Technology is the knack of so arranging the world that we do not experience it.

– Rollo May

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Welcome to Issue 32!

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There are days when nothing comes out of my brain that is worth sharing here. So instead of adding filler, I’ll just leave you with this week’s issue and wish you a mostly screen-free long weekend (if you do the Easter thing in your country). – Kai

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Design, Meet Organisation

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Airtable →

The all-in-one collaboration platform

What would you make if you had tools designed for the way you like to create? Airtable gives you the freedom to arrange your work, your way. It’s time for a tool that can handle any content you throw at it: attachments, long text notes, checkboxes, and so much more. Step into the future of work with Airtable.

 

Apps & Sites

Focusmate →

Virtual co-working to stay productive

A strange idea that apparently works pretty well: with Focusmate you are randomly assigned a co-working buddy who silently works alongside you for a fifty-minute session – while connected via video.

Spike →

Conversational email app

Spike blends a Slack-like messaging platform with traditional emails. It’s an interesting way to bring people who continue to rely on email only into one central comms platform.

Desktop Curtain →

Hide your desktop clutter

This Mac app lets you hide a cluttered desktop in case you’re recording a screencast. It can also put a calming layer over everything but your current application window to allow for more focus.

Replies.cc →

Auto-capture invite responses

There are better ways to get RSVPs to an event, but if you ask for confirmation via email this little web app can automatically detect the sentiment (yes/no) of each response and compile a handy spreadsheet for you.

 

The Internet is Beautiful

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Weird and wonderful discoveries down the information superhighway

Light Pollution Map →

An interactive map showing the light pollution of human activity around the world.

The Colors of Motion →

The Colors of Motion is an exploration of the use of colour in movies. Each line represents the average colour of a single frame.

Cut / Fold Templates →

A collection of templates for paper mechanisms, achieved by cutting and folding.

 

Goods & Accessories

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Contempus Du →

Classic watch with a convex face

I’m really enjoying the convex shape of this watch face. Stainless steel casing, water resistant, and powered by Japanese battery-free movement. (Currently out of stock though.)

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Punkt →

Elegant extension socket

Unlike industrial power-strips with their jumble of plugs and cables, the Punkt extension box hides the plugs and looks good enough to place on your table.

 

Overheard on Twitter

wake up
little screen
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little screen
medium screen
medium screen
big screen
little screen
little screen
little screen
sleep

@philorphilip

 

Food For Thought

Why Are Young People Pretending to Love Work? →

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“I saw the greatest minds of my generation log 18-hour days – and then boast about #hustle on Instagram. When did performative workaholism become a lifestyle?” (Possible paywall)

The Beauty of Being Satisfied With ‘Enough’ →

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It’s astonishing that indigenous peoples had more effective systems to ensure a sustainable use of resources hundreds or even thousands of years ago than we do today: “If a resource began to run low, the konohiki would place a kapu on that resource, which would allow it replenish. Once the resource was replenished, the kapu would be lifted. Kapu were not intended to be permanent bans, but time-limited ones based on the health and sustainable yield of the resource.”

How My Brain-Damaged Mother Changed How I Look at Interface Design →

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As interfaces become more complex, cognitive accessibility is an issue that doesn’t get enough coverage: “The older we get, the more we act like we’re cognitively disabled: According to Nielsen, people’s ability to use websites effectively declines 0.8% every year over the age of 25.”

 

Aesthetically Pleasing

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Standing proud and wide, with spacing tightened and terminals sharpened, Attila Sans delivers a punch across its 7 weights both in display and long read settings.

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How incredible is the dystopian artwork by Simon Stålenhag?

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Artist Juan Fontanive creates constantly looping, ornithology-oriented flip books with the help of a few hand-built mechanics.

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Every year, printing company Minke celebrates their suppliers and customers with an inspiring, playful use of paper and ink.

 

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