Good news: Design finally has a seat at the table. Bad news: There is no table-it’s more likely a stand up desk or a bar at a coffee shop, and that seat for design is constantly evolving.

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If you caught any part of , , , or , you no doubt saw some thought provoking demos. While these spring happenings are primarily for developers and the tech press, designers and fans also follow along. …

A designer’s guide to the Fluent Design process and co-creation one year after its introduction

The Fluent Design System launched one year ago at Build. Joey Pitt, a Principle Design Lead on the Fluent team, shared his inside perspective on how the system works, how it is evolving, and how to get involved. Here are excerpts from our conversation.

Release Waves

DB: We’re coming up on a…

From student to professional to co-chair, one designer’s journey towards giving back to IxDA

Co-chairing 2018’s Student Design Challenge are Ahmed Riaz and Ana Domb. Ahmed (or Riaz, as he’s known to colleagues) reflects on how the IxDA student competition changed the trajectory of his career.

Career arc of a designer. Illustration courtesy of RIAZ.

David Betz: You won the first IxDA Student Design Challenge. What was that like?

AHMED RIAZ: My experience was really interesting. I really wanted to work in the UX industry, and I…

Inside Seattle CreativeMornings with Microsoft Design’s David Conrad

After a recent CreativeMornings event I met David Conrad who has organized CreativeMornings in Seattle since the chapter launched in 2011. We caught up later in Building 17 on the Microsoft campus where he leads a UX design team. These are edited excerpts from our conversation.

David Conrad at the Microsoft campus, September, 2017. Photo by

David Betz: How did…

Microsoft Design’s Steve Kaneko on revolutions, Mars shots, flow state, and ZUI

Steve Kaneko on Microsoft Campus, April, 2017

After arriving at the University of Washington with math and drafting skills, an affinity for art, and an intention to study architecture, Steve Kaneko pivoted into industrial design on this tip from a friend. “It’s like architecture, but you’re doing architecture for a product.” 25+ years later, Steve has become…

A new media playbook for art and design schools

There’s a fine line between an “aha” moment and an “oh sh*t” moment

The countdown to the exhibition opening had started. The last-minute venue change faded into the realm of “so 48 hours ago.” Jeff Brice, the chair of design at Cornish College of the Arts, was currently in triage mode over new tables.

“So, what about the new tables? NEW TABLES?”


David Betz

Brand & Creative Services, Fenwick & West. Formerly Medium Editor, Microsoft Design | VP of Storytelling, UP Global (techstars). Views are my own.

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