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If you want design, you have to go all-in

In recent years, the public recognition of design as a, maybe even the, deciding factor for long-term success of a business has increased tremendously. People admire companies like Apple, Leica or Miele for their incredible products and the experiences they deliver. In the tech and startup industry, design is the new magic word. An uncountable amount of articles, essays and blog posts have been…

The opening of a new tab

When I was wandering around the Wunderlist office two weeks ago, I observed several people opening new tabs in their browser. Some of them had these customized pages showing the weather, time, location or  wise phrases from an even wiser person. I did a search, but couldn’t find any stats on how often people actually open a new tab in their browser, but I assumed it is somewhere around “a…

The future of collaboration

A few weeks back, Alex Schiff, co-founder and CEO of Fetchnotes asked me if I wanted to participate in what he called a “virtual panel discussion” on the future of collaboration. In his Medium post “Collaboration 3.0” he brought together the thoughts, insights and ideas of a nice group of people. However, Alex couldn’t publish our responses in full length, so I decided to publish mine…

Kill the UX Designer

Today, I read this question on Designer News: “Where does a wanna-be UX designer begin?” It’s shows a fundamental misconception of a job and role that no one really understands, but which is essential in making a product or business successful. It’s a job title that is misunderstood and misused all the time. And as responsible designers, we are supposed to make things easier to…

What must be, not what could be

I had a conversation with one of our designers at Wunderlist. We spoke about a new feature he was working on and he was seeking advice on how to prioritize certain ideas over others. At one point my response was: “Don’t let your team get carried away in ‘what could be built’, but focus on ‘what must be built’.” Designing a product is exciting and will inevitably lead you to an…

Must-read Books for Designers

Two years ago I published an article with a few book recommendations on what to read. Back then I started curating a list of books I read and think are important if you want to develop a well-rounded design expertise. I will continue curating more books and update the list from time to time, so please feel free to leave a comment with books you think should be on the list.

Type, Face & Character—Why you’re wasting a lot of potential in your product

Typography is a design discipline that is categorized as either “elitist” or “boring” depending on where you’re coming from. It is a topic that everyone seems to be interested in, but when you look at how many people actually care about it in their daily business, it seems to be a minority topic. Typography is this weird field where you have a whole bunch of rules about how to set…