A collection of essays by Julie Zhuo on design, building products, and observing life.
The micro and the macro approach
Or, where creatives fall into despair
Last week I saw two visions for the future.
The first is Her—a moving take on the nuances of relationships in an AI-possible world—and the…
A designer may decide to leave for many reasons.
Some of those reasons are personal.
Reflections on a year of writing
For easier interactive design prototyping
And how they shaped my thinking
Observations from a week in Shanghai
A list of gratitudes, both big and small
And all its many variants
“Good design…Is as little design as possible” — Dieter Rams
The experience of eating one’s own ice cream*
A little girl, an egg, and the sharing economy
Ah, Data. And of course, Data’s best friend, A/B Test.
About four years ago, the arrival of three new grads from the University of Washington—Drew Hamlin, Francis Luu, and Joey Flynn—changed the…
If you’re like me, you have an itch to say yes to every opportunity.
If you are somebody with an incredible amount of passion for high quality, you may be compelled to become a gatekeeper at some point in…
A short piece of fiction
The first time I sit down with a designer who’s just joined my team, I try and understand the answer to one very specific question.
It has come to my attention that on the eve of last Wednesday, the 4th of September, something terrible happened that has…
Or: how to deal with the fact that we are all completely irrational.
A Cheat Sheet for Designers
A Cheat Sheet for Engineers and PMs
From the age of 12 until I left home, college-bound, this is how Sunday afternoons happened: my mother and I (Dad was working in China at…
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