"Findings"

CULTURALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY RELEVANT NEWS FLOATING AROUND THAT OUR TEAM FINDS INTERESTING.

 
Photo courtesy of dezeen.com

Photo courtesy of dezeen.com

meet the climate change credit card

Okay, so you have been bringing your own bags to Whole Foods and carrying around reusable straws in your bag… What’s the next innovation that’s honestly planet-savvy? If you are serious about limiting your impact on the environment, this new credit card might be perfect for you. The DO Black Credit Card, launched recently by a Swedish fin-tech company, associates each purchase you make on the card with the carbon footprint that expense created. Another bonus of using the card? You can actually set limits for yourself by using the card’s app and restrict yourself from going overboard with your impact on the environment by ~consumerism~ Oh, and the card is of course made of “bio-sourced material printed with ink made from recycled air pollution particles.”

Sign me up!

Read more here.

–Liz Burton, Manager of Candid Network

 
Image from    VICE

Image from VICE

how did that coffee cup make it into the episode???

Picture this.... you have the world's attention. You have created a television show that is at the peak of popular culture. 17 million people watched your last episode during the live telecast. Somehow everyone in 2019 is talking about your show that takes place in a medieval world full of dragons and magic and knights and monarchies. Yet.... you somehow left a modern to-go coffee cup in the middle of a scene of antiquated celebratory debauchery.

Sure it is funny to laugh at this mistake... this shortsighted mishap that somehow got past the producers, the director, the post production supervisor, the editor, the colorist, etc. etc. etc. But really, what does this say about our current attention spans? That not one person in the entirety of this multimillion dollar production noticed a Starbucks cup centrally located within the frame of this shot? Maybe this isn't just a cheap laugh about an anachronistic error within this television series. Maybe this is a call to all of us to pay more attention -- to put more time -- into the work that we do. Or maybe it was just a funny gaffe.

Read more here.

–Jonathan Godinho, Project Manager at Matte Black

Contents

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SPECIAL EDITION

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Death to Stock and the Shape/Shift Report created a ripping visual collection together back in September 2017. Well. We decided we wanted to do it again. The images that cover this month’s Identity Issue are available for download. Yeah— you can access the rights to use them for whatever, whenever.

Our very own Alex Tan was the Art Director and Photographer of this shoot. Click the header of this section to read what he had to say about his creative processes for this collaboration and how purposefully produced elements make each shot in this package unique.

— Shape/Shift Report x Death To Stock

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FEATURES

creating the perfect identity online is easy

Just be as selfish as you possibly can.

Instagram, Twitter, whatever. They’re all complex apps with their own respective advantages and disadvantages, yeah, but also like they’re all about the same thing. And that thing is: pleasing people. And rewarding you for doing so.

— James Royce, Writer

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FEATURES

How do you define identity?

I stopped four people on the streets of San Francisco and asked them about it.

— Rae Niwa, Writer

 
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FEATURES

we’re all a bit goth in some way

…You know who the moodiest people on the planet are, though? That’s right: goths. We’ve all felt a bit goth at some point, haven’t we? Yeah, because get moody. Goths are moody. You get moody. Anyway here’s a list of the different types of goths so you know which one to self-identify as next time you’re walking around with a frown.

— James Royce on behalf of the Team at Matte Black

 

FINDINGS

CULTURALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY RELEVANT NEWS FLOATING AROUND THAT OUR TEAM FINDS INTERESTING.

meet the climate change credit card

If you are serious about limiting your impact on the environment, this new credit card might be perfect for you. The DO Black Credit Card, launched recently by a Swedish fin-tech company, associates each purchase you make on the card with the carbon footprint that expense created.

how did that coffee cup make it into the episode???

Picture this.... you have the world's attention. You have created a television show that is at the peak of popular culture. 17 million people watched your last episode during the live telecast. Somehow everyone in 2019 is talking about your show that takes place in a medieval world full of dragons and magic and knights and monarchies. Yet.... you somehow left a modern to-go coffee cup in the middle of a scene of antiquated celebratory debauchery.

 

PODCAST

042 - Getting Your Art Out There with Steph DeAngelis

So you've been posting your art on Instagram...now what? We sat down with Steph DeAngelis, LA-based designer + illustrator who has worked with brand like Outdoor Voices, The Standard, and Man Repeller, to speak on the topic. Tune in to hear about Steph's creative journey, and her 5 tips on how to get your art out the wild, and the brands in your inbox.

SESSIONS by Matte Black