Design is Politics

The hardest thing about design work ain’t the design. Sure, learning about typography and color theory and everything else in the beginning sure is overwhelming. There’s so many books to read! So many things to learn! All the tiny details in Figma or Illustrator! Or figuring out the weirdness of CSS! But it took me over a decade in this field to realize that all this stuff that I struggled to learn is really the easy part of design. The border radii and copywriting and UX work is monkey business compared to the hardest thing you’ll do as a product designer.

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The Art of Passive Aggressive Copywriting

Here’s a punk rock opinion that will shock you to your foundations: writing is hard. Especially so when it comes to product design, since first you have to understand precisely how something works and then you have to succinctly explain to the user why you’re telling them about this complicated thing and then what they need to do next. Ugh! That’s hard!

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Custom Sentry Synth by Love Hulten

We recently commissioned a custom modular synth for the Sentry SF office from the audiovisual designer Love Hulten.

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'We should totally write this stuff down'

In addition to fighting pixels, The Sentry Design Team fights a lot of other things as well. We fight ugly sweaters, lego sets, Senkey diagrams, developer conferences — often things where there’s little to no prior art or reference to draw from. This is why today we’re launching Sentry.Design, our attempt to change that in some small way.

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