Dieter Petereit December 8th, 2016

5 Designer Topics You Shouldn’t Miss This Month

Some new tools and some new services are only suited for a brief introduction but are not any less useful than others. Today, I've collected five of those designer topics you shouldn't miss.

Aquaflow Toolkit: Watercolor Generator for Free

Tatiana Lapina provides a free version of her Aquaflow Toolkit on Dribble. The download and distribution of the 90 MB large tool are done via Gumroad. Here, you enter an email address, and a purchase price of 0 dollars. The download starts subsequently. The toolkit contains a bunch of brushes, patterns, shapes, textures, layer styles, and symbols for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Don't get irritated by the auxiliary "demo." There is a paid variant of the toolkit, available for 18 dollars. However, this contains about ten times the amount of resources. The only limitation of the demo is that it contains far fewer elements. Download it >>

Dumb Questions for Smart Designers

The website "Dumb Questions for Smart Designers" delivers exactly what it promises to. Here, designers are interviewed. In general, this is not a bad idea. However, for the most part, these interviews consist of weird questions like "If you had to come up with a slogan for raw oysters, what would it be?". To my surprise, a lot of the interviewees gave very smart answers, possibly inspiring creative thinkers more than they would when giving "normal" interviews. Here's where you'll find the dumb questions and smart answers >>

DevFreeBooks: Free E-books for Developers

134 books from 32 categories. How does that sound? Great, doesn't it? And that's just what it is. At a glance, all recent topics seem to be covered. There are books on React, Angular, Rails, JavaScript, Meteor, SVG, Node, Ember, Backbone.js, and several other topics. On the information cards of each book, you'll find the respective release date, language, number of pages, the author, as well as a brief content description. All for free. Go to the book collection >>

IconsDB: 4,000+ Free Pictograms

On, you'll currently find 4,040 different icons. 2,586 of the available pictograms require no attribution at all, and can freely be used in private, and commercial projects, including the use for clients. 1,454 of them require attribution. Aside from that, these icons are freely usable as well. All of the symbols are flat design icons and can be downloaded in any color, as long as you know its hex-value. On top of that, the operators also created 36 sets with all 4,040 icons in each of them. Here, they used color gradients, textures, or bicolor concepts, to set the sets apart from each other. Customize and load some symbols >> Take Care of Yourself!

The developer Jennifer Lyn Parsons experienced something that she calls a wake-up call; that told her that she didn't take care of herself enough. She looked around and found out that in the fast paced web-world, it is common to focus on oneself last. On, Jennifer collects resources that can help developers, and others, to focus a bit more on themselves. This includes links to meditations, fitness, speeches, podcasts, and more. Overall, the project is a good starting point for everyone who has noticed the vital need to protect their performance capability. Take a few minutes for yourself >> Featured image by qimono on Pixabay

Dieter Petereit

Dieter Petereit is a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called web design and has carried on ever since. Two decades ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. You can meet him over on Google+.


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