Blog

News, updates and interesting links.

New speakers: Brendan & Josh

14th October, 2018

We're thrilled to add two valuable voices to our lineup. Popular designer and artist Brendan Dawes returns to our stage, and we'll also welcome CEO of Abstract and former principal designer at Twitter, the brilliant Josh Brewer.

Design notes: a simple plan

19th September, 2018

It’s taken a summer of hard work to establish a comfortable baseline for wherever our new adventures might take us. We’ll shed light on our progress as things unfold, starting here with a few notes about our foundational design and build.

New Adventures returns!

13th September, 2018

People always asked if New Adventures might ever return. “Never,” was our stock reply. But this year we realised just how much we’d missed it — and missed you — and wondered if a return might re-energise digital design and those that value it.

Stream

Regular quicklinks to things we find interesting and valuable.

10th January, 2020 #

Our friend, Frank Chimero, is writing almost daily about his live redesign. Every post is worth your time, but this dive into typeface selection — specifically typographic atmosphere and setting criteria — is exceptional. Few can articulate this stuff like Frank.

3rd January, 2020 #

In Systems, Mistakes, and the Sea, Robin Rendle finds that most design systems are like hyperobjects (one of our favourite ways to think about overwhelming things) within which we must see ourselves and our mistakes.

1st January, 2020 #

If the world is a mess, why isn’t angry music more culturally present? Frank Chimero goes in search of caustic music for the times and finds two EPs from Dry Cleaning, "that feel completely appropriate for the Brexit era."

18th December, 2019 #

Almost a year on from The World-Wide Work, Ethan Marcotte reflects on that brave talk and considers what's happened since — the hope he feels as workers continue to organise, and his frustration at the aggressive response from tech companies.

17th December, 2019 #

Rob Weychert is generating a unique color scheme for every day of the last 30 years. "Colors would change with the seasons and fade over time. In effect, every single day of the past 30 years would have a unique color scheme, each day looking slightly different than the day before."

17th February, 2019 #

Patterns in Islamic Art draws from the rich heritage of architectural decoration in the Islamic world. The collected geometric patterns and borders are an inspirational treat.

12th February, 2019 #

Jeremy considers beauty, moving from Rams to Sagmeister and ending with Keats. If you like this, we also recommend reading John Berger's The White Bird.

22nd January, 2019 #

Few really communicate the grain of the web like Jeremy Keith. His recent State Of The Browser talk is a powerful reminder that we must build the future of the web together.