Kaitlyn Tiffany

The Verge


  • Culture Reporter at The Verge and Co-Host of Why’d You Push That Button.
  • Previously worked at Kitsch Magazine and the Cornell Daily Sun.
  • Has a BS from Cornell in Sociology. Also, we’re a little confused if this Jake Gyllenhaal newsletter is a thing but cool.
This font you know from old pulp novels is all over new books

Jan 17

An approachable-witchy 1938 typeface is the hand-cut, calligraphic answer to colder modern sans-serifs. Welcome to Noticed , The Goods’ design trend column. You know that thing you’ve been seeing all over the place? Allow us to explain it. What it is: Lydian is a “humanist” sans-serif typefa...

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Why Gillette’s toxic masculinity ad is annoying both sexists and feminists

Jan 15

The Procter & Gamble-owned razor company used its Super Bowl ad to weigh in on #MeToo. Do brands have beliefs? This is a question we’re forced to ask today thanks to Gillette’s latest commercial. It was created by the New York-based ad agency Grey and is called “We Believe.” And what the cen...

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Spotify’s most personalized playlist is now for sale to brands

Jan 11

Discover Weekly was a triumph of algorithm and curation, and now it’s an ad product. Spotify is now offering brands the option to sponsor Discover Weekly, its signature customized playlist that updates every Monday for each user. It is supposedly one of the most popular features among both the pla...

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Apple is selling fewer iPhones than it would like

Jan 3

Maybe upgrading your phone just isn’t fun or cool anymore. It’s a new year, and we are all excited about it. New is good, “level up,” clean slate, and so on. Actually, we’re all liars! Our passion for newness is a facade, as proven by the fact that we are apparently all clinging to our dus...

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The perennial debate about whether your phone is secretly listening to you, explained

Dec 28

It’s true and it’s not true, and it also doesn’t even matter. Three years ago, on the way to my apartment in Brooklyn to cook dinner for myself and a friend, we stopped into a grocery store that offered build-your-own six-packs of beer. The store had dozens of options of craft beers and ciders...

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Can Vans really sue Target for a cheap look-alike of its most famous skater shoe?

Dec 26

The lawsuit accuses Target of trying to borrow the brand’s street cred. Target’s Gen Z-focused, ’90s-inspired Wild Fable brand launched this fall, offering Instagram-friendly mix-and-match separates in an inclusive size range. All pieces were priced at under $40, and they were introduced to sh...

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Meet the people who love Furbys even 20 years after their peak

Dec 21

A Furby with a monocle is having a picnic with a Furby who has a cocktail umbrella punched through her straw hat — she has no hands to hold up her own parasol. Elsewhere in this corner of the internet, a Furby with homemade arms decorates a Christmas tree. A different Furby reclines on its crudel...

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The golden age of celebrity apps is over

Dec 20

The Kardashian-Jenner clan are shutting down all of their subscription-based apps, effectively ending an era. There are more than 2 million apps available in the App Store, so maybe you will feel that a eulogy for the four whose deaths were announced Thursday — the Kim Kardashian West App, Kourtne...

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How the internet got so boring: Everything runs on ads and Drake

Dec 20

End-of-year data hauls from the major social platforms show a whole bunch of sameness. At a store in the mall nearest my apartment, there is a T-shirt for sale that reads “Kiki doesn’t love you,” paired with a frowning emoticon. I’ve thought a lot about how bizarre it is that a single lyric ...

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How pimples, poop, and brain goo became the hottest toys of 2018

Dec 19

Why shouldn’t games be as gross as our bodies? Life on earth is revolting, and no aspect of it is more undignified and disgusting than having to take care of a body, particularly your own. “Who is it doing all this for, if not for me?” novelist Sheila Heti wrote about her body this year. “An...

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Everything Amazon did in 2018 that you might have missed

Dec 13

Sifting through thousands of words of Amazon press releases. Amazon — a $1 trillion company so multifaceted and bizarre that it challenges the definition of the word “company” — did many things this year that a lot of people cared about. It conducted a year-long “search” for an American ...

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Gillette owner Procter & Gamble is acquiring one of its razor startup competitors

Dec 12

Just like rival Unilever did with Dollar Shave Club. Procter & Gamble has acquired Walker & Company — creators of Bevel, a grooming line marketed to men of color, and Form, a hair care line marketed to women of color — Walker & Company founder Tristan Walker announced Wednesday morning. Though t...

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The SoulCycle of fertility sells egg-freezing and ‘empowerment’ to 25-year-olds

Sep 11

Gina Bartasi, CEO of Kindbody, is trying to create a cult following for her clinic. She’s using the tactics from SoulCycle and Drybar to do it.

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Sorry to Bother You gets everything right about the horrors of viral fame

Jul 24

The film, a wild writing and directing debut from The Coup frontman Boots Riley, is a radical statement about capitalism and the internet long before the big twists hit. Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson star in a story that’s somewhere between a grim scie…

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The new musical Emojiland is deeply concerned with emoji angst

Jul 19

Emojiland, a new “textistential” musical playing at the New York Musical Festival, echoes The Emoji Movie and Inside Out in worrying about how emotions feel emotions. But it doesn’t answer the important question: why are writers so obsessed with the ways abst…

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The robot dogs I have loved the most

Mar 18

A brief history of friends

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Courtney Barnett floats off into space in Need a Little Time

Mar 16

Courtney Barnett is an Australian singer and songwriter who is a personal hero to many — and not just when she is wisely putting on a space suit and launching herself out among the stars to avoid an unpleasant conversation.

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The worst girl at every SXSW party was me

Mar 15

Dispatches from SXSW parties thrown by Tumblr, Pandora, Vox, and a random cryptocurrency company

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Upgrade is set up as a colorful near-future thriller, but it’s actually pure body horror

Mar 13

A wild collaboration between Blumhouse and the creator of the Saw franchise, Upgrade premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

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How the director of Social Animals made a documentary about teens and Instagram that doesn’t suck

Mar 12

Jonathan Ignatius Green’s first feature-length documentary is a compassionate look at the highs, lows, and burgeoning norms of adolescence on the internet

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