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The cult of the free must die

For a terrible half an hour last night I though Firefox was on the brink of disappearing as an independent browser and rendering engine.

Nobody told me UX would be like this

Certain truths are self-evident within the design profession. They, however, do not become self-evident until a certain level of experience.

Designers: the only certainty is change

The brief will change. Your team configuration will change. Your design system, halfway through your project, will change.

The Side Effects of an Unfinished Internet

Let's do a thought experiment. We'll go back in time and find someone from 1990.

Design Systems, Agile, and Industrialization

Hoo boy, a blog post rebounding a blog post which rebounds a blog post. Let me jump on this train!

Dear Clients: Read this. Love, Designers.

Dear Design Clients, welcome to your wake up call.

This is the one skill designers need to develop most in 2020

Legendary designer Don Norman takes designers to task for elevating craft above all else, when what matters most is the willingness to collaborate.

The modern web is becoming an unusable, user-hostile wasteland

Here are some of these websites, who have managed over time to turn the user experience almost unusable for anyone who doesn’t have an account.

Everything is as simple or complex as you want it to be

Our role is to not only look at the top of what it is we build but also the many different layers of complexity contained within the thing.

Accessibility drives aesthetics

There's an article circulating that claims accessibility and aesthetics are at odds with each other, creating a paradox that forces us to compromise.

Good design was always accessible

When I was a freshman in college, we were all plagued with an affinity for tiny-type

The sincerest form of flattery

Last week Navigator 's brand and design systems were copied by a crypto-upstart.

Apple built a $1 trillion empire on two metaphors. One is breaking

Technology that once seemed so easy now seems like it’s making us do its bidding, writes Cliff Kuang in his new book.

Accidental or intentional design?

At the local coffee shop a man behind the counter is putting food items inside a glass case.

Is designing for Instagram hurting design?

Are we creating beautiful, functional spaces—or merely social-media-friendly content?

Feeling Stuck as a Product Designer

Taking time to reflect as a soon-to-be recent grad.

UX has bad UX

Is it time to shed the extra weight and start over?

Learning How to See

This is the Müller-Lyer illusion. You've probably seen it before: it consists of two lines, each with forked ends.

Avoiding the new-manager syndrome in design

You finally scored that promotion you've been looking for, right? You're now a manager. I'm really excited for you.

Are bad designers hiding behind the term "UX"?

UX Designers have gotten so used to not being responsible for the final look of the product that they have distanced themselves from the design craft.