All posts by John Maeda

I'm a learner. By training.

2019

The end of 2018 saw our very first “all-distributed” holiday party to help us close out an exciting year working together across all-timezones and working all-remote.

2018 Automattic Design Award Winners Announced

The idea for the Automattic Design Awards was borne out of a desire to honor and grow the fantastic design community within the WordPress ecosystem. We wanted to show how design is thriving in the […]

Three Design Principles at Automattic Design

We like to iterate at Automattic, and we had the perfect opportunity to do so IRL at our latest all-company gathering, a.k.a. Grand Meetup. So as we enter into 2019, this is the latest version […]

On Small Business Saturday

It took eight years for Amex to achieve what it’s done with “Small Business Saturday” and it’s totally inspiring. Their customizable kit is quite nice and produces a slew of marketing materials including sample email […]

“Growing” the Automattic Design Award Trophy

Entries for the 2018 Automattic Design are due November 16 We were fortunate to have Nervous System computationally design, a-hem “grow,” the Automattic Design Award trophy. Nervous Systems’ website demonstrates their astounding experiments as artists, […]

Call For Automattic Design Award 2018 Entries

Due November 16, 2018 | 23:00UTC What is the Automattic Design Award? It’s the start of putting a spotlight on some of the best designed ideas out there in the WordPress ecosystem on the eve […]

“Can you hear me?” —your customer

Automattic Design recently engaged in a “deep dive” customer research project to understand the psychology of small business owners. The underlying reason behind making this work happen has been our knowledge that roughly half the […]

Personal Professional Mission (PPM)

Our Head of Design Ops at Automattic, Alison Rand, is passionate about the idea of PPMs. Alison introduced me to the concept a few months ago, and I immediately gravitated to it but I wasn’t […]

2018 Design Tools Cost Comparison Sketch

Putting my money-glasses on, I’ve been curious about how much anyone needs to pay for design tools that enable drawing, prototyping, and communicating. Because recently something’s been bothering me, that I couldn’t put my finger […]