Tiny Awards, Emily Segal and Teal Process & Company
I walk with Uno before sleep. It is a recent habit — an invitation from the summer heat. Our first destination is the fig tree down the street. When Uno stands on my shoulders, we can pick the hard-to-reach purple figs. Afterward, we continue to one of the many lemon trees. “Look, an excavator color lemon,” Uno says, pointing out the yellow lemon from the green.
When we moved to Athens in November, the bitter oranges stole my attention: their fragrance hung heavily and heavenly over our street. Since then, I have learned they are called Nerantzia in Greek, and I’ve learned to spot the mimosas, lime, pomegranate, olive, medlar, and the flowering rubber fig that also cast comforting shadows on our street.
Still, there are the pink, purple, and white flowering trees whose names I want to learn. And all the plants and trees I pass over. The flora is unlike anything I’ve lived in before. It will take time before I sing their names.
Before the heat arrived. Matt from Web Curios (favourite newsletter) and I launched Tiny Awards, a small celebration for the small, playful and heartfelt internet. The reception took us by storm. We received more than 300 submissions, and for a period, we had more than ten thousand daily website visitors.
To accommodate the vastness of the entries, we gave our esteemed selection committee more days to pick their favourites. They told us that it was an almost impossible task, given the quality of the submissions. Thank you, internet. You are incredible. Now, please cast your votes so we can honor the winner and publish all the submitted sites.
Somewhere Always is a poetry form.
The Password Game in case you didn’t encounter it.
There is no page fold is a short scroll.
For anyone online, Emily Segal is a common name. But despite her influential containers like K-Hole, normcore, Nemesis, and Deluge, I never looked closer at her journey until Charles Broskoski, one of the many co-founders of Are.na, decided to interview his influences, starting with Emily.
It also has to do with identity and life path, which are things I struggled with from the beginning. I’m in these corporate settings, but is this really who I am? Am I an artist? Am I a writer? Can those things work together, or not? — Emily Segal
Yatú and Norm are the founders of Teal Process & Company, an operation that is easy to admire and hard to understand. In the interview with Laurel Schwulst, they continue the surreal play of nouns and verbs, being and becoming, that is present in the interview with Emily Segal, and they end with a conversation about what websites can be.
Yatú: At first, I didn’t want to define Teal. But Norm said it was important to define it. The vastness is Teal’s character. Teal is sometimes considered “the gray of color.”
Norm: We added “Process & Company” to the name because we wanted to communicate how things came to be through documentation (“Process”), and we also wanted it to be real and legitimate (“Company”).
Yatú: The other meaning of “& Company” is the “company you keep” — being intentional about the people you share time with.
Ten years ago, famous and semi-famous people forwarded prompted emails from their archives to ten thousand subscribers. Unfortunately, I was not one of the subscribers. In fact, I didn’t even know about this project until Elan brought it to life.
It’s funny that we call it an “email archive” given how rarely we ever revisit it. It is merely a way to relieve the apprehension we have around deleting—enabled by the near infinite space that our email providers afford us. — Elan Ullendorff
Tiny Awards Nominees
(we)bsite, A Friend Is Writing, A Walking Poem, Acronymy, Bird Game, Brr, Himmel über Karlsruhe, Interdependence Online, MeatGPT, Ohh! Directory, Prose Play, Rotating Sandwiches, Solar Protocol Exhibition, the html review #2, User Sentimental Experience and Wild Heart Homestead.
These are the nominees for the inaugural Tiny Awards. Help us find the winner by casting your vote.