Variable Fonts: A Paradigm Shift for Designers

In September, at the ATypI Conference in Poland—a sort of “who’s who” in the world of typography—the world was introduced to a game-changer for Web UX design: Variable fonts. A variable font is a single font file that behaves like multiple fonts. It...

Is Brutalism the Future of Web Design?

“Brutalism” is an emerging design trend that aims to disrupt the Web’s predictable aesthetics—to use slap-dash, rough, almost “handmade” HTML structures to rebel against the cozy, flat, and unremarkable designs of most new websites....

4 UX Principles I Learned at the Waterpark

A few weeks ago, I took my kiddos to Typhoon Texas—one of the best waterparks in the state, just outside of Houston. It was my first time there. I was floored. Typhoon Texas is a supremely well-oiled machine that can teach Web designers (like me) a thing or two about...

Effectively Using Icons in Web Design

Icons are the hieroglyphics of the 21st century. By replacing words with symbols—and thus using much less real estate—icons aim to make consuming info quick and flexible. But there are some inherent pitfalls when using icons… Potential Flaws in the Icon System...

Your Newest Secret Weapon: Designers

“Design” is probably too big a word. It comprises too many ideas, disciplines, and people to be a meaningful word on its own. For most of my life, “design” was something that companies farmed out to an ad agency or marketing consultant. But, lo! That paradigm is...