Some things I liked this week:

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Twitter adds all those numbers to the end of usernames

Shot by Ned is a painting by Peter Brown

Don’t draw the UI, draw the priority instead, meaning you should “ … write a humble list of priorities for every project: most important info at the top -> least important info at the bottom. So instead of trying to figure out the order of the information in a component—like a card or a table or what have you, we should use this content audit to help define the visual priority of each bit.”

A first person video of walking in a heavy thunderstorm at night in NYC is much more intersting than it sounds.

/via chris glass

Landsburg continued to photograph the eruption until the last possible moment, leaving himself enough time to wind up his film into its case, place his camera in its bag, place that bag into his backpack, and lay his body on top of the bag as the final protective layer against the shower of magma and ash. (source)

/via tecznts

What it’s like to live in an isolated mountain cabin at the end of an abandoned logging trail.

Now, instead of finished plans, designers must create possibilities for others to design and make; designers must build flexible platforms, defined by patterns and rules for interaction and rules for changing the rules. Instead of making decisions about what and how, designers facilitate conversations about why and who.

Hugh Dubberly

About Feeds hopes to ‘…become the default “Help! What is this?” link next to every web feed icon on the web.’

The Architecture of Information “collects examples of intriguing information structures from the web and beyond.” Always into anything Jorge Arango does.

What the recommended videos look like on other people’s YouTube home pages.

Related to the above, Rabbit Hole is a podcast about what the internet doing to us.

The origin of the Success Kid photo.

The half-life of 90s music.

A primer on affordances in digital work.

A set of tiny icons for use in your next project.

Concept artist Ismail Inceoglu creates intricate sci-fi and fantasy scenes.

Just a polar bear floating in a lagoon.

After listening to Stay Down, Man it sounds like Dan Reeder and I have had similar friends in our past.

Watercolour paintings of TV and movie sets Example:

Shadrach Radio on Spotify. A crunchy mix of 90s music (Ween, Beasties, Primus …) if that’s your thing, enjoy.

Almost everything Caity Weaver looked up on Google or Wikipedia in a week the fun parts are in the footnotes.

Sounds made by humans for your app or whatever. Pops, ticks, nudges, and more.

An old float house in the woods

Typehut another super simple blog “… or newsletter, changelog, press page, devlog, announcements, events or anything else you can imagine.”

Doomscrolling Is Slowly Eroding Your Mental Health “Each swipe through the timeline marks the end of a day of reckoning—for the state of the world at large and for the person attached to each appendage doing the scrolling.”

Analog is “a physical (paper + wood) companion for your digital tools that helps you prioritize and focus on your most important tasks.”

I wish there was a more peaceful feed reader. Something that doesn’t make keeping up with my favorite blogs feel like a chore.

So I made a little Figma prototype to illustrate the idea.

I call it MARKS and the concept is simple. A list of bookMARKS that lets you know when something is new plus gets you out into the wilds of the web to hopefully discover even more great sites.

How I envision it working: Add sites you want to keep up with, when there is something new they jump to the top of the list. When you click on the link, it’s marked as read and drops to the bottom until something new is detected.

If you like the concept, reach out to me and maybe we can actually build it!

Note: There used to be something similar to this called Rososo, also Fraidycat is close, but I want something even simpler.

Color Craft & Counterpoint: A Designer’s Life with Color Vision Deficiency is a detailed article about the life of a color blind person. I’m also color blind (red/green) and the block below about traffic lights spoke to me. I have problems when lights are blinking red or yellow late at night.

Think for a moment about ways that color is used to convey information in the world around you. One thing that comes to my mind would be traffic lights. Color is used to let drivers know how they should proceed. No additional information is provided in case a driver is color blind. Traffic lights also use two of the colors most commonly associated with color blindness: red and green. Thankfully, most traffic lights have a common form factor. The top light is red, the middle light is yellow, and the bottom light is green. Even if I couldn’t tell the color, as long as I can tell which light is lit, then I’m able to get the necessary information.

Color Copy Paste is a pretty amazing app.

Small Seasons is a nice little website listing nature’s micro seasons. We are currently in the seeds and cereals. “Praying mantises hatch, fireflies come out. Time to seed the soil.” I saw my first fireflies of the summer on my walk last night.