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The Art of Design Spec’ing

Let’s learn more about design specs, how to create them, and how they smooth out the hand-off process between design and engineering.

What I Learned by Relearning HTML

I decided to relearn HTML and discover my unknown unknowns.

Incremental Static Regeneration: Building static sites a little at a time

How to improve and scale sites “beyond the Jamstack” by adding in features that use a Node server in addition to the pre-built pages.

Building software for artists

How can we build software tools that empower artists to use computation in their own work?

Auto-Generated Social Media Images

I’ve been thinking about social media images again.

Ideas I copied to help steal more ideas

More than 70% of people in the workplace feel they have experienced ‘imposter’ thoughts at some point in their lives.

Create better conference slides and presentations

Tips and advice to help non designers craft slides that look professional and help catch the audience. And a bonus checklist!

Why has no one made a better Goodreads

People who read often desire to read in connection with other readers. Readers have found community within the website, “Goodreads.”

You bought a pixel for $1.4 million

Yesterday, a Sotheby’s auction for a single gray pixel ended with a winning bid of $1,355,555.

Designing a Custom Typeface That Works for Indeed

How we built Indeed Sans with Dalton Maag and set up a type system that works for all of product and marketing.

To add is expected, to subtract is design

A couple years ago I wrote about how healthcare should take customer experience guru Dan Gingiss’s advice: do simple better.

What 21st-century design looks like

Don Norman and decolonial design.

Measuring design debt

In this piece, we’ll dive into the topic of measuring design debt.

Dark patterns, the tricks websites use to make you say yes, explained

How design can manipulate and coerce you online.

Designers: mind your language

I sometimes wonder how the design community have been able to create a such an unapproachable profession.

NFTs Weren’t Supposed to End Like This

When we invented non-fungible tokens, we were trying to protect artists. But tech-world opportunism has struck again.

Understanding browser cookies 🍪

Even though I’ve been doing web things for a while now, I confess I had never dealt with browser cookies other than clicking cookie notifications.

Embrace imperfection to design with character

Imperfections are usually something we try to hide, but there are some great examples where they have been turned into decisive strengths.

How Kickstarter Designed for Creators’ COVID-19 Concerns

The pandemic scared Kickstarter creators. We demonstrated the value of our platform by improving our ability to connect backers to projects.

The Illustrator Bringing Black History to Life

The designer, creative director, journalist, and artist George McCalman talks about his book Illustrated Black History and his creative process.