Anthony Hobday

I’m an interface design expert. Find me on Twitter or email me.

Side projects

A collection of visual design techniques

A list of every visual design concept

A list of every interaction design concept (in progress)


Quick start guides to interface design topics

Quotes about design

An interface design podcast I co-host

Visual design rules you can safely follow

Interviews about visual design

A collection of background/container colour combinations

Design book summaries/notes

Breakdowns of well-designed interfaces

Sample copy you can practice visual design with

Paid design advice

I’ve helped 35 businesses improve their websites and apps. Pay me £200 a month and email me as much as you want. Find out more.


Non-interface factors that affect interface design

Uncommon but useful design terms

Things to keep in mind about the evolution of software


Questions for an interface design critique

A critique of the Linear website

Short design books I recommend

A list of every interaction design book (incomplete)

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

Direction, approach, and iteration

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 sixteen 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 eleven types of contrast in visual design

The six signals of quality in software

What I think “good design” is

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

Design topics that interest me

The five minute UX curriculum

Observations about people

My design principles

What outsiders look for in a good designer

The six layers of visual design

My books

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

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.