This week we’ve been looking into how web browsers actually work, enjoying reading the comments on Kanye’s Donda 2 news, researching generative and participatory design practices, and read a crazy story about a couple that stole billions in bitcoins (that they invested in launching her hip-hop career). Like always, we stumble upon many different things through our work and hope you’ll enjoy some of this week’s links.
- Listening to music has been a rather intangible experience since the advent of streaming – vinyl withstanding – until now; Kanye West’s new album Donda 2 won’t be available on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, only on his own Stem player, creating a new and highly exclusive format.
- Speaking of formats, a classic.
- A four part series about how deep web browsers work, from CPU, all the way down to how the computer renders the webpage. 🤓
- A crazy story about a couple that stole billions in bitcoins, and how the woman involved used her money to launch her rap career. There are music videos on YouTube.
- An article about how Google search is dying. The critique revolves around how search results increasingly show ads and are possibly less trustworthy. The article is interesting in the follow-up that came after, with responses from Google and interesting discussions.
Design of the week
- This huge email photo-signature is either just funny or a genius PR-stunt
- Invision app (remember that?) has relaunched its new service, and is pivoting towards something completely different from what they used to do. Now it seems like they want to do it all?!
- Mono Lisa is a new typeface for writing/reading code.
- Generative Ascii? Yes, please. Design studio ertdfgcvb
- Studio Moniker (What's up Roel + Luna!!!) sort of invented participatory, interactive music videos. Check out their new video, then check it out again... it will keep evolving.
Tech of the week
- Netlify is a service we’ve used in the past. Now they’ve launched Netlify Graph, a way of connecting different APIs, that looks quite promising.
- Akamai, a huge server infrastructure service, purchased Linode, a Europe based cloud provider. Linode is famous for their top-tier customer support, and it’ll be interesting to see if they can keep their stuff together becoming part of Akamai.
- Next.js launched a new minor versjon, with it’s biggest feature being on-demand incremental static regeneration. No more waiting around for cached pages to revalidate