10 DUMBO Tech/Design/Media Blogs To Read Right Now

DUMBO is home to a myriad of fascinating companies and thinkers— we're always tapping into our neighborhood for insights and ideas. Whatever your interest, chances are someone in DUMBO is writing about it! Here are ten DUMBO-based blogs covering tech, media, art, and education to get you started.

Vice
Vice: Motherboard

What we're reading: The Internet Was Built on the Free Labor of Open Source Developers. Is That Sustainable?

A look at the complicated business of funding open source software development. Read the full story here.


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Songkick

Songkick is your home for live music, covering everything from fun music-related articles to gigs, venues, and albums.

What we're reading: Songwriting Tips: Embracing Boundaries and Scarcity To Unleash Creativity

Though most people know that more doesn’t necessarily translate to better in life, it’s a notion that still somehow needles its way into the psyche of many songwriters. If you’ve ever found yourself waiting to create the music you know you’re capable of making, it could be because you’re holding out for things to get bigger and better in your career. Don't! Read the full story here.


Amplify Blog
Amplify

Amplify offers education strategy to educate both educator and parent alike, with aasy-to-consume opinion articles, insight, tips, and curated material to enhance educational impact.

What we're reading: Close Reading: A Job Requirement

Remember, close reading isn’t just a skill for school. Close reading—and its fraternal twin, writing designed to elicit a reaction—are necessary for just about any job–even some that might surprise you. We use close reading to run campaigns, drum up business and more. Read the full story here.


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Flocabulary

Flocabulary offers 800+ educational videos with a hip-hop twist, a free 60-day trial, as well as specialized and timely lesson plans. Here we have news, updates, and educational tech tips straight from Flocabulary HQ.

What we're reading: Flocabulary and Black History Month: Teacher-Tested Best Practices

Flocabulary looked at their compilation of Black History Month content, and took it one step further, asking real-life teachers for ideas and tips. Starting broadly and working into more specific applications, these are some best practices for using Flocabulary to teach Black History. Read the full story here.


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Aragon Advertising

What we're reading:  How To Boost Your Affiliate Sales With Content Marketing.

It’s easy to get started with content marketing without sounding sales-y by adopting an audience-centric approach. When you share your own perspective and experience, you’re communicating in a genuine way while sharing products that are helpful to your audience. Read the full story here.


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Big Duck

Big Duck has a brand building and communication blog for non-profits

What we're reading: Resolve to modernize your media relations efforts—and get better results—in 2019

Media relations isn’t a priority for most nonprofits and foundations—and it’s easy to understand why. Nonprofits don’t exist to grab sexy headlines. Instead, they’re working to solve complex problems and (hopefully) change the world. As a result, most of your resources and staff are rightfully dedicated to carrying out your mission and raising the money needed to solve these problems. But while nonprofits have other priorities, they still need to have a thought-out media strategy. Read the full story here.


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Magenta

Magenta is a blog for people who think about the relationship between people, technology, and design like it's their job. It is curated by the editorial team at Huge.

What we're reading: Should Logo Designers Fear the Internet’s Id?

Whether or not a brand will choose to reinvent itself is never certain. What is certain is that when the rebrand does come, the Twitter backlash will be swift, and just as often, fueled as much by the internet’s collective id as legitimate criticism. Ask Slack. When it unveiled its rebrand a couple weeks ago, the loudest criticism of the new Pentagram-designed logo was…well, not exactly family friendly. Read the full story here.


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Prolific Interactive

Prolific Interactive is a mobile design and strategy agency, provides application development consulting services to business

What we're reading: Email Scrubbing: When to Say Goodbye to Disengaged Users

I’m not in a position to tell you how to evaluate your romantic relationship, but I do know about managing email lists, and I can say that sitting on an email database often feels like being in a long-term relationship — and similarly, it’s easy to get complacent. After all, you have the commitment, the numbers look good on paper, so why fix something that isn’t broken?. Read the full story here.


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BioLite

BioLite is on a mission to bring energy everywhere.

What we are reading: What it's like to Live & Work as a Digital Nomad

The New Year is a time when many of us reflect on work/life and the possibilities ahead; for those who might be considering van life or a more mobile lifestyle this year, BioLite has rounded up actionable tips from three digital nomads. They’re living life on the road and off the grid and have some honest advice on the reality of the daily hustle. Read the whole story here.


Artificial Intelligence
Pixlee, Inc.

Pixlee's mission is to enable brands to celebrate and market with the voice of their own customers

What we're reading: Three Artificial Intelligence Trends Marketers Should Watch in 2019

In 2018, AI became better at learning language, processing speech, and assisting workers in various industries. It’s being used to enhance cloud computing, streamline peer-to-peer networking, sift through content, and deliver ads more effectively. In the year ahead, existing AI capabilities will continue to improve and entirely new ones will emerge. Read the full story here.