Photo-illustration where a portrait of Mark Zuckerberg has been manipulated by stretching skin, to imply close-up pornographic images, where human flesh covers the entire image frame.
Illustration by author, based on portrait photo by JD Lasica

For the past few weeks I’ve noticed a larger influx of porn spambots in my inbox. In light of recent reports about Facebook’s fiddling with “potential reach” numbers, an odd design change became apparent.

Facebook does filter these messages quite successfully, as such. They are presented as message requests. The…


Let’s start out with some bad news. The set value of your attention is zero. Throughout the years, attempts have been made on the internet to monetise your attention (with ads) and pay you for it, they have seemingly all failed.

Historically, there was a trade, where a creator of…


An internet user at home, taking in the day’s news.

Back in the days of the anonymous internet, before social media, ubiquitous digital cameras and easy uploadability of your face, Troll meant something different.

Everyone online was a created character, with as much or little reference to real-life identity as each user wanted. Most of us were just handles.

In…


An Audience With Frank Murder

Frank Murder is a child of the hybrid street culture of the late 80s and 90s who’s been on the Reykjavík scene ever since. After growing up as a skater kid, making a name for himself as one of Iceland’s pioneering graffiti artists, and then a stint at art school…


Photo Courtesy of Floating Points

“Click, bleep, bzzzzzz, crrnnk…”

Our Skype interview with Floating Points begins on a note that clearly references early IDM, with choppy vocal samples and buzzing electronic noise. Sam Shepherd’s voice creaks through the speaker, affected by bad connection, and the fact that he just woke up. …


Photo courtesy of Johnathan Barnbrook

Jonathan Barnbrook is a London-based veteran designer, creating numerous iconic typefaces such as Priori and Mason. Over his long career, he’s worked with everyone from the Occupy group to Sydney Biennale to David Bowie. We caught up with him just before his appearance at last week’s DesignTalks.

Sveinbjörn Pálsson

Art Director, The Reykjavik Grapevine. Music, type design, pop culture.

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