Bryan Ho — How to Make the World Weird Web More Fun & Creative (#45)

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I think a lot of our relationships in life are defined by proximity…how close are you to the bubble of the work you’re producing?

Bryan Ho

This conversation is for nerrrrrrrds.

Today I’m joined by Bryan Ho! (@foundbryan) Bryan is a web designer from Singapore. His web design firm, Gumbr, puts creativity and interactivity back into the web. He also illustrates and writes Startup Illustrated, a visual newsletter bringing timeless business principles to life.


Bryan Ho on Twitter

Startup Illustrated

Gumbr – Bryan’s web design agency

In this episode we cover…

  • – Bryan’s web design agency, and how the internet weird the internet used to be (6:00)
  • Facebook’s not what it used to be (14:00)
  • Making the internet more interactive (17:00)
  • How to make websites fun, weird, and efficient (22:00)
  • Facebook is the entire internet for a lot of people and that’s sad (31:00)
  • The internet is young (36:00)
  • The Space Jam website is still online, thirty years later (38:00)
  • “Most people’s intro to coding: Neopets source” (40:00)
  • New web design trends (45:00)
  • An oral history of Startup Illustrated, Bryan’s super cool project visualizing principles of business and life, part 1 (48:00)
  • Does SEO matter? (56:00)
  • Paul Graham, how cities whisper certain messages (1:00:00)
  • Echo chambers and bubbles (1:03:00)
  • Serendipity works tangentially (1:05:00)
  • An oral history of Startup Illustrated, Bryan’s super cool project visualizing principles of business and life, part 2 (1:11:00)
  • It’s okay to self-promote (1:22:00)
  • Why do corporate art styles feel fake? (1:30:00)
  • Is personal branding as authentic as we think? (1:35:00)
  • Networking is flawed (1:40:00)
  • Value. What is it? (1:43:00)
  • Flow (1:51:00)
  • THE FINAL QUESTION (1:56:00)


Gumbr (Bryan’s design agency, super cool)

Startup Illustrated

GeoCities (old internet)

RuneScape (culturally irrelevant since the death of wildy)

Club Penguin

Paul Graham

Paul Graham – Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule

Jack Butcher

Please enjoy!

Cheers, and here’s to your good health.

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