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MAEKAN's Weekly Podcast exploring the latest news in creative culture.

MAEKAN's Weekly Podcast exploring the latest news in creative culture.
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MAEKAN's Weekly Podcast exploring the latest news in creative culture.




MAEKAN It Up — #078: Pizza could save the world and millennial burnout

Charis and Eugene discuss Don Norman’s concept of how pizza could save the world—metaphorically speaking—as pizza is a way to view and solve problems. They also talk about millennial burnout and why the generation born between the early 1980’s and late 1990’s experiences errand paralysis, engages in self-destructive behaviors, and have tough mental battles to wage. 00:07:57 Pizza solution 00:20:47 Millennial...


MAEKAN It Up — #077: Virtual influencers and big tech growth

Eugene and Charis discuss the new hit app Zepeto and how the virtual avatar platform can lead to the continued rise of virtual influencers and digital exclusives in consumer goods. They also talk about the non-stop growth of big tech and the ongoing relationship individuals must navigate with technology. 00:09:45 Virtual influencers 00:23:41 Big...


MAEKAN It Up — #076: The future book and the comeback of physical books

Eugene and Charis talk about how the future book is already here even though its form may be different from what we expected. They also discuss the comeback of physical books, in part thanks to social media. 00:15:57 The future book 00:30:03 Book resurgence Links: What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a...


MAEKAN It Up — #075: Creating projects inspired by heritage and airlines for millennials

Eugene and Charis talk about a Nike football shirt created in collaboration with The NATIVE and use that subject as a launching point for discussing projects done well that are inspired by heritage. They also discuss why Air France’s airline Joon, which targets millennials, isn’t working and what could possibly make airlines more appealing when you control for price and schedule. 00:17:13 Heritage projects 00:33:25 Millennial...


MAEKAN It Up — #074: Better native advertising in podcasts and the Tumblr NSFW content ban

Eugene and Charis discuss how advertising on podcasts can be done well and what makes an ad work particularly well for specific podcasts. They also talk about the effects of the recent Tumblr ban of NSFW adult content and how the internet is continuing to shrink—to the detriment of all of us. 00:11:34 Podcast advertising 00:33:05 Tumblr’s NSFW ban Links:


MAEKAN It Up — #073: Fashion profiling in Cambridge Analytica data and Amazon HQ2 gentrification

Eugene and Charis talk about how Cambridge Analytica data found that fashion profiling reliably showed political leanings and what that means for fashion brands. They also discuss Amazon HQ2 being built in Queens, New York and Crystal City, Virginia and what that means for those neighborhoods in the context of gentrification. 00:11:42 Fashion profiling 00:29:41 Ethics of gentrification Links:


MAEKAN It Up — #072: Craigslist decreases waste generation and Rookie Mag closes

This week the discussion revolves around the impact of Craigslist on decreasing waste production and the possibilities for encouraging a wider culture of reusing and sharing items. Tavi Gevinson writes a heartfelt Editor’s Letter to explain the end of Rookie Mag. Eugene and Charis discuss how to stay true to personal interests while remaining responsible to others. Links


MAEKAN It Up — #071: Forbes 30 Under 30 and NASA-inspired products

Eugene brings up the subject of the annual Forbes 30 Under 30 in relation to the feeling of envy. He and Charis talk about under what circumstances envy can be good and bad. Charis points out the constant stream of NASA-inspired apparel and considers whether more can be done for women in STEM. Links What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based...


MAEKAN It Up — #070: The business of background music and nanoinfluencer marketing

This week Eugene looks into the business of background music and the art of curating audio qualities that’s appropriate for brands and spaces. Charis discusses the shifts in the influencer economy towards nanoinfluencers and considers how this changes the prospects of influencers at various levels plus the actual overall effectiveness of these tactics. Links


MAEKAN It Up — #069: Special episode recap of the Unexpected Connections conference

Unexpected Connections was a conference hosted by Imprint and MAEKAN which happened November 7, 2018 in Long Beach, California. In this episode, Eugene and Charis discuss what went well, what could be improved on, and what lessons they’ve learned. Unexpected connections are the simplest way of describing creativity. In its most basic form, it’s pattern recognition, and at its most complex, it’s a tangled web that humans have become surprisingly great at deconstructing. The conference brought...


MAEKAN It Up — #068: Studying the impact of design on business and an algorithm for making fragrance

Charis expresses interest in a McKinsey study that analyzed copious amounts of data over the past 5 years to determine what impact design decisions have on business performance. Eugene wants to talk about the algorithm IBM and Symrise, a major fragrance company, developed specifically for making new fragrances. 00:13:23 Design impact study 00:27:30 AI-created scents Links:...


MAEKAN It Up — #067: Photoshop on the iPad and myths about the Chinese art market

Eugene is interested in considering whether the new full version of Adobe Photoshop on the iPad with cloud syncing capabilities might change the ways people create. Charis wants to talk about the Chinese art market and how what it looks like on the surface isn’t a good indicator of what’s really happening. 00:23:19 Photoshop on the iPad 00:35:05 The Chinese art market Links:


MAEKAN It Up — #066: How to fix fashion and giving entrepreneurs money

This week Eugene looks into the current state of fashion as described by 36 industry people in an article published by Elle. He and Charis dive into the perception of fashion as a superficial area of interest and discuss the possibilities of fashion with regards to identity and depth. Charis describes the competitions being organized by African governments that award money to entrepreneurs. These competitions are intended to encourage business innovation and to create jobs. 00:12:40 Fixing...


MAEKAN It Up — #065: Low-Tech Magazine’s low-tech website and Banksy’s self-destructing art

Eugene is interested in talking about the efforts of Low-Tech Magazine to reduce the energy use required to access their content by building a low-tech, self-hosted, and solar-powered website for themselves. Charis comes to the podcast wanting to talk about Banksy trolling (or possibly being in complicity with) the art world by orchestrating the self-destruction of his painting right after it had been sold at auction by Sotheyby’s for $1.4 million USD. 00:12:40 Low-tech websites 00:26:30...


MAEKAN It Up — #064: Too many video games and in praise of mediocrity

This week Charis discusses the landscape of video games and how many more new games have come into being over the past four years. How has this affected the video game industry and what does the future of it look like? Eugene wants to talk about an opinion piece written by Tim Wu that praises the pursuit of mediocrity in certain areas of life and the practice of having hobbies. 00:12:28 Indiepocalypse 00:28:38 Hobbies and mediocrity Links:...


MAEKAN It Up — #063: Performative well-being and the diminishing marginal value of aesthetics

Eugene brings up the subject of the OSTRICH PILLOW HOOD Kickstarter as a way to talk about the use of products to perform individual pursuit of well-being. Charis discusses a report titled "The Diminishing Marginal Value of Aesthetics" published by Subpixel at length as a way to talk about visual culture and the challenges creators face. 00:20:00 Performative well-being 00:27:25 Diminishing marginal value of aesthetics Links:...


MAEKAN It Up — #062: Defining authenticity and social credit systems

Eugene and Charis discuss what "authenticity" means. They take a look at authenticity in food culture specifically and then expand on the subject to look at authenticity more broadly. Charis and Eugene also discuss the social credit system being adopted in China and the implications of it on real people. 00:11:49 Authentically What? 00:26:00 China's social credit system Links:


MAEKAN It Up — #061: What analytical media can teach and an online museum cataloguing analog sounds

Another long intro in part because Charis is moving to London. Feel free to skip ahead to the middle point of this episode when Eugene discusses the importance of analytical media in connection to an op-ed written by Lawrence Ware about The Source magazine. Charis' topic this week is about the online museum called Conserve the Sound which carefully catalogs images and audio snippets of analog items. This topic leads into a larger discussion about what is conceptually lost when new technology...


MAEKAN It Up — #060: Community-driven publications and the Kaepernick Nike campaign

An eventful week of news leads to an eventful (and long) series of discussions. This episode covers three things that happened: The Outline’s most recent round of layoffs leads to a freelancer boycott of the publication, The New Yorker announces Steve Bannon as a speaker at their upcoming Festival and then rescinds their invite after Twitter outrage, and Colin Kaepernick is revealed as the face of the 30th Anniversary “Just Do It” Nike campaign. 00:03:11 Recent The Outline layoffs 00:16:48...


MAEKAN It Up — #059: Art in space and better cybersecurity

This week’s intro is a long one and covers Kindles, reflections on death, and some discussion of what’s recently been published on MAEKAN. The main topics for discussion are the purpose of art in space and ways for companies to incentivize better cybersecurity. 00:16:48 Art in space 00:26:00 Fortnite encourages cybersecurity Links: