The Year of the Looking Glass

A collection of essays by Julie Zhuo on design, building products, and observing life.


The Future of Design in Technology

10 predictions for the next 10 years


By Julie Zhuo


The Idea Person

Many people in a creative field, myself included, have succumbed to the fantasy of the Idea Person.


All the Things that Don’t Matter

And the one thing that does


This is how the story goes.


The Imposter Syndrome

Mastering the art of pretending


I kicked ass at Mario games, made my first website in seventh grade, and got a 5 on my computer…


How to Be That Designer

The one that everyone *loves* to work with

It’s the new year, and of course you have ambitious goals. To accomplish them, you’re probably…


The Most Influential Things I Read This Year


Continuing the tradition begun last year, here are my most memorable reads in 2014. Each of these changed my thinking or behavior in some…


Things Learned in the First Month of Having a Baby


The first 10 days

  1. I always wondered how I’d occupy the time during parental leave, since it seems like you have…

The 5 Most Common Mistakes in Design

There’s no learning without mistakes. And I’ve done the following too many times to count.


Owning It

Or, how to tell whether or not you’re leading


By Julie Zhuo

Growing up, my understanding of leadership was that it was a specific role…


Design’s North Star

Telling the story of an inspiring future


Start-ups versus Big Companies

And how they compare in what’s awesome versus sucky


Start-ups versus


Junior Designers vs. Senior Designers


I like words a lot. But sometimes a few sketches communicate a point more simply and memorably.

The Process of a Junior Designer


Constraints are Hard

But please don’t confuse that with “uninspiring”


I’m always intrigued when I come across a design portfolio that includes a personal rethink…


Why Design at Facebook


The most classic story of Facebook, in my opinion, has nothing to do with its humble beginnings in a dorm room. It has nothing to do with Justin Timberlake swigging…


My Dream Design Curriculum

If I had to do college over again, this is what I’d take


Last week, we hosted a panel at Facebook for design interns.


The Meaning of a Vacation

Impressions while being away


We saw it all the time in France, a signpost on the road, whether paired together with a number or not, near…


The Death of “Users” and “Product Design”

On examining what we say and mean


The Facebook company all-hands in January was—as most company all-hands are—wildly…


How to do a Product Critique

Watch and learn


All right, you caught me. The title of this article is a bit too fancy-pants. Product Critique is some dressed-up corporate…


Being 30 means…

How things change in the decade of your 20s


Clubs < bars < restaurants < someone’s backyard where you can don’t have to shout to talk.


Managing with Martians

Or, why frameworks are better than answers


Suppose one day, a Martian landed in your backyard. (Don’t worry, it’s one of the cute ones. It’s…

The Year of the Looking Glass
The Year of the Looking Glass

A collection of essays by Julie Zhuo on design, building products, and observing life.

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