Stories from around the web that found our fancy

At Paper Planes, we love to read — and we’re consistently drawn to great stories centred around design, books and culture. Today, we’re launching a new series ‘Things to Read’ where we’ll share with you the best stories, from around the web, that we’ve read recently. Enjoy.

How Peppa Pig became an LGBTQ icon
This Vox story looks at how the British 4-year-old anthropomorphic pig, who has taken over the imaginations of kids (and adults) in recent times, has become a pop culture icon — particularly for the LGBTQ community — via memes on Twitter and TikTok videos. Read it here.

Should There be an Emoji for Everything?
In the last two weeks, the internet has been graced with designs for new emojis and a redesign of the Unicode website (the non-profit that’s responsible for approving the design of emojis). Fittingly, this piece in The New Yorker dives into how we use emoji, why some proposals are rejected, and why it’s always going to be a talking point. Read it here.

The Meaning of All Caps — In Texting and in Life
Why does it seem like you’re shouting when you type in all caps? This piece in Wired looks at the fascinating history of block letters. As Gretchen McCulloch, the writer, reflects: “The ’90s version of ‘Oh my god, my boss doesn’t realize that periods are passive-aggressive’ was ‘Oh my god, my boss doesn’t realize that all caps is shouting.’” Read it here.

A Writer’s Fixation on Sound
“The sound of words often hits faster than sense,” says American author R.O. Kwon. In this story from The Atlantic, Kwon speaks of the relationship of rhythm to writing and how she stopped obsessing over the first 20 pages of her new novel, The Incendiaries, which took 10 years for her to finish. Read it here.

Tetris Effect
The joyously addictive game that captured our attention on Game Boys has a new avatar for the 21st century. This in-depth piece, published in the latest issue of Disegno, examines how Tetris has affected our minds and how Tetris Effect — a new game for Playstation 4 — puts these neurological effects into play. It’s thrilling, especially if you’ve ever played (any version of) the game. Read it here.

VSCO Makes A Sophisticated Photo App. The $500 Million Startup Wants To Be More Than That.
The app, well known among millennials for photo-editing features, has had its ups and downs. This Forbes piece goes behind the scenes with the founders, understanding their vision for VSCO, how it got here and where it wants to be. Read it here.