Fall 2018

Hi-ho, friends!

You might notice things look a little different around here. We’ve revamped our quarterly newsletter, and we’re super excited to share. New look! Fresh features! Same dedication to bringing you the best design stories from Google and beyond! Consider this edition an all-access pass to some of our recent favorites, including a deep dive into accessible design, an intro to our awesome SPAN speakers, and a peek at our current obsession with good news. Enjoy!

—The Editors

Your guide to global accessibility

With millions and millions more internet users coming online around the world, it’s never been more important to design thoroughly thoughtful products. Get a jump-start with our three-part series on designing for global accessibility: Part I covers strategies for checking your assumptions, Part II explores critical logistical issues to consider, and Part III outlines tactical UX decisions for making universally inclusive apps.


“Forget FOMO. Google wants to design for the Joy of Missing Out.” Fast Company investigates our approach to Digital Wellbeing.

P stands for Pie! Get to know the features of our new, AI-powered mobile interface.

Curious about mobile AR? The Next Web shared their thumbs-up review of our AR design guidelines.

Current obsession

“Hey Google. Tell me something good.” Google Assistant’s new experimental feature makes it easier to find news about real people solving real problems IRL.

What’s new on Google Design

Meet the mind-blowing creative talent on tap for SPAN 2018, including artist James Bridle, designer Linda Bergroth, and Google’s Isabelle Olsson.

MoMA’s Senior Design Curator, Paola Antonelli, explores how artificial intelligence helps designers achieve visual and functional goals.

Google Fonts shares how their killer API keeps your type up-to-date and increasingly efficient.

On this episode of Method, Google UX Director Jens Riegelsberger reveals how Google became a design-led company by putting users first.

Illustrator Libby VanderPloeg drops into Design Notes to discuss her creative process and explores the relationship between art and artist.

5 things to love right now

Say hey to Travis Neilson! He’s a Mountain View-based designer working on Google Search and host of the Method Podcast, and here’s his current quintet of coolness. 1. Urban Sketching 2. Method Podcast 3. Structuralism 4. #00FFF5 5. Roboto Mono

Before you go

Artwork by Sharon Harris, Google Motion Designer.

Summer’s over, but poolside vibes are forever.

Until next time 🕶️🏝️