November 27th: Weekly Design Links

John Freeborn
5 min readNov 27, 2018

“Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.” – Robert A. Heinlein

The influx of good work continues. My process is pretty solid at this point, but it’s hard to keep up when there’s so much to go through. I’m looking forward to 2019 now. I’m letting go of the many things I told myself I had to do this year. The plan from here is to focus on the few projects that have real meaning to me right now. I’m really good about going back to old projects–good ideas that I didn’t quite work out. What I’m not good at is finishing projects. This is usually because I have too many going on at the same damn time. I manage, but I know I can be more efficient. That’s something I can work on in 2019.


Five lessons from a 1,000-year-old design system •

Video Editing Tools Digitally Alter Everyday Urban Infrastructure •

Design Dots: Curated Links for Designers •

PIXL: A Magnetic Building System •

Web Design/UX/UI

Don’t clap this article •

The Future of Design with Andy Budd •

Intuit: Designs for delight •

Graphic Design/Branding/Packaging

Five Dangerous Myths about Product Management •

Mediating the Future: The Designer’s Responsibility to Keep Up with New Technologies •

The designer’s guide to talking to executives •

Industrial Design

LAWA DESIGN Designs the Twist Shelf That Doubles as a Magnetic Board •


Steven Chilton Architects’ Guangzhou Theater is Inspired by the Ancient Chinese Art of Puzzle Ball Carving •

Ole Scheeren completes pixelated MahaNakhon tower in Bangkok •

Library / Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos •

The Project in a Small Japanese Village Setting the Standard for Zero-Waste Architecture •


Colorful Mix of Graphic Design and Motion Design for JCDecaux •

Apple Debuts New ‘Share Your Gifts’ Holiday Ad •


Beautiful Wooden Bookshelf Inserts By Japanese Artist Monde •


Leaf Monsters by Lenny Wen •

Yorokobu Cover •

Night Imagined As A Human-like Figure In New Black And White Illustrations By David Álvarez •

another week in the books
clap, sure–yeah

John Freeborn

designer, artist, skateboarder and video gamer