Take ten minutes to improve your next year of listening

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Most podcast apps now come with powerful features that are easy to overlook, and all it takes is around ten minutes playing around with a new app to get yourself up to speed. …


While legacy publications rush to cover podcasts, independent publications have been documenting and celebrating its growth for years.

Podcasting started as a tiny satellite orbiting the binary stars of Radio and Internet, but over the years, it’s grown in size and influence. The increasing gravity of podcasts has pulled an impressive collection of media into a stable orbit, full of analysis, criticism, reporting, and conversation.

Consider this article…


The Art of Visual Content

And what to do instead

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Welcome to The Art of Visual Content, an ongoing series about connecting to your audience using visual creativity. The goal is to provide inspiration and practical tips for anyone looking to add more imagery and design to their work.

Using bland, overused images will signal something about your writing, and…


THE ART OF VISUAL CONTENT

Picking the brain of Bryan Ho from Startup Illustrated

Welcome to The Art of Visual Content, an ongoing interview series with creators who connect with their audience using visual creativity. The goal is to provide inspiration and practical tips for anyone looking to add more imagery and design to their work.

Singapore-based artist and entrepreneur Bryan Ho has successfully…


The Art of Visual Content

A series exploring how visual creators connect with their audience

This is the first of an ongoing interview series with creators who connect with their audience using visual creativity. The goal is to provide inspiration and practical tips for anyone looking to add more imagery and design to their work.

To kick things off with style, I caught up with…


Twitter’s acquisition of Revue could change everything

Substack has some serious new competition in the paid newsletter space with Revue announcing they were acquired by Twitter.

Revue has had some steady growth over the years, but this announcement has skyrocketed Revue’s placement within the calculus all writers have to make when deciding which newsletter path to…


Celebrate the places where writing meets art

If you pay attention, you’ll notice writers and indie creators using their own illustrations, drawings, or photoshopped images all over the place, and I am here for it. This intersection of writing and art is making the internet a much more interesting place.

If I had to guess, a general…


I listen to podcasts for many different reasons, but a sizable piece of my queue is geared towards learning about the world. Thanks to podcasts from this year, an unknown quantity of tidbits of knowledge are forever lodged into my brain.

Below are just a few of these that I…


Meet the unsung hero of modern podcasting: the illustrator

No matter how beautifully sound designed or researched a podcast is, a listener’s first impression nearly always begins with the art. And while every podcast these days has cover art, a growing number of podcasts are also investing in episode art. Episode art can be an effective way to set…


Our favorite illustrations tell a story about the power of art

As part of my research for a recent story on episode art, I created a collection of my favorite examples of this kind of work. Consider this your invitation to appreciate pieces created by the unsung heroes of the podcast team: the illustrator.

I have been stopped in my tracks…

Erik Jones

Writing about podcasts, science, and visuals. hurtyourbrain.com for podcast recommendations and thefeaturedimage.com for showcasing visual content.

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