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Weekly Web / Design News Round Up

By | September 25, 2015

Weekly web news round up

We hope everyone has had as great of a week as we have here at S2N Design! Instead of focusing on the typical news for this edition of our Web / Design News Round Up, we’ve had a great time exploring some of the more unusual and actually useful tools that we and other designers and web developers haven’t been using but need to start taking advantage of now. Well, we did include two fun visual items that were too good not to share, but I doubt you will mind a little time wasting very much. Now read on and enjoy this week’s “news” as much as we enjoyed putting it together!

3D Animations: Mattias Peresini; 2D Animations: Thomas Charier of Mattrunks

Color Picker Tool

The Color Picker Tool is actually just one of this small bundle of powerful tools. Just pick a color, any color, and this site will tell you everything you could possibly need to know about it: HTML color codes, Hex color codes, RGB and HSL values, complimentary colors, triadic colors, and more! Check out the Color Chart page for interactive flat design, Material design, and web safe color charts, and the Color Names page for all 140 named colors supported by modern browsers.

ColorHunt

Looking for a pre-made color combo? Need a little inspiration while assembling your own palette? Or do you just have some time to kill and want to look at something pretty? Anyone can submit a color combination to this site where users are allowed to like, rate, and utilize palettes to their hearts’ content.

necessary programs to load on your device means a more streamlined user experience, which is kind of nice, if you ask us.

Musician Emojis

Now you’ve got your colors all selected and ready to go, take a little break with this fun site’s collection of app-style emojis of popular musicians.

Font Flame

Alrighty, back to work! But this is work you’ll enjoy: selecting a font pairing you love with Font Flame. Self-described as “Tinder for font pairing,” this site allows you to “hate” or “love” various suggested font pairings, view trending and curated pairings, and automatically keeps a track record of fonts that you’ve “loved” in the past.

iOS9 Sketching ToolKit

We found this kit of pre-made GUI elements quite handy for designing for iOS. And if you have $50 to spare and are new to the field, the Design+Code digital book looks like it may be a pretty good investment while you’re at it.

Rejected Google Logos

And finally, when you are looking at how many concepts you’ve poured yourself into but had to scrap, take heart by taking a look at these logos created by Google but scrapped in favor of the one we’ve become accustomed to over the past couple of weeks. You may have seen these at a distance in a previous photo, but this link shows them in all their glory at a better resolution.

Worst site of the week:

And last but not least, here’s the link you’ve all been waiting for. The Goetz Theatre looks to be a great old place built in 1931 in Monroe, Wisconsin, making the horrendousness of this site all the more sad. A perfect example of why responsive is the way to go, this site is next to impossible to make heads or tails of on a mobile browser. No matter your platform, these colors may be hazardous to your eye health, so don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Now that your eyes have (hopefully) readjusted themselves back to the real world real internet, we hope you’re ready to get back to work harder, better, faster, stronger with this little collection of design tools in your arsenal. Do you have a favorite design tool we didn’t mention in today’s Web / Design News Round Up? If so, please tell us all about it with a comment below! And don’t get so busy having fun at work next week that you forget to join us for yet another Web / Design News Round Up next Friday! Happy designing, y’all.