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Pat Dryburgh

When I read Manton Reece’s announcement that the Micro.blog apps would be swapping out Avenir for default system fonts, I wanted to see what a redesigned landing page designed with Apple’s San Francisco font would look like. This design was not solicited by nor has it been shown to anyone on the Micro.blog team.

The idea for the photo in the header would be to solicit photos of Micro.blog community members holding a device displaying their blog. The photo would change on each page refresh to promote the diversity that makes up the Micro.blog community.

The rest of the content has been left as-is or with minimal editing for clarity and effect.

Would love to hear what you think 😊

Unsolicited Homepage Design Exploration for Micro.blog
Unsolicited Landing Page Design Exploration for Micro.blog

The Isle of Ailynn

Mappe Of is an avant-folk artist who last year released a concept album called The Isle of Ailynn. To explore the world that had been created, visual artist Kristyn Watterworth and filmmaker Edward Platero spent months painting and filming Ailynn in Virtual Reality. Every blade of grass, every leaf, and every creature on and around the island was drawn in VR using Google Tilt Brush.

The result of this undertaking is this album-long, forty-four minute music video that is the most breathtaking thing you will see today.

Jon Fingas writing for Engadget:

[Github’s new mobile app] unsurprisingly won’t let you edit code…

I’m surprised. Very surprised, in fact. I’ve been using Working Copy—a git client for iOS—since 2017 to publish blog posts from my iPhone. It saves files, has a built-in code editor, and commits new code that then triggers a rebuild of this site on Github Pages.

When I first heard Github was releasing a mobile app, I was excited to see how it compared to Working Copy. Now that I know it doesn’t let you commit code, I see no reason to even download it.

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For the past several months, I’ve woken up almost every morning with back pain. Not sure whether I need a new mattress or if this is simply another symptom of my doctor’s diagnosis that I’m “just fat and lazy.”

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33 years ago today, U2 released their fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree. 20 years ago, the album’s namesake fell. Today, you can bring the tree back to life on your phone.

To view the tree in Augmented Reality, head to the AR page on thejoshuatree.earth and tap the tree.

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During this latest campaign to promote remote work as an alternative to office work in an effort to reduce potential exposure to COVID-19, is anybody keeping an eye on our supply of Herman Miller Aeron chairs?

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I’ve been thinking lately about giving up Dropbox in favour of iCloud Drive, but right now iCloud Photo Library refuses to upload my photos. Maybe not a great time to make that switch.

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Dear designer, what tool(s) are you using these days to take and organize full-page screenshots of websites?

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CJ Chilvers has been blogging a lot about newsletters lately. As someone who doesn’t subscribe to newsletters and instead prefers technology like RSS, this bit hurt a bit:

I just wanted to let you know that there’s more going on in my newsletter than on this blog for a reason: I take your invitation to your inbox very seriously and I want to add value with every issue.

I’m not sure how subscribing to a blog’s RSS feed is any less an “invitation to my inbox” other than the fact it’s a inbox dedicated to what I want to read as compared to my email inbox which is full of stuff I have to read.

Of course, I’m probably wrong about all of this. My blog has less than a hundred subscribers and my newsletter—which is just a digest of everything I post on this blog sent as an email every Thursday—has less than 40 readers. Maybe there’s something to be said for putting in the time to create unique content for both audiences? I really don’t know.

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Driving down to Portland to attend tomorrow’s NXT: Takeover event. I think the best decision I made in 2019 was to attend more professional wrestling events. Tomorrow’s will be my first of 2020 and hopefully not my last.

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It’s a wonderful feeling when a small piece of open source software you’ve written helps a friend with their work.

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Digitally preserving The Joshua Tree

Digitally preserving The Joshua Tree

My friend Edward Platero has started working on a project that seeks to preserve the remains of The Joshua Tree. The namesake of U2’s 1987 album and the location for the album’s cover photo is estimated to have fallen in the year 2000. Fans from all around the world have visited the tree and left mementos of their pilgrimage, but the tree itself is slowly rotting into the earth.

The goal of thejoshuatree.earth project is to preserve this piece of musical history through 3D recreation. Last month, Edward visited the tree and took over 4,000 photographs which he will use to construct a 3D model and eventually an immersive Virtual Reality experience using Photogrammetry.

Details about the project and suggestions for helping out can be found at thejoshuatree.earth.

I just bought an Apple Watch in an Apple Store and was served by a deaf customer care rep. Communicating to her through lip reading and the Notes app brought me back to when I was in a band with a singer who had a speech impediment and would type what he wanted to say using T9 on his flip phone. Just a gentle reminder that sometimes, tech lives up to the ideal.

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Enjoying an evening at Fission HQ talking with @bmann about his new IndieWeb find, IndieKit. Giving it a try now to post this from Quill.

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Speaking of typography, check out this article by Oliver Reichenstein titled Web Design is 95% Typography: How to Use Type on the Web. It was written way back in 2006 when our only option for using non-web-safe fonts was sIFR and we were still 3 years from the launch of Typekit and yet the argument that web designers should have a deep understanding of typography is as true today as it ever was.

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YYZ ✈️ YVR

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