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.
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.
- What is a picture?
- The Woman Who Theorized Color: An Introduction to Mary Gartside’s New Theory of Colours (1808)
- Brainstorm Questions Not Ideas
- The Museum of Failure Celebrates Some of the World's Biggest Flops
- Why Chatbots Are Not the Future
What is ...?
New to Design? These articles make an excellent introduction.
What is a picture?
If we want to understand what a picture is, then we must look at the difference between perception and imagination.
A gentle introduction to Domain Driven Design
Starting into DDD is hard, even though it’s heavily praised by their practitioners. This article introduces the topic, gently.
A beginner’s guide to Design Tokens
Learn the basics of what design tokens are, how they’re used, their benefits, and some tools and resources to get you started.
The Woman Who Theorized Color: An Introduction to Mary Gartside’s New Theory of Colours (1808)
Shared by 1142, including Marcos, Jennifer Ouellette, Tamsen Webster, Message Strategist (she/her), Gabriele
How to ...?
How to create a perfect home-office desk
Gretchen Hansen, founder and CEO of the online interior design company Decorist offers advice for getting your best work done at home.
How to get started with hand-lettering
Earlier this year, I pushed out a tweet about my desire to be a beginner again, learn something new and took a particular interest in hand…
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The Rhythm of Your Screen
It’s 2023 and I’m still frequently asked by clients about scrolling. I understand why. Every design comes with assumptions about how much content
Why Chatbots Are Not the Future
Last night, over wine and seafood, the inevitable happened...
How Figma draws inspiration from the gaming world
The parallels between Figma's technical challenges and those in the gaming world
Don't design for your users
Guiding principles for designing and building products with intention
Mixpanel’s brand design system
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Brainstorm Questions Not Ideas
Taking time to talk through your questions will create a collaborative culture of learning
«extremely popular activity because it feels collaborative and creativity-enhancing even when it’s really not. Research has shown group brainstorming to be a waste of time.»
The Museum of Failure Celebrates Some of the World's Biggest Flops
Now on view in New York City, the traveling exhibition presents failure as a critical learning opportunity
There’s a lot of fear in the air. As AI gets better at design, it’s natural for designers to be worried about their jobs. But I think the question — will AI replace designers? — is a waste of time.…
The Art & Science of Design
Balancing Creativity and Analysis to Solve Complex Problems.
Design Psychology: 4 Principles That Empower Designers
You might not know it yet, but you beautiful designer, have an almighty power in your hands: the power of Design Psychology
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Typographic Hierarchy in Print, Web & App Design
Visual hierarchy makes or breaks your design. Learn how to guide the eye by intentionally using contrast and spacing in typography.
Design thinking was supposed to fix the world. Where did it go wrong?
An approach that promised to democratize design may have done the opposite.
How AI Technology Will Transform Design — Smashing Magazine
In this article, Nick and Gleb cover the current state of design, answer common questions designers have about AI tools, and share practical tips on how designers can make the most of using AI tools.
Starting design work in a spreadsheet
In the early phases of a project a spreadsheet can be a more useful design tool than Figma.
Design for AI: What should people who design AI know?
It’s 2022 and we are in the early days of artificial intelligence design.
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Curated stories on user experience, usability, and product design. By @fabriciot and @caioab.
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An online magazine for designers and web developers. Questions? We've got your back: @SmashingSupport, @SmashingConf. Curated by Iris, Vitaly and the team.
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