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Issue 28: Will a Light or Dark Roast Power Your Creativity?

Mar 14, 2022

Written by David Nichols


What kind of roast do you prefer for your coffee? A light roast? A dark roast? Some hard core Death Wish coffee? I prefer a nice dark roast myself – with a decent amount of creamer. Well, I used to . . . It’s slightly ironic – because it’s actually the light roast blends that actually have the most caffeine. Did you know that? Dark roast coffee contains less caffeine because the beans get larger during the roasting process – so when you make coffee with a dark roast blend – you actually get less coffee per scoop – and less caffeine. I may just be switching to light roast from now on – I need all the caffeine I can get! There’s been a lot of cool creations floating around the brew this week – from Aikis’s awesome spider to Baya’s chill ambient beats, and nodisco’s landscape sketch! Hop on in, share your projects, and chat with other creators in the Brew. Oh – don’t forget to reply to this email and send your favorite gif. It might just be featured next week!


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  • Whether you want to collaborate in real time – or hang out and play soccer – is a fantastic platform. There’s a ton of really cool spaces you can chill out in – from a multiplayer whiteboard, to drawing, minigames, and more! It’s currently in beta, and has a pretty generous free plan. Check it out.
  • Fonts are fun – paying hundreds of dollars for them . . . isn’t so fun. Velvetyne has many free open source fonts that are sure to spice up your project. Velvetyne has been around since 2010, with a mission to provide free fonts for anyone to use and enjoy. There’s some really wild ones on here – so if you’re looking to make a epic book cover or a wild landing page, this is a great place to start. Check it out.
  • Starting chapter 1 of your novel in a Google doc is a great start, but where do you go when you need to divide by chapters or scenes? INDE Writer is a powerful and comprehensive writing software that can help you take your craft to the next level. From scene separation – to launching your novel on Kindle, INDE has a ton of useful features. There’s a mobile app available too! You can try it for 30 days free or get a affordable one time license. No eternal monthly fees here! Check it out.
  • Get a deeper understanding of drum machines with Wambox. This free mini Drum machine allows for quick experimentation right in your browser! There’s a ton of beats outlined in the resource section that you can easily copy and modify. Once you’re satisfied with your your beat – download as a .wav file for use in your favorite DAW – or just take a screenshot of your pattern to replicate later. Over 25 simple kits are available! Check it out.
  • Gamestudio 2D is a free game engine and editor available for Linux and Windows. Create a simple single player game from scratch – from game assets to level design and UI. It’s really cool! Based on the Github commit history – new features are always being added too! Start building your next game today. Check it out.



An Amazing Fox

To the forest we go, with this adorable little Fox as our guide. Be wary of those flying robots though – I’m not sure they’re up to any good. Wait. What’s that over there by the rock door? It’s some kind of synthesizer from the future and a terminal with a website that can only be navigated by a clickwheel. Woah! Do we need to play a song to enter? We’ll try and figure it out! We may need to check the weather first and roll the dice. While they try and figure out the clues – we’re going to relax and play this fun little puzzle game called “Fast Flood.” Hold on – looks like they found something. The synthesizer is playing some sort of morse code. Time to get learning!




Ever wondered what kind of portfolio you should create? Should you go for some kind of “link in bio” site, a blog, or something a little more creative? I recently discovered several portfolio sites that are absolutely jaw dropping. First off – let’s take a look at Jesse’s Ramen. It’s an interactive ramen shop that looks amazing, sounds awesome, and tells us all about Jesse’s experience in different projects. It’s wild how many tiny details are featured on the site – I encourage you to try finding all of the easter eggs. The whole website is “in character” – with no “normal” website per se. It’s all in the context of the 3D experience – with the exception of the link outs. All in all, it makes for a totally immersive experience! Now – let’s take a look at Enric’s portfolio. This one focuses on the sheer joy of the 3D experience – ending in a simple link to Enric’s portfolio. The interesting part about this portfolio is that he impresses you on the front end – but leads you to a normal website experience for the “mundane” stuff. For someone hoping to contact Enric for work – this may end up being the easier medium. Jesse and Enric have unique ways of capturing the attention of web visitors. What kind of WOW feeling do you want your site to give?

That’s all for this week!

Thank you Ethan for submitting a gif! Let’s rock this week.

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