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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.

An Essay on Newsletters

A beautiful graphic online essay on Newsletters, RSS, monetization and making the web easy, fast, accessible again

This used to be our playground

There was a time when owning digital space seemed thrilling, and our personal sites motivated us to express ourselves.

The Power of Lampshading

How to turn Ignorance into Power.

Making things move

One of my favourite forms of creative coding is to add motion to static images. The process is always the same: pick an image, recreate it…

Painting With the Web

We all love to design and build for and with the Web. Yet far too long we have adhered to ways of working that are residues of the print era.

Copying is the way design works

What exists in the space between riffing and ripping

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.