#30 - The future of design tools

Hi Folks,

As we near the end of the year, I’d like to wish you all a happy holiday and share a few things I’m excited about for 2018.

In Detail v4 #

We’re making several changes to In Detail over the next few months. Luke and I are working hard on the design and functionality, moving the site forward and improving the reading experience for an ever growing audience. Type setting, spacing and layout are just a few things on our roadmap.

Beanie and the team have been working no doubt harder on content, so expect even more impressive content surrounding the jewellery industry.

London’s Royal Opera House – the jewels is the latest interview if you haven’t seen it already.

Invision v7, Studion and DSM #

Invision v7 is a complete re-build of Invision app, which many of us are using day in day out as our main tool for software prototyping and collaboration. V7 promises to be 8x faster, support responsive design and integrate with two other new Invision products — Design System Manager and Studio. Sketch killer? I’ll let you decide. Invision v7 is due to launch at the beginning of 2018.

Type Services #

I’ve had a slight hiatus from working on Type Services, since starting 3 hrs/day of German lessons. However, next year I’ll be back to it and can promise a lot more type design. Gratis natürlich!

Design principles #

What’s design without principles?

“Design Principles are a set of considerations that form the basis of any good product.”

Principles.Design is an archive of 134 (and counting) examples of design principles, used by leading organisations, individuals and product teams to help guide decision making.

How Stripe designs Beautiful Websites #

Lee Robinson examines [the tips and tricks used to make Stripe’s website](http://Article: https://www.leejamesrobinson.com/blog/how-stripe-designs-beautiful-websites/) design a notch above the rest.

Front End Checklist #

An extremely handy tool for building great sites which meet web standards. I wish I had access to this sooner. I’d also argue it’s essential for all developers not just the meticulous ones. Here’s the Github source if you prefer.

Laying out the future with Grid and Flexbox #

It can be confusing knowing when to use CSS Grid vs CSS Flexbox.

This talk by Rachel Andrew will help you understand the differences.

Whilst we’re here, I made a dead simple mobile first flex grid system drawing on ideas from this article by Tania Rascia and Solved by Flexbox.

I’m a Fucking Webmaster #

A few wise words from Justin Jackson.

For your ears #

&ME – The Rapture. Nothing new but it’s been in my ears this week. More repetitive Goodness.

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