Act as if the maxim of your action were to become, by your will, a universal law of nature.

– Immanuel Kant


Artwork by Carl Burton

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As some of you may know, I'm currently on a long walk through Germany. I've started 24 days ago in the southern city of Passau and yesterday I crossed the state border into Thüringen, now heading for Weimar as the next bigger stop. I'm not yet sure how far north I can go before the autumn weather gets in the way but I'm aiming for Hamburg as a general direction, making up the route as I go.

If you're based somewhere in the vicinity of this path, get in touch and join me! I'd love some company, even if it's just for a day or for a quick drink at the end of the day. I'm also open to any tips on towns to visit, cheap places to stay at, and things to do along the way. 🙌 – Kai


Next-Level Podcasting


Simplecast →

Empowering the growing, independent podcaster

As one of the most time-tested platforms for podcasters, the all-new Simplecast raises the bar even further. We exist to empower the growing independent podcaster, while also delivering billions of plays for shows like Dax Shepard, Food52, Politico, Fast Company, TechCrunch, Medium, and more.


Apps & Sites

Vapid →

HTML-based CMS

A very promising, minimal CMS: “Vapid is an intentionally simple content management system built on the idea that you can create a custom dashboard without ever leaving the HTML.”

Short Menu →

Powerful URL shortener for Mac

Are you sharing a lot of links? The Short Menu app for Mac allows you to run various URL-shortening services (or your own) through one convenient, highly customisable, and fast interface.

Feedbin →

Feature-rich RSS reader

Some of you asked me whether there is a RSS-feed of Dense Discovery issues. Unfortuantely, that's technically not possible with Mailblast. However, if you use Feedbin you can get newsletters sent to a dedicated address and it converts it into a feed. As a paid app, Feedbin also values your privacy.


Printed Matter


Four creative print magazines to add to your stack.

Doll Hospital →

Doll Hospital is a bi-annual art and literature print journal on mental health.

Eye on Design →

The official print magazine of AIGA, the professional association for design in America.

MacGuffin →

A biannual design and crafts magazine featuring fabulous stories about ordinary things.

Delayed Gratification →

A quarterly publication that revisits the events of the previous three months to see what happened after the dust settled.


Goods & Accessories



Minimalist analogue watch

A minimalist watch design that actually lets you tell time: “The watch has two dials, one with hours at the top and the other with minutes at the bottom. When they rotate, the current time is shown inside the hourglass. The watch will be manufactured in a limited edition of 500.” (Currently still looking for backers on Kickstarter.)


Moment Case →

Case & battery pack for photographers

Mobile phone lense maker Moment now also offers a case with a built-in battery pack. Not only does this case allow you to mount Moment lenses (of course), it also comes with a big red shutter button for easy snapping and video recording. It also supports wireless charging.


Dango Pioneer Wallet →

Wallet, pen, and notebook in one

This handy little bi-fold wallet made from leather holds a notebook, an aerospace-grade, refillable pen made from aluminium, and of course your credit cards. RFID-blocking keeps your personal information secure.


Overheard on Twitter

Everyone my age is making a baby or a podcast or both and I can‘t seem to give them all the attention they deserve.



Food For Thought

Why Jeff Bezos' Philanthropy Plan Is Well-Intended – and Misguided →


“Is the solution to our winners-take-all economy lavish giving by the winners – or reforms that would force winners to take less? Is it better to run a business pitilessly, paying low wages and avoiding taxes and, after gaining wealth, giving back – or better to pay workers and taxes fulsomely and perhaps end up with less to give away?”

There’s no bullshit like design bullshit →


Nodding so hard it hurts: creative director John Spencer says jargon and bullshit are getting in the way of people understanding and valuing design.

How Duterte Used Facebook To Fuel the Philippine Drug War →


A long, disturbing read about how Facebook undermines the political system and the media in the Philippines. Of course, we now know that this is happening in almost all countries where Facebook has a strong presence. How much longer can Facebook pretend that a herd of underpaid fact-checkers and an algorithm tweak can fix this?

Why your desk job is so damn exhausting →


Turns out the idea that creative or intellectual work makes you tired because your brain needs a lot of energy is – most likely – untrue. It's psychology, stupid!


Aesthetically Pleasing


The Logo Archive is a logo recovery, research, and restoration project by Rich Baird.


Love the colour palette of the Hotel Emporium brand, a hotel amenities manufacturing company.


A site that collects and displays OpenType variable fonts, an exciting new font format.


Simone Hutsch's Candy Rotterdam gives urban architecture photography a candy-coloured makeover.



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