"Use Flexbox and Framer without learning new code, improve your email copy, a Sketch alternative for Windows and more.
Every month we select the 10 most useful new tools to help web designers (and sometimes developers, too) improve the way they work. They include add-ons, libraries, Chrome extensions, jQuery plugins, apps and more. Here are the tools we've picked out for April 2016.
Thanks to Flexbox, it's now much easier to create your layouts – if you've put in the time to learn it, that is. If you haven't done that yet, tools are starting to appear to aid your learning and even enable people to use Flexbox without learning to code. You'll find two such tools below, as well as eight other resources to help you make great websites.
"This DIY deck is a gorgeous addition to Alexi Politis’ backyard. Alexi blogs about DIY projects, design and entertaining at Seeking Alexi. She created this simple deck to help make her backyard the perfect place for outdoor entertaining.
Alexi had no specialized skills for building a deck, but she’s a fearless DIYer, and she produced this simple and sturdy deck without spending a lot of money.
Follow her step-by-step tutorial to create a similar DIY deck for your backyard."
"These WPA-style artworks from NASA’s design studio are wonderful. And they’re free, too.
"Here's a brain teaser that may sound easy or obvious, but is really more complex below the surface. This is the 100 houses math puzzle: There are five who can build five houses in just five days. Increase the amount of people to 100. How long would it take these 100 people to build 100 houses? Is the answer just as simple as saying 100?
"Deciding to become a freelance worker can be a scary proposition. Sure there is an allure to picking what projects you work on, but it can also be stressful not knowing where your next paycheck will come from. Luckily there are numerous resources out there that not only help you find more work, but also loads of tools to help you do your job more efficiently with a professional edge.
"There are a ton of different reasons people choose to freelance. Sometimes it’s born of necessity: you decide you need to take jobs on the side of your regular gig for extra money, or you’re suddenly unemployed. It makes sense to use your existing skills to start a freelance career in either of those cases.
Others take a more calculated step into the world of freelancing. Maybe you’ve had enough of the corporate world, or maybe you’ve been freelancing all along. You’ll have more flexibility, more control over your own life (both work and personal) and more choice over the kind of work you take on.
"As a freelance web designer, you are well aware of the strong competition out there. There is a large number of professionals offering the same kind of services that you do – not necessarily with the same quality – and, sometimes, for an outrageously small fee. And you might have come to realize that you need to stand out from the crowd by building and growing your personal brand.
"If, thanks to the surge of optical illusions sweeping the world of late, you feel like you have no idea how your brain actually works, prepare to feel even more confused.
A new video by Bite Size Psych has shown how our brains can be fooled into seeing colours in different ways, and our minds are blown.
Just look at the images below and above, and ask yourself what colours the hearts are.
"A few years ago, when I was moving into the apartment I live in now, I was trying to think of “adult” items I’d never had in my previous apartments that perhaps I needed in this one. Things that came to mind were coffee tables, ottomans, and coasters. What says “adult” more than using a coaster? Ha.
"Can you solve the tricky married logic puzzle? Introductions to this problem have claimed that 80% of people get this wrong. It's tricky because at first glance, the problem appears to not have enough information to solve. But does it? The problem goes as follows: Jack is looking at Anne, but Anne is looking at George. Jack is married, but George is not. Is a married person looking at an unmarried person? Is the answer yes, no, or can the answer not be determined? See references.
"On July 31st, 2015, we released Remix OS 1.5 for Nexus 9 and 10 and got thousands of views. We are excited to announce that we have released Remix OS 2.0 ROMs for Nexus 9 and 10.