First of all, thank you for signing up for this newsletter on Designer Slack Communities. I'm Ryan, the creator of Designer Slack Communities. Currently, I'm working at Curative to design for COVID-19, and mentoring designers on ADPList.
You might be wondering what this newsletter is about. Honestly, I'm not sure. I want to start this as an experiment to figure out what I can share with the world. It's probably about design, technology, or just about anything I see in the world. But to get started, I will share 2-3 articles I read and what I think about them. Hopefully I can do this weekly to push myself to read more and think more.
Why We Crave Software With Style Over “Branding” - by Molly Mielke
You probably noticed already this, all modern software and websites started looked the same. The same minimal, sans serif, pastel style. But at the same time, there is software like Notion, Linear, and Slack that differentiates itself from the sea of flat design software. What makes them different? Molly says it's the style. In a way, we choose to use one software not because it solves our problem, but it reflects how we identify ourselves.
What does "best" mean? - by Anton Sten
I never wanted to be the best designer, but I always felt the strong need to be better. I always felt I need to spend more time on the work, so I can be better. It sounds like a good thing, but it actually stops being a better designer. Because I never define why I want to be a better designer or how I can be a better designer, I'm just chasing the fantasy of the "better" version of myself, so-called perfectionism. I put less effort into it because I can never reach that fantasy, why bother to put it into the work. So next time when you want to be the best or be better, think about why you started to be a designer and why you need to be the best.
The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet - by Chris Anderson & Michael Wolff
Sometimes I wish I was born a few years earlier, so I got to experience more of the early days of the internet, where the big tech does not control the vast of the internet, the algorithm does not feed us what they think are the most engaging content. They say Web 3 would solve the problem, we will get the open web again. But would it? Would it stop the big tech to build their metaverse and imprison us?