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moz://a logo

I really like the new Mozilla logo (especially when considering the other options suggested in the crowd-sourced decision), but I can’t help being reminded of the old Medium logo. Brand New: Opinions on corporate and brand identity work. A division of UnderConsideration. Source: Brand New: New Logo for Mozilla by johnson banks Then again, a white ‘m’ in a black box tends to be pretty similar regardless of who uses it. 😛 The new logo also seems to “conform” to potential brutalism uses. Hopefully that doesn’t mean it’ll look horribly dated in a year. Maybe this rebranding will also positively…

The loyalty behind hazing

I’m going for a bit of a running theme here, but as I mentioned in this article, the roleplay between native and foreign inhabitants is under constant pressure due to normalcy. The article below from Aeon may actually highlight why the cultural differences are so hard to overcome. Drawing on such research, Cimino’s automatic accrual theory suggests that hazing provides an important solution to a recurring adaptive problem faced by our species during our evolutionary history: how to accurately assess the intentions and quality of new group members. Source: People are intensely loyal to groups which abuse newcomers. Why? | Aeon…

“Amsterdam attempts to stem its tourist flood and regain its soul”

To add to the previous link about Airbnb and – to some extent – Amsterdam: In addition to a recent agreement with Airbnb to restrict the length of time that people can rent out their homes to 60 days, city officials also want to cut back on opening hours and reduce the number of shops that cater explicitly to tourists, such as those selling cheese, Nutella and waffles. Another plan is to prevent tour buses having access to the city center and move the cruise ship terminal to another part of town. Source: Amsterdam attempts to stem its tourist flood and…

Foreign roleplay and Airbnb

With Airbnb making a dent in travel-accommodations worldwide, you’d think their main goal was to provide cheap shelter. But no, Joe Hewitt thinks it’s something else: And this, fundamentally, is what Airbnb is about. Belong Anywhere — it is aiming to not be an escape from the real world, but one of the few times you actually experience it. It has never really been a travel company. It sells roleplay — a form of entertainment that has more in common immersive theatre, gaming, books, and movies. Source: Airbnb: a real-life Westworld? Being able to “live among locals” was part of the draw of Airbnb.…

Become a Type Snob

Ah, this is fun. Everything you didn’t want to know about fonts. Or rather, typefaces. Or typogra-… you know what, just read the article. 😉 The Type Snob – And how to turn into one Source: The Type Snob

“Who killed the curry house?”

The Guardian has a great long-read about British curry houses, where Indian dishes and flavours were transformed into a British staple. In a form of odd appropriation, the curry as a dish became part of the British nationality even though its chefs might not have been regarded as such. The story of curry in modern Britain raises a question about food and identity. Does a cuisine belong to the people who eat it or the ones who cook it? The accusation of inauthenticity went hand in hand with a broader issue of ownership: once people realised that what they were eating…

“Cultural differences may leave their mark on DNA”

“This is a big advancement of our understanding of race and ethnicity,” Burchard said. “There’s this whole debate about whether race is fundamentally genetic or is just a social construct. To our knowledge this is the first time anyone has attempted to quantify the molecular signature of the non-genetic components of race and ethnicity. It demonstrates in a whole new way that race combines both genetics and environment.” Source: Cultural differences may leave their mark on DNA – Science Bulletin While a step forward for epigenetics, I’m kind of fearful how the resulting data could be misused in the current…

Brutalism in your browser

So, you’ve handwritten your website code, but it looks polished? Unfortunately, you can’t get away with a beautiful website and call it “brutalism”, if it was that easy then everyone would be doing it. You’re going to have to accept that your website might be called “ugly” by some. Think big, bold blocks of web safe colors, gradients, large amounts of “white space” (though it doesn’t have to be white) and you’re on the right track. Source: Brutalism: The ‘ugly’ web design trend taking over the internet – Envato – Medium For every movement there’s a counter-movement, so I’m not…

Microsoft’s next design cue

Late last year we reported on Project NEON – the upcoming UI upgrade for Windows 10. Recently we managed a closer look at Microsoft’s internal plans for Project NEON and the future of Windows 10’s UI (user-interface). Right of the bat I don’t want readers to be fooled by those who suggest this is a […] Source: Exclusive: This is Project NEON, the upcoming incremental upgrade for Windows 10’s design – MSPoweruser Now this, this I like. It seems Microsoft is taking some design cues from Apple (most notably Apple Music on iOS, in terms of whitespace and typographic consistency)…

Ramen is now my personal staple food

During my travels in London (of all places), me and my best friend stumbled upon Wagamama and their tonkotsu ramen. While it wasn’t the best I’ve had, it was all I could get at that moment. It also kickstarted this primal need for more ramen. London gave way to Shoryu, but in the Netherlands anything that has to do with the dish seems to translate to “noodles” and “wok”. I like yakisoba, but you can’t really compare it to a great tonkotsu. Luckily, as of late there have been some options available in the Netherlands. Especially in Amsterdam: Hakata Senpachi – currently…