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I have chosen to write about Hoefler & Co.’s Obsidian because I gasped when it came out and I still gasp?—?or at least breathe heavily?—?whenever I look at it. Typographers will appreciate its extensive glyph set (highly unusual in a display face of this complexity), made only marginally easier by being the offspring of Surveyor […]


If you’ve been looking for well-crafted typefaces in the Didot genre recently, chances are you’ve come across Trianon. It will likely satisfy your appetite for a French Modern face with classic features, but be forewarned: it might end up doing a whole lot more than that. The first time I became aware of Loïc Sander’s […]


A typeface with a firm tread, stable and strong. Here’s staring at you, kid. This is Macho. What distinguishes men from boys? They have a clear and distinct way of approaching things. They have their goals in life, they are useful, and they want to make an impression. This is what Macho is about. This is what […]

Adobe Photoshop in 60 Seconds: The Blur Gallery

What You'll Be Creating Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute! The Blur Gallery Ever wanted to create those picturesque blurring effects foundShow More Summary

Design in the age of entanglement

Design is becoming a rich entanglement of different ideas, technologies, trends, cultures and patterns. And this has a profound impact on how product designers approach their work. That was the thesis of a talk I gave in Amsterdam recently as part of the Inside Intercom… Read more The post Design in the age of entanglement appeared first on Inside Intercom.

How to Create a Colorful Clone Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

What You'll Be Creating Music videos are often on the cutting edge of a culture's creative expression, both in terms of music and visual effects. They also serve as an excellent source of creative inspiration. In this series of tutorials, we will take a look at how to use Photoshop to reproduce some of the most eye-catching effects. Show More Summary

How to Create a Dory-Inspired Photo Manipulation in Adobe Photoshop

What You'll Be Creating To celebrate Finding Dory, the upcoming sequel to the classic Finding Nemo, I'll show you how to create realistic fan art easily in Adobe Photoshop. Inspired by the movie, learn how to use photo manipulation and digital painting techniques to make any character come alive. Show More Summary

Jobs-to-be-Done: from doubter to believer

Two years ago, I’d never heard of the Jobs-to-be-Done framework. Was it truly a better way to design products and innovate? Two years later, I’m a firm believer. Intercom now conducts research, designs products, and even organises teams based on the Jobs-to-be-Done framework. Show More Summary

Principles of bot design

Despite plenty of excitement it’s still unclear how conversational UIs can be made to work in a practical sense. But opinionated design principles can help us push past the hype, and design something real people will want to use every day. We’re not lacking for… Read more The post Principles of bot design appeared first on Inside Intercom.

Time is Running Out to Grab my Acrylic Design Toolkit at the Special Intro Price

Earlier this week I announced the launch of my new Acrylic Design Toolkit after spending countless hours crafting it over the last few months. To celebrate the launch event, the pack was released at a special launch price of $10, before it permanently rises to $19 after 72 hours. Show More Summary

Color in 60 Seconds: Tints, Tones and Shades

“Tints”, “tones” and “shades” are terms you’ll hear used when discussing color. A “tint” is the result of mixing a color with white. A “shade” is the resultant mixture of a color with black. “Tone” is the resultant mixture of a color with both black and white. Show More Summary

Quick Tip: How to Use Sketch’s Updated Symbols

Recently Sketch released version 3.7 and with it a completely revised set of Symbol tools. In this quick tip, I’ll show you how to make the most of them! Watch Quick Tip Further Resources Sketch 3.7 and New Symbols Sketch Templates on Envato Market Switching From Photoshop to Sketch Envato Tuts+ Course

How to find clients who’ll fight for your attention

“How do I get more clients?” It’s a question most freelancers struggle with. It’s tough to attract great clients and predictable income when you’re just starting out. It’s even harder when you end up with difficult clients and low ball projects. It feels like you’re beating your head against the wall, competing with every other freelancer online. […]

2016 Landing Page Design Trends

First impressions matter! Keep up to date with the latest landing page design trends of 2016 and take your web designs to the next level. Read More


Designers have shown an increased interest in information design and graphics over the last ten years or so, but that has not been much reflected in type design. This might be due in part to the fact that it took type designers some time to fully explore the potential of OpenType in practical designs. It […]


One of the things I’ve always admired about Underware is the trio’s ability to move type design out of the digital realm and morph it into a real-world spectacle. Akiem, Bas, and Sami are not just type designers. They’re totally dramatic! I have fond memories of many Underware-fueled happenings. I once crowded into a Toronto […]

New book: Intercom on Jobs-to-be-Done

Today we launched our fourth book, Intercom on Jobs-to-be-Done. It draws together some of the most valuable lessons we’ve learned from applying the Jobs-to-be-Done framework to our product, design and marketing over the past few years. Show More Summary

Nelson Wissar Showcases His Professional and Unparalleled Portfolio

This week we interview Nelson Wissar, the proprietor and art director at Zeppelin Animation Studio. Nelson’s long career has gifted him with a rich and unparalleled portfolio. We feature some...

How to Relight Portraits in Post With These 6 Dramatic Photoshop Actions

Relighting is a post-production technique that takes a base image and alters the appearance of the lighting sources, or even adds the appearance of new lighting sources altogether, to improve the image. Sometimes the light in a photograph...Show More Summary

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