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This mind-boggling optical illusion claims to reveal a whole new colour

Stare long enough and you should be able to see a shade of orange that isn’t there and which, according to the illusion’s creator, can’t actually be shown on a screen. Confused? I certainly am. This could be one for our pick of must-see optical illusions and the best optical illusions of the year.

How to create a more effective homepage

Many (most?) websites, especially for early and growth-stage companies are ineffective. They don’t tell visitors who the product is for, what the product does, and why the product is better. When your homepage content and copy miss the mark, your conversion rate suffers, and all of your top of funnel efforts are wasteful.

From type to logotype

Ah yes, the perennial question (or argument depending on your point of view) that provides endless nourishment for the design Twitterati and design influencers. It’s a moot discussion, of course, because—surprise—logos matter, maybe now more so than ever. Now that I’m on my soapbox, I’d like to argue that case, and explain through my own creative process how a successful logo is created, from the initial sketch right through to…

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How Spotify Designed a New Homepage Experience

When our team started working on the homepage, which is the landing page of our website, we found that an overwhelming majority of people who visit want to listen to audio directly on the site (i.e., they’re looking for the web player). But, they had trouble finding it and were frustrated with the amount of friction it took to listen to anything.

Insights from reviewing my readers’ one hundred and thirty-eight UX portfolios

Out of the 138 portfolios submitted, 125 was screened. If you’re part of the 13 that I didn’t review, it’s because you’re a UX writer, UX engineer or a UX consultancy business. I do not have the expertise to review portfolios for writers and engineers, and reviewing UX businesses is something I would not do for free (sorry).

World’s oldest logo infographic baffles the internet

Reddit users are pouring over an infographic that claims to show the oldest logos that are still in existence. And while many of them have evolved to an extent over the years, it’s also striking how many have retained their original elements.

What’s Good About the Arc Browser

I was actually skeptical because I’ve tried the ol’ “fork of popular browser, but with improved UI” browsers before, and they never stick with me. I’ve developed some doubts about how much value a skin over an existing browser engine can actually bring. Like, don’t build me a browser with a built-in crypto wallet or

Design systems without screens

It sounds as though we are declaring the end of technology’s golden age, both for those who make it and for those who use it. If we are heading this way with our technology and interfaces, what does this mean for design? Are all these circumstances leading to the end o

It took 28 human bodies to create this unusual typeface

Project Body Type isn’t the most legible font ever created, but it comes with a powerful message.

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