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“King of Web Standards”—Bloomberg Businessweek. Designer at Automattic, Inc. Co-Founder, An Event Apart. Publisher, A List Apart & A Book Apart. Author. Father. He/him.

Automattic.Designers – № 1: Allan Cole

With music, design, and really any creative endeavor I take on, the idea of making “something out of nothing” drives me. The “nothing” here is the often unpredictable process of capturing small, abstract ideas and finding subtle and unexpected inspiration in them.

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?