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Stark wants to make it easier to design accessible websites and software

Stark is a startup that wants to help designers make the software and websites more accessible for people with disabilities, and they’ve created a...

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Pinterest debuts a new app, Shuffles, for collage-making and moodboards

Pinterest may be best known for shopping inspiration and design ideas, but the company’s newest product wants to inspire its users to tap into...

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Modsy quietly shut down while some customers were still awaiting refunds

Some customers of Modsy, the online interior design services startup, say that they haven't received the refunds they were promised when the...

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Join secures new cash to build a ‘decision-making’ platform for construction

Join, a startup developing a collaborative 'decision-making' platform for construction and architecture, has raised $16 million in a...

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Microsoft’s new Power Apps feature turns sketches into apps

Express Design, a new feature in Microsoft's Power Apps service, uses computer vision models to recognize elements in app sketches and turn them...

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Interior design startup Havenly introduces IRL services

A digital interior design startup that’s been offering online services is bringing its interior design expertise into the real world. Havenly,...

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LottieFiles raises Series B to make the animation format even more ubiquitous

Lottie animations are everywhere. The JSON-based file format, first introduced as an open-source library by Airbnb engineers, can now be seen in the...

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CommandBar lands $19M to inject in-app searches with smarts

CommandBar, a startup developing a search and navigation plugin for web apps, has raised $19 million.

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Gravity Sketch draws $33M for a platform to design, collaborate on and produce 3D objects

Platforms like Figma have changed the game when it comes to how creatives and other stakeholders in the production and product team conceive and...

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Figma CEO on Found talks about mentorship and how his leadership style has evolved in the past 10 years

On this week’s episode of Found, the podcast where we hear the stories behind the startups, we talk to Dylan Field the co-founder and CEO of...

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PassiveLogic, which creates digital twins of building systems, raises $15M

PassiveLogic, whose platform creates digital twins of building systems, has raised $15 million in an investment from Brookfield.

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The best logos of YC’s Winter ’22 cohort

Hundreds of companies presented at Y Combinator’s Winter 2022 demo day event, and I looked at pretty much all their logos. There’s a lot...

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Cala’s new mobile app aims to streamline fashion design and production

New York-based Cala has announced the launch of its new Cala mobile app for fashion design and production. The company, which offers a digital...

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Specify automagically collects, stores and distributes your design tokens and assets

Meet Specify, a startup that is creating a common language for Figma and GitHub. Specify acts as a central repository and API for your design tokens...

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Steering innovation toward the public good

When it comes to transportation innovation, perhaps the hardest thing to predict is the timing of how and when these developments will impact our...

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The Polestar Precept is a cypher for the EV automaker’s future

Polestar will spend the next three years executing a lofty electric vehicle launch schedule that will culminate with the Precept concept, a...

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Monograph raises $20M Series B to help designers and architects manage their operations

Monograph, a startup providing a cloud-based platform for architecture and design professionals to manage their projects, announced today that it has...

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Apple notched the new MacBook Pro

Apple has backpedaled on years of questionable design choices with its MacBook Pros, unceremoniously retiring the universally disliked Touch Bar and...

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Design’s dirty secrets and how to address experience bias

If the solution to experience bias is variation in front-end design based on the needs of the individual, one way we can radically accelerate that is...

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Anima, a no-code tool that turns designs into code, raises $10 million Series A

Anima, the YC-backed platform that turns designs into code, has today announced the close of a $10 million Series A financing. The round was led by...

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Pinterest to test livestreamed events this month with 21 creators

Pinterest is expanding into live events. The company is planning to host a three-day virtual event that will feature livestreamed sessions from top...

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Microsoft’s new default font options, rated

Calibri, we hardly knew ye. Microsoft’s default font for all its Office products (and built-in apps like WordPad) is on its way out and the...

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UserZoom raises $100M, acquires EnjoyHQ, to grow its platform to improve UX and other interactive design elements

Graphic designer Paul Rand once famously said that the public was more familiar with bad design than good design. While he was referring to most of...

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The best logos of Y Combinator’s W21 batch

Our picks for the most intriguing companies of Y Combinator’s latest batch were based entirely on substance and our endless expertise, so...

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Atlassian peps up Confluence with new graphical design features

Confluence, Atlassian’s wiki-like collaborative workspace, has been around for more than 15 years, and is often a core knowledge-sharing tool...

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4 signs your product is not as accessible as you think

More than one-fourth of the U.S. adult population lives with some form of disability, and businesses that are ignorant or slow to respond to...

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Maze raises another $15 million for its user testing platform

Maze has closed a $15 million Series A funding round led by Emergence Capital. The company lets you run user tests at scale so you can get feedback...

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DesignCrowd raises $10 million AUD to grow its DIY platform, BrandCrowd

DesignCrowd announced today it has raised $10 million AUD (about $7.6 billion USD) in pre-IPO funding. The capital will be used on hiring and product...

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