Automattic is the company behind WordPress.com, Tumblr, Gravatar, Jetpack, WooCommerce, Longreads, Simplenote, and many more internet publishing and commerce solutions.
At automattic.design, the team shares the behind-the-scenes stories of what it’s like to build products at a remote-first technology company. Blog posts detail strategies for remote collaboration as much as deep-dives into technology and design issues.
automattic.design also highlights relevant job openings at Automattic and links to the company’s recruiting portal.
Throughout the site, they highlight their commitment to open-source values, diversity, and making the world a better place through the power of design.
Check out automattic.design for inspiring stories about collaboration, teamwork, and communication.
The new site’s main focus is the Stories page, which includes hubs for: the team’s core design work, inspirational Q&As with team members, hot takes on design-industry debates, stories about the team’s working processes, and—of course—a hub for playlists and podcasts curated by the team!
The Team page focuses on individual team members and the work culture at Spotify, which has gone fully remote due to COVID-19. This page also serves as a portal to the Spotify design team’s job openings.
For more insight into the team’s design resources, check out the Tools page. If you want to get into all the delightfully nerdy details of Spotify’s design process, this is the place for you!
Spotify.design does an amazing job at showcasing a behind-the-scenes look at the design department of a global tech powerhouse, and gives the design team at Spotify an opportunity to speak directly to their community of fellow designers. We say, bravo!
Jack Moore is a graphic designer based in California, and his beautiful portfolio site at JackMoore.design shows off his innovative approach and multimedia skill.
The design of the site itself is incredibly engaging, as a deceptively minimalist interface is enhanced by colorful pop-up images whenever the cursor hovers over a link.
Jack’s portfolio case studies display his handling of elements across diverse media and his ability to tell a brand’s story cohesively.
Of the four disciplines that students can major in, each of these areas can be further sub-divided, giving students more possibilities to find their voice. For example, Design includes package design, editorial design, information graphics, branding, publication design, book jacket design, environmental design, and interactive design.
In addition to a faculty directory and links to apply for admission, the site primarily features a portfolio of work from design students across every discipline.
MXWL.design is the portfolio of Maxwell Fong, a graphic designer and visual interaction designer. He also does hand lettering, digital lettering, and photography.
Maxwell’s work is driven by asking “Why?” The thoughtfulness and thoroughness of Maxwell’s approach is evident in the work examples he showcases, where colors and shapes interact across multiple mediums.
The creative studio This has a gloriously interactive portfolio website on the perfect domain name: This.design.
The studio’s clients have included sports and outdoor companies like Specialized, Burton, Teva, and Zero Motorcycles, green tech companies, and boutique hotels, bars, and restaurants.
The beautifully immersive case studies provide deep dives into their projects. For example, This conducted consumer research to create new customer personas to help Nike Soccer develop inspirational content that resonates with Gen Z.
Visit This.design to soak up all the inspiration from this leading creative studio.
Saccomanno.design features a striking and easy-to-navigate interface that highlights Sarah’s design talent, her interpersonal skills, and her ability to organize information and tell stories.
Her portfolio highlights her work in product design, UX and UI, branding, graphic design, and augmented reality. Several case studies include design work for healthcare initiatives, including her local community’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution effort!
The site has an intuitive bookshelf design that gives you the feeling of being in a vintage bookstore browsing the dog-eared selections among the Design section. There are headers to view specific categories of publications such as books, annuals, ephemera, posters, and more.
Archive.design is a great place to look for retro-futuristic inspiration, historical context about design, or just general browsing. Among our favorite finds: interactive, in-browser demos of MacPaint (1984) and Windows 95.
This site was recognized with an honorable mention in the 2021 RGD Student Awards!
LearnUI.design is an online set of course materials, tutorials, design tips, and tools that anyone can use to learn the basics of UI or UX design.
Each course features downloadable exercises, checklists, cheat-sheets, and access to a Slack community chat.
Even with no prior experience, these course can help jump-start a new career as a UI or UX designer.
If a course isn’t the right fit for you, you might still benefit from the many helpful posts available on the site’s blog. Topics include fonts, iOS design guidelines, logo design, and plenty of essential design theory.
The site also features a section of very handy tools: an advanced gradient generator, a color picker for data visualizations, and an accessible color generator.
Visit LearnUI.design today and learn something new!