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Zé Marques

Designer director, loves indie things, far away places and non-fancy gin & tonics. Jammin' @Automattic.

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My father ran his own business for most of his professional life. I always admired that he was able to venture out on his own and not take the easier…

Learning to listen

Designers at Automattic have one common goal that is clearly stated in our creed: I will never stop learning. It’s something that I refer back to when being challenged with…

Buying views with coffee

At Automattic we love to experiment, and as part of an initiative to be more empathetic with our customers we were posed with the following challenge: Pick a colleague’s post,…

Resetting to create

I like to think I’m organised. I try to have my calendar as up to speed as possible and scheduled everything that involves interacting with other people. I keep my…

Exclusion by generalization

How often do designers struggle when presented with a new user interface? It may take us a few moments to read it, but because our cognitive muscle is so developed…

Conquering isolation on a remote design team

Every designer has experienced overlooking something along a project lifecycle. We are so focused on the task at hand that we want to keep going and fail to request feedback.…

When did web design become so boring?

I remember the moment I fell in love with web design: I landed on an agency website called 2advanced. I was immediately blown away: stylish intro animation, futuristic visuals employing…