A litmus test for your idea

Nathan Kontny, Founder of two YC companies: Inkling and Cityposh, shares his method to validate startup ideas: When people tell me about their idea today, I generally start with just a few questions: Are you teaching anyone who looks like someone… Read More »

10 September 2013


How to Build an App

Jamie Kosoy from Arbitrary and Dan Mall from SuperFriendly decided that they want to build an app together. They’ve also decided to work entirely in public: We’ll try to document as much as we can. All of our discussions will be recorded and broadcast… Read More »

5 September 2013


How to Avoid Becoming an Obsolete Designer

Eric Karjaluoto, Creative Director and a founding partner of the creative agency smashLAB: Open a design annual from 15–20 years ago, and you see how quickly design dates. The ‘90s are particularly notable for this: The tiny text, distressed textures,… Read More »

3 September 2013


Create something every day

Inspiring thoughts on creativity from Stef Lewandowski, Co-founder/hacker at Makeshift: I’d always loved music, so I wanted to start a record label. I loved design, I was obsessed with typography, I’d often talked about starting my own design agency –maybe I’d… Read More »

30 August 2013


Making Sure Your Work Matters

Russ Starke, experience designer from Philadelphia: When an architect designs a structure, he or she can be fairly sure the work will endure for decades, maybe even centuries. Here on the web, we’re not so lucky. You’ve probably seen organizations… Read More »

29 August 2013


Just F* Do It

Justin Jackson, Product Manager for a profitable web app, and the host of the Product People: You have something in your head, something you’d like to do. You think about it all the time, but you haven’t done anything about it. Instead,… Read More »

28 August 2013


Why are we attracted to beautiful things?

Divya Pahwa, author for ooomph.com on “Why are we attracted to beautiful things?”: I remember ridiculously well, I was 14 and my brother ordered his first Apple product (an iPod touch) and immediately called up two of his closest friends.… Read More »

27 August 2013


How emotional design can give your website much more impact

Interesting thoughts: As an interaction designer, how often have you run into projects where you’re asked to ensure a great ‘user experience’, without looking at the cocktail of emotions your design might produce? “Preventing frustration or any other negative emotion… Read More »

26 August 2013


Gardens, not buildings

“Great projects start out feeling like buildings. There are architects, materials, staff, rigid timelines, permits, engineers, a structure. It works or it doesn’t. Build something that doesn’t fall down. On time. But in fact, great projects, like great careers and… Read More »

1 August 2013


Authentic Design

The recently popularized “flat” interface style is not merely a trend. It is the manifestation of a desire for greater authenticity in design, a desire to curb visual excess and eliminate the fake and the superfluous. In creating new opportunities,… Read More »

31 July 2013


New MailChimp: User Persona Research

A few weeks ago, MailChimp’s DesignLab posted images of our User Personas to their blog. As Jason explained there, we wanted to find out who really uses MailChimp. It was a question posed to us by data analyst Allison last… Read More »

30 July 2013


Design is like magic, stop giving it away for pennies

I’ve been a professional designer for almost 10 years; I’ve freelanced for a few small businesses, worked as an in house designer for medium sized businesses and have also worked within the advertising agency circuit, which is where I currently… Read More »

29 July 2013