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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.

Text Should Not Feel Important

In a workplace, quick feedback is easy to come by. We just ask the person we’ve on our side, we walk by a trusted colleague, maybe we even ask a…

Advancing the Block Interface

Automattic contributes to a number of non-profit and open source projects, including WordPress, which powers more than 30% of websites, including WordPress.com. As part of WordPress’ five for the future…

Stream Like a Designer: Democratizing Beautiful Video Calls

Conference video calls have always been a big part of our flows here at Automattic. We all work from home, all over the world, so these calls are an opportunity…

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…