Monthly Digest & Bookmarks — June 2019

Originally published by Johann Schopplich

Halle (Saale) Nord
Senefelderstraße 7, Halle (Saale)

There was no saving on experiences this month. To sum it up, I wouldn’t even know where to start. It is the first time since the beginning of this blog that it feels like I have more to say & write than what I am coming to write down. I’m having a hard time sorting all my thoughts right now. 😊 That’s why I’ll simply leave it at an enumeration of the experiences that come to mind writing in this moment:

  • Worked through two whole weekends to advance a project (an app as a PWA implementing the marketplace model which is quite complex); learned a lot in the process. For the first time, I not only worked on the design and frontend, but also on the backend and payment provider integration. Made our backend API more readable, built-in client-side caching for API requests, etc.

  • Visited my brother in Halle. These were wonderful days when we went to the cinema with John Wick 3, feasted in probably too many cafes, updated each other on what’s going on in our lives & heads, got weird ideas and philosophized the same time. As always. On the day of my departure, we visited a Vietnamese restaurant, where we gave a worthy conclusion to our time together. 👇

Konrad Schopplich
My brother and I obviously enjoyed ourselves. 😋
  • So my brother and I were sitting with the Vietnamese, at a wooden table. I had already decided on my drink and dish. Not yet him. While he was looking, I pulled out my camera and put him in my visor. A few times the shutter sound clicked. Konrad looked up and had to smile first, then laugh. I was surprised that he laughed so intensely, but thought nothing of it.
    What I only learned afterward – by clicking the shutter multiple times the guests behind me became attentive and glanced towards us. Of course, they met Konrad's gaze, while I didn't notice any of it. They laughed, he laughed. And I kept going. So one of the last photos in the series was this one, which I like very much.
Wedding Photography
My friend was very happy with the wedding photos I shot. As a graphic artist with a critical eye, her word counts and I can happily accept it.
  • A friend, who is also my colleague, approached me a few months ago and asked me if I could imagine being the wedding photographer for her wedding. With the prerequisite of being able to photograph freely (i.e. without expectations), I gladly agreed. At the end of this month, the time had come. It was a beautiful wedding, emancipated from social conventions. My favourite picture. 👉

  • As for my monthly project… I didn’t accomplish to continue writing even one paragraph for my children’s book. I would have liked to have seen more productivity. But there was so much going on that I simply didn’t even have one evening to write for myself. Which is fine.
    So maybe in July?

June Bookmarks

Useful Resource of the Month

Every Layout — Every Layout is here to help you learn (or relearn) CSS layout, using simple components (primitives) and a compositional approach. Understand and harness the power of modern CSS and the algorithms that power it.

Code Snippets & Projects

Web Design Eye Candy

Under Norway

Under — A restaurant five and a half meters below the surface in
Norway, exposing you to the wonders beneath the sea of the North Atlantic Ocean in Lindesnes, Norway.


Boston Society of ArchitectsReshaping our carbon footprint. What will it take for Boston to become carbon neutral by 2050? A story by Randa P. Ghattas AIA.


Common Ground Project Melbourne

Liminal — A space in between a cafés and market places, wine stores and event spaces. Simply delicious food that reflects the seasonality and goodness of the products they source from local small-scale growers and producers.


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