Doodle

Doodle

The other day I sent a few friends a Doodle and it turns out they had never heard of this brilliant service. You haven’t either? But you sure know how hard it can be to find a convenient time for several people to meet? Not with Doodle. It allows you to quickly mutually agree on a time. Try it!

(There’s a whole category on my blog filled with Resources and Tools. Have a look!)

Tendr – Giving Money in Style

Tendr

When G and I got married a long time ago, we didn’t want ‘stuff’. We wanted art. We bluntly asked our family and friends to contribute to an ‘art fund’ that would allow us to buy art for our new home. We got checks and cash. It was awkward. But hey, we did end up purchasing beautiful art!

I wish Tendr already existed. Tendr takes the awkwardness out of giving money. Imagine if Paperless Post and Venmo had a baby. Yep, that’s Tendr. Have an occasion you’re raising money for and asking family and friends to contribute? Use Tendr. Really good people behind this service!

My favorite part is that every time you use their service, send a beautifully designed card to send someone money, the artist that designed the card gets a generous cut of the service fee. Just like Tattly, Tendr believes in supporting artists. YES!

Small Victories

small victories

Small Victories takes files in a Dropbox folder and turns them into a website. Here are some super fab examples:

small victories example

small victories example

Try it yourself: Small Victories

Google released Gboard

gboard

You can now Google search right from your Apple iPhone’s keyboard, thanks to Gboard.

Are You A Master Freelancer?

Master Freelancer Award

Back in the day, when I was a freelancer, I remember how lonely I got at times. I missed getting feedback from team members. It was hard to get recognition and at the time I couldn’t afford (or justify) entering the prestigious awards that cost hundreds of dollars. That’s why CreativeMornings and FreshBooks launched the Master Freelancer Award: It is completely free. All you have to do is show the best piece of freelance work — the website you designed that bends the rules, the photo you took that made it on that billboard, the copy you wrote for the poster that went viral.

If you’re one of the three winners CreativeMornings will share your story and your work with their global audience in every corner of the Internet. Plus, you’ll receive a trophy AND a free FreshBooks subscription for one year.

Enter to win or suggest a freelancer over at freelancer.creativemornings.com

And, the Freelancer Award page, is curating a list of helpful articles, resources and talks for Freelancers.

Lets Camera

LetsCamera

On vacation with friends? Lets Camera lets you automatically sync vacation photos within a group. (Switch your “wi-fi” mode on in the settings if you do not want to waste on your data plan. Once your phone is connected to the Internet, all photos will be synced.)

This is definitely a fun idea for a close circle of friends or at a party. But then also, oh, the awkward moment when you forget to turn sharing off…

(via Producthunt)

DesignFacts

DesignFacts

I just spent an eternity clicking though Design Facts. What a beautiful treasure trove with facts on all aspects of design. So much respect for Shane Bzdok for putting this resource together. May it keep growing!

Lingo

Lingo App

The fine folks behind the NounProject just launched Lingo, an app that allows you to easily organize, share and use all of your visual assets in one place, all on your desktop. Definitely giving this a try!

To Round

To Round

Interesting visual approach to a to-do list: To Round is a task manager showing your tasks as bubbles in a funnel. Looks beautiful and seems playful. I am intrigued. Discovered via ProductHunt. (But man, my version of To Round would look like a giant ball pit!)

(I am using TeuxDeux daily and it keeps me sane. Make it your browser landing page and you will stay organized throughout the day!)

App Marketing Stack

App Marketing Stack

Woah, this is useful: A curated directory of tools and resources on App Marketing and Mobile Growth.

(via Product Hunt)

Truebill

Truebill

Truebill helps you find and track your paid subscriptions, fees, and other charges and cancel unwanted payments. Definitely giving this a try.

(via Amrit)

Float

Float

I just discovered Float. And wish I would have heard of it when I still ran my own design studio. It looks like a fantastic way to keep track on who is working now what within a company, especially a project/service oriented studio? Do you use it? Or something similar?

Sortd for Gmail

Sortd

Sortd looks like Trello for Gmail. It transform your email into organized lists. This is how my email-brain works! I will definitely will give Sortd a try!

(via Product Hunt)

Export your Rdio Playlists

Conservatorio

Are you as bummed as I am over the recently announced shut-down of Rdio? So was Aaron Bockover, who channeled his frustration into building a tool called Conservatorio that lets you safely export your playlists from Rdio.

(via Amrit)

Happy 5th Birthday TeuxDeux

TeuxDeux

Five years ago today, Cameron, Evan and I announced TeuxDeux, a simple, design-y to-do app. (Cameron’s very first product video still puts a huge smile on my face. Keep in mind, the app UI has changed since then…)

TeuxDeux was born over a lunch conversation where I shared my vision of a calendar based to-app and 3 days later we had a working prototype. 5 years and several updates and revisions later, TeuxDeux is helping keep thousands of happy user stay organized.

The secret is to keep TeuxDeux as your browser landing page, so every time you open a browser window you are being reminded what you should be working on. Organize your to-do’s on our simple, list based calendar view. Cross off what you’ve completed and whatever you don’t cross off, will automatically move to the next day. You can also create your custom ‘someday’ columns on the bottom area for the things that you just need to get out of your head. And, take your to-do’s with you on the go, with our iPhone app.

Happy 5th birthday TeuxDeux. I don’t know what I would do without you.

The Startup Playbook

The Startup Playbook

Team Y Combinator generously shares insightful startup advice in their Startup Playbook. I want to hug them all for this. I feel like I just hit gold!

(via Jocelyn Glei’s fab Newsletter)

Does Someone in Your Community Need a Website?

Cover pages CreativeMornings

This week, Squarespace launched Cover Pages, by far the simplest way to create a small online presence for just about anything in minutes.

To celebrate Cover Pages, CreativeMornings is running a campaign encouraging the community to create a web presence for people or organizations that should have one. Know someone in your community who could benefit from a small site? Make them a Cover Page and share their story with the world! But here’s the kicker: In the spirit of generosity, Squarespace is offering the CreativeMornings community a free year* for your Cover Page.

CreativeMornings will be featuring some of the best-ofs throughout the month of November. Get Started!

*Once you’ve signed up for a free trial, select the “Settings,” “Billing and Accounting,” and finally, “Billing.” You’ll need to enter your credit card info and the code DESIGNSOMEGOOD to receive 100% off your first year. Don’t worry, Squarespace will only charge your card when your year is up, and give you plenty of notice beforehand.

GIF Maker

Gif Maker

The new GIF Maker from GIPHY allows you to easily make animated GIFs from videos. I am way too excited about this. Also, one of these days I will just respond to email with animated GIFs. Or I’ll have my catsistant do it.

(via Product Hunt)

Digit Automates Your Savings

An app that is tricking me into saving? I am down with that. Might give this one a try: Digit.

(via Chris)

Webflow

Webflow seems to good to be true.

Splacer – like airbnb but for Event Spaces

splacer venue screenshot

I had the pleasure to meet one of the co-founders of Splacer, a service that helps you find event space for a party, off-site, photo shot etc. As someone who is and has been putting on events in NYC for years, I know how hard it can be to find the perfect venue. Splacer is an absolute delight to browse. I was told they are just about to come out with a new and imroved website but I am already impressed with what I am seeing. If you know someone that has an event space here in NYC (or in Tel Aviv) tell them to sign up. It doesn’t cost anything to sign up and you’d just give Splacer a cut of your rental fee. They will be soon expanding to other cities.

I for now want to have a dinner party on this rooftop farm or simply find a reason to hang out in this jacuzzi.

See for yourself: Splacer.

Wow! Google Translate App

I could have made some serious use of Google’s Translate App when I traveled to Asia a little over a year ago. Impressive!

SayHi Translate App

Say Hi Translate

While on vacation in Switzerland, Ella (9) made a friend that didn’t speak English, so I downloaded them the SayHi Translate App. The app covers 43 languages and dialects. While it’s not always perfect, it sure is helpful and makes for a good laugh here and then. What an amazing time we live in.

HazeOver

HazeOver lets you focus on one app by fading out all the background windows on a Mac. So good.

(via Amrit)