The five best design links, every weekday


How the Xbox got its good looks

This is the story of how the Xbox became a design icon worthy of museum collections.

Three Books About Leica

These three books have helped me understand in words what was previously just a feeling — why I love Leica cameras.

The Spanish designer in Dieter Rams's shadow

We always hear about Dieter Rams, but there were many others involved in Braun’s iconic designs.

Leica T · Eight years later

Eight years later, the Leica T is still a fantastic camera and good value at that.

Introducing 2.0

I’m happy to announce the most significant set of improvements to this website since I started it in 2016.

Mode Designs SixtyFive · a celebration of materials

Mode Design’s SixtyFive is one of the best mechanical keyboards I’ve ever used. These are my thoughts after having it in the studio for a few months.

My transformative first trip to Japan · Part 4

The final part of my first journey to Japan and how it changed my life.

My transformative first trip to Japan · II

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

My transformative first trip to Japan

Part one of three about a trip to Japan and how it transformed my life.

The history behind the World Time face for Apple Watch

Apple’s latest watch face has a surprising history related to the invention of time zones.

Two perspectives on the designer who Steve Jobs could not hire

Richard Sapper may not be a household name, but he’s on the same level of greats like Dieter Rams and Jonathan Ive.

The Art of the Desk Setup

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

The iconic watches that inspired Apple Watch faces

Did you know that several Apple Watch faces are digital reinterpretations of iconic real-life watches?

Icon designer Louie Mantia's take on traditional Japanese playing cards

I got a chance to ask accomplished icon designer Louie Mantia about his newest project, a set of Hanafuda playing cards.

The untold history of macOS System Preferences

System Preferences may not be the most exciting part of the Mac, but it holds some secrets and fun easter eggs.

The Three A’s method for learning from other creators

We want to learn from others’ work, but how exactly should we do that?

Dieter Rams Wallpapers

A selection of free beautiful mobile wallpapers featuring the work of legendary designer Dieter Rams

A Dieter Rams-Designed, Jony Ive-Loved Citrus Juicer

How a nearly 50 year old citrus juicer designed by Dieter Rams inspired Apple's Jony Ive and still works perfectly today.

The Clever New Design Technique in the iPhone 11 Pro

There is one detail in the iPhone 11 Pro that is entirely new and quite clever, the logo.

Dieter Rams designed one of Gillette's most successful razors

Dieter Rams is best known for the products he created at Braun, but he rarely gets credit for some ubiquitous products he designed.