The Best of My 20 Years of Writing on Design

If you’re familiar with my my books and talks, you know I’ve written about innovation, public speaking and other subjects, but back in 2000 I mostly wrote about design. If you’ve followed me long enough to remember or the crazy live design competitions I did at events, thanks for still being here.

I worked for years as a PM on UX projects like Windows and Internet Explorer, but then became the design advocate for Microsoft. It was my job to teach and help promote good design and usability practices across the company. While there I wrote a UI design column for MSDN’s developer magazine. I thought someday I’d write a short primer style book on good design, I just didn’t anticipate it would take 20 years until I did it with How Design Makes The World.

For this best-of list I picked articles that were popular but are still relevant today. I hope you find something you like.

Most of my writing is free, but if you find value here, please support me by buying a copy of How Design Makes The World or my other books. Thanks for your support.

Here’s my best writing on design from 1999 to 2020:

My most recent essay, How To Put Faith in Design, is my best design essay so far this year. You can also visit all 170+ posts from the design archive. Or my best posts of all time.

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