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Hi, I’m Anselm Hannemann. Freelance webdesigner, frontend engineer, advisor. Curating WDRL, growing vegetables on a market garden farm.

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How much does design affect the perception of our product and the users who see this? To me it’s getting clearer that design makes all the difference and that unifying designs to a standard model like the Google Material Design Kit doesn’t work well. By using it, you of course get a decent design that works technically quite well. But you don’t get a personal experience that lasts or even targets people on a personal level. Good design fits to your company’s purpose and adjusts to what visitors expect, makes them feel comfortable where they are. Now think about which websites you visit and if you feel comfortable being there, reading or even contributing content to the service. It’s something that e.g. Instagram manages to do very well. Design can help us to stay grounded or it can be a nice but anonymous, not interesting design that people don’t care about. We have it in our hands to shape a better experience and it turns out that it’s shaping our society. We can choose whether for the good or the worse.



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