Anthony Hobday

I think about interface design all day. Contact me by X (Twitter) or email.

Side projects (14)

Visual design rules you can safely follow

Complementary, an interface design podcast I co-host

A YouTube channel where I review website designs


Quick start guides to interface design topics

A collection of visual design techniques

A list of every visual design concept

A list of every interaction design concept

Interviews about visual design

Anonymous interviews with designers

Background/container colour combinations you can use

Quotes about design

Notes on design books

Breakdowns of well-designed interfaces

Sample copy you can practice visual design with

Paid design feedback (£500)

Email me as much as you want for a month. I‘ve helped 42 clients improve their websites and apps so far.

Blog posts (60)

A practical career approach for generalist designers

Cynical advice for designers

What defines a visual style


Style choices that make visual design harder

How to choose between design options

When it’s safe to copy something

Factors of good animation

Interface quality of life improvements

How I think about novelty

Levels of complexity in website design

How I think about quality

Non-interface factors that affect interface design

Uncommon but useful design terms

A critique of the Linear website

Short design books I recommend

A list of every interaction design book

How I define “interface design”

How interfaces change with frequency of use

Why designers don’t talk about interface design

The website visual design hall of fame

Evidence that designers don’t talk about visual design

Others’ classification of software design

Ways that software design is different

My definitions of “beauty” and “taste”

The four universal signals of quality

Classical and expressive aesthetics

Foundations of the visual design skillset

Types of elements in visual design

Visual design exercises

The six layers of interaction design

Evidence that quality is impossible at scale

The five purposes of elements in visual design

The ways software competes

Things I learned about visual design

Levels of visual design inspiration

Why quality is impossible at scale

The eleven interaction design spectrums

Where novel visual styles come from

The benefits of software quality

Tensions in interface design

A critique of the Stripe website

Factors of a good interface designer

How to look impressive without impressive projects or past jobs

The seventeen spectrums that define software “type”

The best WWDC videos about interface design

Common problems with design career advice

Signs that an organisation values interface design

Types of pattern in design

The building blocks of visual design

The twelve types of contrast in visual design

The six signals of quality in software

A list of every visual design book

The five purposes of visual design

The thirteen visual design spectrums

The eight purposes of colour in visual design

All possible parts of the design interview process

The five minute design curriculum

My design principles

What outsiders look for in a good designer

The six layers of visual design

My books (6)

How to improve your visual design

What is good interaction and visual design?

What is simple web design?


What is good craftspersonship?

Come up with design ideas alone

Design interesting one-column websites

Case studies (3)

I designed a collaboration feature for people who use the Beauhurst platform.

I designed an app to help people eat in a way that won’t hurt the planet.

I collected examples of my visual design.

Other places I have appeared (3)

An interview with Dive Club.

A Q&A with UX Talks.

A guest post for the Learn UI Design blog.