2019 Automattic Commemorative Graphic

I’m from Japan, where New Year is particularly important. It’s a time for observing detailed rituals and customs (exchanging new year cards, eating particular food, going to the shrine or temple), quietly reflecting on the […]

St(art) Mondays / 19.01.21

Every Monday at Automattic Design we share our inspirations internally. So we thought it might be interesting to share them with a few more folks out there. Here’s a few … Paralyzing Your Voice Assistant […]

Automattic’s Inclusive Design Checklist

Good design is inclusive design Design is more than color, shape, or font — it’s a powerful tool that mediates our relationship with the world. Inclusive design is that, plus potential: the potential to unite […]

Ethnography is inspiration

A couple of years ago I attended a really fun conference in Whistler, BC about the impact of technology on business and culture. One of the talks really resonated with me and is still pretty […]

On Small Business Saturday

It took eight years for Amex to achieve what it’s done with “Small Business Saturday” and it’s totally inspiring. Their customizable kit is quite nice and produces a slew of marketing materials including sample email […]

Empathy and Change

It was my daughters 16th birthday and I had spent well over a year planning a surf trip for us to Portugal. I pictured us surfing off into the sunset, eating amazing food, and bonding […]

“Growing” the Automattic Design Award Trophy

Entries for the 2018 Automattic Design are due November 16 We were fortunate to have Nervous System computationally design, a-hem “grow,” the Automattic Design Award trophy. Nervous Systems’ website demonstrates their astounding experiments as artists, […]

Call For Automattic Design Award 2018 Entries

Due November 16, 2018 | 23:00UTC What is the Automattic Design Award? It’s the start of putting a spotlight on some of the best designed ideas out there in the WordPress ecosystem on the eve […]

Growing Pains

The WordPress.com design team (and friends) recently conducted extensive user research around small business owners and their experiences, as you may have already read elsewhere on this blog. The team spoke to 34 entrepreneurs, gaining […]