In 2019, it was estimated that Fiverr is worth almost $1 billion dollars. Impressive for a gig platform ostensibly offering services for as little as five dollars, no? But look just beneath the surface and one finds that Fiverr, like most multi-million dollar enterprises, is a platform built upon the…

British ship “Investigator” in Arctic ice during Robert McClure’s search for Franklin’s expedition. (Source: Britannica)

SSeeking gold and glory, leaving weathered, broken bones / And a long-forgotten lonely cairn of stones.” So sang Stan Rogers of the Northwest Passage, the English moniker for a long-theorised western sea route to Asia. Sought as early as 1000 C.E., when Viking navigators started trading with Inuit tribes following…

Back in 2020, I wrote about what makes Fiverr a hellscape. With how hard it works to assert its primacy among low-cost/low-quality platforms, it’s easy to assume Fiverr is the only platform that matters. But there is a whole industry out there of sites that take money away from workers…

J. K. Rowling’s at it again, folks. This time taking to Twitter to conflate trans women with rapists in order to criticise Police Scotland’s move to recognise trans identity among offenders. With it came the typical support from the privileged cisgender users who view Rowling’s Tweets as a game; encouragement…

Ernest Cox, the man that raised the impossible.

No one noticed that Rear Admiral von Reuter was in full battle dress. Yet on the 21st June 1919, he pinned his medals to his chest and stepped onto the deck of the Emden. His orders had been carried to the other seventy-three ships by the Royal Mail — the…

Discovered in 1898 by Marie and Pierre Curie, radium is an element that is extracted in trace amounts from uranium ore that, despite being radioactive, quickly became a sensation. America in particular adopted radium as a premium product of its day — a single gram could cost as much as…

Is there any exchange between freelancer and client more ingrained than the dance around the subject of budget? A creative has asked how much you can spend on a project, what do you do? You don’t tell them, of course. Instead, you request their rates. Once they tell you, you…

Geoffrey Bunting

Designer, writer, and historian. Founder of Geoffrey Bunting Graphic Design (geoffreybunting.co.uk).

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