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.

  1. John Maeda on Creativity, AI, and the Human Pursuit of Uphill Thinking
  2. What is a picture?
  3. The Woman Who Theorized Color: An Introduction to Mary Gartside’s New Theory of Colours (1808)
  4. How you can "think different"
  5. The Sounds Of Invisible Worlds


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Thought Leaders

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

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

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Cory LaViska

Just a guy with a laptop and a dream. Building @shoelace_style at @FontAwesome. Previously @Microsoft and @FloridaTech alumnus.

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Meng To

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

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

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How does Refind curate?

It’s a mix of human and algorithmic curation, following a number of steps:

  1. We monitor 10k+ sources and 1k+ thought leaders on hundreds of topics—publications, blogs, news sites, newsletters, Substack, Medium, Twitter, etc.
  2. In addition, our users save links from around the web using our Save buttons and our extensions.
  3. Our algorithm processes 100k+ new links every day and uses external signals to find the most relevant ones, focusing on timeless pieces.
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  5. Our algorithm uses these internal signals to refine the selection.
  6. In addition, we have expert curators who manually curate niche topics.

The result: lists of the best and most useful articles on hundreds of topics.

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How many sources does Refind monitor?

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