Our friends over Figma have recently wrapped their first conference titled: 'Config' that happened in San Francisco, California. With more than 1000 attendees, they announced several key products shall we say enhancements to help us designers work faster, enable product teams to collaborate as one team, and give the entire design community more ways to share. We took the liberty to share some of these new features, some are actually very coo. Shall we?
Holiday's over (for some of us 👋) and time to get back to the grind. Now the feeling that you had a couple of restful days, you got to hang came back home for the family, hang out with friends or/and even had a chance to travel for the occurrence. Now it's time to kick off the new year and restart all over. So what you have been missing from the social feeds aside from all the selfies, group selfies, kids photos and etc. What you have been missing, what's the latest on the 'latest'? Well, we have put together a round-up for yourself, mostly to inspire you.
The kind folks from Procreate have announced their 2019 art winners where they challenge artists to explore the concept of ‘Contrast’ in all its complex shades, and light, of meaning. With ground-breaking canvas the resolution, 136 incredible brushes, and more. Procreate is a solid application that allows artists and digital creatives to do enhance their day-to-day workflow. You should definitely check out this year's lineup of winners and take part in the community if you wanna share your work and learn from others.
It's always inspiring to see our friends, from the industry, creating and making cool stuff to inspire others. It's a reward that we will never take for granted and we will will always be supporting. We are featuring the book release of our dear friend Radim Malinic and his Book of Branding.
The infamous #designtwitter have its own share of ups and downs. Recently one designer had quite a dramatic turn of events during the announcement of his new product that could totally change our workflow. Coming back, It brings the question back 'What's the importance of 'Open Design'?. What I mean is how does the community values its own principles through sharing, connecting, learning and simply being 'open source'. It's a huge topic and we all have our own opinions on the matter.
Adobe XD has shared their August Update and it's packed with updates for CSS Code Snippets in Design Specs, Improved Integration with Photoshop, and a New Frontier for XD Plugins. Their biggest update is obviously the completely new way to use 'plugins' within the 'Plugins Panel'. It's also enhancing the integration with other apps like Photoshop. They also improve the 'Component bounds' to help you create experiences faster and easier. We shared a couple of their updates here on ABDZ, let's check them out.
Another great design tool Artboard Studio have just released 'Delicè', a brand design concept as a free and customizable series of templates can be used on their platform. For those, you never heard of Artboard Studio, we have featured them before on ABDZ as 'The last Mockup Creator tool you will ever need.
The kind folks from Webflow have just released their kickass and free comprehensive course that teaches you how to succeed as a freelance web designer. It doesn't stop there, it's going all the way from first of all 'getting the clients', 'proposal research', 'pricing your work' and a lot more.
Figma shared their latest updates and I have to admit. They are killing the game! ⚡ I am a big fan and it has definitely sped our workflow at ABDZ. This monthly update includes GIFs in prototypes, Figma plugins (coming real soon!), Text improvements within one click and more. Some are big and others are smaller enhancements BUT it overall this design tool is getting better and better. If you haven't tried Figma yet, I strongly advise you to give it a try. Like now!
Our good pals from Tendril is a design-driven animation, VFX and digital innovation studio based in Toronto, Canada. We have featured their work before on ABDZ and it's always a nice surprise when they are sharing new work with us. Their latest awesomeness they shared is Tendril's production partners collaboration with Psyop & PARTNER, an agency behind the marketing efforts for VIZIO.
It's #WorldEmojiDay! To celebrate this visual digital language that changed the way we communicate, Adobe shared it's Emoji Trend report that can be viewed here. It's basically the results from a survey they conducted with 1,000 users and you will be surprised by some of its results.
Being in the industry for a long time, I personally take proud joy seeing designers and makers we featured grow and evolve their brand to higher grounds. ABDZ is a community and having our platform to share is always welcoming to newcomers and/or for those who just keep innovating and creating marvelous products. Today, I wanted to share that love to Ugmonk. Jeff is a founder and designer behind this incredible brand where not only has built his own voice but has grown mature into his design.
Did you ever ask this question? How much a UX designer earn around the World? I did 'Google' that very same question recently for a personal/career life change that is about to happen. I decided to share this reliable source I have found from PingPong who have built a site titled: uxdesignersalaries.com. It's a helpful overview to learn more about how our job is recognized all over the globe. It's very insightful and I would like to add a note they are other factors to consider other than the salary.
The fine folks from WIX shared with us their latest SEO tools for your WIX site where you can rank higher and grow your search engine visibility. Which is super important when you are building your product and/or services to get the right amount of exposure. With your WIX site, you can definitely benefit from these features and whatnot. From the loading time to the 'instant' Google indexing, there will be something for everyone to choose from. For more information or simply get started now.
The rad folks from Unsplash is celebrating a huge milestone: 1 Million photos shared on their platform. That's really cool! They are part of what we dearly cherish, a supportive and creative community. They might have been part of a change regarding Stock Photography and it's a game changer however you look at it. I personally think is a step in the right direction and seeing so many brands taking part as well. That's cheerful. We are grateful to have supported this amazing team throughout the years and still will do.
Our friends are Adobe has announced a very good announcement to raise awareness to save coral reefs. Revealed as a global campaign titled: “Glowing Glowing Gone", advocating action by highlighting the global danger related to fluorescing corals. Let's take a look of what Pantone Color Institute and Adobe have in store through their new initiatives.
Voilà! It's live! Apple has previewed their entirely new OS to the world at WWDC'19 yesterday. And yes, now we have Dark Mode for the upcoming OS. Yay or not, there a bunch of new features coming for your iPhone, iPad and Watch. Some of them are pretty cool and some are what we would call 'standard' for our demanding industry. One thing though, it took quite a while but we finally get to see Apple making good changes on their OS's (?!).
Our friends from Dribbble have introduced some fresh features on their platform that we (us) designers dearly use every single day. They are exciting features! I especially love the new "shot categories" where you have a take at browsing design inspiration easier. I personally feel it's a big update from previous "browsing navigation" and there is definitely a small learning curve. The importance of secondary items are justifiable, it's definitely an improvement compared to other design "newly" updated platforms. Read the entire announcement here!
Our friends over at InVision keep delivering amazing content. Today they launched the DesignOps Handbook, an excellent resource for companies that are willing to invest in design.
First of all, would love to salute all our friends and partners at the on-going OFFF Barcelona that is happening from May 24-26. For the occasion, the kind of folks from Adobe were there and they took the opportunity to present a teaser of new features coming soon on XD and Illustrator. Make sure to check the videos below!