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Ideas and Discoveries
Personal and professional notes about our craft, technique, and the role of design in the world.
The Most Exciting Design Systems Are Boring
Design systems should solve problems that designers confront over and over again, so that they can turn to more interesting challenges.
Systems Smart Enough To Know When They're Not Smart Enough
Google and others offer wrong answers with matter-of-fact authority. How can designers build stronger signals of trust into data-driven interfaces?
What we’re reading
Tijmen Schep coins a phrase to describe the chilling effect of the reputation economy on the expression and exploration of ideas.
How Germany’s Otto Uses Artificial Intelligence
Machine learning is trying to one-up just-in-time inventory with what can only be called
The Surprising Repercussions of Making AI Assistants Sound Human
Wired’s Elizabeth Stinson considers whether we really want human personality from our bots—or whether it’s just unhelpful misdirection.
The Machine Learning Paradox
Mike Loukides explains why predictive algorithms must be imperfect (and error prone) in order to contend with real-world data.
The City Was Connected
Dan Hon imagines what happens when all of a city’s systems are connected, incentivized, gamified, and bureaucratically weaponized.
If Google Teaches an AI to Draw, Will That Help It Think?
Alexis Madrigal considers the creative future of machine-generated sketches—and what it teaches us about how humans think, too.
The Rise of Artificial Intelligence: How AI Will Affect UX Design
Adobe profiled and interviewed Big Medium’s Josh Clark about the opportunities and challenges facing UX designers in a world of machine learning and artificial intelligence.
MVP: I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means
“Minimum viable product” somehow got corrupted to mean ”the crummiest thing we can get away with taking to market.” Use the
MVP to make better products and reduce risk.
Set Up Your Own Private VPN with Streisand
This remarkable software project gives you a private VPN service with easy setup at low cost and zero maintenance.
Your Traffic Went Mobile; Why Hasn’t Your Design Process?
The mobile audience is now twice as big as desktop. Does your organization’s design process reflect that mobile is now your primary platform?
No Share Buttons on Mobile Sites (Except This One Weird Case)
Only 2 out of every 1000 mobile web users
tap a custom share button. Don’t even bother including them in mobile sites except when users are coming from a social network.
Let's Make the World We Want To Live In
At Interaction 17, we took a hard look at the role and responsibility of designers for helping to craft a good society.
The People Behind Interaction 17
As Interaction 17 comes to a close, co-chair Josh Clark says a big thank you to all the many people who made this premier design conference happen.
Brad Frost just published his marvelous book Atomic Design, and it was my honor to pen the foreword with our friend and collaborator Dan Mall.
The Difference a Decade Makes
On the 10th birthday of An Event Apart, I looked back at what I was doing a decade ago—and what’s changed.
Inc. on Mastering the Mobile Magic of a Mighty Big Medium
Inc. Magazine profiled and interviewed Big Medium’s Josh Clark about the elements of great mobile products (and the stuff we’re still getting wrong).
How We Hold Our Gadgets
An excerpt from Josh Clark’s book
Designing for Touch
explores how we grip different devices, revealing the ergonomic demands of touchscreen interfaces.
Designing for Touch
Josh’s latest book hands you the best design patterns and interactions for modern interfaces.
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