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Farewell to HTML5Rocks

So long HTML5Rocks, it’s been nice knowing you.

10 Years of Meteor

A developer's experience with a pioneering JavaScript framework.

Making of 17th Century Watercolors

Way back in 2014, a Dutch manuscript from about mixing watercolors from 1692 made a splash in the blogosphere.

Futura: grace under pressure

Paul Renner’s quest for “sachlich” created a typeface that is as technically astute as it elegant

Inside the dissolution of Apple’s legacy design team

Apple’s design team is legendary. But following the death of Steve Jobs, dysfunction ran rampant.

A Short History of iOS App Icons

The following was originally written by me and published as a chapter in “The iOS App Icon Book”.

The Iconfactory Remembers Corey

The design studio pauses to remember the life, art & legacy of founder Corey Marion who passed away recently.

He Built This City: The Return of Glenn Davis

You may not know his name, but he played a large part in creating the web you take for granted today.

90s jazz design: cups, controversy, and nostalgia

From paper cups to pop culture — the surprisingly dramatic story of the 90s jazz design.

Contemporary Muslim artists continue to adapt Islamic patterns

As Islamic geometric patterns and arabesque designs have migrated globally, they’ve been adapted.


A poster exhibition that celebrates the 90th birthday of graphic designer Massimo Vignelli.

The Woman Who Theorized Color

An introduction to Mary Gartside’s new theory of colours.

How zines influenced mainstream design

Learn about zines, their impact on design, and how you can create your own.

Museum of Endangered Sounds

A way to preserve the sounds made famous by my favorite old technologies and electronics equipment.

Killed by Microsoft

The open source list of dead Microsoft products, services, and devices.

Infinite Mac

See what it was like using a Mac in the mid-90s with two web-based emulators for #MARCHintosh.


Take a stroll down memory lane and celebrate 100 Cool Web Moments since Chrome’s first release.

Firefox UI/UX history

An overview of Firefox's UI changes over the years.

What is ‘Gothic’? It’s more complicated than you think.

Hidden in the architecture of some of the world’s most famous buildings is a cultural exchange between Europe and the Middle East.

Fruit stickers, the world’s tiniest canvases for graphic design

A new exhibition celebrates the grocery-store gems, which have been around for almost a century.