The hottest Design Substack posts right now

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Animation Obsessive β€’ 4574 implied HN points β€’ 16 Feb 24
  1. The animated film 'Moremi' tells a sci-fi version of the Nigerian Moremi Ajasoro tales, using a unique mix of 2D and 3D animation.
  2. Director Shofela Coker and art director Wian van Bergen collaborated to maintain a visually rich aesthetic, blending Nigerian motifs and traditional painting techniques into the film.
  3. The film's unique visual style was achieved through a custom compositing workflow, blending 3D characters with 2D backgrounds seamlessly, along with incorporating striking neon 2D special effects.
The Chip Letter β€’ 4111 implied HN points β€’ 18 Feb 24
  1. Designs that were not commercially successful can still be interesting and hold value for learning.
  2. Intel's 8085 microprocessor, while not a bad design, was overshadowed by Zilog's Z80 due to lack of major improvements.
  3. Signetics 2650 microprocessor faced limitations such as delayed time to market and segmented memory, showing the importance of timely releases and memory efficiency.
read β€’ 4894 implied HN points β€’ 10 Feb 24
  1. Nominees with great performances in multiple roles can lead to extra praise, known as the double exposure effect.
  2. Mustard packaging has a rich history dating back centuries, with brands like Grey Poupon and Maille showcasing timeless design.
  3. Neptune's true color is not actually blue as previously thought, but a milky, unmemorable interstellar cataract, challenging our perceptions.
Webworm with David Farrier β€’ 10299 implied HN points β€’ 05 Jan 24
  1. An artist was asked to make posters for a Pearl Jam tour but was offered an unusual form of payment.
  2. There were mixed reactions from artists who had similar deals with bands like Pearl Jam, with some feeling undervalued.
  3. The case raises questions about fair compensation for artists and the value of their work, sparking a conversation about artist payment standards.
Culture Study β€’ 5103 implied HN points β€’ 31 Jan 24
  1. The concept of 'airspace' refers to a trendy design style popular in the past but now considered outdated and replaced by more unique and diverse aesthetics.
  2. The rise of Airbnb has led to a shift in the hospitality industry towards standardized, 'cool' interiors, sometimes at the expense of personal touch and uniqueness in spaces.
  3. Creating a truly comfortable and inviting space goes beyond trendy decor and requires a personal touch that reflects individuality and a sense of being lived in.
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Animation Obsessive β€’ 986 implied HN points β€’ 15 Mar 24
  1. The post discusses the art of animated titles during the mid-century era, particularly focusing on the animated movie titles of that time.
  2. The newsletter references Saul Bass's title sequence for Bonjour Tristesse (1958) and how it inspired elements seen in modern films like Pixar's The Incredibles.
  3. There's an invitation to subscribe to the Animation Obsessive newsletter for a 7-day free trial to access more content on animated titles and their history.
Why is this interesting? β€’ 723 implied HN points β€’ 28 Feb 24
  1. Sir Paul Smith discovered Aesop deodorant during his travels and appreciates the brand's growth near his stores, showing a positive outlook on retail piggybacking.
  2. Collaboration between stores serving the same customer base can create a positive synergy benefiting all, contrary to a strategy of spiteful competition.
  3. Over-association with another brand can potentially impact the image and story of an independent brand negatively, as seen in Aesop's evolution and potential risks for Sir Paul Smith's brand.
High Growth Engineer β€’ 307 implied HN points β€’ 17 Mar 24
  1. Consider the level of detail in crits based on the feedback needed for effective decision-making.
  2. Structure crit meetings with clear expectations, silent reviewing periods, and follow-up synchronous discussions.
  3. Approach feedback in crits by giving and receiving early, focusing on empowering team confidence, and maintaining a positive, collaborative culture.
Computer Ads from the Past β€’ 384 implied HN points β€’ 04 Mar 24
  1. Peter Quinn was involved in the design of Apple IIe from the beginning, starting with a plan to enhance the keyboard and provide 80 columns, which led to the idea of expanding the memory to 128K.
  2. The development of Apple IIc was intertwined with the IIe project. The decision to create a more focused product led to the IIc design, which included built-in peripherals like a mouse port and two serial ports.
  3. Design challenges for the compact Apple IIc included managing heat and radiation effectively, with unique solutions like intricate venting schemes and careful layout of components to meet corporate specifications.
Unbox Inbox β€’ 1129 implied HN points β€’ 23 Jan 24
  1. Pasta packaging can be a work of art, with brands focusing on sustainability and design aesthetics.
  2. Quality pasta brands pay attention to packaging details like graphics and windows, attracting consumers with visually appealing designs.
  3. The trend in pasta packaging leans towards simplicity, utilizing clean lines, white space, and sans serif fonts.
12challenges β€’ 514 implied HN points β€’ 19 Feb 24
  1. Social media feeds have evolved towards a TikTok model, focusing on varied content over personal connections.
  2. The design aspects like full-screen, infinite scroll, and autoplay play a significant role in the success of the social media feed model.
  3. Analyzing the evolution of social media through a typology can help understand past shifts and predict future trends, like the influence of AI.
One Thing β€’ 929 implied HN points β€’ 25 Jan 24
  1. Japanese-made Stalogy notebooks are highly regarded for their quality, design, and cultural relevance.
  2. Stalogy notebooks offer a soothing planner experience with undated pages and functional details for easy use.
  3. The Stalogy approach to journaling encourages a sense of mindfulness and ease, allowing users to engage with their thoughts and tasks without pressure.
From the Desk of Alicia Kennedy β€’ 3144 implied HN points β€’ 30 Oct 23
  1. The newsletter 'From the Desk of Alicia Kennedy' is relaunching with new features like contributors, a book club, and monthly essay publications.
  2. There will be changes to the subscription rates, with an annual cost increase to $50, but existing $30 subscribers are locked in and new subscribers have until the end of 2023 to join at the lower rate.
  3. The newsletter will expand into a magazine-like format with additional content for paid subscribers like link recommendations, a cooking supplement, and a book club.
Men Yell at Me β€’ 259 implied HN points β€’ 07 Mar 24
  1. Creating personalized story rings with unique designs like mountains or bird feathers can be a powerful way to symbolize love and connection.
  2. Repurposing wedding rings after a divorce by melting them down can be a cathartic and transformative process, helping individuals let go of emotional baggage and begin a new chapter.
  3. Jewelry holds deep connections to personal stories and histories, making it more than just a material possession - it can represent relationships, memories, and values.
Design Mom β€’ 766 implied HN points β€’ 29 Jan 24
  1. The author reflects on the growth and challenges of managing a creative conference over the years.
  2. Alt Summit faced setbacks due to the pandemic, prompting the author to rethink and rebuild the event.
  3. Opportunities for tickets and sponsorships at Alt Summit are highlighted, with an invitation to join the event.
Both Are True β€’ 484 implied HN points β€’ 13 Feb 24
  1. Consider creating unique, age-appropriate gifts for the over-30 crowd during holidays like Valentine's Day.
  2. Traditional candies and gestures may not be as fitting for individuals in long-term relationships or older demographics.
  3. Personalizing gifts and celebrations based on age and life stage can make occasions more special and meaningful.
12challenges β€’ 257 implied HN points β€’ 01 Mar 24
  1. The diagram shows how much social media has changed over the last 20 years, with a shift towards platforms like TikTok.
  2. The idea of using the diagram as a menu to choose preferred social media options is intriguing, revealing possible disparities in usage.
  3. The author seeks suggestions to improve the diagram's presentation and structure, anticipating future articles about social media platforms.
Animation Obsessive β€’ 4664 implied HN points β€’ 07 Aug 23
  1. UPA studio revolutionized animation in the 1940s and 1950s with modern art influences and unique storytelling.
  2. The UPA animation style focused on emotion over anatomy, leading to groundbreaking visuals and storytelling.
  3. UPA's work extended beyond well-known films like Mr. Magoo, encompassing TV commercials, series, and experimental shows.
Unbox Inbox β€’ 852 implied HN points β€’ 09 Jan 24
  1. Bar soap can be a fun and thoughtful gift for people who appreciate design and aesthetics.
  2. Bar soap packaging can offer creative ways to engage customers with typography and design.
  3. Bar soap comes in a wide range of shapes, colors, and scents, making it a versatile and creative product to explore.
Dearest β€’ 530 implied HN points β€’ 31 Jan 24
  1. A 1855 gold, enamel, and hardstone vase depicting a Greek mythological story is up for auction at Sotheby's for $1.8-2.5 million
  2. An antique 16th-century Paduan crab desk ornament with intriguing imperial Habsburg provenance is being sold at Sotheby's for $25,000-35,000
  3. The collection of Sir Elton John, including unique items like rocket cufflinks and a wish-granting sand-fairy lighter, will be auctioned off at Christie's with diverse pieces from jewelry to photography
UX Psychology β€’ 178 implied HN points β€’ 23 Feb 24
  1. The curse of knowledge is a cognitive bias where experts find it hard to imagine not knowing what they know, this can impact different fields, including UX.
  2. Cognitive biases like the curse of knowledge stem from how our brains process and remember information, leading to errors in thinking and decision-making.
  3. To overcome the curse of knowledge, involve users in the design process, seek feedback from colleagues, and communicate in plain language to ensure better collaboration and user experience.
ChinaTalk β€’ 148 implied HN points β€’ 27 Feb 24
  1. India excels in software and design but faces challenges in manufacturing semiconductors due to historical economic policies that hindered growth in hardware and manufacturing sectors.
  2. India's approach to semiconductor industry development differed from Taiwan and China, starting from the design end rather than electronics assembly, posing challenges due to lack of a broader electronics ecosystem and global integration.
  3. Software industry in India thrived due to less restrictive regulations compared to hardware industries like semiconductors heavily controlled under small-scale industry reservations, hindering growth in manufacturing sectors.
First 1000 β€’ 1631 implied HN points β€’ 22 Sep 23
  1. Boring designs can be effective in getting people to take action.
  2. Sometimes immersive or flashy designs can actually be distracting.
  3. In certain situations, simplicity or 'boring' designs can work better than elaborate ones.