Wow! Now this puts emoji art to shame!

It’s like writing at school: In English class you’d write in your book and you can’t erase what you’ve written. It’s easy in Microsoft Word to be so pedantic and look at a blank screen. With typewriters, there’s more permanent to what you put on paper. Sometimes that leads to more creative outcomes because you can’t delete what you’ve put on the page. The whole process of making the art in itself, you have to think.

Drawing with a typewriter is one of the only ways of making art where you use both hands: You’re typing and you’re moving the cartridge at the same time. If you’re on location, you’re looking at what’s in front of you. I hope that if typewriters make a resurgence, it’s because it’s an analog way of creating something — be it a written piece or drawing. 


James Cook, a 24-year-old artist from Essex (U.K.) uses typewriters to create some amazing artworks. He should be a good role model for any one of us who falls in the trap of thinking about a new tool — a new camera, a new lens, a new pen, new paper, new ink — as an excuse to procrastinate about creating. Since Cook has about 30 typewriters, I am not saying you shouldn’t be acquiring different tools. All I am saying is don’t use tools as an excuse to not create.

I enjoyed this interview with Cook, about his creative process. Highly recommended!

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Spotify continues its global dominance, adding 27 million net subscribers between Q1 2020 and Q1 2021, more than any other single service. However, it lost two points of market share over the period because its percentage growth rate trailed that of its leading competitors.

Google was the fastest-growing music streaming service in 2020, growing by 60%, with Tencent second on 40%. Amazon continued its steady trajectory, up 27%, while Apple grew by just 12%.

Google’s YouTube Music has been the standout story of the music subscriber market for the last couple of years, resonating both in many emerging markets and with younger audiences across the globe. The early signs are that YouTube Music is becoming to Gen Z what Spotify was to Millennials half a decade ago.

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Facebook might be the biggest social platform, but it is on the outs with Gen Z. I wonder if Spotify will find itself in the same place in a few years? Despite owning the iOS and Mac platforms, Apple Music is, at best, an average performer. It would be interesting to see how they eventually do in a few years. In case you are wondering, Others include Deezer, Pandora, Yandex, Netease, Tidal, Qobuz, and more.

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When platforms mediate work – whether delivering food, driving cars, or being an influencer, trouble is only under the surface. And despite all the hype, the red hot creator economy is in middle of a crisis, notes its biggest (and best) proponent, Li Jin. This is worth a read — it is a long one, but worth the time.

Just as the gig economy mode of work brought about negative consequences, strong parallels are emerging between the gig economy and creator economy, rooted in the commoditization of work and erosion of worker leverage.

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