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The Argument Machine

I’m not saying that Twitter was designed to create arguments. I’m just saying that, if you set out to create an Argument Machine, it’d come out looking a lot like Twitter.

Original Blogger Identity Design

The news that Google may be retiring the Blogger identity prompted me to go through my archives to find the…

New Powazek Design

So as you may have noticed, there’s a new design here on the ol’ dotcom. As much as I loved…

Design for Serendipity

I’ve spent the last few years talking to magazine publishers, editors, and bookstore owners about the future of print in our digital age. And at some point in almost every conversation, the person I’m talking to uses the word “serendipity” when singing print’s praises.
The implication in these conversations is that digital media somehow cannot create these happy accidental discoveries. But that’s just crazy talk.

Twitter’s “Who to follow” Feature, aka WTF

Twitter is currently testing a new feature called “Who to follow” (henceforth referred by its unfortunate acronym, WTF). One of those 25% is, apparently, me. When I log in there’s a box on the main page that suggests two users for me to follow. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it’s exactly what Facebook does.

The purpose of a test like this is to gather feedback, so here’s some feedback.

Thoughts on Designing for iPad

I’ve been designing for websites for 15 years now, and designing for print for even longer. For the last few months, I led the design of MagCloud’s iPad app (now available in iTunes) with an incredibly talented group of people, and it was unlike any other experience I’ve had as a designer. Here are a few things I learned.

Upcoming Appearances

I’m really excited about a couple upcoming appearances. Make/Think: AIGA Design Conference, Memphis, 8-11 October I’ll be a panelist along…

Layer Tennis

Today at noon I’m playing Layer Tennis with Jason Santa Maria with none other than Jim Coudal doing the play-by-play.…

Design for the Wisdom of Crowds

Yesterday I gave a fun talk at SXSW. Here are a few photos. As promised, here are the slides. Related…

Layer Tennis with Jason Santa Maria

Today I’m playing Layer Tennis with Jason Santa Maria with none other than Jim Coudal doing the play-by-play. This is…


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Hi, I’m Derek. I live in San Francisco and make awesome community-centric web stuff. I sometimes post things to Flickr and Twitter. I’m mostly harmless. More.





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