An overhead shot of a woman wearing a yellow shirt, sitting with various gadgets, and using her smartphone.
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I’ve been thinking a lot about new opportunities lately. We’re still at the beginning of a new year, this week marks the start of a new administration, and as weird as the last twelve months have been, I feel optimistic. This week I decided I’d design something that signified the start of something new. It didn’t take me long to land on creating a concept based on the very platform on which I’m writing this post: Medium.

I love Medium for its simplicity and straightforward nature when writing posts. But, on the Android app, I have always found it a…

A collection of Pantone color swatches ranging from green to blue, to purple, to red.
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We’re officially in the doldrums of winter and I guess I’ve been dreaming of color. Last week I designed a colorful and calming background pattern, and I thought it’d be fun to stay within the same theme this week.

When I began designing, I thought about the way we pick colors in an app or design program. It’s something that’s so baked into these programs that we take for granted how easy it is — it almost doesn’t even seem like a color picker was ever designed. But, like everything, they are designed — and I thought it’d be fun…

A picture of the ocean from the perspective of someone in the water, with a light gray-to-pink sky above.
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The new year has arrived and with it, in 2020 style, more chaos. Like most Americans, I feel heartbroken and troubled by the news this week. Because I was feeling sort of listless, I decided to do a design challenge this week that might aid in calming my thoughts around everything that’s happening. I closed my eyes and I thought about the ocean and waves, and light, airy colors and gradients. I landed on creating a simple wave-like background pattern that could be used in a variety of ways: as a desktop wallpaper, a website hero graphic, screensaver, etc.

What a year it has been — there has truly never been a time like 2020. Even though in many ways the date on the calendar is somewhat arbitrary, I think we’re all ready for the clock to strike midnight tonight, so we can collectively and mentally move on from this year. To celebrate the New Year (or, rather, to celebrate the end of this dreadful one), I designed a badge to commemorate this whole time period with the best analogy I could think of: a dumpster fire.

A badge depicting “2020’s Over!” in orange and green, with an illustration of a dumpster fire in the center.
You’ve finally earned your “2020’s Over” Badge! Dumpster illustration by saicreative. Fire illustration by Graphics RF

I created this badge in Figma, which currently doesn’t have a great…

A gold, sparkly ornament hanging from a Christmas tree. Stockings and lights blurred in the background, over a fireplace.
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For this week’s design challenge, I thought I’d do something a little whimsical. I decided to create something related to “Favorites” within an app, and naturally the song “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music popped into my head. When I looked up the lyrics, I noticed an article about how the song came to be associated with Christmas, and I knew immediately that this was the right challenge for this week!

I thought it might be fun to use the favorite things that Julie Andrews sings about as inspiration, by displaying all of the “things” in card format…

A Batman batarang stuck inside a wooden wall.
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With the recent news that WarnerMedia is going to be dropping its entire 2021 slate of movies on HBO Max the same day as their theatrical releases, I was delighted to hear that they finally got a deal done with Roku this week. Now, I can seamlessly watch all their great content on my big screen.

I’ve been using HBO Max since it first debuted back in May, so I thought this was a perfect time to try out a small tweak to the first screen users see when opening the app, no matter the platform — the select profile/avatar…

A healthy meal featuring fruits and veggies on a blue plate, situated on a wooden surface.
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With the year coming to a close, I’ve had my health on my mind. As sad as it is that holiday festivities are effectively cancelled this year, the one benefit is that I will definitely be consuming fewer calories this month! While I’m generally not that into New Year’s resolutions, I am looking to eat a bit healthier in the coming year. To that end, I signed up for Freshly a few months ago, and it has made eating healthier during the week a bit easier and more convenient.

Which brings me to this week’s design challenge — to create…

An ocean wave cresting.
Photo by Aleks Dahlberg on Unsplash

The news this week that Slack was acquired in a mega deal by Salesforce was very interesting to me for a number of reasons. First of all, there are very few acquisitions that immediately feel like a true fit, but this one just really makes a lot of sense to me. Slack has been facing increased competition by Microsoft Teams and having the backing of Salesforce really revs up their competitive firepower. …

The word “Thankful” spelled out on a wooden surface, surrounded by paper cutouts of leaves, acorns, and pumpkins
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Even though Thanksgiving this year will be like no other, one thing hasn’t changed — and that’s the onslaught of Black Friday deals that come at the end of this week. It seems like every year Black Friday sales come earlier and earlier, and since I’ve already taken advantage of one or two of these sales, it was top of mind for me. I thought it might be fun to create a brandless Black Friday coupon for anything — one that might appear in your inbox this week. Here’s where I landed:

A series of wooden blocks stacked like stairs on an angle.
Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash

I’ve been having a lot of fun with the animation design challenges I’ve been doing over the last month, so I thought I’d try my hand at another one. This week I designed a “bouncy” progress bar.

I’ve been thinking a lot about design systems lately, so for this progress bar, I thought I’d make it part of the same visual language that I used for my last “loading” animation from a couple weeks back. Here’s what I came up with:

Eric Saber

Product Designer. Songwriter. Tech Nerd. Professional Guy.

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