Category: Stories

New stories are published every Thursday on Design.blog by Automattic.

Michael Arestad: Open Source Everything

Howdy designers! I’m sure it has been drilled into you, over and over again, that you need to watermark your images, add copyrights to your website, and guard your secrets like a national treasure. After […]

Tammie Lister: Design for Humans, Not Robots

Before I begin this article, let me set something straight. I am not saying robots aren’t awesome — they totally are. Robots are amazing. However, beyond comic book robots, there is this discourse between humans […]

Jewel Burks: How My Identity Impacted My Business

“Is your leadership team still black?” I will never forget when a venture capitalist asked me this in a meeting. Much had changed since the last time my black co-founder, black CTO and I had […]

Saron Yitbarek: ‘I Don’t Belong in Tech’

When I was at NPR years ago, I did a story on public education in California. I don’t remember the angle, but I remember looking up a stat to use in the script. I used […]

Ced Funches on the Responsibility of Being Better Than Advertised

I’ve always wanted to be a designer. I grew up drawing and painting (traditional artist) and knew I wanted to be able to do that for the rest of my life. I was good. I […]

Justin Dunn on Coding A New Path to the Championship

Justin Dunn will be presenting at the May 17 Rebrand Cities Salon in Detroit. Growing up, I had one dream and one dream only—that was to play ball. While my friends were gearing up for […]

John Palfrey on The Paradox of Tolerance

Co-Editor’s Note: Two weeks ago, I was lucky to be introduced to John Palfrey’s open note to his campus. It has stayed with me as the clearest piece of creative writing on the vital topic […]

Alisha Ramos: Embracing My Mixed Race, Hybrid Identity

This piece was originally published in my weekly newsletter on mixed race, Mixed Feelings. In high school I was president of the Asia Club for two years. The club had members from various Asian backgrounds such […]

Lauren McCarthy on Building an Inclusive Open Source Community for Creators

What I appreciate most about being an artist is the community. While some might imagine the lone artist toiling in their studio, what I have experienced is artists coming together on the internet and in-person, […]

Sarah Cooper on 9 Tricks to Appear Smart in Brainstorming Meetings

The following is an excerpt from Sarah Cooper’s new book, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings (Andrews McMeel) In a brainstorming meeting, the pressure of coming up with incredible new ideas can be debilitating. Luckily, […]