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Metaphors We Web By

A history of our metaphorical understanding of the web.

My transformative first trip to Japan · II

As I explored the art and transportation of Japan, I started to rethink my life.

The web starts on page four

After 25 years of working for, on and with the web, I am looking at the current state of it and I don’t like it.

Design is not art, and UX is not design

Designers have been trying to shake the misconception that design is not art for a long time.

A Reality Where CSS and JavaScript Don’t Exist

Out there in the multiverse is a reality where the web is a complete borefest.

The shape of software

Code and pixels materialize in my head and create an invisible bridge between the physical and digital, a bridge to a place where I have superpowers.

Designing with ketchup

Earlier this week, I made a series of extensive jokes on Twitter about ketchup as a design tool.

Can a Robot Do a Designer’s Job?

Automation isn’t as much of a threat as we have been told.

Brainwashed by design

“All you young people are brainwashed by design”, calmly provoked my neighbour.

The Pros and Cons of Professional Language

Most industries have their own professional language — often described as “jargon” by the less generous amongst us.


Should humans be always-online?

A Biography of the Pixel

An essay about the elementary particles of pictures, based on the work of graphics legend Alvy Ray Smith of Pixar and Lucasfilm.

Good is Not Great

Good Design is good enough. But Great Design is something else.

How My Drawings Destroyed Me

An outlet for creative and emotive expression. That’s what drawing once meant to me.

The Healing Power of JavaScript

For some of us—isolates, happy in the dark—code is therapy, an escape and a path to hope in a troubled world.

Computers and Creativity

How can digital creative tools become better co-creators with human beings?

Pictures of websites

A taxonomy of the work of a UX designer.

Which color scale to use when visualizing data

From hues to gradient types this four-part series goes deep on what color scales work with what data.

Is graphic design too trendy?

Whether it’s chrome lettering or outlined type, we’ve all heard someone say: “Ooh, that’s a bit trendy!”

Why I’m losing faith in UX

Digital design increasingly exploits users.