The mantra “focus on the user and all else will follow,” is always top of mind here at Google, guiding us in principle and practice. So while it’s no surprise to see that ethos in everything we do, when surveying 2019’s design projects, we really saw it come to life. Our roundup features work that puts you at the center, from new interfaces that simplify daily tasks to projects aimed at making the web a healthier place—especially important in 2019—plus lots in between. We’ve grouped everything around a few resonant ideas: devices that help us communicate better, tools and platforms that bring us closer to art, and others that unleash exciting new modes of self-expression. Not to brag, but it was a banner year for Google Design, too. We published our first Google Design magazine, launched an Instagram account (follow us @googledesign), and brought SPAN back to New York City. We’re heading into 2020 inspired, and hope you will be too.