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💰Weird Edition - NFTs, WiDesign Fest, Hand picked bytes, Cool Tweets, Design Book Reads and Meme dealings!

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💰Weird Edition - NFTs, WiDesign Fest, Hand picked bytes, Cool Tweets, Design Book Reads and Meme dealings!
By UMO.Design • Issue #36 • View online
To begin with, this is a slightly weird one!
Firstly, the weird doesn’t begin until the end. Until then, there is a lot of cool stuff for you to go through, read and learn from. But before we get into it- there’s been a lot of noise in the creative industries about NFT - Crypto art, let’s talk about it!
I’m not going to tell you what it is, by now I’m sure we’ve all heard about it unless you are Patrick from SpongeBob and you live under a rock. Patrick makes an appearance again, god! I love that show! Anyway, the reason these have been blowing up is that they leverage blockchain technology which means they are non-fungible i.e., they are unique and can’t be replaced, unlike many cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Doge, Ethereum etc. NFT’s can be anything from a tweet (Jack Dorsey put up his first tweet for sale), music, artwork etc. If you didn’t know this already, Beeple sold his artwork for about $69 Million Dollars as an NFT.
But why pay millions of dollars for something I can right-click and download? True, it’s all digital and you can download anything off the internet these days. But to compare with anything in the real art world, you can make multiple copies but there will only be one original. And an NFT will give you ownership of the artwork. NFTs will sure become a great tale of capitalism!
There’s a lot of chatter about other impacts of NFTs environmental, meme culture, prosperity, security and so much more. Hopefully, soon, more details will be unveiled to us!
Most of our readers are designers so here are some places where you sell your artwork as NFTs Nifty GatewayMakersPlaceSuperRareOpenSeaDecentraland, and Rarible.
This newsletter will talk about a lot more stuff, something very close to NFTs is a meme culture we are creating. As a fun aspect, we have included some ‘Meme Dealings’ as Elon says. Wow, this really made it into the final cut of the Newsletter!
Take a look, have fun and let us know if it made you giggle!

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🧢 Recap: Previously at WiDesign Fest'21
WiDESIGN Festival '21 - Session 3 on 20th March
WiDESIGN Festival '21 - Session 3 on 20th March
WiDESIGN Fest'21: Session 02 on 13th March
WiDESIGN Fest'21: Session 02 on 13th March
WiDESIGN Fest'21: Session 01 on 6th March
WiDESIGN Fest'21: Session 01 on 6th March
✌️Hand-picked bytes
Storming the ‘last bastion’: Angst and anger as NFTs claim high-culture status
How to Mine Bitcoin | CoinMarketCap
Crypto art isn’t as absurd as it seems
Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance
Apple Maps now shows COVID-19 vaccination locations - The Verge
Stripe raises new capital, reaching $95 billion valuation ahead of highly anticipated market debut
Squarespace raises $300M at a staggering $10B valuation – TechCrunch
Inside Facebook Reality Labs: The Next Era of Human-Computer Interaction
Need a better night’s sleep? Meet the new Nest Hub
Naming Personalized Playlists at Spotify | Spotify Design
Process vs. Practice | Dropbox Design
Take a technology self-assessment | Digital Wellbeing | Google
8 types of graphic design careers to explore (2021) | Dribbble Design Blog
A roundtable on Richard Hamming
What Facebook sees in newsletters - Platformer
Zoom Escaper: new app allows you to leave meetings by creating fake sounds | Life and style | The Guardian
Google cuts app store fees for developers on first million in annual sales
Kazuo Ishiguro on His New Novel 'Klara and the Sun' and Imagining A.I. Produced Literature
The Benefits of White Label Businesses (and 11 Product Ideas to Get You Started)
The Ultimate Guide to the Founding Designer Role | First Round Review
3 problems you’ll face in your second year of remote work (and how to solve them) | Inside Design Blog
3 Key Takeaways from International Women's Day 2021 | Inside Intercom
Designing the First All-in-One, Wearable Breast Pump |
How Swarovski’s rebrand inspired a worldwide “candy-like” store redesign
Why McDonald’s Failed to Beat Burger King’s Redesign | Marker
Renault unveils a new op art-style logo
🐦 Cool Tweets & Threads
Elon Musk
I’m selling this song about NFTs as an NFT
Shaan Puri
So... everyone seems to think clubhouse is the "next big thing" - but I think it's going to fail.

Here's how I think it all goes down..
Dylan Field
Interested in the NFT space? Looking for something to build? Some thoughts below on what I’m most excited to see next in NFT’s. If you’re building one of these ideas, please get in touch!

Thread 👇
Robert Martin
Spotify is surveying some users about Clubhouse this week 🙃
In one of the previous issues of the Xabytes Newsletter, I opined that Spotify will have a bigger platform advantage to house a clubhouse like feature compared to Twitter and Facebook being a huge artist-driven audio service. Recently, Twitter Spaces has rolled out to many active users and is doing quite well! Looks like Spotify wants to finally get in on it too, it’s surveying users to know more! Read more about this here.
Working my way through it.

May I never get bored 🖤
Tom Warren
Intel is bringing back the Mac vs. PC ads. The chip maker has hired Apple's "I'm a Mac" guy to create 5 ads mocking Macs and praising PCs. Details here:
Aerial view of Barcelona will never cease to amaze me.
The meme economy will become real.

- Meme creators will make NFTs
- Timestamps give proof-of-first
- Memegen partially goes on-chain
- Memetic spread is more traceable
- Memers become millionaires
- Risky art becomes uncensorable & monetizable
- Art moves outside regime control
✨ Meme Dealings
What the hell are we doing here really? Dealing memes, literally dealing memes. The meme economy is booming and we have some hardcore meme-ers in our team who are ready to create and curate memes for us. Read the newsletter from top to bottom to learn more about NFTs influencing Memes and memes conveying a message better than a visual. Is this going to be a new art form?
Scott Gayham
Me interviewing and getting the life story of my new bestie that I met in the smoking area 5 minutes ago
📖 Book Reads
User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play by Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant
User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play by Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant
The last book I read was Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull (with Amy Wallace), it was a great read, thanks for the suggestion. Although it is a few years old, it still was very relevant and gave so much insight into creativity, the process of developing a new age animated Toy story film, Pixar, Disney, Steve Jobs, running a business with tight budgets, balancing creativity with business goals and so much more. A sure shot recommendation.
On to the next book. This book excites me because I found it as a rare find among all the usual design books people recommend. You know the drill - Design of everyday things, Don’t make me think, Hooked etc. While I have read all of those, I was always on the lookout for more book on user experience and this definitely interested me as it ‘decodes the obscure and fascinating journey of user experience and maps the hidden history of the designed world.’
Super pumped to read this, stay tuned for my notes on this book!
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