Hello, this is the (optional.is) quarterly newsletter. Mostly the thoughts of Brian Suda.
02022Q1 REYKJAVIK: The end-of-year holidays are passed, COVID is running wild and we're getting back into gear with some exciting projects.
This is our first newsletter using our in-house tool. We're sure there will be plenty of bumps in the road, but we'll smooth them out as we go! If you see anything, please take a screenshot and send it to us.
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🚨📰 (New) Newsletter
This newsletter has taken on different forms since its inception 9 years ago! The goal has always been to build an audience of like-minded folks who enjoy what we are writing, doing, thinking, and exploring. Over these 9 years, the newsletter has waxed and waned between topics.
We're ready for a new approach. This quarterly newsletter will continue as-is. It will focus on the company and what we're working on, researching, exploring and prototyping. A quarterly overview with plenty of self-promotion and interesting stuff.
We're also starting a second newsletter. One that is sent monthly with a very simple, tight constraint: 1 picture, 2 thoughts and 3 links, no self-promotion.*
* At least no planned self-promotion.
Starting January 02022, we'll send something in the middle of each month for 12 months. After these 12 episodes are done, we'll see if a season 2 is in order.
You are NOT automatically add to this new newsletter. So come along on a journey, subscribe now: https://optional.is/newsletter/subscribe/
🌸🎈🌌 Plants in Space
東 信, Azuma Makoto (https://azumamakoto.com)
This Japanese Florist has been on our radar for a few years now. When anyone sends a bouquet of flowers into space and videos the whole expedition, we take notice!
• Plants in Space: https://azumamakoto.com/1791/
• A recent interview: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/facetoface/20200628/2043058/
• Asuma Makoto on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/azumamakoto/
If you browse through the Instagram page, you'll see they have done some incredible work. From plant x-rays, to art exhibitions, to time-lapses of flowers blooming and dying.
As a little experiment, we downloaded one of the time lapse videos, ran it through VLC and extracted all the frames. From that, we made a dynamic macOS desktop wallpaper. As the day went by, the flowers bloomed and shrank with the sunlight.
🗒🧨 Notes for 02022
Each year we try to recap the previous twelve months in an Omnibus post with some annual stats and goals.
When we look ahead at the next twelve months. There are two big projects looming large which we haven't been able to discuss (for a long time). They are both new for the company, but at the same time, what we do best. Once the contracts are signed, you'll certainly hear about them!
In the meantime, we continue with various projects in 🇮🇸 Iceland, 🇦🇺 Australia, 🇬🇧 UK, 🇺🇸 US and 🌐 elsewhere. (Maybe you need some help?)
Finally, when the 🦠 global pandemic subsides, we'll be right back to planning the Material Conference https://material.is to examine more about the material properties of the Web.
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