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Howdy friend,

Welcome to the first Friday Finds of 2022!

2021 was one of the most exciting and productive years I've had in a long time. The latter half of the year was a blast, and I'm excited to use that momentum to continue learning, building, and sharing in the new year.

But before I leave 2021 in the rearview, I thought it would be beneficial to review the goals I set out for myself and take a look at the year's accomplishments.

I put together an article with all of the details, but if you'd rather have the TL;DR, check out my Twitter thread for the highlights.

I have a lot of ideas for this community — you'll want to stick around to share in the fun this year. I hope 2022 is your best year yet, and I wish you all the success in the world.

High fives,

Matt Downey
@buildyourbridge

What designers, educators, and writers want to see in 2022

AIGA Eye on Design asked Isometric Studio, Dori Tunstall, Neville Brody, Briar Levit + more what they want to see in the new year.

Figma Academy

Learn advanced design tactics with hands-on lessons delivered directly inside of Figma.

A brief history of MTV IDs and the impact they've had on the creative world

MTV IDs "encapsulate where design and animation thinking is at that moment in time; they're incredible snapshots of design culture and artistic expression, they are like history lessons."

Nas selling rights to two songs via crypto music startup, Royal

The songs – "Ultra Black," off Nas' 2020 album "King's Disease," and "Rare," from 2021's "King's Disease II" – will be available as "limited digital assets", which the company describes as an "extended version of an NFT."

OpenSea raises $300 million in a round led by Paradigm

OpenSea is now valued at $13.3 billion after investors injected additional capital during its latest round of funding. In December alone, OpenSea catered over $3.2 billion in transaction volume.

An introduction to cryptocurrency wallets

A lot of people still ask me about wallets and the best way to store crypto and NFTs. This article is a great primer on the subject.

Shipping creative work

"This is not the same as being creative. In fact, they're very different skills and emotional mindsets. All humans are creative. Sometimes."

My 3 words for 2022

The My Three Words idea is simple. Choose 3 words (not 1, not 4) that will help guide your choices and actions day to day. Think of them as lighthouses. "Should I say yes to this project?" "Well, does this align with my three words?"

Why today's "mentorship programs" mostly fail women in tech (and how to improve them)

An interview with Ellen DaSilva about her journey from banking to Twitter to Hims and now, her own NewCo.

Friday Finds #5

@buildyourbridge

Build Your Bridge is from Matt Downey — a creator helping other creators productize their services, build value through reputation, and generate self-sustaining income.

This week's featured NFT project is Alpacadabraz.

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