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Stylized illustration of a resume

Your resume is a portfolio piece

I do a lot of hiring. I probably see a dozen resumes a week and I’m constantly floored by the questionable design choices I see, especially coming from designers. Maybe it’s an attempt to stand out. Maybe it’s a lack of restraint. Maybe it’s inexperience with print design. Maybe they…

This little symbol’s hit the big time, but has it forgotten where it came from?

Stylized image of three dots

What is this symbol? Does it mean “more”? Is it an “overflow indicator”? Maybe it’s a delicious counterpart to the hamburger icon so you call it “the kebab”. Regardless, if you’re reading this and you design software, there’s a fair chance one lives somewhere in one of your creations. …

…and previews

Three collapsed tab groups, and one expanded

Chrome Tab Groups is a brand new feature that makes tab management in Chrome an awful lot easier. I’ve been running Chrome beta for months now to have access to it, but it’s made its way to the public release so you, too, can be amazed.

The feature allows you…

Search within any site from your Chrome browser bar

When I want to search Amazon I type “a” into the address bar, followed by a space, followed by my search term. This works thanks to Chrome’s search engine shortcuts feature and it can be used for any site that supports search.

You can assign any keyword shortcut you like…

The customer is always right.

The iPhone 4 shot from 3 angles
See that black line in the middle photo? If you touch it, you’re “holding it wrong”.

The iPhone is a beautiful device. Every version of it has been, but my favorite was the blocky, squared-off shape of the iPhone 4 (it’s widely speculated that the iPhone 12 will call back to that design when it arrives in October). Its stark, flat, black face, and metallic trimmed…

A handy thingy that appears when you select text

A screenshot of Popclip in action

PopClip is a tool that offers actions and shortcuts you can perform on any text you can select with your cursor. It’s awesome, and it’s probably more useful than it sounds. Here are a few ways I like to use it.

A bookmark manager “designed for creatives, built for coders”


Browser bookmarks are a hassle. They’re difficult to organize, impossible to navigate, and only available in one of your browsers.

Raindrop is a standalone bookmark manager —complete with its own native app desktop and mobile apps and extensions for every major browser — designed to do everything you expect from…

No one wants to right-click to copy or paste, so we all use the ⌘C and ⌘V keyboard shortcuts, right?. But did you know you can create your own custom keyboard shortcuts as well? Maybe you did, but it’s surprising how few know about this MacOS feature, and even more…


Disclaimer: Like the previous article, I neglected to publish this on Medium in a timely manner. Think of this as a time capsule, or maybe just a woefully outdated hot take that’s turned a bit cold.

Uber’s latest 2018 branding

A while back I wrote about Uber rethinking their visual identity, but I was…

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