The Way We Build

This article kicks off an ongoing series on Airbnb’s new Design Language System. Click here to read other installments.

From an early age, I wanted to create things on screens. I began by experimenting with code, plotting pixels to form shapes and words. I became an engineer. Engineers created things, and could bring concepts to life.

As time passed, tools emerged that allowed me to concentrate on interaction design. I’m convinced that code remains one of the most powerful design tools, but software–like Macromedia Director or Adobe Photoshop–lets us move quicker. This has enabled a generation of designers to become the architects of the digital experiences we find ubiquitous today. I can’t overstate how visual tools like Photoshop fundamentally changed the process of designing software and shaped the course of my career plotting pixels.

This article kicks off an ongoing series on Airbnb’s new Design Language System. Click here to read other installments.

From an early age, I wanted to create things on screens. I began by experimenting with code, plotting pixels to form shapes and words. I became an engineer. Engineers created things, and could bring concepts to life.

As time passed, tools emerged that allowed me to concentrate on interaction design. I’m convinced that code remains one of the most powerful design tools, but software–like Macromedia Director or Adobe Photoshop–lets us move quicker. This has enabled a generation of designers to become the architects of the digital experiences we find ubiquitous today. I can’t overstate how visual tools like Photoshop fundamentally changed the process of designing software and shaped the course of my career plotting pixels.

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