Earl Carlson

Design, coffee, good music, great weather, 2 cats, and constantly exploring. Interaction designer @ DigitalOcean. Follow me at @theearlcarlson


A List of Style Guides, Brand Guidelines, and Front-End Frameworks

More for convenience than anything else


Summing up The Sum conference

The Bold Italic had their first ever conference this past week, and it was phenomenal. If a person was looking for industry specific advice, tools, and…


A List of Style Guides, Brand Guidelines, and Front-End Frameworks

More for convenience than anything else


3 awesome articles focussing on User-Centered Design

Yogurt Pretzels #1


Design touches all aspects of life. Good design is often invisible; bad design makes life difficult and oftentimes miserable. In the inaugural issue you’ll find a wide range of thoughts on design. I’m going to keep this intro short so you can get into the articles.


Working on Labor Day

And why I’m okay with it


Right now I’m sitting at a coffee shop in the Temescal district of Oakland, it’s labor day, and I’m working.


43 Things I Learned From UX Week


I was only able to attend UX Week in San Francisco for one day, but in that one day, my was mind blown. These are some of the highlights I picked up from…


3 Essential Reads for User Experience Students


You can find lists like this one all over the internet, but most include a daunting list of 10-20 books. This is great for anyone already entrenched in UX design, but for the uninitiated it’s a bit heavy handed. So let’s break it down to just three books:

1. The Design of Everyday Things - Donald Norman


Forget Sexy

A quick checklist to build things people need


  • Quit caring what your five closest friends will think about what you’ve made, and worry about your actual…

On Being a Better Me


This evening I was forced into making a decision that I’ve seen coming for a while now. Every time I’ve thought about how I’d approach this situation, I imagined myself…


Considering Other Languages


As a designer sitting in a San Francisco office, it’s easy to get wrapped up in my own little world of consumption. On my way to work, I’m listening to an…