What’s New For Designers, March 2019

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This month we are all about tools that make life easier. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in this roundup of new things for designers – from color tools to workflow enhancers to code snippets to fonts that will make you smile, everything here can make your design life easier.

If we’ve missed something that you think should have been on the list, let us know in the comments. And if you know of a new app or resource that should be featured next month, tweet it to @carriecousins to be considered!


QuickChart.io is a free tool to help you build quick charts for digital use. This tool is designed to replace Google Image Charts API, which is slated for shutdown this month. Here’s how it works: Chart images are defined by their URLs. Each URL contains a JSON object that includes all the data and display options. These options follow the popular open-source graphing library Chart.js. Everything is customizable so you can use your color and font palettes to make the chart completely yours and you can embed charts in emails, SMS, reports and pretty much anything else you need.

This Person Does Not Exist

This Person Does Not Exist is a collection of randomly generated headshots for projects. The images are computer generated and are not of real people. Refresh for new faces and use in projects. The fun thing about this project is how real the images look – although you do occasionally come across some glitchy ones.

IVID <Interactive Video Player>

IVID is an interactive video player for modern browsers that comes with easy setup and use. It’s plug and play! The full VanillaJS web component player allows you to skip to the next video, uses inherited HTML5 video properties, has on-screen controls that are customizable, keyboard controls and a simple setup.


Ludwig is a toolbox that lets you train and test deep learning models without writing code. It uses a data type-based approach that works for users at all levels. Plus, it has more flexible tools for experienced users that want more control over model building and training. This tool is available under an open source license.

CSS Color Wheel

CSS Color Wheel is a new take on the classic model with an animated color wheel with different styles. The pen by Louis Hoebregts is interesting, fun and informational. (Make sure to change the curves for different versions.)

Color Harmonies

Color Harmonies is another take on the color wheel with easy to see changes that you can adjust on screen to make great combinations for projects. (The cool paint chip design is fun as well.) Change the number of colors, hue, saturation and light and watch colors change before your eyes.


Capture-Website is a screenshot tool to help you grab website images. You have a few lines of code to work with and then you can grab full screenshots of pages with ease.

Charts for Sketch

Charts for Sketch is a massive collection of charts, graphs and diagrams for Sketch. Files include symbols, resizing constraints and text and layer styles for ease of use. Charts are grouped in categories such as area charts, bar chart and bubble charts and include three color schemes each (standard, black and wireframe).


IconSVG is a collection of SVG icons that you can customize – color, ends and joins, size and stroke width – to download and use in projects. The nice thing about these icons is that you can make small changes that really make each icon your own and then flip to different icons while keeping those customizations.

Lunar Popup

Lunar Popup is an HTML/CSS animated popup builder for your website (and it’s free). Every popup is responsive, customizable and works with layers for easy building and deployment. You can use animations or not and installation only takes three steps: add the libraries, copy the markup from the modal you need, initialize and go!

Third Party Web

Third Party Web is a good learning resource. It is a summary of which third party scripts are responsible for the most excessive JavaScript execution on the web. The project is designed with four goals: to quantify the impact of third-party scripts on the web, identify the ones that are the bulkiest, give developers information about these scripts and incentives responsible third party script behavior.

Scandinavian Houses Vectors

Scandinavian Houses Vectors is a fun collection of hand-drawn house illustrations. The collection includes 30 building options inspired by Scandinavian architecture. Each illustration includes a filled and outlined style option.

Absurd Illustrations

Absurd Illustrations is a collection of hand-drawn elements with a more aloof style for landing pages and other projects. They are designed to highlight creativity and imperfection. The collection continues to grow.

Unlimited Email Tracker

Unlimited Email Tracker lets you track opens and clicks in Gmail. You can see responses to emails in real time, get histories and do it all from a browser extension that’s free. This tool adds functionality of third-party email services to your inbox.

Haiku Animator

Haiku Animator, formerly Haiku for Mac, now works on all devices. The tool allows you to animate elements for any iOS, Android or web codebase. You can also use Figma, Sketch or Illustrator to sync design assets and create Lottie files without After Effects. This is a premium tool, but comes with a free trial.


DeckRobot uses artificial intelligence to make your PowerPoint, Google Slides or Keynote slides look better. You can upload slides you have used in the past and the AI will learn your style and allow you to replicate it in a number of ways. Then you can export and edit or format your application of choice.


AXDraft is a startup’s best friend. This website includes plenty of starter legal documents to help you meet business goals. From privacy policies to NDAs to employee onboarding documents, you can find the tools you need to get started here. And the documents are free.


ActionDesk is a productivity tool that turns spreadsheets into powerful automations. Import data and do everything from provide customer support to operations help to analyzing data. It integrates with plenty of tools, such as Google Sheets, CRMs and Typeform.

Tutorial: Text Trail Effect

The Text Trail Effect tutorial in the Codrops playground helps you learn how to make a nifty text effect for slideshows. The tutorial includes five demos for variations of the effect.

Interactive Typography Cheatsheet

Interactive Typography Cheatsheet can help you up your font-knowledge game. Click on elements in the cheatsheet to learn the names of different parts of letterforms. This game-style option is a great way to make sure you know the language of type so you can better communicate with creative teams.

Iknu Font

Iknu calls itself a “spiritual theme font.” The character set includes uppercase and numbers and is designed for projects with a specific intent. It’s interesting and different, which could make it a good choice from some branding or creative retail designs.


Karton is a free, handwriting style typeface that’s appropriate for display and simple uses. It includes an uppercase character set with some numerals and alternates.


OHNO is a fun block, slab-style typeface for display purposes. It includes only uppercase letters and has a somewhat futuristic look and feel.


Throne is a fun font for all the Game of Throne fans out there. The SVG and regular font collection has a hand painted style with a full set of uppercase characters, numbers and symbols. It is most appropriate for display.


Vistol is a sans serif typeface family in 18 styles with an upright stance and some italics. This family includes some fun lines and exceptional ligatures. The thin styles are also especially nice because they maintain readability.

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Kick-start your design career with this Adobe CC bundle

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In 2019, a design career is more attainable than ever before. If you've ever dreamed of a job in design, listen up! The entire Adobe Creative Cloud can be yours with the Pay What You Want: Adobe CC A-Z Lifetime Bundle. And at a pay what you want price, you just pay what you're willing — if it's less than the average price you'll still be taking something home, but if you beat the average price you'll take home the entire bundle.

This bundle ensures that you become a pro in all things Adobe. You'll master tricky software like Photoshop once and for all — a non-negotiable if you want a career in design. Even if you've never opened up Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop CC: Your Complete Beginner's Guide will transform you into a pro.

You'll also pick up the necessary skills for Adobe Illustrator CC with Adobe Illustrator CC: Essentials Training, Adobe Illustrator CC 2018 Master Class and Adobe Illustrator CC: Advanced Training. There are also courses in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe InDesign CC and Adobe Premiere Pro Video Editing.

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Collective #499

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How to design an accessible color scheme

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The Value of Inconvenient Design

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KV Storage: the Web’s First Built-in Module

Philip Walton explains what built-in modules are and introduces the asynchronous key/value storage module called KV Storage.

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Accessibility Insights

A powerful accessibility tool for creating simple tests or in-depth audits of websites.

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Cube World

Tibix created this demo as part of the “Art of Noise” series, a collection dedicated to canvas animations using Perlin and Simplex noise.

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If statements and for loops in CSS

Peter-Paul Koch takes another look at CSS as a programming language and shows the analogues for if statements and for loops.

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A JavaScript-Free Frontend

Matt Reyer shares how he uses as little JavaScript as possible when rebuilding his app Slimvoice.

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Firefox Send

In case you didn’t know about it: Firefox Send lets you share files with end-to-end encryption and a link that automatically expires.

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JavaScript “loose” comparison step by step

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A Complete Guide to useEffect

A very thorough guide to useEffect in React by Dan Abramov.

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A free tool to create and maintain style guides. By Muno Creative.

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Particles Field

A fantastic particles demo by Ricardo Mendieta.

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A simple alternative to Facebook events. With distribution of invitations and collection of RSVPs.

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Questions in the Sky by Air France

A promo game implementation for Air France.

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How to manipulate CSS colors with JavaScript

Adam Giese takes a look at CSS color notations and shows how to manipulate the values with JavaScript.

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Harry Potter Movies Quiz

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How to sculpt a human nose in ZBrush: 4 easy steps

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Human noses come in all shapes and sizes. However, it's important to know the basics of anatomy to sculpt a more believable nose. In this ZBrush tutorial, we'll walk through how to sculpt a realistic human nose in four simple steps.

First off, it's necessary to understand how a nose works. If we were to explain a nose in its simplest forms, we would most likely divide it into three parts that we see at first glance: bridge, tip and nostrils (also known by some as wings). However, as artists, we need to dig a little deeper. We also need to consider what lies beneath the skin. 

Let’s focus on the part of the nose that sticks out of the skull, and defines how skin wraps around it. Without going into surgical level of detail, we can break it down into a few more smaller parts (see step 3): nasal bone, dorsal hump, cartilages (lateral, septal, lesser and greater alar) and dense soft tissue. They go by many names, so do not be alarmed if your resource shows an alternative.

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Grab a mirror and take a look at your own nose. Gently poke and press it with your fingers to feel how the nasal bone and cartilage connects and all the pieces work together. 

For practice, you may want to try learning how to draw one before moving on to sculpting exaggerated and rough forms, clearly highlighting the edges and particular parts of the nose. It will help you remember how it is built and what it is supposed to look like. Try not to dwell on getting the angles absolutely perfect. Humans are not perfect creatures. Get the general shape right and enjoy the process.

01. Create a simple base

Start by breaking the nose down into simple geometry

From Project > Misc, bring up the Brush3DTemplate, mask out a rough shape and pull it out with the Move brush. Ctrl+click and drag on the canvas to unmask. Mask out the edges of the plane to avoid pulling them in the process. If you struggle building the initial shape, start by blocking out four planes. Everything around us can be broken down into simple geometry, so imagine the nose being made of four polygons stuck together. 

02. Activate Sculptris Pro Mode

Use the Clay brush with Sculptris Pro Mode activated to start shaping the nose

Now we have a base, we can block out the position and size of the nose. The best way is to use the Clay brush with Sculptris Pro Mode activated – bear in mind that it will not work on a tool with subdivision levels. In this mode it is easier to practise and build forms without having to worry about subdividing the mesh, as Sculptris Pro Mode helpfully changes tessellation based on the size of the brush. 

03. Add secondary shapes

Sculpt of a nose with anatomical references

Use anatomy references to help sketch out detail

Using the DamStandard brush, sketch out the deeper creases and add more structure around the bridge of the nose. Draw on rough borders of the cartilages to identify secondary shapes. Let’s not forget the dorsal hump – the place where the nasal bone and cartilages connect. Use clay and move brushes to reshape the nose. Make sure to check the shape from all angles to see if the silhouette works well.  

04. Finalise the shape

Get the general shape right and enjoy the process

All noses are different, so we have a lot of flexibility as to how we can model it to look. If we are aiming to achieve a more broad or skinny nose, you can try to exaggerate some of the structure ever so slightly. When you are happy with the shape, unmask the plane, go to ZRemesher, click on FreezeBorder and press ZRemesher. Repeat the process to achieve lower polygon density. 

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SitePoint Premium New Releases: Swift, Icon Design, and Vue

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We’re working hard to keep you on the cutting edge of your field with SitePoint Premium. We’ve got plenty of new books and mini-books to check out in the library — let us introduce you to them.

Hands-On Full-Stack Development with Swift – Packt

Build full-stack shopping list apps from scratch for web and mobile platforms using Xcode, Vapor, and Swift. Increase developer productivity by creating reusable client and server components. Develop back-end services for your apps and websites using Vapor framework.

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An Introduction to Data Visualization with Vue and D3.js

Learn how to visualize data in your Vue project with charts and graphs, to better convey and communicate information. In this tutorial, you’ll do so using the D3.js library, which combines powerful visualization components and a data-driven approach to DOM manipulation.

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The Icon Handbook

The Icon Handbook is the only resource that guides you through the complete process of designing icons – from deciding on the correct metaphor, drawing clear and understandable symbols, and implementing in your websites and apps.

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How to Build a Reusable Component with Vue

In this tutorial we’ll teach you how to build a reusable modal component using Vue. We’ll guide you through creating a simple authentication modal, creating a component out of it using Vue and then lastly, creating a skeleton modal component which can be copied and reused.

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Build a Basic CRUD App with Vue.js, Node and MongoDB

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to build a simple CRUD app, a tool to help students of a foreign language learn vocabulary, using Node, MongoDB and Vue.

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Freitag introducing their newest line of 100% recycled PET Bags

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Freitag introducing their newest line of 100% recycled PET Bags
Freitag introducing their newest line of 100% recycled PET Bags

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You just gotta love when companies go out of their ways to create sustainable products made of 100% recycled material. Some time ago, we have a featured the brand Freitag on ABDZ. Now they are back with their latest line of bags, Tarp on PET (aka ToP) blends their storied truck tarps with recycled plastic bottles. How cool is that? Made to last, they are introducing bags going from your lightweight backpack to a roll-top shoulder bag. All made of soft, light, and flexible thanks to a textile made from PET bottles dyed with a water saving process.

FREITAG fell in love with truck tarps in 1993, and still feels pretty much the same as the very first day. But now, after more than 25 years, the Zurich bag manufacturers are looking beyond their beloved truck tarps; as rugged and unique as they are, there are certain criteria the tarps simply can’t meet. The ToP products are just as unique as every bag from FREITAG

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The new multipurpose drawstring bag: simple and expandable like a lightweight backpack, and robust and handy like the one-off FREITAG carrier bag.


The new top-loading backpack with the big flap for an easier commute.


The doubly recycled roll-top shoulder bag with additional volume opening up at the top.


The cross-body bag with a concealed truck tarp accent, that can also be worn around the hips.

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A Zurich-based company known for its recycled truck tarps, is now expanding its bag line by launching four new and innovative ToP products (Tarp on PET). They will be made from individual, used truck tarps combined with a flexible, robust and lightweight textile of 100% recycled PET plastic bottles.

Creating A Startup with Digital Marketing Tactics

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When a text message arrives on your phone about the upcoming sale at your favorite store or an e-mail about a contest with a raffle of your favorite product pops up in your inbox, and when you buy a product in a store because your favorite blogger advertised it, the excitement you feel isn’t accidental. […]

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Master Adobe CC with this bundle

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If you've ever dreamed of launching your design career, listen up! The entire Adobe Creative Cloud can be yours with the Pay What You Want: Adobe CC A-Z Lifetime Bundle. And at a pay what you want price, you just pay what you're willing – if it's less than the average price, you'll still be going away with something, but if you beat the average price, you'll take home the entire bundle.

You can become a pro in all things Adobe with this handy bundle. Master tricky software like Photoshop once and for all – a non-negotiable if you want a career in design. Even if you've never opened up Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop CC: Your Complete Beginner's Guide will transform you into a pro.

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You'll also pick up the necessary skills for Adobe Illustrator CC with Adobe Illustrator CC: Essentials Training, Adobe Illustrator CC 2018 Master Class and Adobe Illustrator CC: Advanced Training. There are also courses in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe InDesign CC and Adobe Premiere Pro Video Editing.

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The best graphic design tools in March 2019

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This month’s round-up of the best new graphic design tools showcases a new flagship smartphone released to huge fanfare alongside a slick, slimline stylus quietly slipped out by Wacom. The two tech launches are widely different in approach, but both products offer designers exciting new creative possibilities.

As usual, we’ve also curated the best new books and brushes for streamlining your creative process: you'll find some brilliant new resources below, for all fields of interest. Read on for this month’s best new tools for graphic designers.

And if you'd like a comprehensive look at the more standard tools every creative should own, then don't miss our ultimate guide to graphic design tools.

Samsung Galaxy S10 product shot

Boasting a vibrant and bright 6.1-inch Infinity Display, faster Wi-Fi 6 and HDR10+, and a triple-lens rear camera that takes ultra-wide photos, Samsung’s latest flagship takes the single hallmark features of other handsets and crams them into one innovative phone. 

The new Samsung Galaxy S10 camera phone might just be a game-changer for creatives. There’s more screen real estate to play with, and it’s been crowned the most colour accurate smartphone display ever by leading display authority DisplayMate – so if you’re working on the go (aided by the all-day battery), your creative apps will thank you. 

Meanwhile, that triple rear camera gives you a 12MP regular lens, 12MP optically zoomed telephoto lens and a brand new 16MP ultra-wide lens (plus a single 10MP camera with dual auto-focuses on the front). As you’d expect, it isn’t cheap. But this is easily Samsung’s best-ever smartphone, and we want one. 

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Now You See It book cover

A new Kindle version of Pentagram partner Michael Beirut’s 2017 Now You See It has been released this month. The book is a follow-up to his best-selling Seventy-Nine Short Essays on Design, and offers a collection of over 50 engrossing bite-sized articles written by Beirut over the last decade. Covering everything from design history, practice and process to baseball, pop culture and design hoaxes – as well as celebrating leading design figures like Alan Fletcher, Massimo Vignelli and more – Now You See It is a deep, insightful and often humorous depiction of how design shapes our world. “Like a mentor in a book” is how one reader describes it. If you liked Beirut’s How To, you’ll like this too. 

For more great reads on design, don't miss our graphic design books roundup.

Buy Now You See It from Amazon for $34.36 / £18.52

Wacom Pro Pen slim stylus in its holder

Japanese drawing tablet giant Wacom has quietly released a new version of its Pro Pen stylus, with a thinner form factor that’s more akin to the Apple Pencil. Like the Pro Pen, it has 8,192 levels of pressure senility, tilt-response and – says Wacom – it’s virtually lag-free. Right now, it’s only officially available in the US, but we’ll let you know as soon as it’s on sale in the UK too.

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iPad showing a chalk lettering composition

The Procreate Chalk Lettering Bundle contains 50 Procreate brushes to help you create realistic-looking chalk effects and lettering. Inside are eight lettering chalk brushes, six half effect brushes, one script brush, five pattern brushes, nine grids and more – everything you need to add authentic chalk effects to your designs. Bear in mind that these are Procreate brushes – they won’t work in Photoshop or other apps.  

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The Fundamentals of Typography, 2 edition, book cover

Authors Gavin Ambrose and Paul Harris introduce the core principles of typographic theory and practice in the second edition of The Fundamentals of Typography. Packed with new case studies from leading design studios and thought-provoking exercises, the book offers insight into the use of type both past and present, inspiring typographers and designers to push their practice further in print and online – and it speculates on the future too. It’s a useful addition to any new designer’s bookshelf. 

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Hand-drawn llama illustrating the different brushes in the Essential Hand Drawn Brush pack

There are 20 hand-drawn Photoshop brushes in this pack from Pixelbuddha. Including everything from pencil and pastel textures, sponge and splatter marks through to lettering brushes, strict lining and more, this versatile bundle aims to have you covered whether you’re creating illustration work, editorial, commercial images, social media posts or more.

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Walter Gropius: Visionary Founder of the Bauhaus

The charismatic and controversial founder of the Bauhaus – Walter Gropius – was at the centre of European modern art and design from 1910 to 1930, until Hitler made his situation untenable. In this riveting biography, Fiona MacCarthy draws on new research to re-evaluate Gropius's work and life, while exploring his intellectual and emotional life. Moving, vivid and described as a masterpiece by commentators, this long-awaited biography argues that Gropius’ visionary ideas still influence the way we live, work and think today.   

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This premium collection of 15 mid century-inspired Procreate brushes has been designed to make creating realistic pen and ink line art a breeze. It includes classic and dribbly inkers, pencils, charcoal, chalk, fillers, washes and more to give your illustrations energy, movement and that magical mid-century hand-drawn feel. A must-have for Procreate artists interested in mid-century illustration.

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The best laptop cooling pads in 2019

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The best laptop cooling pads might seem like an easy find, but search results reveal a surprising amount of choice. Why? For artists and designers using these devices for long periods of time, a laptop cooling pad is essential. Cooling a laptop allows the processors to push harder and perform better, without crashing. The challenge is finding the best cooling pad for your device, which means considering size, number of fans, power, noise, portability and more. Confused? Fret not, we've got you covered. Scroll down for our pick of the best laptop cooling pads available right now. 

First, let's take a look at the different specs you'll be dealing with. Size is a big issue. You don't want to buy a pad that's not large enough for your laptop as it won't cool it enough to offer any real benefit. Number of fans presents a similar issue, although this is more a question of power efficiency – some single-fan units can still push out a lot of cooling power. Noise is a big factor for anybody that thinks a whirring pad is going to get on their nerves (especially if this is for movie binging stints without headphones). Portability is a must for anyone using their laptop on the go, so keep that in mind when comparing size to power.

Our current favourite laptop cooling pad, which incorporates all of the above, is the Cooling Master NotePal X3. It's affordable, powerful, good looking and even comes with LED lighting – all that plus it's easy to buy from most countries via major retailers, meaning you get that peace of mind too. But while that's our pick, you might need something more specific for your needs. Read on to find the best for you.

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Cooler Master NotePal X3

The Cooler Master NotePal X3 is a beast of a cooling pad that is capable of chilling laptops up to 17-inches in size. This is done using a single, giant 200mm fan that is able to spin at up to an impressive 850 RPM. That speed can be controlled using a physical scroll wheel found on the side of the pad – this allows you to find the balance between noise and chilling efficiency. The LED lighting can also be controlled here allowing you to turn it off if you need. The pad is charged via USB but does offer a pass-through port meaning you can charge your phone while using this excellent cooling pad at the same time.

Tree New Bee TNB-F003

The Tree New Bee TNB-F003 cooling pad is a highly affordable way to get an active platform that cools your laptop. This unit features dual fans and handy clips that pop up to hold the laptop in place even when propped up on the legs at an angle. Made from ABS plastic and metal, the mesh layer is strong, grippy and able to transmit the air freely for the best cooling effect on the laptop, which can be up to 15.6-inches in size. 

Tree New Bee TNB-K0025

The Tree New Bee TNB-K0025 cooling pad is a high-end option for those that want the best without pricing being and issue. While the mesh metallic top layer will draw away heat, the four fans circulate cooling air to the laptop that can be between 15.6 and 17-inches. There are also two anti-slip pads, dual legs to prop the laptop up, dual USB ports and fan speed controls. All that makes this ideal for designers that want to keeping pushing their laptops' limits without the worry of a crash due to overheating.

TeckNet Quiet Laptop Cooling Pad

The TeckNet Quiet Laptop Cooling Pad offers a whopping five fans that work at up to 1,200 RPM yet do so very quietly. The result is a super chilled laptop that can be run to its limits, for watching or editing a 4K and HDR movie, say, all while the fans remain quiet enough to avoid affecting the experience. The dual USB allows for power while still offering space to charge a device. Also the ergonomic design allows for two angles, with grips for stability – meaning maximum viewing comfort, again, ideal for movie viewing sessions.

Cooler Master Eergostand III

The Cooler Master Ergostand III is a laptop cooling pad designed for adjustability, making it ideal for designers that need to move their laptop for the best viewing angle. The super large 230mm fan is ultra silent and works in conjunction with a six-angled stand. Everything comes apart for easy cleaning to ensure maximum airflow and cooling efficiency. The four port USB hub makes charging other devices easy and everything is easily accessible, further enhancing this pad's ability to go easy on your neck and back.

Deepcool N9

The Deepcool N9 isn't the slimmest cooling pad you can buy, but it is the best slimline option for the features we think you're going to need. Not only will this support laptops up to 17-inches with its metallic and grippy two anti-slip baffle platform, but it'll cool them powerfully with its speed-adjustable 180mm fan. You can enjoy four USB ports and six angle options for ideal viewing. All that is crammed into a unit that's slim enough to take anywhere, making it ideal for pros on the move that don't want to scrimp on power or settle for anything but the perfect viewing angle.

TopMate C5

The TopMate C5 laptop cooling pad is the best for gamers who want maximum power out of their machine and maximum cooling to keep it from crashing under the strain. Thanks to a whopping 2,500 RPM from the five fans, which somehow still remain relatively quiet, this cooling pad is ideal for high-powered gaming laptops specifically. The downside? It won't manage larger 17-inch laptops, but for up to 15.6-inch devices it offers multiple angles and kickers to hold the laptop in place. A dual USB hub allows for device charging and there's also a blue LED light so you know when that quiet fan system is active. 

Game Lab Vortex E-Sport LED Cooling Pad

The Game Lab Vortex E-Sport LED Cooling Pad offers a great combination of affordability and power that makes this a top option for gamers that want to get a powerful cooling pad on a budget. You get four fans capable of an impressive 1,400 RPM, all while staying quiet, as well as LED lighting. The brightness and power of all that can be controlled using a scroll wheel. Stands allow you to prop this cooling pad up for perfect viewing angles while ABS legs hold the laptop in place on the heat dissipating metallic mesh plate. Ideal for gamers, designers and general users alike.

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