As designers, with every new project we tend to leverage existing symbols and reinforce their meaning to be able to benefit from mental associations people will naturally make. But we also have the power to modify and repurpose those symbols, should that be our intention.
Thursday, September 15th, 2022
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
A brief history of the manicule, illustrated with some extreme examples.
Thursday, June 6th, 2019
From the days of Xerox PARC:
In your garage organization, there’s always a bucket for miscellaneous. You’ve got nuts and bolts and screws and nails, and then, stuff, miscellaneous stuff. That’s kind of what the hamburger menu button was.
Same as it ever was.
Sunday, June 10th, 2018
¶, &, @, ‽, ☺, #, and ☛.
Tuesday, June 5th, 2018
The steps that the Canva team took to turbocharge their design ops.
I’ll talk about why creating a shared design system has boosted our organizational productivity—and how you can help your teams improve product quality while reducing your company’s ‘design debt’.
Friday, February 2nd, 2018
A step-by-step account of trying to find a way to keep Sketch files in sync with the code in a pattern library. The solution came from HTML Sketchapp, a more agnostic spiritual successor to AirBnB’s React Sketchapp.
The contract was incredibly straightforward—as long as you generated HTML, you could import it into Sketch.
After some tinkering, Mark Dalgleish came up with a command line tool to automate the creation of Sketch libraries from HTML elements with
Thursday, November 24th, 2016
An illustrated history of digital iconography.
Friday, April 1st, 2016
The numero sign, the reversed question mark, the interrobang, the l b bar symbol, the Tironian et, the capitulum, and the ironieteken.
Friday, February 7th, 2014
A lovely little tour of eleven ubiquitous icons.
Friday, June 22nd, 2012
It’s really good to see more providers of icon font sets. These look very nicely designed indeed.
Friday, July 1st, 2005
It's funny because it's true.