Dustin Senos

Design @Medium • More at http://dustinsenos.com


Stock photos that don’t suck

A list of places to find the best free stock photos


Finding great stock photos is a pain. You’re left with either low-res amateur…


We care a lot about the little details. There are infinite ways to set the measure (amount of…


‘Entertainment’ in Poor Taste at the Crunchies


I’m honored that Medium was nominated and won runner-up for best designed startup at TechCrunch’s 2014 Crunchies. I did not, and will not, support the form of “entertainment” TJ Miller “performed” during the event. I will not be associated with someone who calls women bitches, jokes about rape, and casually mentions pedophilia. It took an…


I wrote this on Hatch on 12/18/14, presented here unedited. See Hatching Inside Medium for context on this collection.

Reducing Design Friction


I created an OKR for Q414 to pick the brains of various design leaders about hiring, building teams, and reducing friction in design. Below are notes on one topic I inquired about: reducing the most friction-inducing issues…

Publications edited by Dustin Senos

Stories from people who build things. Edited by: @matthendrick, @paperkary, @SpanishCurls, @mhauer, and @dustin. Get updates via twitter @LearnedBuilding.

Stories from Medium’s design team

A perspective into the world of design through five simple questions. The questions: https://medium.com/5-design-questions/3d0e130b905a


I wrote this on hatch on 10/16/14, presented here unedited. See Hatching Inside Medium for context on this collection.

Design Q414 OKRs


Objective 1 Increase the quality and diversity of our visual design

We are currently lacking a senior visual designer. Someone who will push the visual breadth and quality of Medium. This person should be…


Stock photos that don’t suck

A list of places to find the best free stock photos


Finding great stock photos is a pain. You’re left with either low-res amateur…


Whispering Curve

A dabble in fiction


It was 1994; I was ten years old. The world and I hadn’t seen eye-to-eye for the last few years.


Five Design Questions

A set of questions to those who design things.


To contribute, respond to the five questions below.
  1. Tell us who you are in one sentence.
  2. If you weren’t a designer, what would you do?
  3. What is something you wished you designed, either because you love it, or because you feel you…

On dashes, hyphens, and other important aspects of life.

A dash is a gentle character, and when used correctly, adds elegance to the words she touches.


Below I cover the common uses of three horizontal marks: the hyphen -, the en dash –, and the em dash —.

The Hyphen: -


Redesigning Medium


Dave, Jason, Tina, and I were in the middle of brainstorming when Tina stopped us. “Wait, aren’t we brainstorming?” she asked.

“Yep. why?”

“This isn’t how you brainstorm.”

Tina had a point. We were caught in a loop of pitch and critique rather than producing new ideas. We weren’t going to cover much ground—certainly…


Day 6


On Saturday September 16th, 2011, I headed to the airport for the 6pm flight from Kelowna BC to Vancouver. The plan was to spend a night in a hotel close the Vancouver airport to allow enough time for my early morning visa application. I spent the majority of my adult life in Kelowna, a resort town with just over 160,000 people, 18 golf courses, a ski hill, and flourishing wine industry…