Welcome to my first Design Digest, a new regular roundup of the latest news and resources for modern creatives. Every Thursday, I’ll be sharing with you news from the tech world, makers worth watching and design resources that rock.
Tech News You Can Use
Are you using the Social Warfare plugin on your website? Might be a good idea to catch up on the latest security issues and vulnerabilities plaguing this and another handy plugin. Pinterest is going public and there is a lot of talk about what it actually is. Is it a social platform? A visual search engine? Here are two takes, one from the New York Times and another from The Verge.
Am I the only one perplexed by the MailChimp breakup with Shopify. I know a ton of makers who rely on both, so this is big news. It’s messy. Looks like there’s some privacy issues involved and this: Mailchimp just bought an e-commerce platform too. Never heard of Lemonstand? Me neither.
Makers To Watch
Ok, here’s what you came here for. Here are some makers that you need to watch. They’re doing things and doing things well!
Gray Magazine featured Fernweh Woodwork last week and I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THESE CHAIRS! I’m planning a full interview with Justin Nelson, founder of this Bend, Oregon-based studio. It’s the kind of chair that makes you want to sit and contemplate life with a warm cup of Earl Gray. Discover Fernweh here.
I took my weekly dip into the Dezeen pool and found these bowls by architect Frida Escobed and textiles from Apparatus to be worthy of a second look. The bowls were made for made for tequila brand Maestro Dobel and handmade from rainbow obsidian. New York-based Apparatus does a lot of incredible work, as you can see from their website. These stunning textiles celebrate creative director Gabriel Hendifar’s Persian heritage.
Get lost watching the Raleigh Denim Tiny Films series. It’s a great way to see why handmade denim is so worth the pennies. I’m a bit obsessed with their Chore coat right now. I need this in my life. If you’re looking for a great podcast, try Clever’s interview with artist and designer Zoë Pawlak then check out her incredible art here. For more textiles, ikat weaving is on display over at Cool Hunting. The detailing is amazing!
Lee Coren has textile wall art! Because her vegan handmade bags and accessories are not amazing enough, Lee had to go and add these lovelies. I’ll have a comprehensive review of her new goodies soon. Until then, enjoy.
I’m a bit obsessed with non-alcoholic spirits right now. I discovered Seedlip last year and now I can add Ellie Webb’s Caleño to my collection. Discovered via The Dieline, this new Juniper & Inca Berry beverage sounds like a winner and the branding by Design Bridge is fire.
Here are some freebies: Anson is a free bold geometric typeface from London’s Hanson Method. Looks like a great font for posters and maybe a branding project. Here are two great free mock-ups: a stationery mock up from Free Design Resources and this poster template from my favs over at Mr Mockup.
Lastly, here’s one more free font: Aintonio. Because you can never have too many handwritten scripts, can you? Have a maker to share with me? Some cool design news? Leave a link below or drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org