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We also write! And we share stories about design, the team, our products, and how we do it. We’re open source in all ways, from the technologies we create to the ways we create them.

Designing a Promotional Video for Simplenote

Simplenote is Automattic’s free, open-source, note-taking app. We’ve been working hard to improve its usability and design across all platforms and wanted to promote the latest UX updates along with…

Designing the Seedlet Theme

A behind-the-scenes look into the design of an Automattic theme.

Designing An Animated Video For Automattic’s P2 Collaboration Platform

P2 is the lifeblood of Automattic’s fully-distributed work culture. P2 is not just a tool we use, it’s become something we do, each and every day; sharing, discussing, reviewing and…

Crafting Block Patterns

There is currently a lot of excitement surrounding the block patterns that debuted in WordPress 5.5. A block pattern—pattern for short—is a predefined block layout; a collection of blocks or,…

Behind Every Great Designer, There is a Great Desk!

One of the great things about working for a 100% distributed company like Automattic is the freedom to choose where you do your work. Whether working from a home office,…

How (Not) To Start a Job at Automattic

1. Celebrate! Congratulations, you’ve been hired at Automattic!  It’s surreal to think you’ll be joining this globally distributed team that you’ve long admired from afar. You’ll soon get to design…

The Bauhaus in a block

This is it. The verge of this 2019, the brink of a decade, and the conclusion of a century from the founding of one of the most significant schools of…

Automattic Designers – No. 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.

Build effective remote design teams with the right communication model

As designers, we are often very comfortable in working together using the physical space to our own advantage — critiques, workshops, brainstorming sessions, etc. It’s usually part of our education,…

Sticking To It

If I wanted a career like his, I would have to seek deeply in my soul.