We must be a beacon of hope, because if you tell people there’s nothing they can do, they will do worse than nothing.

– Margaret Atwood

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Welcome to Issue 39!

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473 trees! Somewhere in Australia there’ll be a Dense Discovery Reserve. 😁 What a great birthday gift! Thanks so much to everyone who answered my call to chip in $3! Here’s a PDF with a full list of donors and the screenshots of my CNCF purchase and deposit.

As you would have noticed, our environmental crisis is becoming an increasing focus of mine. I believe people working in the tech sector are in a unique position of responsibility to use their skills, tools and reach to help raise awareness and work on possible solutions. As someone who is occupying a fraction of your attention every week, I feel especially responsible to keep the climate emergency on our collective minds. While the news are often bleak, I increasingly come across grass-roots campaigns and small collaborative projects, suggesting a broader shift of focus is happening in our industry.

Anyway, thank you for the 🌳🌳🌳, my friends! – Kai

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SuperHi for Teams

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Learning is better together. Grow and refresh your team’s Code + Design skills on our flexible, practical online courses. Whether you’re a team of 2 or 200, we can create a custom plan that fits your needs. Teams from small agencies to large multinational companies have joined us to enhance their confidence and learn alongside our community from 65+ countries. We’ll support your team to learn the SuperHi way!

 

Apps & Sites

AMB 1 →

Dropbox-based moodboard creator

AMB 1 creates a minimalistic gallery view of a Dropbox folder that contains image files: “When you register and connect your Dropbox, an AMB 1 folder will be created within the Apps folder. To generate new mood boards, create folders within AMB 1 and add images to them.”

Artpaper →

Daily art for your desktop

“Freshen up your [Mac] desktop with over 1,000 gorgeous artworks from the world’s best galleries. Automatically updates every day. Supports multiple screens. 5K Retina quality.”

Contrast →

Colour contrast ratio checker

Contrast is a Mac app for quick access to WCAG colour contrast ratios. What are contrast ratios? Read their guide on why you should care.

Carrd →

One-page website builder

This weekend I was hunting for a simple website builder tool to recommend to a friend who’s started a new business. Wix, Squarespace and the like all seemed overkill and too expensive, and then I remembered Carrd (featured in DD #17). I set up an account and was really impressed with the features and UI. It’s perfect for a very simple, easily maintainable website.

 

Idle Knowledge

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The Trojan Room coffee pot

To save people working in the old Computer Laboratory of the University of Cambridge the disappointment of finding the coffee machine empty after making the trip to the so-called Trojan Room, a camera was set up providing a live picture of the coffee pot to all desktop computers on the office network. After the camera was connected to the internet in 1992, the coffee pot gained international notoriety as a feature of the fledgling World Wide Web and became known as the world’s first webcam. It was retired in 2001. (Source)

 

Goods & Accessories

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Totebook →

Premium lay-flat notebook

Our friends at Studio Neat have a lovely new notebook: “Totebook is a thin, light, and flexible notebook, perfect for tucking in your bag to bring with you. Made of quality materials and thoughtful details, and includes a spine sticker for labelling and archiving.”

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BoltHub →

USB-C Hub for iPad Pro

The BoltHub is a compact hub that wraps around the corner of your iPad Pro and includes the following connection types: USB 3.1 (5Gb/s), 4K HDMI, 3.5mm headphone, Micro/SD card readers and USB-C passthrough charge.

 

Overheard on Twitter

I remember when I used to see a bee and go, YIKES a bee! And now I’m all, Oh wow a bee, hi! You ok there? Need anything? Can I get you a drink? A cushion? Wanna borrow the car?

@tracey_thorn

 

Food For Thought

Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good →

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Those who’ve benefitted most from technology taking over our private lives are now in the unique, privileged position to withdraw from its negative consequences: “The wealthy can afford to opt out of having their data and their attention sold as a product. The poor and middle class don’t have the same kind of resources to make that happen.”

The world needs a tech diet; here is how designers can help →

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A beautifully presented, practical guide that helps designers provoke change and break the business-as-usual cycle of designing for addictive engagement.

You Should Unfollow Everyone →

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A simple way to reset your Twitter account. Start from scratch – I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while but always stopped short because it felt like an overly dramatic break-up with my internet friends. Maybe it’s time to reconsider...

 

Aesthetically Pleasing

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The branding for co-working space CQ-Works hits a nice balance between vivid and muted tones.

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Artist Peter Harris turns everyday urban scenes and objects into oil paintings.

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Garnett is a sturdy, contemporary grotesk that glows with the affable quirkiness of 19th-century metal type.

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Artist Katerina Marchenko stitches together elaborate embroidered images of animals, portraits, and anatomical studies.

 

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