People often find it easier to be a result of the past than a cause of the future.

– Unknown


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Dense Discovery
Dense Discovery

Welcome to Issue 9!

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After last week’s issue I received a couple of replies from readers (I assume in response to Tracy Chou’s mention of male/white privilege) saying that they liked the newsletter but didn't want to be given a lesson in morality or politics. I found that quite surprising and a bit ironic given how often I share content on (the lack of) ethics in tech. This issue is no exception, as you can see in the Food for Thought section below.

I believe it’s wrong to separate work and morality. In fact, I think doing that has helped create the mess we’re in right now. I’ve long argued for taking your conscience to work. This doesn’t mean you have to vote for the same party as your boss. It means you should check whether the ethics and values of your employer align with your own. Especially in technology, where the impact of your work is felt by thousands or millions or even billions of people, it’s worth asking yourself more often: is the world I spend eight hours every day creating truly the world I want to live in myself? – Kai




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Apps & Sites

Canny →

Product feedback tracker

Building digital products means managing bug reports, feature requests, and general feedback. Keeping track of it all and keeping both customers and your own team in sync is what Canny is trying to do: the one platform to share, collect, and respond to customer feedback.

Flowlist →

Intuitive, simple list-making

Flowlist is a compact Mac app to easily and rapidly create lists that you can re-organise and structure any way you like. Its simplicty is its main strength because it allows you to customise it to fit into your workflow.

Turbo Boost Switcher →

Control your Mac's CPU to save battery

This little menu bar app allows you to control your Mac's CPU performance, and thereby temperature, so that you can extend your battery life when on the road. (I think Mojave support is beta only.)


The Internet is Awesome


DD asked: What was a recent website you stumbled across that made you go 'The internet is awesome!' Here are some of your answers.


A database of paper airplanes with easy to follow folding instructions.

Chrome Music Lab

A website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.

Flag Stories

The most complete breakdown of the colour, shapes, layouts, and designs used in world flags.

Moral Machine

A platform for gathering a human perspective on moral decisions made by machine intelligence.

Below The Surface

Digitally explore thousands of artifacts excavated from an Amsterdam canal.

Skyscraper Page

Searchable graphic listing of the world's tallest structures.


Goods & Accessories


2019 Planner →

Linen-bound diary

This beautifully haptic linen-bound planner for 2019 features weekly and monthly views as well as generous notes pages and maps.


Stojo →

Collapsible take-away cup

In the US alone, an estimated 58 billion disposable cups go to landfill every year. There are plenty of reusable alternatives and Stojo is one that takes up minimal space in your day pack. Made from food grade, recyclable materials, the leak-proof cup collapses into a disk that stows away nicely.


Kasa HS300 →

Smart wi-fi power strip

With this app-controlled power strip, you can independently manage six outlets and charge three USB devices. The app also shows you the energy consumption of each outlet. Set individual schedules for each of them to turn on/off devices at a specific time.


Overheard on Twitter

Instagram is down. Thousands of people wander the streets with crude sketches of sunsets screaming hashtags at strangers. People carry their breakfast with them and introduce it to everyone they meet. Chaos ensues. In the distance, sirens.



Food For Thought

The hidden privilege in design →


“It is our responsibility to actively seek the ‘outliers’ that seem to be shrinking data points in the metrics that define our work – data points that are often representatives of entire populations who never seem to make it to the whiteboard as a compelling enough reason to alter a design.”

Life Advice: Don’t Find Your Passion →


Telling students to follow their passion is bad career/life advice: “Rather than searching for their one true passion, they should understand that interests, expertise, and even passion can be cultivated through experience, persistence, and hard work.”

iPhones are hard to use →


An extensive, well-argued list of examples showing how iPhones (and all smartphones, IMO) are becoming increasingly difficult to use. I have plenty of anecdotal evidence based on my mum's growing frustration with her phone, but I'm frequently surprised myself about how many features I come across by an accidental swipe or tap.

'Tech tax' necessary to avoid dystopia, says leading economist →


This is the first time I heard of the concept of a 'tech tax' and based on this short article, it makes a lot of sense to me: “Artificial intelligence can only achieve its potential if its use is determined not by the pressures of private competition, but by a desire to serve the public interest.”


Aesthetically Pleasing


Beausite is a typeface system that applies contrast onto a neogrotesque skeleton.


Studio South's gorgeous branding work for Queen, a redevelopment project in Auckland, New Zealand.


Lots of plants and natural materials in this simple but beautiful office of Jacada Travel.


There is so much detail to explore in every piece of digital art by Miguel Membreño.



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