It’s past time that we include protections for transgender people and their families. The Equality Act has been introduced by a bipartisan group of members of Congress. This legislation would “explicitly and strongly extend civil rights protections to cover LGBTQ people nationwide.” Learn more about the important protections it would provide on medium.com.
This video spot does a wonderful job focusing on the positive and spreading joy while spreading an important message. Check out the ad on thedrum.com.
Thinking about your next up-cycle project? Neither are we. But! Ikea has us super inspired (and wishing we were more handy with a hand saw) with these beautiful “wildhomes” they produced in partnership with Mother. Learn more about the partnership on thedrum.com.
The College Scandal Case reminds us of the important work that must continue to take place at American universities to ensure equal access to education, regardless of applicants privilege. As put by the US Attorney Andrew Lelling of Massachusetts, "There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy, and I'll add that there will not be a separate criminal justice system either.” Read more about this developing story at cnn.com.
As self-proclaimed documentary junkies, we’re excited for the film “Float” which introduces the world to an indoor sport that involves building and flying self-propelled model airplanes. Niche enough for you? The planes are beautiful, and also surprisingly soothing to watch float through the air. See for yourself at thisiscollossal.com.
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.