I mentioned last week that there are likely some important local elections coming up near you. We’ve got a big City Council election coming up on November 2nd in Livonia, MI, and similar elections around the state. While I’m working with my local Dems club to get some good, progressive candidates elected in my city, I’ve also been teaming up with the folks at a small local agency—The Guerrilla Politic—to help get folks elected in surrounding communities like Dearborn, Westland, and even Detroit.
The first candidate is Jon Akkari, who’s running for Dearborn City Council. I worked up a logo, website, and some walk lit for Jon, which I recently wrote about on my blog.
There’s a bunch more stuff in the works for local candidates, which I’m excited to share (as soon as it’s out in the wild for them). I’ll do similar write-ups for them, so expect to see those in the coming months.
Although the design work takes up some time on nights and weekends, I’m thrilled that I’m able to help out good people doing good work around my area. It’s also a good chance to exercise design muscles that would otherwise atrophy. It’s been a hot minute since I cracked open Adobe InDesign, but the walk lit was my favorite project so far. Plus, I learned how to properly add right-to-left languages like Arabic to a print piece, which isn’t as simple as it should be in this day and age.
Some Interesting Things
This LEGO work from Ekow Nimako is outrageously good. One of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time.
One of the uncoolest things I’ve seen in a while: Jason Fried wrote about some changes they’re making at Basecamp. It reeks of privilege. And the whole “we treat our company as a product” angle is just wrong. What kind of argument is that? If the world has taught us anything, it’s that treating everything as a product and something for privileged white tech bros to fix is going to fuck over a lot of people. Basecamp’s relatively small, so it’ll only fuck over a handful of people that don’t fall in line to Fried and DHH’s new vision, so win for them, I guess? The first bullet point is all about abdicating responsibility within the society in which you operate and profit, and it goes on from there… I have a lot of thoughts on this, but a lot of other smarter people than me do, too. Go hunt around Twitter if you want better takes than mine. See also: Coinbase and Webflow.
There are a lot of good ideas in these 99 bits of unsolicited advice from Kevin Kelly. Like all advice, though, your mileage may vary.
One of my favorite groups is Sylvan Esso (who’s making an appearance in a few ways on my playlist this week). If you haven’t watched their WITH LOVE concert yet—which is free on YouTube—then get on it. It’s one of my favorite things every. What an amazing collection of musicians.
Finally, a classic article (which I’ve probably linked to before) from Liz Danzico. What’s your favorite email sign off? Respond to this newsletter and let me know—preferably after telling me about something good that happened to you this week. I need a little positivity right now.
The Regular Communication Playlist
Here are the songs keeping me going this week. Follow along on my official Spotify playlist.
- Sylvan Esso is great. And Ferris Wheel is one of my favorites.
- The live version of No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley & The Wailers is still one of the greatest recordings ever made. It’s hard not to believe it when he says everything’s gonna be all right.
- Dream in Color by Cordae popped up in a playlist the other day and it’s been on repeat since.
- Speaking of Sylvan Esso, Jenn Wasner’s song Two is a good introduction to Flock of Dimes. Jenn played on the aforementioned Sylvan Esso concert and her new album is excellent.
- For something a little heavier, enjoy the first track off of System of a Down’s first album: Suite-Pee. I remember playing this cassette over and over on a family trip up to Traverse City when it first came out and it’s still one of my go-to albums for getting out a little rage.
- And, just about the complete opposite… Bless the Telephone by Labi Siffre is one of the sweetest songs ever.
Have your own favorite songs? Reply to this email and share them, I’m always looking for new music to enjoy.
And a quote to send you off, this time from Jason Santa Maria via Twitter:
How is there not a design instructional book named “It Depends”?
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