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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
Climbing Out Of Facebook's Reality Hole
BuzzFeed’s Mat Honan took a world-weary view of Facebook’s boosterish view new technologies.
Facebook’s Perfect, Impossible Chatbot
Facebook is prototyping its omniscient bot by powering it with people, the MIT Technology Review reports.
The Verge reports that publishers are fleeing Facebook’s Instant Articles platform.
Our Machines Now Have Knowledge We’ll Never Understand
In Backchannel, David Weinberger considers the implications of machines constructing their own models for understanding data, quite divorced from our own (more simplistic) models.
Plainness and Sweetness
Frank Chimero mulls the beauty of the plain and the normal in design.
Algorithm-Driven Design: How AI is Changing Design
Designer Yury Vetrov collected a wide-ranging set of design projects and tools where bots are the designers.
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.
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.
Living with the Algorithm
Memories of a night in Siena remind me what we’ve gained—and what we’ve lost—in the era of the algorithm.
Connected // Disconnected
The best technologies disappear into the environment to minimize distraction from the content or experience at hand. Yet we design for distraction, and we call it engagement. When you say "engagement," I now hear "theft of attention."
Our Dysfunctional Obsession with Screens and Engagement
Wareable.com profiled and interviewed Big Medium’s Josh Clark about the risks and opportunities of moving interactions off screen and into the world around us.
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