Category: Computational Design

A Design System Approach to Improving Usability through Color

Like many other companies with expansive digital products, Automattic (makers of WordPress.com) has recently dedicated a significant amount of energy into creating a design language system that we call Muriel. This new design system is […]

Looping animation of many Wordpress.com display ads.

Automating Asset Creation

The first thing a child draws looks like a circle. People spontaneously arrange themselves in a circle when they need to observe something close up, and this led to the origin of the arena, the […]

Designing consistency: Impact on agencies and their customers

A long time ago in a galaxy where I still currently reside, I was a marketing & product designer for several multimedia agencies focused on building marketing websites for small businesses. The platform of choice […]

Why all designers should do customer support

All new hires at Automattic are required to spend three weeks as a Happiness Engineer, solving…basically anything one can create with a WordPress.com site. Plus anything that the phrase “systems thinking” adds to its scope. […]

Gutenberg for WordPress Usability Walkthrough by Jeff Golenski

Fresh look into Gutenberg for WordPress. A usability walkthrough

Although I’ve seen Gutenberg in action on the big screen, up until now, I haven’t really tried to use it to create content or layout. This 53 minute long walkthrough is my first real in-depth attempt at utilizing Gutenberg to create a blog post.

Build, measure, learn for the win

One of the first projects I worked on at Automattic was a small A/B test for the first screen of the WordPress.com sign-up process. As the first screen in our funnel, it served a critical role, but […]

Algunos plugins de Sketch útiles

Una de las muchas cosas que hacen que trabajar en Automattic sea genial es que no tenemos un set de herramientas establecido para hacer nuestro trabajo. Cada equipo tiene libertad casi total para escoger qué […]

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 for these tasks it takes […]