The fight for the design tool monopoly goes into the next round as Figma just launched Plugins and Sketch went live (Beta) with their Teams feature.
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4th August 2019
Hey and welcome to issue #25 👋

I am back at it with issue #25 of the creative abstract. Holidays were great, gaining loads of new experience and impressions. It feels great to be back curating a new issue of this newsletter and I hope you are ready for some changes I will prepare over the next few weeks. I will also work on a little survey to get to know my subscribers a little bit better. My focus is to tailor this newsletter to my audience and to deliver only quality content that is useful for you.  ✨

If you have recommendations or feedback, drop me a mail or a tweet. For now, enjoy the newsletter! 😊🙌

Apps, Software, Tools
Sketch for Teams

Take collaboration to the next level. Share designs and prototypes, provide feedback and collaborate with your whole team in a single workspace.



TLDR this

TLDR This is a web app (+ chrome extension) that can take a painfully long piece of text and sum it up into five key bullet points using the power of NLP. Spend less time reading counterproductive stuff and more on doing valuable work.



Nomad List 5.0

Exactly five years ago, the first version of Nomad List launched on Product Hunt. This is the newest version of the global community of international travelers working remotely around the world.






Figma Plugins

Figma Plugins extend what's possible in Figma. We're launching with over 40 (and counting) plugins built by our community, & this is just the beginning. Figma Plugins are easy to build. If you know basic HTML and JavaScript, you can create a Figma plugin.




Goods & Gadgets
MagicDock

MagicDock is the world's first desktop docking station designed for the iPad Pro. Our patent pending MagicGear makes going from office work, to graphic design, to recreation a snap!




Mikme Pocket

Mikme Pocket is a failsafe wireless audio recorder with a clip-on mic. It's made for video content creators, journalists & filmmakers. Simple – No receiver. Failsafe – Saves local copy on device. Reduces post-production – Audio & video is synced on phones.

New Resource
Delesign

Use a collection of fully customizable SVG images and templates for your next project. 100% royalty-free and free to use.

Check it out ✨
Read on
The reasons to create a persona

"There are different ways to assess the work with Personas and many variations of documents are available out there. This article doesn’t seek a new definition, but it explores usage reasons and confers a thought on the creative process."

Your obsession with self-help books could be hurting your productivity

"If there was a pill that could magically enhance your brainpower, would you take it? For one out of four Oxford Students, the answer was “yes.” In 2015, a quarter of the student population admitted to taking modafinil, a “smart drug” that researchers found does improve thinking skills."

How to Do Strategic Planning Like a Futurist

"I recently helped a large industrial manufacturing company with its strategic planning process. With so much uncertainty surrounding autonomous vehicles, 5G, robotics, global trade, and the oil markets, the company’s senior leaders needed a set of guiding objectives and strategies linking the company’s future to the present day. Before our work began in earnest, executives had already decided on a title for the initiative: Strategy 2030."

Is the Internet Making Writing Better?

"A common refrain from writers on Twitter is that writing is hard. Often, this insight is accompanied by the rueful observation that tweeting is easy. This is, of course, the difference between informal and formal expression, between language that serves as a loose and intuitive vehicle for thought and language into which one must wrestle one’s thought like a parent forcing his squirming kid into a car seat."

Typeface of the week

Florian Karsten’s take on the grotesque genre is not new, but the family was recently expanded, now offering six weights, with their italics, plus corresponding mono styles. FK Grotesk pairs well with  FK Display, its sister family, for a good and safe combo. Although, Micah would suggests a more playful combination, for instance with  Futura BoldUnivers CondensedUltra Condensed or even with  Orbitron, which is free.



Currently Listening
Poolside FM

A great project is the reason for bringing back the "Currently Listening" section. A fairly ridiculous super-summer music website with a '90s Mac inspired interface. Poolside FM streams a continuous flow of upbeat tracks and hilarious VHS visuals.

Tweet of the week ✉️
Jason Fried Jason Fried
@jasonfried
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One of my favorite interview questions: “What's something you know you need to get better at?”. It’s revealing.

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Till next time! 👋

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The Creative Abstract

by Philipp Temmel

Plüddemanngasse 38, Graz
Austria

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