What we read this week (28 Sept)

This week we read about the new things we are not seeing, how to beat a community of hackers, the potential last resort for journalism and Etsy’s new policy adjustments.

Quote of the week

As soon as you declare something a movement, everyone either wants to be a part of it or wants to destroy it.

James Bridle

Articles of the week

  • aeon: The machine gaze
    Will Wiles, having interviewed James Bridle on the New Aesthetic, draws some interesting conclusions about what it’s all about – “the new things we are not seeing,” because just as we are noticing these artifacts, they are becoming ordinary and unquestioned.
  • superflux: Design for the New Normal
    Anab Jain asks how you operate as a design company when your competitor is an open source community of hackers – selling 3d printed objects from virtual environments like Minecraft for a profit. In this presentation, she shows how superflux is approaching this challenge.
  • The Guardian: A £2-a-month levy on broadband could save our newspapers
    The Guardian’s David Leigh proposes a £2 levy – a tax, if you will – to save journalism. The tax could be collected through ISPs and regulated by an agency. That’s certainly a fresh edition to the discussion and we’re happy to promote it a bit while not necessarily agreeing with the proposal.
  • The Atlantic: A Conversation With Randall Munroe, the Creator of XKCD
    Megan Garber interviews Randall Munroe about the stories behind XKCD and its spinoff What If, as well as general ideas about work and staying creative and interesting. Some useful information in there for anyone who regularly creates content.
  • Wired: Can Etsy Go Pro Without Losing Its Soul?
    Good product sells itself. But what to do if our hands are tied by strict polies and orders keep coming in in large numbers? Being confronted with that, Etsy implemented a set of changes which hopefully will allow it to find a solution for those sought-after users who would like to expand their businesses.