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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.

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.

Web Design Inspiration

Part of my job as a designer is to search for inspiration. That’s one of the many ways I get to hone my craft and that’s why I usually cringe…

The Web We Lost: Luke Dorny Redesign

Like 90s hip-hop, The Web We Lost™ retains a near-mystical hold on the hearts and minds of those who were lucky enough to be part of it. Luke Dorny’s recent, lovingly…

Small changes with an impact: building trust within calls

Often when discussing about the organizational design of a distributed company the discussion verges on the big things, the structural changes, and the policies. Yet, small changes can mean a…

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…

How To: Good UI Demo Videos

Whether it’s for demoing an existing feature, recording a “how-to”, or for a product launch, the quality of the demo video you record matters.

The Beauty Trap in Design

My primary responsibility as a UX designer and creative director is to get inside the mind of the client and their customer. To think like they do, anticipating stumbling blocks they may encounter even if a trained professional web designer would sail briskly through.

Pickers & Clickers

Alternate title: Pick-a-little, Talk-a-little Over the last 18 months or so, I’ve logged 200+ hours of moderating, watching, and reading user research sessions. Entrepreneurs with dreams of success, bloggers who…