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“King of Web Standards”—Bloomberg Businessweek. Principal Designer & Creative Director, Automattic. Founder & Publisher, A List Apart Magazine. Co-founder & Co-Host, An Event Apart front-end design conference. Co-founder & Publisher, A Book Apart. Have written two books, notably the foundational web standards text, Designing With Web Standards, now in a 3rd Edition. Faculty, MFA Interaction Design program at School of Visual Arts. Host, The Big Web Show.

Classic Volkswagen advertising.

Sticking To It

If I wanted a career like his, I would have to seek deeply in my soul.

Thumbnails from one page of Luke Dorny's website.

The Web We Lost: Luke Dorny Redesign

Like 90s hip-hop, The Web We Lost™ retains a near-mystical hold on the hearts and minds of those who were lucky enough to be part of it. Luke Dorny’s recent, lovingly hand-carved redesign of his personal […]

The Beauty Trap in Design

My primary responsibility as a UX designer and creative director is to get inside the mind of the client and their customer. To think like they do, anticipating stumbling blocks they may encounter even if a trained professional web designer would sail briskly through.

You got this.

Through the rosy lens of memory, learning HTML and Photoshop back in the day was a breeze. Now I’m learning new tech, and it’s hard. Maybe you’re in the same boat.

Money and tech

From optimistically conceived origins and message statements about making the world a better place, too many websites and startups have become the leading edge of bias and trauma, especially for marginalized and at-risk groups.

How have so many of our digital services and social networks become a garbage fire of lies, distortions, hate speech, tribalism, snake oil, and privacy violations?