Design pervades all aspect of our lives, and as result, great design matters more than ever. In business and life today, design has the ability to dictate the success or failure of an idea, service, or product. It can have a lasting impact — or none at all. The creative process itself, as all designers are intensely aware, is complex. The essence of which is summed up beautifully in the beginning of the preview for Abstract: The Art of Design. It begins: “What is important is: the story, the message, the feeling, the connection. That is design.” …


Over the last few years we’ve witnessed the maturation of the designer role. Companies are investing in designers beyond just pushing pixels and production work. People rely on designers more-and-more for business and product decisions. With this growth of opportunities we’ve seen more designers taking on leadership roles and fostering design-centric company cultures.

At thoughtbot, we’ve always emphasized and understood the importance of design in product development. We were one of the first consultancies to employ product design sprints created by Google Ventures. Our team has released numerous open source tools for designers in the form of bourbon, neat, and…


One look on Dribbble, and you’ll notice the abundance of animations that emphasize interaction. The increasing number of devices, screens, and use cases have required designers to think of new ways to improve the usability of applications. Animation can be a tool for solving these problems. A simple effect can help a user transition between screens, and understand a cohesive experience across an ecosystem of devices. A well-designed animation guides users to the most crucial areas of the product, and is just plain delightful!

I have always found myself envious of those who are able to bring life to their…


We live in a fantastic time. With the internet we’re able to learn about anything that interests us. Our insatiable thirst for knowledge can be quenched, and entire career paths can shift through online learning. When it comes to internet workers we’re a group that has to stay on top of the latest and greatest. If not we can quickly become obsolete. We are always looking to learn, but who is always looking to teach others?

7 Years of Learning

I’m roughly 7 years into my career. In the design and development world that’s a long time. In my mind I’m a novice with…


Recently I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about getting older. Nothing concrete, but more-so reflecting on where I am in life. I’m 2.5 months into my marriage and just turned 29. I know that doesn’t seem old, but events around me have had me thinking more about life. It’s not a quarter life crisis, just me reflecting, being thankful, and scared at the same time.

My grandmother is in a bad state of health. People die, but she’s a woman I never thought would. After my grandfather passed away 10 years ago she just kept moving along. While she…


I Will Write

I’ve been thinking this for weeks, months, years. It’s something I know is important in my career field as a designer. It’s something that is important as a human being. It’s something that I should do more of. Writing is a creative endeavor that has always alluded me. I’ve never had a successful blog. Successful in the sense that it lasted more than a week.

Writing is a skill that I’ve never truly felt 100% comfortable with.

You’ll quickly pick up that I’m not the greatest writer in the world, and I know that. I’ve known it since my 7th…

Andrew Cohen

Design Lead at @ConsenSys on @INFURA_io, father, cyclist, and more.

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