Redbox and No Chill | Brand New

Armin Vit on Brand New:

The old logo was an expected, acceptable, and decent evolution of the original Redbox logo. It sill wasn’t a great logo but it was properly executed and it shed the start-up-y vibe of the first logo. All Redbox had to do was stay the course and slowly implement the 2016 redesign unto the thousands of kiosks all around the U.S.. Instead, only a year after the redesign, they have changed to what is possibly the worst logo of the year.

What. Were. They. Thinking?!

Armin continues:

The way the letters touch is horrible, the slabs are clumsy, the “e” is wonky, and they have made the cardinal sin of the “db” pair, which is spacing them so tightly that they look like a penis.


A New Beginning

Fresh coat of paint and a new name

For a while now, I’ve been feeling like the name The Bold Report was too official for what I’d been writing. I’d always meant it ironically1, but I never felt like it come off that way. The logo was pretty bad too, with the word “Bold” in bold… real subtle Tim.

So I started thinking of a new name. I started writing down words that sounded like “me”. I even asked a few friends what words they thought of when thinking of me. I got some interesting responses.

Then, suddenly, like a opossum in the night, it came to me: Brightly Colored. If you know me in person, you’ll know that I’m constantly wearing bright colors. It’s a staple of my fashion sense. You’ll see me wear yellow shorts, bright-patterned socks, and shoes of all colors.

This name speaks to so much more than just what I wear, but I don’t want to bore you with the details. Just like The Bold Report, you’ll find my musings on a whole range of different things. I’ve brought over all of the archives, and I (hopefully) redirected all the RSS feeds. If you’re subscribed to the email newsletter, you don’t need to change anything either.

I’d love to hear what you think of the new site and name! As always, you can find me on Twitter or send me an email. Thank you for all your support.

  1. Much like The Colbert Report was. 

Jeremy Keith on Designing Websites for iPhone X

Jeremy Keith:

This could be a one-word article: don’t.

More specifically, don’t design websites for any specific device. That way lies pain (and it is not the way of the web).

Emphasis mine. I don’t plan on doing anything special for the iPhone X, just like I haven’t designed specifically for any device within the past five or six years.

And my goodness… that freaking notch. Hate it.

New York Knicks Trade Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City Thunder in Three-Player Deal |


The New York Knickerbockers announced today that the team has acquired center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and Chicago’s 2018 second-round draft pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for forward Carmelo Anthony.

“This is a deal we feel works for both this franchise and Carmelo. We thank him for his seven seasons in a Knicks uniform and all that he accomplished off the court for the City of New York by using his platform to address social issues,” President Steve Mills said. “We will continue to focus on this team looking forward towards the immediate and long-term future. As we have said recently, this is a new beginning for the New York Knicks.”

I thought for sure Carmelo Anthony was going to be stuck playing another sucky season for the Knicks, but boy am I glad that’s not the case. Carmelo Anthony is a highly underrated player. Phil Jackson took care of that.

Anthony’s play on Team USA tells me he can win with the right people around him though. I believe that’s the Thunder. I’d love to see the Thunder beat Golden State and for Carmelo to finally get his moment.

Reports: Dwyane Wade and Bulls to Part Ways, Cavaliers ‘Frontrunner’ to Sign Him |

Tim Reynolds for The Associated Press and

Wade and the Chicago Bulls agreed to terms on a buyout agreement Sunday, a person with direct knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press. Wade is considering several options, including a potential return to Miami or a reunion with longtime friend LeBron James in Cleveland, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the buyout has not been formally announced.

Wade will have other suitors, as well. ESPN reported San Antonio is a possible landing spot, and Oklahoma City…

This is a prime example of how playing for your hometown is not all it’s hyped up to be. Now that Dwyane Wade’s stint with the Bulls is over though, I’m excited to where he goes next.

Cleveland is the obvious first choice, since according to Wade, he wants to compete for a championship. Unless something were to happen to LeBron James, Cleveland will be coming out of the East. Oklahoma City has a very competitive team, but I’m still not sure they can beat Golden State. I’d love to see that though! Carmelo Anthony is highly underrated, with Phil Jackson having made things worse.

The other thing to consider is none of these teams have much to offer in terms of money. Miami is the only team that’s got some cap space to make a higher offer to Wade. I don’t see him going back to Miami right now though. I’m going to say Wade will sign with Cleveland.

Let’s see what happens.

Wirecutter, but for Everything | Wirecutter

Jacqui Cheng:

Since The Wirecutter was founded in 2011 and The Sweethome in 2013, we haven’t wavered from our mission to help people effortlessly choose and buy the stuff they need in order to live a better life. Until today, we’ve carried out that mission on two separate sites primarily covering tech and home.

…in October, we are retiring the names The Wirecutter and The Sweethome and launching a unified website in their place to be the definitive review source for our readers: Wirecutter.

I love The Wirecutter… well… Wirecutter now. It’s been the source of many great recommendations for me. For years, it’s been the first place I check before making a purchase. I’m happy to see Wirecutter evolve and continue with its awesomeness.

Courage by Marco Arment

Marco Arment on the iPhone X’s “notch”:

Many app developers are planning to hide the notch in the UI with black bars. But Apple explicitly says not to.

Apple just completely changed the fundamental shape of the most important, most successful, and most recognizable tech product that the world has ever seen.

That’s courage.

I see Marco’s point on Apple not going with the generic phone shape. The iPhone shape is unique and you didn’t want to lose that in its next iteration. Calling this notch “courage” however, is more than a stretch. It’s calling an undeniable misstep in design on Apple’s part, innovation. Defending Apple’s decision here is foolish and puts Marco’s taste in question.

My New Gig

What I’ve been working on lately

For the past month or so, I’ve been working as a designer and frontend developer for Mealthy. Mealthy is a startup company whose mission is make cooking healthier food easy. The site has tons of awesome and healthy recipes.

Soon, we’ll be launching the Mealthy SpiraSlicer® which is a 5-blade spiralizer that I’m sure you’ll want to check out when it goes on sale. In the meantime, you can look at some great recipes you’ll be able to make with it.

Now some fun facts from my first month:

  • I’ve closed 32 pull requests and was involved in some way in 85.
  • I have 77 commits to the repo and added more than 9000 lines of code.

I tried to figure out how many of the pull requests involved changes to SCSS, but could figure out how to do that.

I’m really proud of the work we’ve accomplished in just a month. I think the site looks great, and was eagerly waiting to show it off. A huge thank you to whole team at Mealthy who’ve been so welcoming to me and helped make this launch an awesome one.

Karolina Szczur: ‘Your Tech Job Posting is Broken’

Karolina Szczur:

Over a year ago I wrote on the subject of empathetic hiring and how we’re still failing to make it efficient, respectful and inclusive.

There are innumerable amounts of tech job postings. A good deal of them are gendered to favor male candidates, full of meaningless buzzwords and failing to picture what the job actually requires, let alone mentioning what you’ll get in return. We need to fix this.

As someone who just went through the process of finding a job, I couldn’t agree with Karolina more.

Making Videos on YouTube

Dear Reader,

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been writing on this site for a while. The reason is that I’ve started a new thing and while I get used to the schedule, I haven’t had the time to write much.

The new thing is a YouTube channel. I’d been thinking of doing video for a while, but was shy to be in front of the camera. Slowly, I’m getting more comfortable with it and talking as if I’m talking to the viewer.

What’s funny about all of this to me, is that I thought I’d learned how to do this for audio. I’d been told that I had a very natural radio voice and I mostly agreed. But video is a whole new beast.

This new YouTube channel will feature a lot of the same content I’ve written on here for the past three years. New technology I’m interested in, some Apple news, movie reviews, and the personal update every once in a while.

My hope is as I get my footing in video, the video content and written content complement each other. This way, if you enjoy one over the other, you’ll get your fix. For now, I’ll be focusing more on video and growing that. I really hope you come along for the ride.

In the new few weeks, I’ve got some interesting videos planned. Here a few:

  1. Photive PH-BTH3 Wireless Headphones Review
    I bought these headphones on Amazon for $40. I really wanted to find some cheap headphones for my Dad. I wanted to test them out to see if he’d like them. This Thursday, I’ll post my video review of them.

  2. Spider-Man Homecoming Review
    This movie comes out July 7th. Tobey Maguire was my favorite Spider-Man1 so I was skeptical to see how Tom Holland would do. His performance was excellent in Civil War, so I’m excited to see this film.

  3. Scooter/Gear Overview
    If you didn’t know, I recently got a scooter. I’m hooked. I love being on two wheels. Can’t wait to upgrade to a bigger bike. In the meantime, I’m planning a video on what I got.

Hope that get’s you excited enough to subscribe. I need 100 subscribers or more to claim a custom username on YouTube so your help to get there is much appreciated!

Before I let you go, here’s my latest video on the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock. If you have a new MacBook Pro, I recommend you watch it.

Thank you so much for reading. See you on YouTube.

  1. Don’t you dare judge me!!