I’m a multi-disciplinary designer with an international reputation for creating warm, content-focused design for a variety of companies in technology and publishing. Among these is Abstract, which I co-founded in 2014. I’m currently creative director at Fictive Kin.

I also write and speak about design. Many of my essays and lectures have become foundational texts for the web design industry and assigned in design classrooms around the world. In 2012, I wrote, illustrated, and published The Shape of Design. You can buy a copy [Indie / Amazon] or read it online.

Popular writing

Everything Easy is Hard Again
Is it 20 years of web experience or five years repeated four times?

The Web’s Grain
Using a browser’s built-in affordances to guide web design decisions

What Screens Want
Digital’s medium is the screen. What’s that mean?


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