The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimetre, the way a person looks at reality, then you can change it.

– James Baldwin


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Welcome to Issue 18!

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For many of you this is probably the first week back at work, so, again, I hope you have a great start and settle back into work mode smoothly! I’m about to drop off my Macbook for repair (the usual MBP maladies: keyboard and screen) which is why this issue is coming to you a day earlier than usual. Besides my phone, this is the only computer in my house and parting with it makes me feel oddly naked. This is what it must feel like when a tradesperson is robbed of their tools. So please don’t break anything while my toolbox is getting a makeover. :) – Kai

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For a Safer Internet


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Apps & Sites

Blurt →

Write more & better.

Blurt is a writing tool encouraging you to write more often, focusing on quantity first, then quality. Features include weekly word count goals, streak tracking, and email reminders, but there are also several smart editing and suggestion tools to improve your writing before publishing it.

Wavebox →

A wrapper for your web apps

Wavebox is one of several ‘wrapper apps’ that simulate a more native experience of your favourite web apps by giving them a more permanent place on your screen.

Vivaldi →

Feature-rich, customisable browser

Chromium-based browser Vivaldi offers some really interesting new features: from complete interface customisation, to a Spotlight-like search, to a handy web-panel sidebar – there is lots to explore.

Jeffsum →

Jeff Goldblum Lorem Ipsum

Get Jeff Goldblum to fill your prototypes with Lorem Ipsum: Jeffsum is a ‘placeholder generator of Jeff Goldblum awesomeness’.


Idle Knowledge


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Podcasts are a $7 billion industry in China

In China, podcasts and live-streaming lectures with subscription fees are referred to as the ‘pay-for-knowledge’ economy, estimated at $7.3 billion in 2017. This figure does not include revenue from ads. For comparison, the podcast industry in the US mainly makes money through advertising – an estimated $314 million. By the way, a popular Chinese podcast titled ‘How to Make Your Voice More Attractive’ has 218,000 subscribers. (Source)


Goods & Accessories


Luna Display →

Create an iPad/Mac Mini hybrid

Luna is a small USB stick that extends your Mac’s screen onto your iPad. But even more exciting is this idea: use it with the new Mac Mini and turn your iPad into your computer‘s main display that you can work on wirelessly without keyboard or mouse. What a brilliant idea!

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Wall art by algorithm

‘ is an art store where every piece of artwork is one of a kind. The designs are generated by an algorithm with some random parameters. Every time you order, you can generate a unique version of any of the posters.’


Overheard on Twitter

Scientists have again landed a spacecraft on a proverbial dime on a planet 40 million miles away that rotates at 241 metres per second. Think I'm gonna trust them on this climate change stuff.



Food For Thought

The State of UX in 2019 →


Ugh, I know. We need more ‘Design Trends of 2019’ posts like we need mattress brands for millennials, but try not to judge this post by its title. In fact, it’s one of the best ‘state of design’ articles I‘ve read in a long time. Add it to your reading list!

Programming Sucks →


Horribly hilarious or hilariously horrible? What it’s like to be a programmer: ‘Trillions of dollars depend on a rickety cobweb of unofficial agreements and “good enough for now” code with comments like “TODO: Fix this, it’s a really dangerous hack but I don’t know what’s wrong.” that were written ten years ago.’

The ‘Future Book’ is here, but it’s not what we expected →


I always enjoy reading Craig Mod’s thoughts on the changing nature of publishing. His newest essay summarises the state of the publishing world and shows how ‘old’ technologies like email and podcasts make a crucial comeback. (Possible paywall)

People from all over the world are sending emails to Melbourne’s trees →


Need a pick-me-up story that reminds you of what’s good about humans? ‘Melbourne gave 70,000 trees email addresses so people could report on their condition. But instead people are writing love letters, existential queries and sometimes just bad puns.’


Aesthetically Pleasing

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Every piece of digital art by illustrator Igor Piwowarczyk feels like a screen grab of an amazing computer game.


Over a decade in development, Heldane is a new contemporary serif family by Klim Type.

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Agency Spy designed this playful, colourful brand identity for Forest School, a government initiative to encourage kids to explore the natural world.

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Street artist Pref creates smart 3D lettering art that plays with the visual interpretation of words.



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