This is an article that moves seamlessly from a problem with ugly text in Blackboard (who hasn't had that problem?) to a general commentary about the need to be able to develop and reuse design patterns in an LMS environment. This becomes even more critical, writes David T. Jones, as we consider the implications of next generation digital environments that involve the use of multiple applications in online learning. "Design for learning needs to be more forward-oriented. This means that when engaged in designing for learning proactive thought needs to be given to what features will be required configuration, orchestration, reflection and re-design."