AROUND THE BREW ☕
Put down the pencils, tablets, and keyboards – the entries are alllll in are our latest contest. We’ve received so many awesome submissions – from music to art, gaming, poetry, and more! Here’s a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our A Spark of Life contest. We can tell you’ve all been drinking a lot of delicious coffee – you’ve all worked really hard! Now – if you didn’t get a chance to participate this time, you can still vote for the winners in each category. Head on over to the Events channel in the Discord to check out all the submissions and vote! We’ll be announcing the winners in the next few days.
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A DASH OF SUGAR 🍬
- Shopify is getting into the Link in Bio game with Linkpop. With Linkpop, you can create links to your website, social profiles, and everything else you want your audience to check out. It also integrates with Shopify’s checkout system – which is a really nifty integration. If you wish to sell products directly to your audience, you could start with Shopify Lite – and embed them directly into your Linkpop page. Check it out.
- Trying to put a presentation together on Powerpoint or Google Slides can be a real pain in the neck, especially if you’re trying to be creative. Tome is a brand new storytelling tool that might just do for presentations what Notion has has accomplished for the productivity space. There’s a ton of cool features, like tiles, web embeds, interactive elements, and more. Check it out.
- Have you ever wanted to combine the art of programming and the act of creating music? Program your next piece in the Melrose language. It’s a coding language made specifically for creating MIDI sequences, loops. and other musical objects. It could be a great way to explore new musical ideas as you tweak different sequences of notes. There’s a online playground you can check out, or add it directly to Microsoft Visual Studio. Check it out.
- If you have a portfolio of great content – you need to keep track of it! With Gondola, it’s as simple as pasting a link, entering a few details – and boom – you’re done! Gondola also serves as a searchable database for finding other creators on social media. Want to find creators to chat with who live in your home town? You can easily sort by engagement, keywords, credits, or other filters. Check it out.
- You know that moment when you open your favorite design app, and your computer slows down to a snail’s crawl? Sometimes you just want to throw your laptop across the room. I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of personal cloud computing, but never taken the time to figure out how to set it up. Neverinstall is a new cloud computing service that promises to supercharge your apps. It supports Chrome and several other apps at the moment, but Figma, Gimp, and Blender are coming soon. Check it out.
- Your website is just a template and a few edits away. Create your site today.
- Make that awesome website with D and interactive elements. Go to WebFlow.
- Want to sell shirts or hoodies with your designs on them? Society 6 is the way to go. Start selling now.
A BIT OF CREAM 🥛
Sometimes I wish I could live in a place that was as stylized as this little 3D city block. Don’t you? Heck, I’d even take all the gas pumps with nice little splashes of color. Add in a few aestheticc alleys like this brooding neon nightmare, and now we’re cooking! If you haven’t seen the new Unreal Engine 5 Enemies demo yet, watch it when you can. Unreal 5 is going to be crazy! It’s the future of gaming – but let’s step back into the 90’s and play this pokemon style “Pokete” in the terminal. Heck, we could even fork our own version! Maybe some Zelda in the terminal? Here’s some nice cafe music and ambience while you work. Last – but certainly not least, make some really fun experimental patterns with this little drawing tool. Trust me – you’ve never seen a drawing tool like this!
THE BEANS 🌱
- Take a deep dive into Synthesis for music production.
- Learn how to create a city background for your manga or cartoon.
- Create your first landing page in HTML
- Now style that landing page you just built with CSS
- Unity Game Developer at Synthesis – See the listing
- Animation Apprentice at Duke and Duck – See the listing
- Content Writer at Notion – See the listing
Every website takes you on a journey through copy or design, but it’s not often that you have the opportunity to take a digital drive. First, let’s take a look at Ariel Roffe’s website. It’s a Pokémon style website (complete with music) that lets you explore Ariel’s work and resume. Roffe’s website is unique in that it allows you to read short summaries within the context of the game – but all the “meaty” long content lives on normal webpages on the same domain. Bruno Simon’s website has a similar interactive concept. You drive a little car (with fun mini games available) through Bruno’s portfolio. If you click on anything – it links out to a external site. The fun part about Bruno’s site is that you may totally forget about his portfolio – and just drive around like a maniac knocking over everything. It really goes to show just how much detail he put into the site, and acts as a strong testament to his Three JS skills. Both websites do a fantastic job of getting visitors to spend a long time on the site – learning about the creators and their projects. What can you do to encourage website visitors to explore your website and have fun?