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matthewstrom.com

What it means to design a platform

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

geoffreylitt.com

For your next side project, make a browser extension

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

felicis.com

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.

henry.codes

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.

arun.is

How the Xbox got its good looks

This is the story of how the Xbox became a design icon worthy of museum collections.

matthewstrom.com

What it means to design a platform

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

spotify.design

Designing for the World: An Introduction to Localization

Our in-house experts give insights into how localization works at Spotify and offer pointers for your own design considerations.

humanebydesign.com

Good Design Is Intentional

Guidance for designing ethically humane digital products and services through patterns focused on user well-being.

uxdesign.cc

What the fnu?

In 2013, I applied for a travel visa to the United States. Along with the visa, America, with her boundless generosity, also granted me a new name.

aaronhertzmann.com

When Machines Change Art

At a few times in history, new technologies came along that changed the way we make art.

notes.normally.com

Counting unique visitors without using cookies, UIDs or fingerprinting.

Building a web analytics service without cookies poses a tricky problem: How do you distinguish unique visitors?

material.io

The Best of Material in 2022

Some of Material Design’s top moments from the past year.

prototypr.io

Open Design Ownership: Why You Need a License – and What Kind to Use

What are you allowed to do with other designers’ work?

shakuro.com

Icon Design Trends For 2023

Check out these icon design trends for future years before diving into work.

inkandswitch.com

Inkbase: Programmable Ink

What would be possible if hand-drawn sketches were programmable like spreadsheets?

ralphammer.com

How to draw ideas

Four ways how to use drawing to get more ideas: Study, Explore, Develop, and Show. They will boost your creativity.

fastcompany.com

How Facebook designed the like button

In terms of sheer impact, the like button was one of the most successful pieces of code ever shipped.

kooslooijesteijn.net

Why is open source software so badly designed?

It’s not just a matter of developers acting friendlier or designers acting less egoistically.

designthreads.report

Design Threads

A collaborative report unraveling the state of design today.

prototypr.io

What Is the Open Web?

A working definition of an Open Web and what we can strive for to building an open and sustainable internet.