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🟡⚪🟣⚫ (any and all pronouns) I’m a (so far) self taught aspiring product designer interested in operating systems and the devices they run on. WVWC CS ‘21
The Windows 11 logo with a wallpaper like folding blue fabric
The Windows 11 logo with a beautiful wallpaper

Windows 11 has just hit the Windows Insider program. Though this new OS is still in its early days, and I already love it so much, I made a list of small changes I’d love to see before it launches for the general public in October (or in next year’s…


A stylized “recent apps” icon with a paint palette icon in the middle

In Android 9 Pie, Google started the transition from static navigation buttons to gestures with a near-universally panned half-step. The traditional 3-button navigation bar was replaced with a slimmer gesture “pill” and back button. The app switcher got a similar facelift, spreading apps out horizontally and adding a dock filled…


Kuiper logo and front and back views of the brand’s phone
Kuiper is a concept LG Mobile boutique brand focused on gaming hardware

Last time in Project Rebirth…


The ART logo next to the brand’s two concept phones
ART is a concept LG Mobile sub-brand focused on content creators

Last Time in Project Rebirth…


My first smartphone was an LG G4, and I loved that thing. I chose the G4 over the then-recently launched Galaxy S6 because it was slightly cheaper, the camera was quite good, and (most importantly) I’m a contrarian mess. While the S6 would surely make it easier for me to…


Icons for Mockitt and the apps I redesigned using it

The nice folks over at Wondershare reached out and asked me to try out their UI mockup software, Mockitt, and write about my experience. I was already planning a series redesigning popular apps, so it made sense to combine the two projects and learn Mockitt by using it for something…


The top end of a phone with a screen flowing content over the front camera
Oppo prototype USC (under-screen camera) teaser from June 2019

Bezels are dying! Xiaomi’s original 2016 Mi Mix marked the beginning of a borderless trend, stretching the screen right up to the edge of the phone (though the 2014 Sharp Aquos Crystal did it first). The idea of trimming the glass crust from your phone’s screen is quite compelling, but…


Photo by Jean Carlo Emer on Unsplash

In the early 20th century, over 70,000 Americans were forcibly sterilized by the state. Minorities, victims of sexual abuse, autistic people, queer people, and poor people were targeted. The right of a state to do this was upheld by an 8 to 1 vote in the supreme court case Buck…


The rebooted pride flag, mean to recognize the specific struggles of queer and trans POC

Its almost the end of Pride month, and, inevitably, some people claim queerness is nothing to be proud of. In an ideal world, sure, orientation and gender identity would just be facts about you and not accomplishments to be proud of, but this isn’t the world we live in. Our…


this is the nonbinary flag

Before I dive deeper into what this means, I have a couple of things to say. First, a disclaimer. I only speak for myself, not anyone else in the queer community. I am not confused or misled, I am relaying my own experiences. I didn’t know many of the words…

Jacob Estep

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