and beyond

1. Announcing unDraw

Katerina Limpitsouni announces the launch of unDraw – “A constantly updated collection of MIT licensed illustrations you can use on your designs, websites, apps and any project really!”

Check it out!

2. My journey with pure CSS images

Eleftheria Batsou tells us why and how she started drawing pure CSS images during her journey through #100DaysOfCode.

Read the post

3. Happy Holidays! Here’s 2017 In Review

The Designlab team look back at their top design moments from the past year. From Dropbox’s rebranding to Nintendo Switch!

Review 2017

4. Why Windows 98’s User Onboarding is Better Than Yours

Benjamin Brandall revisits Microsoft’s 1995 Interface Guidelines, showing how these guidelines were ahead of their time.

Read the post

5. A Tinder Progressive Web App Performance Case Study

Addy Osmani analyses Tinder’s new responsive Progressive Web Appβ€Šβ€”β€ŠTinder Online, walking us through some web performance learnings.

Read the post

6. Advice to a junior designer

Nicola Rushton shares some of the things she wish she’d known back when she was just starting out as a designer.

Read the post

7. Top 5 Graphic Design Trends in 2018

From old favourites to new trends, Joanna Ngai predicts things that could make your designs stand out in 2018.

Read the post

Tools and Guides of the Week

7 tools and guides this week

1. Unwrapping the New Framer 🎁

Here’s our official review of Framer’s feature-complete screen design tool that was released during the last week. Will it replace Sketch?

Read the review

2. Meet Alva

Alva is a radically new design tool letting you design products based on the same react components used for production.

Meet Alva

3. UI Jar

Here’s a great app full of hand-picked design concepts from Dribbble that are adaptable and useful for real life projects.

Check it out!

4. Designing the Real Thing with Haiku Actions

Taylor Poe shows us how to use Actions in Haiku to create an interactive design, with everything produced being usable on iOS, Android, and the Web.

Read the tutorial

5. Photoshop for designers who don’t use Photoshop.

A series of video tutorials for designers using screen design tools (like Sketch, Figma…) but still need to do some image retouching here and there.

Find out more

6. Ether

Ether is a modular base for any design system. It helps you build your design system faster now, and keep it from breaking later.

Make design systems

7. Color Timesaver

Fernando Comet has put together a useful Sketch file that lets you experiment with colour palettes using Sketch symbols.

Get the Sketch file

πŸ‘‹ Thanks for reading

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