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February 2020




Take a look around. There's a new content in town: "Point of view". Where one of us is sharing a current thought and opinion. Gave us back your point of view. Happy reading!

Archives Area 17

ArchivesArea 17

An semi-complete archive of every project Area17, a digital agency, designed since 2003.

Dark patterns

Dark patternsThe dark side of a user-friendly industry

Tania Vieira describes what a dark pattern is, how they work and the difference between bad UX & dark UX.

Data Privacy Day 2020

EthicsData Privacy Day 2020

Jérémie Fontana explains 5 reasons why he thinks it's important to talk about Data Privacy.


E-healthCan Digital Therapeutics Revolutionize Medicine?

The next era of digital health has arrived, and it’s booming.The digital therapeutics global market is estimated at $1.8 billion today, but predicted to reach $7.1 billion by 2025.

Happy New Branding

WishesHappy New Branding

The Type Together team formulates wishes for 2020 with branding advice. A dose of enthusiasm for the months to come!

Design System

Design SystemWhy design systems fail and how to make them work in 2020

Daniël De Wit reflects on his experience working on design systems at WebNL. Lessons learned after shutting down a first version and rebooting a new one.


Point of view

Figma is too good

"Figma is too good, 10x better than Sketch, it's great!"

You've surely heard this sentence many times from designers excited by the novelty and made the switch. So yes, I am one of them, and yes it is true that it is more fluid, collaborative, an all-in-one solution, and the autolayout does wonders.

Everything is so simple and practical that we could tend to automate or systematise the creation of some elements. A button is a text in a rectangle with an icon. Clean, precise and superfast to do. It's great, the sizing is dynamic, it works. But, dear fellow designer readers, let's not forget that a button can have a thousand and one shape. Tools should not direct our habits and our creativity, no matter how brilliant they are.

- Pierre


February 2020

This month we like


WebsiteThis website renders every single road within a city

This website renders every single road within a city. You can make a jpg or SVG export of it and who knows : render it with a pen plotter? 3D print it?? I will definitely use that project for a Christmas present :)

Jonathan Calugi

Illustration Illustrations by Jonathan Calugi

Jonathan Calugi’s beautiful illustrations inspire us. His style is very interesting !

Google Maps

HackGoogle Maps

99 second hand smartphones are transported in a handcart to generate virtual traffic jam in Google Maps. Through this activity, it is possible to turn a green street red which has an impact in the physical world by navigating cars on another route to avoid being stuck in traffic.

The Favourite

MovieThe Favourite

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.


BlogIn-game photography

Elise Aubisse is an in-game war photographer. Quite the resumé, and her work should be worthy of your attention.

Savage planet

GameJourney to the Savage Planet

Journey to the Savage Planet is a charming and upbeat adventure about exploring an uncharted planet in the service of your corporate overlords.


Quote of the month

"UX/UI designer" sounds as awkward as "vegetable/carrot salad" or "vehicle/bus driver".


Slava Shestopalov