Beautiful typography (specifically that drop cap) on The New Republic
Instapaper’s first major update since it was purchased by Betaworks boasts many improvements. My personal favorite is the new typography controls (left). What more could you ask for?
The coverage of the update has focused on the new time-based filters (right) which I haven’t found to be all that useful yet. I think Betaworks overlooked a more common use-case (at least for me): wanting to filter down to unread articles.
'I find a newsletter personal — more personal than a blog,' Dougherty says. 'It is addressed to you. It’s also a ritual in a sense. I wanted it to have that feeling of, it’s coming to you in a place you’re going to check. This is an email that doesn’t ask you to do anything. A lot of emails come from your boss or a spouse or a parent and they’re asking for something. This just asks to be enjoyed.'
A solo home run: The Slurve is trying to build an authentic, profitable business around email » Nieman Journalism Lab. The Slurve is great, and I think this is why. (via ayjay)
This is what I want newsletters to feel like but the fact that they’re in the context of my inbox with all the other emails asking me to do something makes them hard to read an enjoy.
Comparing typesetting on Quartz and in The Economist.
For two competing services, Icebergs and Kippt sure have similar interfaces. Though the redesign is beautiful, I think I preferred when Kippt was designed to be a tool, not a platform.