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DN Meetups, the Solicited Redesign Contest, and New LayerVault Magic

almost 6 years ago from , Product @ imgix

Hi Folks,

The times, dates, and venues are locked for the upcoming meetups. We’ve got more than 1,000 people showing up to events in ten cities. That’s huge!

We've also been keeping busy ourselves and have got some exciting things to share with you. To get everyone amped, we thought that we would put on a contest in the same style as the Design+Code Giveaway from 5 months ago.

Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to redesign Designer News. We hate spec work more than anyone else, so this is not that. You will own your work, and we will not do anything with it. This contest is supposed to be fun.

We will select a winner from each city. Even if you can’t make it or there’s no meetup near you, you’re still encouraged to enter. You will be considered entered into the closest city you are near. The ten winners will receive:

  • A mind-blowingly awesome color for their avatar
  • A LayerVault T-shirt
  • Their work in the Designer News Hall of Fame
  • A copy of Elements of Typographic Style
  • Drinks for free at their meetup (if they are able to attend)

Now for the exciting stuff

For this contest, we are exposing a whole new way of designing online. Until now, there hasn't been a great bridge between high-fidelity mockups and web design.

Essentially, every public LayerVault project can now also have a public-facing, Jekyll-built site. That's a full-blown site for every public project within LayerVault.

It gets even better when you take advantage of the magic we've built in. By using some special template helper tags such as:

<img src=‘{% lv_asset “Mockup.sketch” “Group/Slice” %}’>

in a document, you can now link to layer comps, artboards, and assets within PSD, Illustrator, and Sketch files. This means no more exporting assets for your websites, you only need the source documents. A great example of this in action is Rafael Condé’s Flat Flags project. He has a single source Sketch document, and then links to all of the different assets within it. No exporting required. You can also see our Open Source Cosmos page using this new technology, as well.

You can read all about the magic and some configuration options on our help site: Creating a Public Project Site.

This functionality is in beta, so please tread lightly. If you find any bugs, please send them over to support@layervault.com. I look forward to seeing what you guys can do. This community never ceases to amaze me.

—Kelly

Edit: Submissions are due by September 15, at 12:01am. Please leave them in the contest submissions thread.

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