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A traditional designer might prefer pencil and paper for wireframing. This is still a popular choice and for good reason: it works. But some designers are moving into the digital realm for wireframing mobile interfaces and general website layouts.

The following applications are completely free to use and come equipped with everything you’d need. Some are web applications while others are programs you download and install on your computer. Either way these are perfect for anyone who wants to get into wireframing without the pecuniary commitment.

Moqups

moqups design webapp

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Both mobile and web interfaces can be enhanced through proper icon use. There are many varieties and styles of icons, so it’s important to figure out when and why you’d need them. But the absolute best resources come in the form of premium iconsets with hundreds of different choices.

Take a peek at the following selection and see if any icons could be of use in future project work.

Smashicons

smashicons icons design

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One of the most disputed issues in web design today is the seemingly-eternal question: To Code or Not to Code? You’ll hear opinions in every which way but the truth is at the end it comes down to efficiency and workload. If you’re designing for fun and love the developer’s point of view, do that; but if you’re trying to grow your design business the answer might be more complicated.

That’s exactly why many agencies are going for the no-code design options. Many tools out there are currently offering ways to create a site from scratch with only user-friendly, visually based tools and no coding. These vary in style and quality, obviously; some fit amateur needs and some are more professional-oriented.

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  • From agencies to blog magazines, fixed headers are all the rage. It’s more common that this effect is created with plugins rather than custom-coded effects. Because of this fact many developers have released free open source plugins for fixed navigation bars. Take a look at these examples and see how they can fit into your projects.

    Headroom.js

    fixed header headroom js

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    Working freelance is always a challenge. Juggling work and client communication is never easy, but with the right tools your job can be a little easier. These resources have been hand-picked for designers working on their own or running a very small agency. Most of these tools are based online and target a niche that every freelancer is looking to fill.

    Mail’ette

    mailette design approvals webapp

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