The five best design links, every weekday



What it means to design a platform

How interfaces, incentives, emergence, and second-order thinking make platforms a unique design opportunity


Refraction, dispersion, and other shader light effects

A guide on how to reproduce a chromatic dispersion effect for your React Three Fiber and shader projects.


For your next side project, make a browser extension

Reflections on the benefits of tweaking an existing app, instead of starting from scratch.


The Mystery of the Dune Font

Putting a name to the typeface that defined the visual identity of the science fiction series and its author, Frank Herbert



This a tool for making "9-patch" borders. Draw on the grid above to design your pattern.

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Neurodiversity Design System

The NDS is a coherent set of standards and principles that combine neurodiversity and user experience design for Learning Management Systems.


Type Trends 2023

Typographic trendspotting from the Monotype Studio.


Astro 2.0

Astro 2.0 is the first major web framework to deliver complete type-safety for Markdown and MDX.


Designing for the Developers

With a Finnish sensibility, Linear’s founders center software engineers in the development process.


Prompt-Driven Design

Prompt-driven design is when an AI command bar functions as either the primary tool of navigation or output. Learn why this pattern is here to stay.



Product design is going down a weird path, but we can still save it

A casual analysis of our current design industry compared to the old days and principles, and why it’s important to step back.


CSS Wishlist 2023

Here’s my Top 5 short list of CSS features I want based on the work I do on a daily basis.


Product Reviews And Ratings UX: A Designer’s Guide

How do we design effective reviews and ratings? With a distribution chart, decimal scores, tags, recommendation score and unedited product photos.


UX lessons from a 17th-century warship disaster

The tragedy of the Vasa: Why the crown jewel of the Swedish navy sank on its maiden voyage and what UX professionals can learn from this


The many deaths of UX design

How UX was proclaimed dead (again), what do AI and Elon Musk have to do with it, and what poses a real treat to the discipline of design.



Wonders of Street View

Explore the weird and wonderful things on Google Street View.


Greater styling control over type with `initial-letter`

An overview of the new CSS property initial-letter for more styling control over the first letter.


Creating the Wikimedia Design System

Wikipedia has been around for two decades, and the Wikimedia ecosystem has grown over the years.

4 Redesign

Sketch, the all-in-one platform for digital design, redesigned their homepage and marketing site.


Logggos — Well-Designed Logos for Your Inspiration

Discover inspiring logos sorted by industries, themes, typography style, branding color and more.



Lessons on How to Draw by Hokusai

In 1812, Japanese woodblock print artist Katsushika Hokusai published a three-volume series called Quick Lessons in Simplified Drawing.


Four Thousand Weeks

An exploration of time management in the face of human finitude, and addressing the anxiety of “getting everything done.”


Level Up Your CSS Skills With The :has() Selector

The CSS relational selector :has() offers what was previously impossible without JavaScript. Let’s explore some magical powers that :has brings.


The $2 Per Hour Workers Who Made ChatGPT Safer

A TIME investigation reveals the difficult conditions faced by the workers who made ChatGPT possible.


Breaking free from the fear of empty space in Design

The unexpected parallels between UX design in technology startups and the elaborate ceramic tilework of Portuguese Azulejos.



Life, the UXverse and Everything

So Long UX, and Thanks for All the Fishbone Diagrams.


More Real-World Uses for :has()

The :has() pseudo-class is, hands-down, my favorite new CSS feature.


How To Make a Website

I got an email recently from a kind online friend who said they’d like to ask about my process or what makes a good website.


GSAP Codepens 2022

GreenSock's best Codepens of 2022.


Designing a robust right-to-left UI in Arabic, Hebrew and Farsi

Secret tips and tricks for UI and UX designers.



Building an accessible theme picker with HTML, CSS and JavaScript

In this tutorial, we’ll use HTML, CSS, and vanilla JavaScript to add an accessible theme picker component to a website.


Twitterrific: End of an Era

Twitterrific has been discontinued. A sentence that none of us wanted to write, but have long felt would need to be written someday.


10 Breakthrough Technologies 2023

Every year, we pick the 10 technologies that matter the most right now.


Revisiting Apple’s ill-fated Lisa computer, 40 years on

On its 40th anniversary, we look back at the machine that brought the GUI to personal computers.


10 Things No One Told Me About Design Systems

This UX designer learned the hard way, but you don’t have to.

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