Plunge into the weird and wonderful world of design 🦞

Design Lobster brings surprising insights from the world of design straight to your inbox every two weeks on Mondays. Whether you’re a design-curious amateur or a pro, Design Lobster will expand your mind and make your next design idea a more creative one 🧠

Every issue features

One question to poke into a topical theme from the perspective of design.

One object to highlight the weird and wonderful array of design out there.

One quote from the design world (and beyond) to provoke, encourage or entertain.

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What People Say

I love Design Lobster for its concise format, its oddball sensibility, and its good-natured curiousness about the world around it. Ben works as a designer in his day job, and his essays are the product of a practitioner at work. If you’re interested in design, or are simply looking for a thought-provoking mental health break in your inbox, I can’t recommend it enough.

— Casey Newton, journalist & creator of Platformer

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About Me

My name is Ben Strak and I work as a Product designer. I’m currently based in Brooklyn bringing the UK digital bank Monzo to the USA. Before getting stuck into pixels, I studied and worked in the world of architecture. I’m here to share my excitement about the history and future of design with you every week. Plus the odd lobster 😜

In Summary

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I'm a Product Designer interested in the history and future of design. I'm currently helping to build a better kind of bank at Monzo. More about me at