Popular Design News of the Week: October 14, 2019 – October 20, 2019

Every week users submit a lot of interesting stuff on our sister site Webdesigner News, highlighting great content from around the web that can be of interest to web designers. 

The best way to keep track of all the great stories and news being posted is simply to check out the Webdesigner News site, however, in case you missed some here’s a quick and useful compilation of the most popular designer news that we curated from the past week.

Note that this is only a very small selection of the links that were posted, so don’t miss out and subscribe to our newsletter and follow the site daily for all the news.

Visually Distorted – When Symmetrical UI Looks all Wrong


What I Learned from 6 Months Leading a Design System


10 Small Design Mistakes We Still Make


14 Layout Design Trends


Culrs Mac App


Color Mixer – A Simple Tool that Helps You Mix Two or More Colors


The Teletype Text Element Lives On… at Least on this Site


2019 Design Tools Survey


Why Does Modern Design all Look the Same (and Should It?)


How Ultra-Thin Lines in Web Design Can Create an Impact


CSS Circles


Debunking Color Contrast Accessibility Myths


Adobe Rolls Out Revamped Creative Cloud Desktop App


16 Hours to Launch — a Breakdown of How I Designed, Built and Launched a Product Over a Weekend


We’re not Designing for Screens


Why Consistent Writing Makes You a Better Designer


What Makes a Great Design Leader?


8 Essential Principles of Good Business Card Design


The Freelance Life


Practicing Ethical Design


When GoFundMe Gets Ugly


How to Interview Designers


Chill Out, Work Smarter & Enjoy the Coffee – Freelancing with Aron Leah


How Frontend Developers Can Empower Designer’s Work


Flash is Responsible for the Internet’s Most Creative Era


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Weekly News for Designers № 510

Envato Elements

The Gutenberg WordPress Block Editor: The First Year – The much-ballyhooed block editor is about to turn one. How’s it doing so far?
The Gutenberg WordPress Block Editor: The First Year

Majestic Admin – A free Bootstrap admin theme for use in your projects.
Majestic Admin

The wondrous world of CSS counters – A behind-the-scenes look at how CSS counters work.
The wondrous world of CSS counters

Toucaan—Rethinking CSS Frameworks – Check out this new CSS framework that features a much simpler cascade.
Toucaan—Rethinking CSS Frameworks

Tips for Working with Web Design Technophobes – Learning to deal with clients who are afraid of technology and making it a rewarding experience.
Tips for Working with Web Design Technophobes

14 layout design trends – Examples of creative layouts that keep users engaged.
14 layout design trends

Why the Box Model is Integral to Web Design – How understanding this web fundamental can lead to better results.
Why the Box Model is Integral to Web Design

Framer Guide to React – Use this guide to dive into the popular JavaScript framework.
Framer Guide to React

Spotify TUI – Rock the command line with this Spotify client.
Spotify TUI

Get into the Halloween Spirit with These Spooky Snippets – Don’t be frightened by this collection of fun Halloween-themed code snippets.
Get into the Halloween Spirit with These Spooky Snippets

A Guide To New And Experimental CSS DevTools In Firefox – 7 tools that make testing your projects a breeze.
A Guide To New And Experimental CSS DevTools In Firefox

FreeWire – A free, feature-packed wireframe kit for Adobe XD.

How to design delightful dark themes – Dark mode is a pretty big deal these days. Here are some tips for doing it right.
How to design delightful dark themes

GitSheet – Git the help you need with this dead-simple cheat sheet. See what we did there?

8 Code Snippets That Pay Homage to Apple Devices – Take a look back at Apple’s history and its present.
8 Code Snippets That Pay Homage to Apple Devices

Rough Charts – Create hand-drawn charts with this responsive React library.
Rough Charts

Free Halloween Icon Pack – Get into the spooky spirit with this free collection of 50 Halloween icons.
Free Halloween Icon Pack

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Options for Hosting Your Own Non-JavaScript-Based Analytics

There are loads of analytics platforms to help you track visitor and usage data on your sites. Perhaps most notably Google Analytics, which is widely used (including on this site), probably due to it’s ease of integration, feature-richness, and the fact that it’s free (until you need to jump up to the enterprise tier which is some crazy six-figure jump).

I don’t take any particular issue with Google Analytics. In fact I quite like it, especially as I’ve learned more about customizing it, like we’ve done here on CSS-Tricks as well as on CodePen.

But there are other options. In particular, I wanted to look at some other options where:

  • You can self-host the analytics. Always something to be said for owning your own data.
  • Data collection doesn’t require JavaScript. That’s so often blocked these days, as wariness of third-party JavaScript grows. It’s interesting to consider the entirely unobtrusive server-log based analytics.

I didn’t find a sea of options to look at. The classic one I always think of in this category is Shaun Inman’s Mint, but Mint isn’t taking new customers anymore. Maybe I’m not looking in all the right places, and perhaps you can help with that. Please chime in with a comment if you know of more options — especially ones you have experience with.

Fathom Analytics

This is one Dave Rupert uses on his personal site and has written about. They have a paid hosted version, which is still focused on privacy in the sense that it does not track or store user data. But they also have a free self-hosted version you can run on your own. Actual data collection is done via a JavaScript snippet you put into your site.


This is based on Node.js and can only be self-hosted. Actual data collection is

Laying the Foundations

Here’s a new book by Andrew Couldwell all about design systems and his team’s experience at Sprout Social. For a while now they’ve been building Seeds, a brand guide that the internal team can and reference for brand and design-related things, including patterns, variables, and components. I’m looking forward to reading the book because it looks like his experience with Seeds will offer a bunch of insightful thoughts and advice.

A spread from Laying the Foundations

From the book’s description:

This is real talk about creating design systems and digital brand guidelines. No jargon, no glossing over the hard realities, and no company hat. Just good advice, experience, and practical tips.

System design is not a scary thing — this book aims to dispel that myth. It covers what design systems are, why they are important, and how to get stakeholder buy-in to create one. It introduces you to a simple model, and two very different approaches to creating a design system. What’s unique about this book is its focus on the importance of brand in design systems and creating documentation. It’s a comprehensive, practical guide that’s simple to follow and easy on the eye.

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20+ Best Club Flyer Templates

Designing an amazing flyer is an effective way to get everyone excited about a party or an event. You can find a great flyer design to promote your next event from this collection of party and club flyer templates.

You don’t have to be a designer to make a professional looking party flyer (we’ve written about how to design your own flyer before). But for an even quicker solution, these pre-made templates come with attractive designs made by professionals. All you have to do is open the template with Photoshop or Illustrator and edit them.

Whether you’re planning a summer beach party, a birthday party, or a club night, this collection has a template for every fun occasion. Plus, our tips for club flyer design and our club flyer background graphics will help get your project off to a great start.

Top Pick

Urban Club Flyer Template

Urban Club Flyer Template

This is a multipurpose flyer template you can use to create flyers and posters for various modern clubs and club events. It’s most suitable for making flyers for urban, techno, and other modern clubs.

The template comes with organized layers allowing you to easily customize the design and text however you want.

Why This Is A Top Pick

What makes this flyer template special is that it comes with multiple variations of the template featuring different color schemes you can use without having to customize the entire design. You can easily edit it using Photoshop as well.

Retro Club Party Flyer & Poster Template

Retro Club Party Flyer & Poster Template

This colorful club party flyer is ideal for making flyers for a modern club event. The template comes in A4 size with organized layers. All of the photos and graphics are also included in the template as well.

Music Night Club Flyer Template

Music Night Club Flyer Template

Use this creative and minimalist template to create an attractive flyer to promote special music nights and events at your club. The template is available in AI and PSD file formats.

80’s Retro Neon Club Flyer Template

80's Retro Neon Club Flyer Template

Another retro-themed flyer template featuring a colorful and easily …

30+ Laptop Mockup Templates (PSD & PNG)

When it comes to presenting website and graphic designs to clients, using a laptop mockup can substantially boost its appeal. Do you have the right laptop mockup to take your work to the next level?

There are many different ways you can use laptop mockup templates. You can use them to showcase your designs in your portfolio, website design, social media posts, client presentations, and more. We’ve found a set of professional laptop mockups that you can use on all those occasions.

In this post, we’re featuring some of the best laptop mockup templates for designers, both MacBook and Windows laptops. Plus, a set of tips for choosing a laptop mockup to help point you in the right direction!

Top Pick

Clay MacBook Air Laptop Mockup

Clay Macbook Air Laptop Mockup

This laptop mockup comes with all the right elements of a perfect laptop mockup as it features the latest MacBook Air while offering a modern perspective view of the device at the same time.

It includes a clay model of the new MacBook Air with a unique perspective view of the device. The template comes in 5 different PSD files with different views and easy to edit smart objects layers.

Why This Is A Top Pick

In addition to its beautiful clay design and the up-to-date laptop model, this mockup also features 5K resolution to let you use the mockup in all sizes of designs. You won’t find those qualities together in most mockups.

MacBook Pro 2019 Mockups

Macbook Pro 2019 Mockups

This is a set of 2 MacBook Pro mockups of the 2019 model of the Apple laptop. The mockup features a realistic model of the device that’s also available in 2 different color versions. The mockup features smart objects to easily place your designs in the device mockup as well.

Real-Photo Laptop Mockup Set

Real-Photo Laptop Mockup Set

This is a bundle of laptop mockups that includes 3 high-quality mockups of the new MacBook Pro in 4K resolution. Each mockup features different angle views of the device with editable lighting as well.

Neon Responsive Laptop Mockups

Neon Responsive Laptop Mockups

This unique mockup pack …

10 Professional PowerPoint Templates (And How to Use Them)

Let’s face it, not everyone has the time or energy to design a pixel-perfect PowerPoint slideshow for every presentation they make. This is where professional PowerPoint templates can be a live-saver!

Whether you’re in charge of designing a slideshow for the weekly team meeting, or a freelancer pitching to clients, designing unique and attractive PowerPoint presentations for each meeting can be a painful task—even for a pro.

Well, let’s change that, shall we? In this post, we’re going to show you a very simple way you can make stunning presentations using professional PowerPoint templates that will knock your client’s socks off.

Why Use Premium PowerPoint Templates?

As you know, PowerPoint comes with a few default pre-made templates made by Microsoft. While these templates make it easier for you to start designing your presentations, the ugly outdated designs of those slides will only make your presentations look less professional.

Premium PowerPoint templates, however, are crafted by professional designers and they help make your presentations stand out from the crowd. Here are some of the benefits of using professional PowerPoint templates.

  • Easily customizable without expert design knowledge
  • More attractive and modern slide designs
  • Includes multiple choices of color schemes
  • Includes custom vector graphics, icons, charts, and more
  • Drag and drop editing with image placeholders
  • And much more

How To Use A PowerPoint Template

Using and customizing premium PowerPoint templates are also quite easy. We’ll show you how it’s done in a few simple steps.

Step 1: Download the PowerPoint Template

Once you buy and download the PowerPoint template you’ll have a .ZIP file on your computer. Right-click on this file and UNZIP it.


The unzipped folder will include a .PPTX ( or Microsoft PowerPoint) file. This is the template file you’d want to use to make a slideshow.

Step 2: Open the PowerPoint Template

To load the template in PowerPoint, simply double-click on the downloaded .PPTX template file.


This will open the template in PowerPoint as a new slideshow.

Step 3: Customize the PowerPoint Template

Once the template is opened in PowerPoint, …

JAMstack Tools and The Spectrum of Classification

With the wonderful world of JAMstack getting big, all the categories of services and tools that help it along are as important as ever. There are static site generators, headless CMSs, and static file hosts.

I think those classifications are handy, and help conversations along. But there is a point where nuance is necessary and these classification buckets get a little leaky.

Note, these charts are just intended to paint a spectrum, not to be a comprehensive list of services.

Headless CMSs

A Headless CMS is a CMS that provides an admin area for creating and editing content, but offers no front-end to build the website from. All the content is accessed via APIs.

Imagine WordPress, which has an admin area, but it also has themes from which you build the website from on the server-side, with all kinds of PHP functions for you to use the content data. All that theming stuff is the “head”. So a headless CMS would be like WordPress with just the admin area. And indeed you can use it that way, as it offers APIs.

There is even more nuance here, as there are services that offer an admin area, but don’t actually store the data for you. Plus there is CMSs that are hosted for you, and CMSs where you have to bring your own hosting. Let’s have a peak.

Service Headless? Hosting Notes
Contentful Yes Cloud A classic headless CMS
Sanity JSON data structure, accessed via APIs, custom admin area is self-hosted
Cockpit Self Comes with admin UI
KeystoneJS All code, not even an admin UI
WordPress Sorta – Usually used with head Self or Cloud Has a head, but you don’t have to use it, you choose to only use APIs to access content if you wish.
Drupal Self
CraftCMS Self Specifically has a headless mode and GraphQL API. Craft Cloud will bring a cloud-hosted headless varient
NetlifyCMS Sorta – Doesn’t actually store content, just helps edit it. GUI for Git-hosted Markdown
Forestry Cloud
Joomla No

Weekly Platform News: CSS column-span Property, ADA applies to Websites, Auto-generated Image Descriptions

In this week’s roundup: multi-column layouts gain wide support, the ADA means more A11y for retailers, and Google is doing something about all the empty image alt attributes in the wild.

The CSS column-span property will soon be widely supported

The CSS column-span property, which has been supported in Chrome and Safari since 2010 (and IE since 2012), is finally coming to Firefox in version 71 (in December).

This feature enables elements that span across all columns in a multiple-column layout. In the following demo, the headings span across both columns.

article {
  column-count: 2;

h2 {
  column-span: all;

See the Pen
Demo of CSS column-span: all
by Šime Vidas (@simevidas)
on CodePen.

(via Ting-Yu Lin)

The Americans with Disabilities Act applies to websites

In the United States, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to websites, which means that people can sue retailers if their websites are not accessible.

Domino’s Pizza’s appeal was recently turned down by the Supreme Court, so the lawsuit against them for failing to make their website accessible to screen reader users will now resume in district court.

Guillermo Robles, who is blind, filed suit in Los Angeles three years ago and complained he had been unable to order a pizza online because the Domino’s website lacked the software that would allow him to communicate. He cited the ADA, which guarantees to people with a disability “full and equal enjoyment of the goods and services … of any place of public accommodations.”

(via David G. Savage)

Google announces automatically generated image descriptions for Chrome

When used with the VoiceOver screen reader, Chrome can now automatically generate image descriptions for images that do not have proper alt text (<img alt> attribute). Google has already created more than 10 million image descriptions, but they are not meant to replace alt text written by humans.

Image descriptions automatically generated by a computer aren’t as good as those written by a human who can include additional context, but

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