PowWow is a free simple service for scheduling user research using your Google Calendar. The fine folks at Pointless Corp (aka Viget) created this as a side project for handling scheduling of user interviews and testing, but could be used for any kind of event.

There are other apps like this that remove the fuss of coordinating schedules via email. PowWow does it simply, and provides a polished and pleasing experience. You pick the times that work best for you and send out a calendar with available appointments and any additional information to potential participants. Participants can select the appointment time that works best for them and you will be sent a confirmation with their contact information.


Sticky Jots

Sticky Jots is a set of storytelling sticky note paper and paper prototyping kits for designing mobile and tablet interfaces. The product is designed by Rae Milne and Pamela Jue, two grad students in the SVA Interaction Design program.

Pam writes about the thinking behind Sticky Jots.

The idea came from our constant prototyping and ideation process in almost every project this semester. While it’s great to do, it’s still frustrating how time consuming it can be. We started thinking more of how we can we integrate a better experience with our process so that it could be more collaborative and efficient with time.

They're going to be offering storyboard sticky notes, as well as mobile or tablet dot grid pads. There are also iPhone and iPad backs, which look like they'd be great for paper prototyping and testing. They've already surpassed their production cost goals on Kickstarter, which ends on Apr 24. Find out more about how to back the project.


Sketch Template for Mac App Design

About this template

This is a template for doing desktop application design using Sketch, a vector illustration tool for the Mac.

The idea for sharing this template is to give a quick starting point for anyone who wants to create their visual design comps in Sketch. When I started using Sketch to design and export controls for an iOS app, I quickly started liking the application, particularly the styling properties, simple vector editing and combination features, and the well thought-out grid and export capabilities. Moving on to a Desktop project afterwards, I started to experiment with using Sketch for design comps as well, and have decided to try using Sketch rather than Photoshop.

How to use it

NOTE: This file was created using the latest build of the Sketch Beta, so you will have be using the Beta to open it currently.

The template provides the starting point for creating visual design comps and includes an application window with a few basic elements: window, scrollbars, window title and several icons, sidebar, some styled text, system buttons, radios, and checkboxes. You can copy the styles for some of the elements and save them to your style presets to create others.

The template provides a 1024px x 800px artboard with a Comp slice that's ready to export your entire app window. There's a 12 column grid with 60px columns, 25px margins, and 12px padding on the horizontal edges.

You will likely need to modify this template—it's only meant to provide a demonstration of what you can do, and a starting point for new projects.

Download the zip file and extract it on your Mac. Open the file in Sketch.

You can use the menu File > Save as Template... if you want to save it to your templates.



Download the Template
This template is free to use, but may not be distributed without permission. If you like it, a donation is appreciated.


Mixture is a rapid prototyping and static site generation tool for Mac and Windows. It works with the Liquid templating system, supports includes and smart paths, handles HAML and SASS comilation, CSS and JS minification, and provides a simple model system for global and custom data, and supports access to form and query data in their request model. It can produce static HTML that you can push to a hosting service, and allows use of your own domain. Service integration for testing with BrowserStack and other services is planned.

Via Ryan Riatno


Hammer for Mac

Hammer is a static web site builder for the Mac that lets you build out sites quickly with no server side requirements.

Hammer does includes without PHP, compiles Coffeescript to JS, SASS/SCSS to CSS, has an auto-refresh feature for never having to reload the browser, and provides some simple to use helpers. Since it knows about all of the files in your projects, you just reference names and it knows how to build out paths. It has a helper for selected link classes in your navigation elements. When you're ready to share your prototype you can upload to your own server, zip and send the Build folder, or use their own built in publishing system.