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Ian Stewart

Design Director on WordPress.com Design at Automattic.

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Designing Design Leadership

I don’t have a formal design background. I had to learn everything the hard way through the usual methods. Diving into, or letting myself get thrown into, the deep end…

The story of the story of the Four Planets of Design

Working at a fully distributed company where everyone at the company is working remotely from each other means you’re simultaneously everywhere and nowhere. You’re in Slack or a P2 or…

There’s nothing quite like finding out you’re wrong

There’s nothing quite like finding out you’re wrong. I’ve shared previously about the research I was able to take part in as a designer at Automattic. Meeting Small Business Owners…

Seeking out differences and changing

If you’ve ever had to do anything moderately hard over a long period of time, failed at it, tried again, found some success, failed at it, tried again, and so…

In the difference between promise and present

Something I’ve been thinking about lately is the difference between promise and present. The difference between expectations, hopes, dreams, visions — the optimistic future — and the “what needs to…

Why I’m so excited about the Gutenberg Editor for WordPress

The other day a friend of mine at Automattic shared the following. So I bought this theme for my personal website and I wanted to make it look nice before…