Design articles

In November 2015 I did a little talk at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City about designing Adobe Portfolio, and product design. You can watch the talk here. I originally wrote this article in preparation for the talk, but have since...
It’s that time of year again. You know, the time when we all write articles about “that time of year”? I thought it would be fun to research how design (and the advertising industry) have affected not only Christmas, but a few of the major...
When Thomas Heatherwick’s 2012 Olympic cauldron unfolded its 204 petals on a warm summer's evening in London during the opening ceremony, many gasped in awe. It captured brilliantly, in a moment, the optimism and human achievement...
A few days ago, on November 11th, we celebrated our 6th birthday here on WDD by revealing our latest redesign. If you visit often, you should easily notice most of the changes, however, if you just drop by once in a while the site will feel similar...
I had an advertising teacher who claimed that big tobacco companies had registered the 1970s names for different marijuana strains, such as Acapulco Gold, Panama Red, Sensimilla, and other cute names for pot, in the inevitable legalization...
I mentioned the “Swiss School” and “the grid” layout in another article and while most comments were positive about the article, there were a number of people who asked if the grid was even still alive. I assure you the grid layout...
Think of design as a road map for consumers, taking them where you want them to go. Design makes an efficient way to get across the message and still make it pretty. That last part is where things start getting sort of weird. Sometimes I just don't...
There's a problem in the design world. It's not a problem of the magnitude of wage inequality, discrimination in the workplace, or child labor, but it's a problem nonetheless. It's the epidemic of pretentious designers. Some are just a little...
While a lot of online communication has moved to social media, email is still a very important part of any online marketing campaign. And when we think of marketing emails, what generally comes to mind is HTML email, rather than plain text. Designing...
Infographics aren’t new. And certainly, interactive ones aren’t either—but with the launch of recent data-driven news sites such as Vox, Fivethirtyeight and The Upshot, they’re becoming more popular. And since viewers are...
Some icons are so commonplace that we've come to not think twice about them—until they're changed. One such image undergoing a makeover is the ‘International Symbol of Access’, commonly known as the ‘Wheelchair Symbol’. There's...
Bookstores are closing, newspapers are folding and magazines are rushing to publish online. The stock of print media seems to be falling, but two Japanese designers are challenging that process with a newly released collection. Masahiko...