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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.

The End of AMP

I am hopeful that 2021 will be the beginning of the end for two of my least favorite things – the pandemic and Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP).

What Happens When Our Faces Are Tracked Everywhere We Go?

When a secretive start-up scraped the internet to build a facial-recognition tool, it tested a legal and ethical limit.

I Looked Through All 5,000 Images in Beeple’s $69 Million Magnum Opus

‘Everydays: The First 5,000 Days’ is the third-most expensive work ever by a living artist. Not many people have actually looked at it.

What I learned from Staff Design

My takeaways, lessons learned, and next steps after interviewing eight high-level individual contributor product designers.

I have one of the most advanced prosthetic arms in the world — and I hate it

Being a cyborg is cool right now, thanks in large part to gee-whiz media coverage. But actually using a bionic arm can really suck.

Building an Accessibility Library

A simple way to give UX designers the tools to build products everyone can use.

Women in Design: The Unsung Heroes

This International Women’s Day, we’re taking a moment to celebrate some of our favorite women in design!

The FOMO is real: UX patterns capitalizing on human misery

FOMO is defined as the apprehension that one is either not in-the-know or missing out on information, events, experiences, or decisions.

Designing for the Breakup

Why endings are a product design problem worth solving.

The Art of the Desk Setup

What are the principles underlying the ideal desk setup? How do we balance great design with modern technology?

On Design Engineering: I think I might be a design engineer...

Exploring design engineering, and deciding whether that’s what I do.