August 3, 2020
Making It Up 130: AI graphic design and research on the future of luxury
On Making It Up 130, Charis and Eugene talk about artificial intelligence in the realm of graphic design. They also discuss a Highsnobiety and Boston Consulting Group white paper on the future of luxury and the new luxury consumer.
00:01:46 AI graphic design
00:24:47 Future of luxury
July 24, 2020
Making It Up 129: Paid communities and the Simone Biles Vogue photoshoot
On Making It Up 129, Charis and Eugene talk about Toby Shorin’s latest essay, “Come for the Network, Pay for the Tool”, which talks about the emergence of paid communities from the combination of social, content, and commerce. They also discuss the recent Vogue cover of Simone Biles shot by Annie Leibovitz and the criticism that arose regarding the photos.
00:01:10 Paid communities
00:29:51 Vogue cover
July 20, 2020
Making It Up 128: Parenting as gardening and Silicon Valley on tech media
On Making It Up 128, Charis and Eugene discuss the modern approach to parenting and misunderstandings of childhood. They also talk about Silicon Valley’s attitude towards tech media as well as the issue of privacy in digital conversations.
00:23:36 Tech Media
July 6, 2020
Making It Up 127: Email services and going back to the office
On Making It Up 127, Eugene and Charis talk about Hey, the new email service created by Basecamp, and the issues of email in general. On the subject of work, they also talk about what going back to the office looks like in terms of necessary health and safety measures and the physicality of workplaces.
00:05:28 Hey and email services
00:26:24 Back to the office
June 22, 2020
Making It Up 126: Brain Dead raises 1mil for charity and the “Virgilization” of Virgil Abloh
On Making It Up 126, Charis and Eugene talk about how Brain Dead and Blood Orange raised a million dollars for charities aiding the Black Lives Matter movement. They also discuss what the “Virgilization” of Virgil Abloh means — how the artification of an individual is intentional in order to de-commercialize that person.
00:03:04 Post-humous work
June 15, 2020
Making It Up 125: Indie music venues and the passion economy
On Making It Up 125, Charis and Eugene discuss the role of small indie music venues in supporting emerging musicians and the continual growth of the music industry. They also talk about a new model of media star, where media is fragmenting further and the individuals people gravitate towards are increasingly varied. This leads into a conversation about the “passion economy” as defined by Li Jin.
00:04:38 Indie music venues
00:26:46 Passion economy
May 25, 2020
Making It Up 124: Quibi and tech post-pandemic
On Making It Up 124, Charis and Eugene talk about the launch, rapid demise, and potential futures of Quibi, the new video streaming service. They also talk about how technology has pounced on pandemic-created opportunities and what the post-pandemic tech appetite and landscape might look like.
00:28:46 Home screens
May 6, 2020
Making It Up 123: Animal Crossing and The Last Dance
On Making It Up 123, Eugene and Charis talk about two ways they’ve been spending their time: playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons and watching The Last Dance. They discuss how Animal Crossing is an interesting place for brands to add value for gamers, as well as how The Last Dance could only have been made and aired at certain moments in time to have the impact it does.
00:01:42 Animal Crossing
00:29:50 The Last Dance
April 27, 2020
Making it Up 122: Artists interpreting science and indie mags navigate the pandemic
On Making It Up 122, Charis and Eugene talk about how artists can be good interpreters of scientific innovation. They also discuss how independent magazines are navigating the pandemic and what kinds of adaptations are necessary.
00:05:21 Art and science
00:33:31 Indie mags
April 20, 2020
Making It Up 121: Signaling as a service and the new MAEKAN membership strategy
On Making It Up 121, Charis and Eugene talk about how our unconscious motives result in behaving in ways that revolve around signaling messages, distribution, and amplification. They also discuss the new MAEKAN membership strategy.
00:25:23 MAEKAN membership