The five best design links, every weekday


The secret formula for Apple’s rounded corners

Discovering the hidden formula that determines the roundness of each Apple product.

Mirage at Apple Park

A short photoessay about my visit to a new permanent art installation at Apple Park.

Make Something Wonderful

A review of the physical and digital editions of Make Something Wonderful, a book dedicated to the words of Steve Jobs.

Three books about Muji

Three books that have helped me better understand MUJI, one of very few brands that has had a lasting impact on my life.

Shift Happens Preview

Here’s a little preview of Marcin Wichary’s long-awaited book, Shift Happens.

Fort Worth’s world-renowned art and architecture

Fort Worth, Texas is an underrated arts and architecture destination.

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.