The Best of Spring 2017: Tutorials, Freebies, and the Latest News!
Spring has sprung. While most people are busy planning their summer fun, we’ve been hard at work scouring the net for the most important news, demos, design inspiration and freebies for web designers and developers. Here’s what we found.
Like butterflies emerging from their cocoons, some of our favs released major updates this Spring.
Sketch 44. Sketch 44 is now available and it’s not in beta anymore. Yes, the world truly is a better place. The Artboard picked got an overhaul so their content now resizes automatically as the board is resized, there’s a new way to handle missing fonts, and the correlation between what you can achieve in Sketch and do in CSS is greater than ever.
jQuery 3.2. Sketch isn’t the only one with a new release. jQuery 3.2.0 is here and it includes some bug fixes as well as adding back the deprecated module to slim built and adding support for custom CSS properties. http://blog.jquery.com/2017/03/16/jquery-3-2-0-is-out/
MS Fluent Design. Microsoft’s Fluent Design System is officially here. Use it and your Windows apps are going to look better. Fluent is ready for any device, from virtual reality to touch screens to devices with no display at all. Sound confusing? No worries, documentation is comprehensive and includes not only what to do but how to do it.
HubSpot and Salesforce Pardot Support. Email marketing just got easier. PSD2HTML now provides conversion services for HubSpot and Salesforce Pardot email templates. Easy as pies. Just give us your design and in one day get a pixel-perfect template.
MUST-SEES FOR DEVELOPERS
From hover effects to animated scrolls to just a fun virtual garden, these must-sees are as fresh as the morning dew.
CSS Garden. Spring wouldn’t be complete without planting a garden. This virtual garden game lets you skip mucking in the dirt as you write CSS code to plant, water, and you’re your own carrot garden.
Liquid Button. Just for fun, check out this 60’s inspired liquid button. The hover effect literally goes with the flow.
Important Changes to CSS Variables. As of April, CSS variables are now supported by all browsers. That just made like much easier for developers. Check out the details here.
Background Effects. Ready for fresh background effect? Get inspired from this demo where a decorative SVG shape is animated on a scroll. The shape morphs depending on the space viewed.
Brush up on principles for presenting data, telling a compelling story with your designs, and learn principles for incorporating the new color font trend. What you need to keep your designs fresh.
The Company Story. Viewers love a good story, and one design trend that isn’t going away is the company story. Don’t miss this article on how to incorporate a compelling company story in your next design.
Better Data Tables. Data, especially big data is difficult to read if it isn’t presented in an easily digestible format. Review these design structures, interaction patterns, and techniques to help you design better data tables.
Chart Design. Data tables are just one type of chart. Get the scoop on designing all different types of charts so your design conveys data in an easy-to-read form.
Color Fonts. Color fonts is a design trend that is just starting to take hold. These fonts utilize multiple shades, colors, gradients, and textures. Beware. The result can be breathtaking or go horribly wrong. Learn the proper techniques for color fonts.
It’s hard to beat free. Grab these free illustrations, font, gradients and more to spruce up your designs and desktop this Spring.
Ego Illustrations. Elevate any design with this set of unique and modern EGO vector illustrations. Available in AI, SVG and Sketch format for easy customization to your design a futuristic look.
Handwritten Font. Brownhill is a romantic, vintage font. Download for free and incorporate into your next design.
Sketch Gradients. This freebie has all the colors of Spring. These free Sketch gradients are simply delightful.
Header/Hero Background Slides. These clean and elegant hero backgrounds are ready to download and use for free. Gradients or graphics, you choose.
Desktop Wallpapers. Decorate your desktop with these free wallpapers. So many fresh designs you could change every week.
But wait…There’s more!
Bonus! Easter may be over, but our Easter Egg Hunt game is still on. Collect all 200 eggs in under 3 minutes. Warning, this game is so addictive and challenging you’ll still be playing come the 4th of July.
That’s it for this Spring. If you’ve got an amazing demo to share let us know and it might be featured in the Summer roundup!