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HUMAN BY WONDERLAND #14
A newsletter about design and creativity, and how they contribute to a better world.
Welcome to Edition #14 of HUMAN, our second edition for 2022!
At the start of this year, we had two new hires- Silvie and Janina - join the Wonderland team, and we’ve asked them to write up how their first month has gone, as well as what they’re most looking forward to moving forward! We’ve also rounded up our usual collection of internet favourites and shared the latest from our Sustainable Digital Design platform, as well as a few stunning photos by Dmitry Kokh of the polar bears who’ve taken up residence in an abandoned 1930’s weather station on Kolyuchin Island.
New year, new Wonderlanders
At the start of the year, we welcomed Silvie and Janina to our team. Silvie has come on board as a senior designer, bringing with her a wealth of experience in digital design, while Janina is our newest client manager.
Maersk has launched the world’s first offshore electric vessel charging station.
Are you familiar with Arive? It’s similar to services like Gorillas, but for brands.
The betrayal of the Frank family is one of WWII’s most well-known stories. Now, thanks to technology, new evidence has arisen as to who the traitor was.
Unveiled in New York, the Fashion Sustainabiliy Act will make major fashion brands accountable for their role in climate change.
In a similar vein, Burberry has signed a £300M loan linked to sustainability.
Valuing Nature Conservation quantifies why we should protect our natural capital
Hoda Katebi is on a mission to abolish sweatshops, especially in fashion.
Curious about what a tennis court and the Great Barrier Reef have in common?
A few double-decker busses have been redesigned to help the homeless.
The latest from Sustainable Digital Design
We know that our last Caught our Attention post was also about our Sustainable Digital Design platform, but we’re just so damn excited that it’s up and ready to be shared with the world! That’s why we wanted to share what we’ve been working on since you last heard from us. Since we shared Edition #13, we’ve posted a three-part blog series to help people on their sustainability journey when it comes to developing and designing sustainable websites. The easiest place to start is the beginning, so we prioritised information that would be valuable from day one, rather than starting somewhere in the middle!
Part one, aptly named Size Matters, focuses on the resource-cost of running a website, and how each and every request made on the site is received, processed, and stored somewhere. Through this lens, we outlined a variety of changes that can be implemented - such as resizing images and reworking the workflow for static site generation - to contribute to a more sustainable digital experience.
Part two examines the influence tracking technologies can have on a websites environmental footprint, as well as outlining a range of solutions to reduce this impact and alternative tools that are more sustainable options. As an example, Plausible’s analytics script weighs just 1 KB, 45 times smaller than the Google Analytics Global Site Tag!
Our final instalment, part three, focuses on the hardware itself. Unfortunately, the most power-hungry elements of any website are the screen, networking, CPU, and GPU. As a result, it’s important to monitor them as much as possible to ensure both site efficiency and environmental sustainability. Thankfully, we’ve got a few solutions for you to explore in the post.
Be sure to check out Sustainable Digital Design, especially in the coming weeks and months as we ramp up the amount of content, information, and experiments we start sharing with our readers!
Sometimes, the coolest things to look at are what nature creates for us, rather than something we create for ourselves. This week, we wanted to share some natural beauty - with a touch of human involvement - with Dmitry Kokh’s series of endearing polar bears who’ve taken up residence on Russia’s abandoned Kolyuchin Island in an abandoned 1930s weather station.
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