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How Design Makes the Intangible Tangible

Even if you’re not a fan of jazz, you’ve heard of Miles Davis. But this post isn’t about that Miles. It’s about another artist who shares his name.

Do Icons Improve User Experience? It Depends.

Which would you find more maddening: shrinking your favorite sweater or attaching the legs of your new IKEA chair upside down? And what do they have in common?

Is There a Downside to Digital Shortcuts?

I used to think math was fun. But that was before fourth grade, the year that math went from cool to cruel.

The Sixth Sense of a Copywriter

With Halloween coming up, I’m going to reveal something spooky. I hear dead people.

Turning Creativity Into a Meaningful Career

What sparks creative passion? It could be something as simple as a Polaroid camera.

Never Underestimate the Power of a Logo

Psst. Here’s something I’m embarrassed to tell the rest of the team.

What You See is Not What You Get

A few weeks ago, I was browsing a downtown boutique, when I saw it. There, on a low table by the door, was my next purchase.

A Warm Welcome to Our (Sometimes) Chilly City

After several weeks of searching, we’ve found a designer we’ve been looking for.

Good Design Can Live in Surprising Places

Recently, I discovered good design in an unexpected place. A video game. Yes, I’m serious.

40 Years of Inspiration

We don’t often get to meet our heroes. That’s why I jumped at the chance to meet one of mine last year. His name is Don Weller,

The Report of My Death Was an Exaggeration

Maybe you’ve heard the report that our blog is dead. Well, like Mark Twain before me, I get to correct + more


After 6,205 days on the job, I’m hanging up my spurs. Which means this blog post (number 1,627, for those + more

Forget Everything You Learned in School, Part 17,593

On a flight home from grading hundreds of the 280,000 five-paragraph essays submitted for the Advanced Placement Test in English + more

My Kind of Deadline

The most recent edition of the Oxford English Dictionary—the 600,000-word “Victorian phenomenon” that is, in fact, my favorite lexical record—was + more


Elizabeth Corey praises the slow, humble work required of true scholarship: “Though it can be fun to act as an + more

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