10 Best Articles on Game Design

The most useful articles on game design from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 Game Design Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved on game design by Refind users in 2023 so far.

  1. What it Takes to Make a Game by Yourself
  2. The colors of game design
  3. How Game Design Principles Can Enhance Democracy
  4. Level Up: The Future of Video Games Is Bright
  5. Games that avoid capitalistic design

Short Articles

Short on time? Check out these useful short articles on game design—all under 10 minutes.

Long Articles

These are some of the most-read long-form articles on game design.

Related Topics


We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Game Design, including:

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UX Collective

Curated stories on user experience, usability, and product design. By @fabriciot and @caioab.

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Noema Magazine

Exploring the transformations sweeping our world. Published by @berggruenInst. Pitch us: edit@noemamag.com

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Tobias van Schneider

A hopelessly inquisitive man. Occasional multi-planetary designer @NASA From me to you → http://vanschneider.com/vip ✣ http://mymind.com ✣ http://Semplice.com ✣ http://Carbonmade.com

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Obsessed with covering transformative technology.

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