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10 Best Feedback Tools for Designers

10 Best Feedback Tools for Designers


Each one of us is working to make sure our target audience gets nothing but the best be it in terms of user-experience or the information we provide. What is the way to know if you have been successful in your endeavour or not? Feedback! Obviously, without feedback how would you even know if the work done on your part is liked by the people or not. It is not always that we get positive response. Criticism is one thing that we need to learn to take in a constructive manner.

Designers are working continuously to let users get the best experience and enjoy everything technology has in store for them. Useful tools, Apps and websites that help them in different ways are welcome for the very simple reason that these make their task easier. Feedback is one way to know if their efforts are paying off. Here is when the best feedback tools come into play.

Web designers know that the process of handling a project includes testing, feedback and refinement too. You just can’t complete your task and sit back waiting for some miracle to happen. If you want to deliver the best, you need to test, get feedback and make improvements before it reaches the audience. There are good number of feedback tools that help you get the genuine true feedback on the projects, designs you submit.

Listed below are 10 best feedback tools for designers, check them out and let us know which one you use.

10 Best Feedback Tools for Designers

1. Concept Feedback 

Concept Feedback is a one stop for getting expert analysis and detailed recommendations from experts qualified in the respective fields viz. designers, developers, marketers and entrepreneurs. You don’t have to shell out any amount to avail the service, its free to join and asks you to review five other concepts before you can post your own. Not the big deal, huh!

The website has a community of experts that give you feedback on your projects and if need arises they give you valuable tips on how you can improve on your work. Once you gave posted your website, feedback is delivered within two business days or sometimes it takes just few hours to get the same.

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2. Userlytics

Userlytics is a mobile App usability testing tool that does the needful in just three simple steps. All you get to do is set up your usability test, you get the user testing participants from Userlytics panel, and you get the usability testing results in just few hours.

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3. Five Second Test

Five second tests help you understand people’s first impressions of your designs. You can fine tune your landing pages and calls to action by analyzing the most prominent elements of your design. Simply upload your design to test and testers view your website for five seconds and gives reviews.

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4. User Testing

User Testing is the fastest way to get the feedback for your designs. It provides on-demand usability testing. Bridging the gap between no user testing and expensive user testing, UserTesting lets you get to know what your target audience is thinking fast, easy and inexpensive way.

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5. Feedback Army

Feedback Army tests the usability of your website in mere two minutes. Simply submit specific questions that you would like to be answered about your website and you’ll get 10 responses and more depending upon the number you choose. You can reject responses and request new ones. This feature is only available for 48 hours, after which the response is auto-approved. You have to shell out $40 to use the service.

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6. Criticue

Criticue is a newly introduced free online service that enables you to have your website or design concept peer-reviewed by an intelligent community of entrepreneurs, usability experts and web designers.  Type your website URL to submit your design and Criticue will automatically take a snapshot of the page else you can upload your own thereafter you will have to review another user’s design to provide useful feedback and tips on usability and optimization.This way you easily get the reviews from experts.

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7. Verify

Made by ZURB, Verify is an app that lets you test screenshots of your design to give you an insights on your users’ expectations and reactions to your apps and websites before writing a single line of code. This is a handy tool for designers to get immediate feedback on screenshots and mockups they upload.

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8. Usabilla

Founded in 2009 with the belief that continuous user feedback is the key to any successful website or service, Usabilla is an online service that ensures to work together with usability experts, user experience designers, marketers, web developers, and graphic designers from all over the world.  Post your website and ask your visitors what they think and feel. Increase your conversion based on rich, visual user feedback.

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9. Silverback 2.0

Silverback is a Guerrilla usability testing software for designers and developers. We all know that usability testing is last on everybody’s list of priorities for the very reason that it is time-consuming, requires specialist equipment and is heavy on the pockets. Silverback is the answer to these issues. Making it easier, quicker and cheaper for everyone to perform guerrilla usability tests without asking for setup and extra expenses.

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10. Try My UI

Watch videos of the people using your website and find out how you can improve your website. Thanks to this service named Try My UI.  Begin with signing up indicating what tasks you want users to perform on your site, how many users you want and their demographic profile, after few hours you get to see the narrated video of each user navigating your website and understand which are the areas of improvement. You get to see their screen, have their say either verbally or in written.

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Have any similar best feedback tools for designers that you would want to share with our designer friends? If so, drop in the comments below and let us know.

Fresh Tools of The Week [26th-April-2nd May]

Fresh Tools of The Week [26th-April-2nd May]


Listing down fresh tools, apps and websites for designers and developers is slowly becoming the part and parcel of our weekly schedule. Each day we keep checking out the latest tools that have been introduced to help designers and developers get the ease of work flow. In the quest to help you all, we carefully handpick the useful tools and list them all at one place.

This weeks’ list of fresh tools of the week includes many helpful one like Webiners, Lavish Bootstrap, Share Drop and many more. You got to sit back and scroll down to sneak a peek.

Also, check out the last weeks’ listicle of tools, apps and websites.

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Fresh Tools for Designers and Developers

1. Webiners

Webiners is a platform that enables users to access big lessons that experts give for free to empower their business education and make better decisions in their professional career. If you open up the link you will see that there are webcasts, workshops, recorded seminars, lectures and much more to help you the best possible way.

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2. Invoiceable

For small businesses or freelancers who need a simple invoicing service that takes care of sending and managing invoices making you get rid of the headache there is a cool online tool namely invoiceable. The tool makes it easy to create, send and manage simple and professional looking invoices within no time. All you need is simply signup and use all of the invoicing features for free. You can send any number of invoices, access features, or manage all your clients.

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 3. Mithril

Mithril is a client-side Javascript MVC framework for building applications code divided into a data layer. Due to its small, focuses, API its around 3kb gzipped.

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4. Codecademy

Codecademy is one of the popular programming language learning platform that has just recently got a makeover. In the new look what you get to see is a more unified visual language across different areas of the site from the layout to even the business cards, postcards, and posters. That’s not it, there is much more done to enhance the overall experience.

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5. PhotoshopKiller

Photoshop is a great tool for image editing and graphic design, but it falls way short when used to create dynamic UIs for the web. Right? PhotosshopKiller is created to help you get your problems solved.  As you can notice, there is a slider at the top. It is interactive with a voting system and gradually releases Photoshop Flaws that we can relate with.

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6. Obelisk.js

This is a JavaScript Engine that ensures building isometric pixel objects with the simple and flexible API that it provides. Users can easily add isometric pixel elements viz brick, cube, pyramid onto HTML5 canvas. 

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7. What’s Next?

This is a collection of resources for learning languages and Github projects. It lets beginners know where to look first, lets experts find resources to dig deeper and enables freelancers to figure out what they should learn next.

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8. Code Babes

Code Babes is a new platform that ensures to make people learn how to code that too by ‘leveraging sexual desire’. The website features a string of short videos that introduce users to coding disciplines including HTML, CSS and PHP. Each discipline is presented by a babe who, the site promises will remove articles of clothing as the user progresses through various tests.

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9. Lavish Bootstrap

Here is a Ruby app that enables users to easily grab a color palette for Bootstrap directly from an image. Built on the Prizm gem, it lets users to easily customize the generated palette.

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10. Does It Work On iOS

This is a free designer tool that lets you know if your color palette works on iOS.

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11. ShareDrop

This is HTML5 clone of Apple AirDrop service that lets users to transfer files directly between devices eliminating the need to upload them to any server first using WebRTC for secure peer-to-peer file transfer and Firebase for presence management and WebRTC signaling. 

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12. Vibration API

This is an API specifically made for mobile devices as these have a vibrate function. The API allows developers to vibrate a device for a given duration. 

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With this we come to an end of the list of fresh tools, apps and websites that prove to be helpful for designers and developers. Wish to add any such tool that you find worth sharing? Drop in your comments below.

Best Deal Sites for Designers and Developers

Best Deal Sites for Designers and Developers


‘We used to avail the deals and buy things on sale to save our hard earned money not letting it go down the drain’, I have heard my aunt say  this each time she was asked how she used to save the money. This line has actually made me understand the value of money, no matter how much $$$ we have in our bank accounts, wasting them foolishly doesn’t make sense. We can any day look for best deals available and save our money.

Talking specifically about designers and developers, with more and more people joining the queue of designers and developers to earn their living, e-commerce has seen tremendous growth over the years.

To earn the living one needs to be smart in handling the finances. Keeping a check on our earnings, transactions, focusing on savings and likewise are one side of managing our finances.

There is another perspective to earn smart and adding more $$$ in you bank account. Best Deals! Availing the deals and not paying extra for the stuff that you can get for comparatively lesser amount is one way you can keep your finances under control. Why prick your pockets when you can work the smart way and shell less for almost the same thing.

Today, I will be talking about the best deal sites that promise to help designers and developers save on money by spending less amount for the product and services they require for the miscellaneous projects be it for their own or for their clients.

Before I begin jotting down the best deal websites for designers and developers I would like to talk about two key points. Here they are!

a) Saving one domain names

While looking for domain names, I agree that there are many websites like GoDaddy, Name.com, and many others where we can get the domain names but then the so called dot com with the domain name get preference as most of the best .com names are taken and re-buying them from owners certainly pinches the pocket. What’s the smart way out then? Domai.nr that lets you hack domain name and see which ones are available.

There is no harm in picking up .co domain name that is being accepted all over the globe. Also, check for discount codes for GoDaddy and if your luck favors, you can get a domain for minimal amount. Besides, if you join the affiliate program of GoDaddy or any other such company you are likely to get special discounts.

b) Save on Software, Tools and Design Resources

These days, one never falls short of software, tools and design resources that are created with the aim to ease the task of designers and developers. We have initiated to keep our readers updated with latest useful tools that are genuinely worth sharing. Also, there are lot many freebies available to help designers and developers feel the ease of handling various projects.

There are many deal websites that are specifically created for designers and developers. You can get new software, design templates, resources and design resources for the amount that won’t prick your pockets.  The smart way is to get discounted software, learning materials and design resources. Also, lot many design websites these days keep coming up with the giveaways. Participate in the contests and you can win premium stuff which can help you save money which you would otherwise be shelling out. 

With the ever increasing number of small independent software developers that keep coming up with high-quality stuff, finding the ones that don’t wear hefty price tags is easy to find and use.  

Join programs for startups

If you have just started your online business, there are cool websites that offer best deals for startups. Join the programs and avail the deals that are best for you.

1. Go.CO

The .CO offers you more than just a web address. Every .CO comes with free access to the .CO Membership Program. Users simply need to sign up to start taking advantage of the extra perks that come with their .CO domain. Besides, .CO helps you spread the word about what you are building on .CO, enjoy complimentary access to hot industry events and exclusive invites to networking functions and enjoy special deals and offers available.

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2. F6S Deals

This is the community for Startups that has the highest-ranked startup programs globally, 3,700+ startup events, funds, over one thousand companies that offer superb deals and much more.

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3. Rewardli

PerkHub formerly named Rewardli is a leading provider of white label perks and group buying solutions. Used by companies like Google, American Airlines and TriNet, PerkHub lets users discover and save their money on the products/services to run their business. Here, users can combine their buying power with other professionals and small business owners. Besides, getting deals and discounts normally reserved for big companies promise a wonderful experience for startups.

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Best Deal Websites 

As I have mentioned in the beginning, from software to design templates, design resources like brushes, fonts, mockups, textures, stock photos and more, there are many websites that offer you great deals. Here, I will be listing down the best deal websites that will help you save smart and handle your finances quite well.

1. Dealotto

Brainchild of Liam McKay and Spencer Finnell, dealotto is a website that provides quality, fun and great deals in a pressure-free environment. Dealotto is a daily deals website with a huge difference. Here you can get great deal as standard but you could win further discounts on the daily deal up to 100% off.

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2. Mighty Deals

At Mighty Deals, designers can save from 50% to 90% off on stuff like design tools, royalty-free vectors, PhotoShop actions, professional templates (WordPress, Drupal, Facebook), Mac toolkits, web development lessons and much more.

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3. My Design Deals

MyDesignDeals is a home to millions of dollars that are saved on amazing design resources. From vectors to textures, and fonts, it has lot of amazing stuff. Besides,there is a cool number of helpful tutorials that ensure to help innumerable designers at different stages. Get best discounts and deals at My Design Deals.

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4. Design TNT

Here is what Gisele Muller from WebDesignLedger said about Design TNT :

“This is a one-stop place for web designers where you can find tons of awesome design goodies.”

Founded in July 2011, Design TNT delivers useful and innovative resources for designers and web developers everywhere. From texture packs to vector sets, templates, tutorials, Photoshop brushes, it has much more in store for all those who are looking for the same at best bet.

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5. BundleHunt

BundleHunt is a website that has a group of talented developers, marketers and social media experts put together bundles of high quality software with the aim to empower the creative community.

Here you can find highest quality bundles at the lowest prices. From feature rich and powerful applications to various design resources, available are the latest versions and ones for which you have to shell out minimal amount.

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To wrap up, all I would say is that its not difficult to save your hard earned money by keeping a check on your finances and availing the deals available. The deal websites for designers and developers listed above are certain to be of great help. Do let us know what do you think of the websites pinned here.

Useful Mobile Business Apps for Freelance Designers

Useful Mobile Business Apps for Freelance Designers


Over the years technology has seen immense growth to an extent that today we have applications for almost every purpose we want. I won’t be wrong in saying that our phones can help us get the work done quickly and quite efficiently.

Our topic of the day revolves around apps so, without any further adieu I would come to the point. If you start looking for it, there are innumerable desktop, tablet, and smartphone apps available out there to let us manage our workflow easily which was not possible in the years gone by.

From an app to let you pick up the right type of font, color for your next design project, to an app for keeping your finances under control there are many apps for designers to feel the ease while working.

These innumerable apps let you manage your projects, save your time and money with just one condition that you have a list of the smart apps with narrowed search right in front of you. This is the reason why we have come up with this article. What better way to help designers make the right choice.

Read on to see  the apps that we have listed for our designer friends in no particular order but handpicked with extra care to help ease their miscellaneous tasks.

This post features mobile business Apps that I think all you freelance designers will find useful. Listed under different categories for you all these apps are sure to make you all drool over for the smart functionality and unique features.

Useful Mobile Business Apps for Freelance Designers

Business

1. FreshBooks

Put your business in the palm of your hand. With this business app namely FreshBooks, you can easily check in on your business wherever you are if you have an iOS and Android.

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2. Square Register

This is a business app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Accept credit cards and run your business on go with Square Register on your mobile device.

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3. Shoeboxed

Shoeboxed is the speedy way to turn a pile of receipts into digital data to save you time, money and hassle. Its a business app for iPad and iPhone. It helps you maximize your reimbursements and tax deductions speedily.

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Social Networking

4. HeyTell

HeyTell is an app for iPhone and Android devices. This is a cross-platform voice messenger that enables users to instantly talk with their other freelancers easily. No account needed. Simply start the app, choose a contact and push the button to start talking.

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Utilities

5. ColorSchemer

This is utility App for iPhone lets users put over a million palettes in their pocket and turn their mobile device into an endless source of ideas and inspiration. The app makes it fun and easy to explore, create, interact and share color ideas easily.  Discovering exciting new color possibilities and exploring endless creative inspiration goes easy with ColorSchemer app.

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Productivity

Dropbox

Dropbox is a cool productivity app for iPhone/iPad/Android/BlackBerry. This is one of the most popular and most recommended apps among freelance designers. It enable you to bring all your photos, documents, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Also, you get the ease of accessing any file you save to your Dropbox from any computer, mobile device or the Dropbox website.

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6. Google Drive

Google Drive is one safe place for all your stuff. Users can upload photos, videos, document and other files that are important. Access or share them from any device, anywhere with the help of this app.

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7. Wunderlist

Wunderlist is a productivity app for iPhone, iPad and Android. It is the easiest way to manage and share your daily to-do lists. Planning an event, sharing project tasks with a co-worker and keeping track of your daily to-do’s is possible with Wunderlist.

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8. iMockups

This is a productivity app for freelance designers. iMockups for iPad is the premiere mobile wireframing and mockup app that promises to help lot designers in their various projects. It’s a simple multi touch interface that focuses on functionality, rather than visuals.

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9. Skitch

Skitch is a productivity app for iPhone, iPad and Android users. This app lets users communicate their feedback and ideas. Users can annotate images and documents with arrows, stamps, shapes, text, and more in hassle-free manner.

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10. Paper

Paper is a productivity app for iPad users. It is provides the easiest way for users to create sketches, capture their ideas as sketches, diagrams, illustrations, notes or drawings and share them across the web in easy and fun way.

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11. Clear

Clear  is a productivity app for iPhone and iPad that is one simple app with cool interface. The clever use of gestures makes it fun. Definitely worth checking out.

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12. Diet Coda

Imagine combining a powerful code editor with first-class file-management, mixing in some useful tools, and optimizing it for portability. Yes, all this is possible with Diet Coda.

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Finances

13. MyPrice

This is an app that every freelancer needs. It helps you calculate how much you can charge for your creative services by taking under account factors like the project, client, location, as well as your education and experience.

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14. Mint

We have talked in detail why how important it is for designers to keep finances under control in one of our article. Here is Mint to help you track, budget, and manage your money all in one place to let you see where you’re spending and where you can save. All you have to do is simply create a free account, add your bank, credit, loan and retirement accounts and Mint will automatically pull in and categorize your transactions. Best of all it is safe, secure and easy to use.

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15. PayPal

This is an app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Paypal is one service,we all are well acquainted with. With the help of this app users can easily send and request money, manage their account and other similar activities can be done easily.

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Whether you’re designing a website or handling any other project, these mobile apps for freelance designers are sure to prove useful in your various endeavours. If you are a freelance designer who knows about apps other than these do drop in the comment and share it with us.

Fresh Tools of The Week [18th-April-25th April]

Fresh Tools of The Week [18th-April-25th April]


Designers and developers have a great job but then its very time-consuming and asks for immense hard work. For this very reason and to ease the work flow, handy tools, apps, websites are always welcome. Looking for smart solutions is obviously a wise idea but it is too quite time consuming. What’s the way out then? Obviously getting them all under the same roof.

With the aim to help or designer and developer friends we have planned to come up with the articles (one weekly and monthly basis) dedicated to latest fresh tools, apps, and websites. As clear from the title of this article, we wish to continue and make efforts to help you all. Each week, we will be jotting down the tools, apps and websites for designers and developers that claim to ease the job. Here is this week’s list; check it out!

Fresh Tools for Designers and Developers

1. Grildover

Grildover is a tool that lets users establish a typographic system with modular scale and vertical rhythm.  It gives you adjustable css for font sizes, line heights and margins.  We won’t be wrong in saying that its an ideal tool for designers to make optimum use of.

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2. The 10 Commandments of Typography

Combining and choosing fonts  is an important job to do while handling any designing project. Here is an infographic which we spotted at designmantic. It will help you make the right choice.

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3. Untrusted

Untrusted is an addictive video game that when played by tweaking and rewriting JavaScript skills that lets users practice their JavaScript skills easily and in a fun manner. 

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4. Magic CSS3 Animations 

Magic CSS3 Animations is a package of CSS3 animations that comes loaded with special effects that users can freely use for their different web projects. These special effects include bling, perspective, rotate, slide, tin, bomb and many more.

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5.Awesome UX kit

This is a free set of 26 Adobe Illustrator wireframe templates and two custom brushes, designed by George Vasyagin. Currently this cool UX kit is available for and comes for iOS7 (iPhone) version only. Soon, tablet and desktop versions will be made available.

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6. Typeform

Typeform is an easy to use tool that sets up forms for asking questions one at a time like a human conversation. This comes with beautiful interface to let you enjoy the ease and get ultimate user experience. 

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7. Dropr

Dropr is an easy to set up portfolio for creative designers. It’s responsive, looks the same on every device and is available for free.

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8. Framework7

This is a fully featured HTML framework for building hybrid and web-based apps with a native iOS7 feel. It’s a lightweight and flexible tool that uses Ajax for navigation between pages you will need a server. 

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9. Bootflat

Bootflat is an open source flat UI kit based on Bootstrap 3.1.1 that uses HTML5 and CSS3, is lightweight and mobile first.

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10. Gillie

Gillie is a lightweight MVC framework 4k inspired in Backbone. This tool helps provide useful methods to perform RESTful HTTP requests and allows users for a separation of concerns using models, views and handlers. 

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11. Let’s Chat

This is a self-hosted chat app for small teams that supports persistent messages, multiple rooms, new message alerts, mentions, image embeds, code pasting, file uploads, and much more.

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12. Dribbbox

This is a tool that displays the users work in a clean, easy-to-browse gallery, avoiding the noise of Dribbble’s comments, rebounds, ads and much more. All in all, it can be said that its your portfolio, you can host your site, using your own domain and do other tasks to work in a fuss-free manner.

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13. Vega

Vega is a declarative format that lets users create, save, and share visualization designs. The tool lets you describe your data visualizations in JSON and generate interactive views in SVG or HTML5 Canvas.

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14. DesignHill

This is a graphic design marketplace or a design crowdsourcing platform that ensures to help creative designers in availing more business opportunities and helps businesses find the best design solutions soon.

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15. Velositey

This is a Photoshop extension that lets users in prototyping their designs within no time. The tool makes it easier to set up the basics of your design including layout and styles, based on an 1170px grid.

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16. Perfect Icons

As the name hints, perfect icons is an easiest way to create resolution independent social icons. This is an ideal tool for designers.

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Finally, we have shared this week’s fresh tools and apps for designers and developers. Do share with us your viewpoints and other such resources that you know about or have created. We would love to hear your say.