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The Best Articles in Design

The most useful articles in 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 Design Articles

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

  1. The heuristics of Neurodesign
  2. What is a picture?
  3. The Woman Who Theorized Color: An Introduction to Mary Gartside’s New Theory of Colours (1808)
  4. AI and the Future of Design: What will the designer of 2025 look like?
  5. Phaidon Condenses/Updates 3-Volume Series into Single "1000 Design Classics" Book

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Short Articles

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

Long Articles

These are some of the most-read long-form articles in Design.

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Thought Leaders

We monitor hundreds of thought leaders, influencers, and newsletters in Design, including:

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swissmiss

Here to defend the bright corners of the world with @creativemorning, @tattly, @teuxdeux, @friendsworkhere. My story in 5 mins: http://youtu.be/rUtABHdlAzg

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Cory LaViska

Just a guy with a laptop and a dream. Building @shoelace_style at @fontawesome.

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Meng To

Founder at @designcodeio. I teach designers code and developers design.

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zeldman

Author. Designer. Web Standards Godfather. Employer Brand at @Automattic. Publisher, @AListApart, @ABookApart. Ava’s dad. Pete’s brother. He/him.

Publications

We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in 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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Fast Company

Inspiring readers to think beyond traditional boundaries & create the future of business. Subscribe to our daily newsletter: http://fastcompany.com/newsletters

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Brad Frost

Design system consultant, web designer, speaker, writer, & musician. Author of Atomic Design. Mastadon: https://mastodon.social/@brad_frost

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