A list of the latest news in tools. From small to big, hacks to complete apps, color accessibility to 3D/VR. It’s a diverse bunch this time. And big news from the big players, funding rounds for everyone!
Accessibility is key to keep in mind in any design process. Working with colors that have a high enough contrast is essential for a bigger number of end users than you might expect. Color.review is a tool for exploring and finding a set of accessible colors. I really like the execution of this little tool!
If you're looking for a React UI component library, I hope you'll check out Base Web, an open source library built to unify web products at @uber. We're putting a ton of work into this library, and it's been outstanding to work with. So proud of the teams! https://t.co/Ludh2ZJtnXhttps://t.co/Mn36rhGSy2
We’re starting to see cool stuff coming from community building om the abstract sdk. during last year’s tel aviv design tools hackathon, kevin and tom introduced the software development kit for the design version control tool. now, jelle overbeek sneak peeked an app to improve the workflow around following up on comments from your team and stakeholders.
We all prefer and use some sort of way to arrange our artboards. But wouldn’t it be nice to be just be structured with naming them, and have them then automatically grouped and positioned the right way? Yeah right? Check this plugin out!
Surprisingly, last week Sketch raised their first funding ever from Benchmark. After 8 years of being completely independent and bootstrapping the company to a profitable business of around 40 employees, Sketch follows the other tool companies by being venture capital backed. More interestingly, they’ve announced they got 1 million paying users, and they’ve got big plans for the near future…
Soon after Sketch, Abstract announced they got their second round of funding in a Series B. It’s exciting to see such a potential tool being recognized by investors. Abstract is a little less clear on what they plan to spend this investment on. Although, just like Sketch, they upgraded their domain. Go! Go! Go! Abstract.com ;)
Last month also Figma raised another round of funding. Their Series C of $40M is quite soon after the second round of funding they got early last year. Man… all these tool makers, raising all this money. I’d say, game on!
Design tools should allow resizing in any direction and dragging the layer, even when the layer is very small. In Flinto, we have a system to access all handles and the layer, even if it is scaled down to 0x0, it's hard to go back once you're used to it. https://t.co/9DgyWMDwaL