Happy birthday to us 🥳!

June 2021 Newsletter — Letter #12

MakeStuffUp.Info has officially been out in the wild for a year. We’ve reached almost 1000 people. It’s not a big number by today’s standards, but every visit adds fuel for us to build and improve for a low-budget project like this. So thank you for being on this journey with us from the very start.

Let’s get to this month’s latest resources!

Good Stuff of the Month: 

Flutterflow is one of the latest no-code app builders on the market. Flutterflow’s appearance during Google I/O 2021 event further validates the future of no-code development and how no-code tools can empower non-technical makers to build and validate their digital products early on.

You can find Flutterflow under Tools > Development > Mobile App Builders on MakeStuffUp.Info. Start building your Flutter app today for free!

Freshly Added:

  • Because of the pandemic, remote working has been more favourable than ever; companies seek and hire tech workers across borders. Remote.com exists to help solve one of the biggest problems in remote hiring, payroll and HR. With Remote.com, you can hire and onboard overseas team members while still complying legally with the countries where your team members are based.

    You can always find Remote.com under a new category on MakeStuffUp.Info, Tools > Business > HR & Payroll.

  • Similar to Zapier, Automate.io helps you automate your business so you can focus on better things that help your business grow. If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative to Zapier, Automate.io might be the tool for you.

    You can always find Automate.io under Tools > Development > Automation on MakeStuffUp.Info.

  • Got too much copywriting on your plate? Snazzy.ai is here for the rescue. Recently acquired by Unbounce, Snazzy.ai uses AI to generate scalable content, speeding up your content creation workflow for social media ads, landing pages and more.

    You can always find Snazzy.ai under Tools > Writing > Copywriting (another brand new category) on MakeStuffUp.Info.

Other stuff: 

Did you know 90% of websites out there are inaccessible to people with disabilities? In the latest release, ‘Giving a damn about accessibility’ Handbook, UX Collective collaborated with Accessibility Expert, Sheri Byrne-Haber, to discuss the challenges accessibility professionals face daily.

To celebrate the Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), taking place last month, which encourages people to think, discuss, and learn about digital access and inclusion for disabled people, check out the handbook.

Again, thanks so much for being with us in the past year. Your support means more than you know. We’ll see you next month!

Until then, keep on makin’ stuff up.

Work less, and rest more.

May 2021 Newsletter — Letter #11

Work smarter, not harder, with our curated resources so you can have more time for yourself and your loved ones and get one step closer to a true work-life balance.

Good Stuff of the Month: 

Zapier is a veteran in the no-code automation space. The tool helps connect the apps you already use so that you can create custom workflows for any product need. With its ever-expanding library of integrations, Zapier speeds up behind-the-scene processes without any coding required.

You can find Zapier under Tools > Development > Automation, another brand new category, on MakeStuffUp.Info. Start automating your life for free!

Freshly Added:

  • Tired of creating social media preview images? Mugshot Bot is here to help. Simply add an URL & Mugshot Bot will instantly generate a preview image for you. Are you running a blog? Mugshot Bot Pro will speed up the process by dynamically generating link previews with one line of code.

    You can always find Mugshot Bot under Tools > Marketing > Social Media on MakeStuffUp.Info.

  • If your team use React to build enterprise-level products, you might want to check out Ant Design: “the world’s second most popular React UI Framework” (their words, not ours). As a companion to the framework, Ant Design System for Figma is a Figma kit created by Mateusz Wierzbicki for designers to sync up with their engineering counterparts. It can also be used as a starting point for any digital product design project.

    You can always find this awesome kit under Tools > Product Design > Kits on MakeStuffUp.Info.

  • Practical Marketing Training is a free marketing course that takes you through everything marketing from the Fundamentals to How-to-launch with examples & case studies. Expand your skillset today with 39 topics & 200+ lessons from people who have been there and done that.

    You can always find this list under Knowledge > Courses > Marketing on MakeStuffUp.Info.

Other stuff: Mailbrew is a non-productive productivity tool. Instead of spending time scrolling your social media endlessly, with Mailbrew, you receive custom social media digests directly in your email inbox. Last month, Mailbrew release a new feature that helps you quickly digest & manage your (millions and one) newsletters, saving time for other more important things while still keeping up with the Jones.

That’s it for now. We’ll see you next month!

Until then, keep on makin’ stuff up.

Big changes are coming your way.

Apr 2021 Newsletter — Letter #10

Time indeed does fly. It’s been almost a year since MakeStuffUp.Info launched, and we’re 8 resources away from 350 resources included on the site.

MakeStuffUp.Info started as an internal project, but then we thought this could be valuable for a lot more people. So we decided to share it publicly. Since then, we’ve served almost 800 people around the world.

As a niche site, your support — either through reading this newsletter, visiting MakeStuffUp.Info now and then, or telling your friends about us (we hope you do 😉); is the most significant source of motivation for us to continue working on it and making it better. So thank you!

Good Stuff of the Month:

  • A few months ago, we released Nookly — an All-in-One Digital Product Audit Template. Much like MakeStuffUp.Info, Nookly started as an internal tool, but unlike MakeStuffUp.Info, Nookly is not free. If you'd like to get lifetime access to Nookly at the cheap cheap price of US$29, check out our listing on AppSumo. The early feedback we're getting for Nookly has been super positive. Grab your copy today when it's still on sale.

    You can also find Nookly under Tools > Testing > Checklists on MakeStuffUp.Info.

Freshly Added:

  • Makerpad is the biggest no-code learning community as of this writing. Founded in 2019, Makerpad has recently been acquired by Zapier, another big player in the no-code sphere. We think about Makerpad as the cooler and more mature big brother of MakeStuffUp.Info. If you’re looking for more guidance on building digital products with no-code, it might be worth checking out Makerpad.

    Makerpad Tutorials is featured on MakeStuffUp.Info under Knowledge > Courses > No-code.

  • Heroicons is a beautiful hand-crafted set of icons made by the makers of Tailwind CSS. If you’re looking for an extensive free set of icons for your next project, don’t forget to check this one out.

    You can always find Heroicons under Tools > Visual Design > Icons on MakeStuffUp.Info.

  • After spending days, months, or even years on a project, it’s time for you to share it with the world. Where To Post Your Project is a list of places where you can post your project or startup for free. The list contains small communities and sites to help you find your first customers.

    You can always find this list under Knowledge > Article > Marketing > Lead Gen on MakeStuffUp.Info.

Other stuff:

Over the last month, it has come to our attention recently that Substack is not an ethical business as we previously thought. In their post, Annalee Newitz pointed out many shading business tactics Substack has been doing behind the scene. Due to this, we’ll be moving our newsletter to another newsletter service very soon. It won’t affect you as a subscriber, only that you’ll see some changes in how the newsletter looks and how you will access the newsletter. More information coming soon.

If you’re looking for an alternative for your newsletters, check out Buttondown.

That's it for now. We'll see you next month!

Until then, keep on makin’ stuff up.

Thank you for upskilling with us!

Mar 2021 Newsletter — Letter #9

The Covid pandemic has undoubtedly changed the world; how we live & work. The tech industry’s working structure is getting flatter than ever. More & more companies let their employees work from home or be more flexible with how work is being done. As a result, we’ve become more reliant on digital tools. Digital Proficiency has been said to be one of the most valued skills in the next decade.

MakeStuffUp.Info was initially created to help designers & digital makers create the digital space, so we can all benefit from a healthier & more equitable digital world.

We hope the resources we introduce to you are helpful to continue contributing to this ecosystem we all share.

Good Stuff of the Month:

  • Working remotely & in need of a better creative workflow? Milanote could be the exact tool you’ve been looking for. Milanote is designed to help creatives organise projects visually, allowing a better virtual space for non-linear thinking. And yes, they also have mind mapping & collaborative features to help you maximise your productivity.

    Solve more visual problems better with Milanote, for free (up to 10 notes, images or links, then US$10 per month).

Freshly Added:

  • Instead of generating images like other mockup tools, Browser Mockups allows you to generate CSS mockups, which code you can copy & paste. This is pretty handy if you need a quick solution for your marketing site or eDM without engaging your designer. Embed in the CSS & voila!

    You can always find Browser Mockups under Tools > Presentation > Mockups on MakeStuffUp.Info.

  • If you or your team use Bootstrap 4 as a part of the front-end development process, you may want to check out Bootstrap Design. This Figma UI kit allows designers to design consistently with the Bootstrap framework, allowing the whole team to move faster while maintaining quality across the whole process.

    You can always find Bootstrap Design under Tools > Product Design > Kits on MakeStuffUp.Info.

  • The Professional Association for Design is the oldest & largest professional membership organisation for design. Founded in 1914, AIGA has since helped designers worldwide by setting standards for design practices, advancing design as “a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force”. The Standard Form of Agreement Template for Design Services is one of the resources AIGA has created to help Designers & Agencies protect their work & create fair service terms for between Designers or Agencies and their Clients.

    It seemed apt for us to create a new category for this type of resources. You can always find the link to this Standard Form of Agreement Template & other legal documents in the future under Tools > Business > Legal on MakeStuffUp.Info.

That's it for now. We'll see you next month!

Until then, keep on makin’ stuff up.

Happy Year of the Ox! 🐂🏮🧧

Feb 2021 Newsletter — Letter #8

To anyone who celebrates Lunar New Year, we wish you an industrious & fruitful year ahead of you. We don’t have any lucky money 🧧 for you 😅, only some new resources & tools. Check them out below 👇.

Good Stuff of the Month: 

  • Airtable is not a new player in tech, but new to our collection. Founded in 2012, Airtable aims to provide the flexibility that anyone can take advantage of their business. Described by the company as a spreadsheet with the power of a database (and they’re not kidding), you use Airtable to build CRMs, manage any projects, integrate with Webflow, and so much more. The possibilities are endless.

    Start using Airtable to better organise your work for free.

Freshly Added:

  • Thunkable is another mobile app builder that lets you build native iOS and Android native apps without coding. You start from scratch or using one of the sample apps in their library.

    You can always find Thunkable under Tools > Development > Mobile App Builders on MakeStuffUp.Info.

  • UX Research is HARD! But Smaply is here to help. Smaply helps designers create journey maps & personas so you can spend less time on the tools & more talking to people. You can even share insights, collect feedback & present results quickly to your team with live sharing.

    You can always find Smaply under Tools > Discovery > UX Research on MakeStuffUp.Info.

  • Brene Brown is a professor, lecturer, author & has one of the most popular TED Talks of all time. The Call to Courage is Brene’s first talk streaming on Netflix. Brene talked candidly about fears & how we can choose courage over comfort. It’s a must-see for everyone, especially those who are in leadership positions.

    You can always find the link to this talk under Knowledge > Videos > Leadership Skills on MakeStuffUp.Info.

Other Stuff:

This month is also a special month for us at madeup.studio. We launched Nookly, an All-in-One Digital Product Audit Template. With Nookly, you can audit your product without spending thousands of dollars & hundreds of hours.

Nookly is currently on sale30% OFF for the first 50 purchases. Nookly will never be at this price again. So grab one while this lasts. You’ll be able to access updates forever.

That’s it for now. We’ll see you next month!

Until then, keep on makin’ stuff up.

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