Design Stories

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.

Sticking To It

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

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…

A widget becomes a block

For the past few months we’ve been converting WooCommerce widgets in WordPress to blocks. Widgets allow you to add a small feature, such as a paragraph of text, onto your…

Accessibility Standards: Defining What Success Means

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

You got this.

Through the rosy lens of memory, learning HTML and Photoshop back in the day was a breeze. Now I’m learning new tech, and it’s hard. Maybe you’re in the same boat.

Breaking the silver bullet fallacy

This post originally appeared on filippodt.com. Wikipedia defines a silver bullet as “a metaphor for a simple, seemingly magical, solution to a difficult problem”. Working in product development, I have…

Money and tech

From optimistically conceived origins and message statements about making the world a better place, too many websites and startups have become the leading edge of bias and trauma, especially for marginalized and at-risk groups.

How have so many of our digital services and social networks become a garbage fire of lies, distortions, hate speech, tribalism, snake oil, and privacy violations?

The first ATL Design Systems Meetup

Building design systems is hard. What makes it even harder is that a lot of these teams are very small, sometimes even comprising a single person. This can sometimes leave…