Normally, we spend a little time at the end of the year thinking back on all that we’ve achieved and all that we’ve loved in the past year. Whether it’s tools we’re thankful for or a UX Naughty and Nice List, we try to spend our last few days in the office with a little nostalgia.
Design Gifts that Keep on Giving
This year, though, is special: not only are we coming to the end of a year, we’re coming to the close of a decade. Personally, professionally, or as an entire culture, the 2010s have had some huge movers and shakers in the design world. From trendsetters to pizza trackers, we asked the Fuzzy Mathers to look back on innovative designs that have changed the game in the past 10 years.
1. Sketch for UX Design
2. Fingerprint and Facial Recognition
3. Smarthome and IOT Technology
4. Virtual Reality
5. Khan Academy
6. The Domino’s Pizza Tracker
7. Typekit and Designer Fonts
As it evolved over the years, Typekit / Adobe Fonts became an important part of my creative process — even when working on the occasional project for print. The ease of searching, sampling, and syncing beautiful fonts to my desktop in Adobe Fonts continues to save me from many headaches (and saved a ton of time).
8. Product Recommendation Quizzes
10. Applying 3D Software to Visual Art
If your friend says something disagreeable in a group chat, there’s a limitless library of GIFs just a click away that can say more than words ever could.
Memes can tell entire stories. Think of Nancy Pelosi’s clap-back moment. Because we know the context of the situation, that meme can be shared in countless ways to express something we all understand.
It will be interesting to see how these forms of communication evolve, or whether historians will even understand what they mean. Memes are, after-all, so of-the-moment. Even more interesting is whether we can all agree in the next decade on how to pronounce G-I-F.