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AKA our blog, in which we talk about design, technology, inclusion, and anything else we’ve been thinking about lately. Oh, and adorable cephalopod stories, because they make us happy.

Date Published
9 August 2021
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3 minute read

Let’s not go back to normal

Everyone’s talking about going back to normal. But is normal the right goal? We have a rare opportunity to redesign our lives. What could we be doing better?

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Date Published
31 March 2021
·Reading time
3 minute read

Moving slowly and (not) breaking things

On collapsed ceilings, why living in Portugal will teach you patience, and why we’ve been working on our latest product for a year.

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Date Published
2 February 2021
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3 minute read

Hooray! Everything is terrible.

Why we all work better together when we contribute complementary skills, and why critical optimism is the best of all possible worldviews for our times.

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Date Published
31 December 2020
·Reading time
4 minute read

The year in review: 2020

Our first full year of business! Of course, we picked the messiest one we could find. We didn't accomplish everything we'd planned, but we made it through in one piece, which feels like an accomplishment on its own.

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Date Published
31 October 2020
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4 minute read

A watched employee never boils

Employers are warming up to the idea of remote working, but not everyone is quite ready to trust their employees fully. Instead of resorting to privacy-invading software, it's time to update how we think about our productivity.

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Date Published
12 August 2020
·Reading time
5 minute read

How to mute a mic in six months

For a relatively simple app, Mic Drop took a lot longer than you might think to build. It turns out that there's a lot more to simplicity than there seems—and audio, in particular, is especially complex. Matt explores beneath the surface to share what we've learned from our first foray into macOS app development, from a (mostly) technical perspective.

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Date Published
30 June 2020
·Reading time
2 minute read

The Remote Meeting Etiquette Guide

With the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, it looks like remote working may be here to stay—which means lots and lots of Zoom meetings. Since video calling is our new normal, it’s time we had an etiquette guide for our post-COVID world. Spoiler alert: keep your trousers on and mute your mic.

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Date Published
29 April 2020
·Reading time
3 minute read

Say hello to Mic Drop!

Mic Drop is a little app for your Mac that makes it super easy to mute (and unmute!) your mic, using a global shortcut or a menu bar control. It's also our very first app, so please forgive us if we use too many exclamation points.

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Date Published
13 January 2020
·Reading time
4 minute read

The year in review: 2019

A little late, but there’s no expiration date on thoughtful reflection, right? We take the opportunity to review our first (short!) year in business: what we accomplished, what we didn’t, and where we’re headed next.

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Date Published
22 November 2019
·Reading time
4 minute read

Making ethics the beating heart(s) of our business

Saying you're all about ethics is one thing, but actually quantifying it and holding yourself accountable is another thing entirely. Let's get specific about what "ethical business practices" actually means.

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