47 ‘non-design’ qualities every designer should have

Write clear emails Be flexible; briefs change Find problems before they occur Bring energy to the table Don’t take design critique as an insult Und...

This $39 course collection will help you create websites users will want to visit

While the age-old debate over the importance of UX (user experience) and UI (user interface) elements will rage forever, there’s no question that a ...

The last resort of failing tech companies is UX design – it won’t save them

Facebook is using billboards to demonstrate their commitment to fighting fake news. Uber is running TV spots to illustrate the company’s commitmen...

Here’s why calendars look the way they do

What is the first image you visualize in your head when you think about a calendar? Probably a table with numbers arranged in seven columns and five r...

Here’s why telephones and calculators use different numeric keypads

Picture the keypad of a telephone and calculator side by side. Can you see the subtle difference between the two without resorting to your smartphone?...

What Apple needs to fix in 2019 (and beyond)

2018 was a rocky year for Apple. Despite becoming the world’s first trillion-dollar company this summer, it has seen disappointing sales for the lat...

Motion design looks hard, but it doesn’t have to be

Motion helps make UIs expressive and easy to use. Despite having so much potential, motion is perhaps the least understood of all the design disciplin...

4 useless things you shouldn’t have put in your design portfolio

You only get one chance to make a first impression, so you better get it right — isn’t that what they say? Here are four things I (honestly) ...

The 15 coolest interfaces of the year

It was the year when self-driving cars got boring. When iPhones became confusing. When the army spent $480 million on Microsoft Hololens headsets. W...

TNW’s 10 best video games of 2018

It’s that time again. The year is drawing to a close, so it’s time to look back and see which digital worlds we lost ourselves in the most this ye...

The best and worst branding of 2018

Another year. Another bajillion dollars invested in branding. Some of it was good. Some of it was terrible. But in an era when every rando with a Twit...

The 12 cleverest tech ideas of 2018

This is the time of the year where we tech journalists like to talk about big things: The best products, the major trends, the colossal screw-ups. Sti...

The best data viz of 2018 showed us our rapidly changing world

50% of the bandwidth of your brain is used to process your vision. We are visual animals who not only constantly evaluate our surroundings through sig...

How apps like Fitbit, Waze, and Duolingo use gamification in their design

When I was young, I remember my mother telling me I can go play only after I finish my homework. Which was goddam frustrating at the time. But thinkin...

Pentagram shows how to do business holiday cards that don’t suck

[Image: courtesy Pentagram]Business Christmas cards are one of the low points of the holidays, perhaps second only to getting the dad bod fanny pack a...

After a season of hell, should California still allow development in fire zones?

Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues. On December 11 the Los Angeles...

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