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 […]

Three crank phones on a wall.

Better conversations about accessibility

Great design includes accessibility. However, a delta can often form between the two, especially early on during the design process. Without accessibility, you deny equal access to someone, so you can call it a moral […]

The Four Planets of Design

Concept by Adam Becker and Brie Anne DemkiwImages by Marly GallardoText by Ian Stewart We call our design process “deep design” per a talk I gave at WordCamp Europe in 2018. It emerged from the […]

Photo of 3D-printed Automattic Design Award trophies.

Growing design community with the Automattic Design Awards

At the end of 2018, we launched the inaugural edition of the Automattic Design Awards, a program intended to honor the best design work in the WordPress ecosystem. There are beautiful websites built with WordPress, […]

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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 design systems practitioners feeling isolated […]

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 […]

2019

The end of 2018 saw our very first “all-distributed” holiday party to help us close out an exciting year working together across all-timezones and working all-remote.