All posts by John Maeda

I'm a learner. By training.

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 […]

Four Design Principles at Automattic Design

We’ve spent the last half year at Automattic Design finding our design principles. That might sound easy to do when so much has been written out there about design. But we’re the world’s largest all-remote […]