Remote Workshopping: Facilitating a KJ Technique, Fully Remote

As a designer working in a fully remote team, I often get the question on how certain common design activities happen in remote environment. In some cases, the answer is to just reframe the problem taking a different approach, or to just meet in person when it's needed, but other times we can transition traditional … Continue reading Remote Workshopping: Facilitating a KJ Technique, Fully Remote

Typographic Tweaks for Longreads

During the 7 years I've been involved with Longreads, we've gone from sharing links on Twitter to publishing our own in-depth, investigative stories. While we've grown substantially in scope and focus, the brand has largely stayed consistent. The core of the Longreads brand has always been simple, traditional typography, paired with a healthy amount of whitespace. I've made small … Continue reading Typographic Tweaks for Longreads

WordPress as a Solid Foundation for Applications

Usually, people associate WordPress with a blogging platform. It’s true, but WordPress has evolved to much more than that. As part of its evolution, WordPress has received several additions and built-in features that can be used when building Web applications, such as content sanitization, validation, caching, transients, and many more. Let’s go through some of … Continue reading WordPress as a Solid Foundation for Applications

Designing mobile native first

One design technique that I've heard casually mentioned here at Automattic is to design the product or feature you're working on "native first", or better yet, "mobile native first". Mobile has been a priority at Automattic for several years now, and the mobile first approach has helped WordPress.com immensely. In addition to mobile first, we also … Continue reading Designing mobile native first