Design Standards

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A standing invitation to Jetpack users: let’s chat.

Sticking To It

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

Accessibility Standards: Defining What Success Means

Announcing the first pass at Team 51 accessibility standards. Spread the love.

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.…

Embracing web-safe fonts

Before webfonts were widely available, designers relied on a relatively small number of web-safe fonts, i.e. fonts that come pre-installed with various operating systems, and thus most likely to be…

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…

Typographic Tweaks for Longreads

During the 7 years I’ve been involved with Longreads, we’ve gone from sharing links on Twitter to publishing our own in-depth, investigative stories. While we’ve grown substantially in scope and focus, the…

Hundreds of Tiny Arrows

I recently hand-drew hundreds of tiny arrows for a Longreads illustration. It took about four hours, with a few breaks to check Slack and refill my chai. I knew I…