This issue of Six Signals comes to you just two days before the autumnal equinox, so if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, your days have been and will continue to be getting shorter. It seems the news is following suit: we had a hard time finding a balance of…


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As product designers, we are responsible for empathizing with our users. …


Is the present moment one of catastrophe or renewal? How do you imagine non-obvious futures? How might we think about privacy and trust in nuanced ways? This week, we dig into these questions, with links to some truly excellent reads. …


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This week, we investigate how personal and collective identities are evolving: from the role of shared infrastructure in our lives to changes in how and what we eat. We also explore systems people can expand on, machines people can collaborate with, and a fun playground for images and text.

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This week’s issue runs the gamut, from deep thinking on climate change to NFT strippers and everything in between. On the one hand, we’ve got people doing thoughtful work to make our social and technological spaces better. On the other hand — well, the climate change and the NFT strippers…


Our ability to create synthetic media is only getting more uncanny, with simulated voices and images that are increasingly indistinguishable from the real thing. But while the media we create may be less and less constrained by physical reality, many other experiences are deeply tied to the spaces in which…


This week we spent time looking at places that are typically obscured, either through incorrect assumptions, through deliberate obfuscation, or through neglect and decay. In each case, looking where we aren’t supposed to yields interesting results. …


This week, we take a look at the physical world to see how our furniture reflects social change, how our workspace contains implicit choices, and how the products we own are increasingly not ours to use. Don’t miss the end, featuring the first extraterrestrial selfie. Cheers!

— Alexis & Matt

Zoom room or board room?


I just started reading Carrie Brownstein’s memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, and loved this passage. I have always been fascinated with our relationship to time — how the present moves into the past without notice, and how our perception of the same context can markedly shift with the…


Welcome back! We took a break from the last issue for a long Memorial Day weekend, and we hope you’re all enjoying the beginning of summer. This week’s issue is all about how reality is represented in computational systems: how our identities are reflected or distorted, how data is collected…

Alexis Lloyd

Ethical design and weird machines. VP Product Design at Medium & co-founder Ethical Futures Lab. Previously @automattic , @axios , @nytimes R&D. She/her.

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