Whether you are for or against the death penalty, we should all be aware of the ways that willful and unconscious bias affects felony convictions, as the death penalty is applied more often to people of color and those with mental disability. Read more about California is grappling with this issue on npr.com.
Bruce Friedrich used to tell people about the lives of livestock animals in hopes that they would give up meat out of moral obligation. Now, he wants to sell them better alternatives. Not sure he’ll be able to replace our daily pastrami on rye lunch order, but we’ll give him a chance. Read his full story on nyt.com.
We’re glad to see Dick’s sporting goods CEO Ed Stack continue to act on his commitment to sensible gun practices. Stack recently signed a letter supporting a universal gun control bill that recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and joined the business council of Everytown. We hope more businesses join Dick’s Sporting Goods in taking responsibility for how the products they sell are used out in the world. Learn more at adage.com.
These powerful photos by Rosalind Fox Solomon demonstrates the important role of photography and visual storytelling in facing our country’s past. “Finely attuned to dog whistles and soul claps, to the space between self-image and self-awareness, Fox Solomon reveals the majesty of the mundane, the campy insouciance of sincerity, and the queasy recognition of the darker forces of American life at play.” See the full story at featureshoot.com.
In California, a bill now making its way through the California State Legislature would seal the criminal records of former inmates who have misdemeanor or lower-level felony records to the public. These records often make integrating back into civilian life nearly impossible, since many employers discriminate against job-seekers with records (regardless of how long ago or small the charge). See newyorktimes.com for the full story.
Ever wanted to see your pencil broken down into little rectangles? Well, now you have. The creative design team Studio Drift has produced a series of sculptures breaking down everyday, mundane objects such as lightbulbs and bicycles into their fundamental elements. The project aims to build better awareness around the material costs of the things we use and ultimately dispose of. They are also just neat to look at. See for yourself at thisiscolossal.com.
These portraits of openly transgender members of the U.S. military shine a light on the human face behind the hotly contested (and ongoing) discussion around transgendered people serving in the military. This powerful photography project reminds us all that there is much more at stake than mere political “wins” or “losses”. Read the full story at featureshoot.com.
The women’s workplace nonprofit Catalyst has created a Slack plugin that points out unconscious gender-bias in conversations on the app at work. Language is important, and projects like this reminds us all that the wrong words hurt. Read more at adage.com.
Interesting read from AIGA Eye on Design, investigates how businesses that are integrating creative design strategies into their overall business practices are becoming leaders in their field. Sounds about right to us.
Wells Fargo’s recent “Re-established” re-brand campaign aimed at rebuilding relationships with their customers that were damaged after their shady business practices came to light after the Great Recession. However, a brand’s story only works when it rings true. Now, reports are being made that employees continue to be pressured to meet ambitious internal performance goals, sometimes at the detriment of clients long-term financial health. Vox.com brings you the full story.
These photographs by Adam Pape show a side of New York City we know and love. It’s not all flashy lights and yellow taxi-cabs … “It is a portrait of New York that natives know, that curious netherworld between day and night where nothing is quite what it seems. Here Pape takes us on a journey into the heart and soul of Manhattan’s outer limits.” Check out the whole story on feature shoot.
In a field that can be exclusionary and competitive, it’s important to amplify diverse voices. We love this article from AIGA Eye on Design that talks to women of color in design about their experiences, and explores how we can all create learning and professional environments that fosters growth for the whole community, not just the privileged few.
Humor and play in design breaks us out of the ordinary - beyond what’s sleek and flashy and back to something uniquely human: laughter. Sometimes the best problem-solving comes from tackling a problem backwards. Starting with “the most incorrect, disastrous way” can “reveal all sorts of truths that wouldn’t be considered normally.” Check out how designers today are taking silliness seriously at AIGA Eye on Design.