Before search engines the web relied on links and recommendations, I
believe we lost an important human element of the web as blogrolls fell
from favour. Now search engines are becoming useless and social media is
imploding I think it's more important than ever to make the web a web
again, so here are links to friends and things I found interesting that
you might find interesting too.
Art, Illustration & Comics
Dave Whiteland is a writer, comic artist
and programmer. Wonderful things come from his brain. He is currently interviewing
cats. He published one of the very first web comics.
Myfanwy Tristram is an illustrator,
activist and comic artist with a sharp eye for people and fashion.
Elephant Town is the latest webcomic
from Danielle Corsetto, I'm loving the pacing, style and character development.
The Illustrated Jules Verne
- The Original Illustrations of the Voyages Extraordinaires.
All the beautifully etched plates.
Letters to the Ocean - "Every day for twelve years, I sent a letter to the Pacific Ocean. The
letters were returned by the US Postal Service with markings indicating that
“no such place exists.” I have over 3,000 returned letters which I have exhibited
at various points."
Music / Musicians
Nicolette Macleod is an artist, incredible
singer, writer and composer for theatre and dance as well as my partner in-crime
at URSALUNA Studio.
Kristin McClement is a singer-songwriter,
print artist and member of the Wilkommen Collective in Brighton. Give her
Finn Anderson is a signer-songwriter,
pianist, composer for theatre and all round lovely human. Into The Arms Of Ghosts is my favourite wind down album.
The Great 78 Project is an effort from the Internet Archive to digitize the original 78rpm discs
which were made from shellac and are starting to degrade. It's a treasure
trove of amazing music and interesting recordings.
📺 The Irrepressibles - I saw Jamie and the Irrepressibles live when Nicolette was supporting
them at a gig in Manchester and went in completely unprepared for the mix
of theatrical, orchestral, electrical and vocal power. Well worth seeing
Zugakousaku is a collection of
examples of interactive design/storytelling.
Present & Correct is a design
blog and I love the links they share it's one of the first feeds I check.
"We want to spark a distant memory, make you smile or look at the most mundane
in a new, and fonder, light."
Obsolete technology - "There is a lot of potential in past and often forgotten knowledge and
technologies when it comes to designing a sustainable society."
Poline is a tool for generating
and exploring colour palettes. It is magical and adictive to play with, and
a great to experiment with theory.
Color Wheels are wrong? How color vision actually works is an interesting article talking about how we physically see colour versus
how it is traditionally taught and how it relates to the actual physical
attributes of the spectrum. The description of how the filters work is one
of the clearest/easy to understand I've read.
Light and the Eye this series of articles is the perfect follow-up to "Color Wheels are wrong?"
and goes into much more depth about the physics, mechanics and evolutionary
purpose of colour vision. It's not a light read but it is fascinating.
Programming & Software Development
Cassie Codes - I love Cassie's playfulness,
whimsy, design sense and expansive knowledge. Would recommend having a look
through her CodePen,
treasure trove of learning.
Joe Wright is a software developer
I worked with briefly and learnt a huge amount from in that small time. Watching
him methodically convert a giant monolithic piece of mission critical legacy
code in place to something sane, tested and predictable was inspirational.
T.J. Sheehy is another software
developer who was instrumental to my understanding and way I approach my
work. He has a quiet, gentle, humble way of teaching, and unexpected passion
and determination for finding the best solution.
Understanding Pac-Man Ghost Behavior - Really interesting article about the Pac-Man ghosts personalities and
some links to go more in-depth. I love the complex behaviour they managed
to get from such simple rules.
📺 CodingTrain - I
recently came across this channel and haven't fully dived into the archives
yet as there are over a decade of videos spanning a huge range of programming
topics, the style, friendliness and positivity is so refreshing and I really
love his teaching style.
Anna Powell-Smith makes a lot of very interesting
data-vis projects, from mapping money laundering for Private Eye to Land
Ownership and the Doomsday book.
Alex Trost is a front-end developer
and also runs Frontend Horse. I
really enjoy the energy and playfulness he brings to everything he
Valerie Aurora in her first programming
job debuged a nuclear explosion detecting satellite using the offset of a
reflected giant space laser!
Schneier on Security - "I am a public-interest
technologist, working at the intersection of security, technology, and people."
Matthew Somerville is a programmer, musician
and remover of bank holidays. You may know him from accessible train times,
his work at mySociety or one of his many other projects.
Sonic Pi is a tool from Sam Aaron that
lets you make music with code.
Photography & Video
Yousef Khanfar is a master of
light and landscape. I've been lucky to attend a couple of his workshops
which were instrumental to my learning about composition.
Back To The Future - A Wonderfully playful collection of photos taking an old photo and recreating
it as closely as possible with the same people and location. The attention
to detail in the outfits, props, lens choice, and treatment is superb.
Rune Guneriussen creates photos
with light, structure, nature and curiousity.
📺 Mathieu Stern creates
videos experimenting with lenses and cameras in novel and interesting ways.
I really enjoy his playing with vintage lenses and projector lenses.
📺 Morgan Cooper has a masterful use of colour in his shots and I love the intentionality,
storytelling and variation in his work.
Water Wigs is a fun project by Tim Tadder where he captures bald heads being hit by
Maker & Electronics
- Precious Plastic
📺 DIYPerks - Another person
that approaches everything he produces with a positive, encouraging and methodical
manner. A natural teacher.
Maths, Science & Statistics
The Game Design Round Table - It's worth exploring the large backlog of episodes, some really great
interviews and discussions about all aspects of game design, theory, digital
and physical. They aso have a great Discord community.
RadioLab: Colors - I don't think there are many people who haven't heard RadioLab (Though
if you haven't listened they have a great backlog), but I love this episode
about colour in particular. 🌈🦐
Episodic Fiction & Short Stories
Within the Wires - Each season is 10 episodes and is standalone, but they are all set in
the same alternate universe. That said I would still start with the first
season. Brilliant storytelling and sound design.
Clarkesworld Podcast - This is an amazing resource, over 11 years of short fiction stories for
The Strange Case of Starship Iris - Feels like a space western in the same vien as Firefly, great character
Midst is a semi-improvised story told by
"a trio of playfully omniscient, mysterious, and unreliable narrators". It's
great at painting a world and drawing you in and lovely sound design.