🛍️ YouTube is using new technology that will automatically detect products in videos. In doing so, they’ll be able to create product links for you to shop.
📊 Peter Yang presents a great series of graphs that showcase how creators should view their monetization efforts. These “Creator Demand Curves” provide a nice graphical representation of how to mix-and-match different options based on your audience and available tools.
🍄 Stella McCartney continues to push alternative materials with a new two-piece outfit with Mylo, a mycelium leather. The material comes courtesy of Bolt Threads who are an alternative textiles company.
💽 A hip-hop professor is changing the way music is created with a peer-reviewed album. Here’s an insight into how he went about the process:
“But in order to get a peer-reviewed rap album, it’s not like I just went into the studio, rapped over some beats and hoped for the best. I presented liner notes and created a documentary about how I made the album, which I refer to as a “mixtap/e/ssay” – an amalgamation of the words “mixtape,” which is a sampling of an array of select songs, and “essay.” I also submitted articles that help explain how the music relates to certain academic conversations, events in society and my own life.”
📈 ARK is a series of popular, millennial-friendly ETFs that have taken a far different approach to bring investors into their world. A lot of their marketing is simply around transparency and creating content that showcases their process.
🎙️ In the world of podcasting, producers are criminally undervalued and serve as the glue for everything. It’s safe to say there isn’t much recognition or reward. This sums it up:
“Industry-wide use of ambiguous job descriptions is further complicated by the invisibility of producers within the creations themselves. After getting hired, the standard expectation at most podcast shops is for producers to largely exist as behind-the-scenes staff. This, of course, is true for things like film and television production as well, but those are established industries with strong histories of labor, and in the relatively newer and less broadly understood podcast business, the unseen nature of most producers can translate to a lack of progression in the wider education of hiring companies — and a general lack of power in the face of companies who should know better.””
😯 NY Times is allegedly not allowing writers and journalists to have their own newsletters, regardless of whether they’re paid or free. Amidst all of the talk about writers going solo, this leaves staff in a tight spot. They both cannot create their own mailing list, nor can they afford to go out on their own.
👎 Dispo, the photo app that mimics a disposable camera, crashes down to earth after David Dobrik gets hit with new allegations of sexual harassment and rape. And just like that, his recent investment in Dispo gets pulled.
🌲 Deforestation is proving to have a deadly impact on humanity’s future by increasing the likelihood of pandemics. This paragraph is particularly alarming:
“Ultimately, data pulled from 47 countries suggests a connection between forest cover loss and a rise in zoonotic diseases. Meanwhile, reforestation practices may have been responsible for the loss of animal biodiversity and increased zoonotic disease outbreaks in 27 countries.””
⚽ Rising Bayern Munich football star Alphonso Davies was born in a Ghanian refugee camp after his parents fled Libya. Now he’s hoping to bring awareness to the global refugee crisis.
🛠️ 1-800-D2C is a new service to help you figure out the latest and greatest services used by various direct-to-consumer brands.
💬 A Twitter thread looks into the nuts and bolts of an NFT as a contract vs. the actual access to the file format. And, is there an ulterior motive to Beeple’s $69 million dollar NFT buyer, Metakovan?
😲 We’re all dismissive but Facebook showed off some pretty interesting neural wristbands that work with AR glasses.
👀 Richard Mosse’s approach to filming on infrared film created surreal images of war in Congo, a film which one him numerous accolades and awards.
📱 Clubmarket is a new (third-party) marketplace for Clubhouse sponsorship opportunities.
💡 Fortnite’s new approach to gaming through an experimental story foreshadows the future of gaming.
🎮 Hoop dreams turned controller dreams. The story of FaZe Swagg’s failed dreams in basketball which led him down a path of gaming.
🐚 The “Golden Ratio” may not have been a Greek invention after all, but rather its roots are in Africa.
📜 Here’s a more nuanced take on the swift removal of Alexi McCammond as the Editor-in-Chief at Teen Vogue and how there are deeper issues at play with Condé Nast, namely Anna Wintour’s enormous amounts of power.
✊ GoFundMe puts together a guide on donation causes to Stop Asian Hate. Also, why are AAPI attacks not as easily identified as hate crimes?
💡 A series of tools for those looking to make their mark in the passion economy.
👊 ‘Pay Up’ was a grassroots fashion campaign seeking to get big companies to pay for order cancellations when demand dropped due to COVID.
👜 Hermès offers a lesson in how pricing goes far beyond just simple mathematical markups.
🌎 Trawling for seafood has massive ecological issues as it disrupts the ocean’s ability to suck up CO2. The power of algae and its CO2 removal capabilities are on display with a new line of fashion.
🐦 A Twitter thread that breaks apart why Clubhouse is destined to fail.
👀 James Whitner’s A Ma Maniére releases ‘Raised by Women,’ which celebrates women ahead of the release of their upcoming Air Jordan 3.
🤯 Adobe unveils its latest magic trick, “Super Resolution” which allows you to upscale images with increased detail.
📷 A Finnish camera repair school will pay you to attend and learn how to fix analog cameras.
📈 People are arguing that Beeple’s $69 million dollar NFT auction defied the spirit of crypto and NFTs. Meanwhile, people are getting jacked for their NFTs on exchanges.
💯 Create your own 3D AR world courtesy of WWWesh Studio.
🥽 After an NFT drop last year, MF DOOM’s foundation returns again with some cool AR filter masks.
🤯 Watch: This crazy explainer looks into the human meets digital avatar known as CodeMiko.
💯 The Nike M Maternity film dubbed “The Toughest Athletes” celebrates the mothers in the world.
🍄 Hermès drops a signature bag in mushroom leather.
🔫 What happens when engineers create and modify Nerf blasters?
♻️ Could we move towards biodegradable rice paper masks?
📹 An extremely-well shot drone video in a bowling alley draws rave reviews from Hollywood.
🖼️ The NFT and fine art world begin their battle as the traditional world pours water on the blazing path set by NFTs. Meanwhile a popular crypto art carbon calculator shuts down amidst abuse.
📀 Looking for the Next Global Rap Star in Japan by Japan Society is a panel discussion examining the role of Hip-Hop in Japan and where the future lies. It takes place on Tuesday, March 23rd at 7pm EST.
🎹 Elton John can apparently create a jingle out of anything.
📋 Content curation is still important in the age of the algo.
🕹️ The Roblox microverse and hype as explained by Stratechery’s Ben Thompson
🎧 Explaining the difference between remixes (shitty ones at that) and rip-offs.
😳 Creators have begun allowing people to buy parts of their life. This can’t end well.
🌠 Big Hit and BTS suggest that big mega stars are part of a dying breed.
♻️ Shopify becomes the first customer of a carbon removal start-up.
📶 Imagine quitting the Internet two months before the pandemic started. The story of how a man made due through analog methods.
✍️ There’s a talent battle looming between creators and traditional journalism platforms.
😯 Ex-Nike VP’s son Joe Hebert got busted leaving his mom jobless. News surfaces of how it all went down.
💡 The Pandemic and the Decadent Society – Reactions
📈 Damn son, Beeple sold an NFT for $69 million and the person who sold it purchased it only weeks earlier for a fraction of the price. Meanwhile, an alternate and fun take on NFTs from Artnet.
✈️ Is anybody really missing “authentic” airplane food? A Nagoya firm is repackaging in-flight meals as bento boxes.
📊 An analysis of how brands can provide value to their customers.
🤔 A contrarian take on NFTs courtesy of Seth Godin.
🤫 There’s more to being OCD than being obsessive about cleanliness. A look into the complex world of how people with OCD are portrayed.
🎶 Here are a few reasons why Jack Dorsey’s Square bought into JAY Z’s TIDAL.
🧠 Three things that go against the grain of digital culture including Dispo.
📱 Will Clubhouse’s popularity continue post-pandemic?
💡 Is it possible to have better arguments online? Sounds like a huge challenge but here are some insights.
🎭 The Internet and social media have now become a relentless pursuit of authenticity.
👀 Ikea Heights is an old low-budget series featuring Randall Park and shot in Ikea without any permits or permission.
🏛️ How do museum gift shops choose what to stock and what entails a good buy?
🎒 Peak Design rightfully takes shots at Amazon after it copies its popular Everyday Sling bag.
🎶 Kings of Leon introduce a solid use case of NFTs to add on additional value to NFT holders through experiences.
🧠 “How Design Makes Us Think” is a new book that looks at how design impacts us in invisible ways.
🤖 Project Gucciberg is a series of Gucci Mane-narrated audio books done via deepfakes.
🖼️ An art critic’s review of KAWS’ latest show puts it in a different light and tries to make sense of its popularity.
👟 Salomon’s Index.01 sneaker looks to create a more circular sneaker where the upper and outsole can be broken down into new usages.
📉 A deeper dive into how a Nike exec’s son brought the whole family tumbling down with his reselling ways including the use of his mom’s corporate card. And how good are Nike fakes these days?
☁️ How can NFTs leverage cloud streaming to protect IP in the future?
🔥 Building nice ass decks used to be a skill, now you can just use any one of these well-designed templates.
💡 This is a fascinating 2017 look into the memetic nature of YouTube and the relationship with authenticity. It speaks to the playbook used by populists and serves as a reflection to much of what we’ve seen in the last few years.
🤗 Should we push designers to go against performative positivity and ask the truly hard questions in a pessimistic fashion?
😯 Kazuo Ishiguro Sees What the Future Is Doing to Us – The New York Times
📈 California has shed most of the creative economy jobs in the United States. What does that mean for the rest of the country?
🖼️ A deeper look into Yayoi Kusama’s work reveals some complex findings in otherwise simple patterns.
🏃♂️ The ratings are in, and most people don’t care that much about traditional sports. This could have broader implications for the future.
💸 The writing was on the wall, but Twitter is among the first social media platforms to launch a paid subscription model.
➕ The NY Times dives into why adding a “plus sign” (+) to the end of your brand name doesn’t compute for these streaming platforms.
🔪 We’re all probably cooking more than average, so what are the best knife sharpeners out there?
⛓️ Why are NFTs a big deal? Because it makes the internet ownable.