Ideation in remote design teams

I've found the distributed team paradigm to be enormously useful for collaborating in "sticky note" fashion. Why? Because it takes one hundredth of the time needed to get folks setup with virtual sticky pads because you don't have to tear off pages and hand them out to each individual one-by-one. There's no need to hand out pens as well because they just need to type into the keyboards.

Design intuitions benefit from non-Internet hours

The beauty of distributed work is that you can be anywhere in the world and not limited to a headquarters in some-city-out-there. That's a great way to free oneself from the physical environment of some companies that don't have inspiring workplaces. But it also means that you might get stuck working from home and without a lot of new stimulation from the non-remote universe. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Maintaining alignment when all-remote as a leader

When you think about how the online environment has enabled a myriad of decentralized activity to emerge — it makes complete sense when you consider that it's the nature of the digital medium itself. Anyone can get started on their own online, and they can consciously choose to be a nomad or part of a larger tribe. There's no value to being a nomad besides the therapeutic value of talking to yourself (I'm talking from experience here 😉 ), and yet there's a whole lot more value from connecting with others.

Getting on the same page in an all-remote design team

Although the variety of tools available to fully distributed teams is staggering — everything from virtual stand-ups, sit-downs, async, sync, todo, not-todo, audio plus screen, all video, post-it shares, partial video, full video, AR, VR, and so forth — it's not an easy to thing to connect 1-to-many.  However connecting 1:1 is easy because there's … Continue reading Getting on the same page in an all-remote design team

Data, Inclusion, Craft Principles at Automattic Design

Originally published on We’ve spent the last half year at Automattic Design finding our design principles. That might sound easy to do when so much has been written out there about design. But we’re the world’s largest all-remote design team, so we felt there was a need to brew our own. Start from curiosity. … Continue reading Data, Inclusion, Craft Principles at Automattic Design

25+ insights from remote design team members

This is a set of tips we've gathered at Automattic Design from less than a year ago. Enjoy! —JM Getting Started for Remote Designers Thoughts on working fully distributed for the first time / Courtney Burton Design Processes for Remote Designers Balance the Scales of Influence with Design Sprints / Mike Shelton Running Remote Design Sprints / Brie Anne … Continue reading 25+ insights from remote design team members