How do employees feel about returning to the office? Insider wants to know.

Nike will soon require workers in its Beaverton, Oregon campus to work three days a week in person. Getty/Natalie Behring Offices are starting to reopen across the US. Insider wants to know how employees feel about returning to work and how the process is going. Fill out this Google Form to share your experience for an upcoming story. See more stories on Insider's business page. Offices across the US and around the world are reopening. As vaccination rates increase and COVID-19 cases ...
Tags: Work, Design, Office, US, Trends, Tech, Nike, Pwc, Retail, Survey, Apparel, Beaverton Oregon, Shoshy Ciment, COVID, Getty Natalie Behring

Fidelity, Non-linearity, and the Double Diamond

I’d recently shared the Design Council’s new Systemic Design Framework work, including a wholesale upgrade for the Double Diamond model that’s well worth your time. Having been a fairly vocal critic of the @designcouncil Double Diamond, it’s brilliant to see the work @catdrew_ et al have put into completely repurpose it into this, the Systemic Design Framework.It’s not an evolution, it’s a massive upgrade. (1/n)— John V Willshire (@willsh) May 1, 2021 Mathieu aske...
Tags: Design, Time, Marketing, Brighton, Fidelity, Andy, Buxton, Mathieu, John V Willshire, Zenko Mapping, Alastair Somerville, Workbook Buxton Greenberg, Paul Laseau, Stuart Pugh, People Low Fidelity

Lois Lew, The Woman Who Mastered IBM’s 5400-Character Typewriter

“Spinning continuously at a speed of 60 revolutions per minute, or once per second, the drum measured 7 inches in diameter, and 11 inches in length. Its surface was etched with 5,400 Chinese characters,⁠ letters of the English alphabet, punctuation marks, numerals, and a handful of other symbols. How was the typist in the film able to pull off such a remarkable feat of memory? … This young woman was a virtuoso.” – Fast Company
Tags: Art, People, Ibm, 05.17.21, Lois Lew

Executive Director

Antenna is seeking a full-time executive director for its office in New Orleans, LA. An ideal candidate will possess knowledge and experience in contemporary art and artist-run spaces, an exceptional capacity for strategic direction, and willingness for on-the-ground action. Antenna is a leader in its home community, therefore a solid grounding in racial equity and social justice and a sophisticated approach to community engagement and partnership are a must. The executive director will collabo...
Tags: Art, Jobs, New Orleans, Antenna, New Orleans LA, Greater New Orleans, Public Administration, St Claude Avenue Paper Machine, Thon Additionally Antenna, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Antenna Gallery, Antenna 's Search Committee, Art Business Administration

A Design Challenge To Densify Los Angeles

“The challenge is a conversation starter and design exercise. It’s also a needed counter to commercial real estate developers, whose ideas of density tend to be based on a single principle — how many dollars they can squeeze out of every square foot — with little regard for green space or other community needs. (Case in point: those sad, blocky duplexes and triplexes jammed into islands of tree-less concrete.)” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Visual, 05.17.21, Densify Los Angeles

Can The Golden Ratio Predict Hit Musicals?

You can imagine my astonishment when, early one morning, my calculations revealed that within Les Miserables, the principal characters of Fantine, Eponine, Gavrosche and Valjean all died on or very close to a golden ratio point. Further analysis revealed that major changes in the story line (matching to within less than 1%) coincided with all 16 golden ratio points. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Theatre, Les Miserables, Valjean, FANTINE, 05.14.21

Despite Best Efforts, We’re Still Terrible At Predicting The Future

“When you aggregate hundreds of predictions, the result is a special, concentrated kind of wrong. Everyone was trying their best, and everyone missed. And these 40-year-old predictions don’t seem wrong in the fun, steampunk way that, say, late Victorian predictions of personal blimps or hot-air-ballooning robots might seem wrong. They’re just saggy middle-aged predictions.” – Wired
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.17.21

Why Workers At The Walters Museum Are Organizing A Union

The goal is to form a wall-to-wall union representing workers in nearly every aspect of museum operations. “We’ve got conservators, we’ve got people working in security who are on the floor, we’ve got frontline workers, educators, administrative staff,” says Elizabeth Norman, an Assistant Manager of Gallery Experience in the visitor experience department, one of the organizers. “There’s just a huge variety.” – BMore Art
Tags: Art, Visual, 05.14.21, Walters Museum Are Organizing A Union, Elizabeth Norman

At The Ballpark, In The Concert Hall, A Crowd Feeds Off Itself. But At 25% Full?…

“You don’t feel part of a crowd,” said Michael Howell, a season ticket holder for 40 years. “It’s more like a movie theatre where you’re all watching the same event. But you don’t feel a common purpose like you do when a sports crowd is really excited.” – WBGH
Tags: Art, Issues, Michael Howell, 05.13.21

Words to live by: Don’t shoehorn grand opera

The return to the stage (though not their own) of the Met and of Opera Philadelphia, along with a streamed Aïda from the Paris Opera, have a few lessons for us. – David Patrick Stearns
Tags: Art, Philadelphia, Ajblogs, Aida, Paris Opera, 05.18.21

The Guardian Newspaper Was Founded The Year Napoleon Died. It’s Been A Singular Enterprise Ever Since

Its history is peppered with financial crises and near-death experiences. Perhaps it was placed on earth to make “righteousness readable” (in the centenary words of Lord Robert Cecil), but the paper has nearly always struggled to make it remunerative. – New York Review of Books
Tags: Art, Words, Napoleon, Robert Cecil, 05.27.21

It’s A Golden Age For Chinese Archaeology. Why Isn’t The West Paying Attention?

Chinese archaeology has a very different history from Egyptian archaeology. It has largely been done by local, Chinese archaeologists, for one thing; it was not an imperialist project. And it was also tied, early on, to nationalist claims of identity. – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Visual, 05.11.21

How The Met Opera’s Telemarketing Strategy Backfires On Itself

“Dialing for dollars may be a skill that some sellers of products and services profitably employ. But when it comes to deepening a level of patron loyalty that would get a major cultural institution out of a pandemically induced shutdown, it’s done more harm than good.” – David Rohde
Tags: Art, Music, 05.12.21

Android 12 will get an extensive, flowery redesign, according to massive leak

Android 12 is set to get a redesign, according to the latest leak, including everything from the way notifications are shown, to the look of the keyboard.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Design, Trends, Leak, Android 12, Google I/O 2021

How The Golden Globes Brought On Its Own Demise

“The association has long been considered corrupt by critics and other members of the press, but that’s not what people are really mad about. The HFPA now faces the most serious crisis in its 77-year history because a bunch of separate Hollywood factions led by a lightning brigade of entertainment publicists finally decided to call out the organization they’ve grimly tolerated and secretly hated for so many years under the guise of pushing for more progressive politics.” – New York Magazine ...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Hfpa, 05.14.21

Simon Rattle Asks UK Ministers For Help With Brexit And The London Symphony Orchestra

Brexit regulations are not great for the LSO, which had 99 tour dates booked in Europe before the pandemic canceled them all. “It’s all so obviously ludicrous, even in the area of haulage regulations. Touring concerts have to be planned in a different way – the truck has to return to England after two venues – we cannot go from one country to another.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, England, London Symphony Orchestra, LSO, 05.16.21

The Mystery Man Who Now Controls The World’s Largest Classical Music Management Company

After wresting control of IMG Artists in an internal power struggle, Russian-born tycoon Alexander Shustorovich has kept the agency alive through the pandemic to become the world’s largest manager of classical music talent. – Billboard
Tags: Art, Music, IMG, 05.13.21, Largest Classical Music Management Company, Alexander Shustorovich

And The Dylan Thomas Prize Goes To

Raven Leilani for Luster, her debut novel (which was also awarded the admiration of former President Barack Obama, but that’s a different kind of prize). – LitHub
Tags: Art, Barack Obama, Words, Raven Leilani, 05.14.21

Chicago Had The Most Radical Advice Columnist Of The Roaring ’20s

That is, the ’20s that were a century ago. Princess Mysteria’s columns in The Defender “presented a stark contrast with other advice writing of the time, and not only because white advice columnists tended to toe a racist line when it came to matters of segregation and racial hierarchy, and rarely printed letters from Black correspondents. The columnist believed in women’s capacity for independence, and she addressed topics other columns wouldn’t touch, including premarital sex, rape, and abort...
Tags: Art, Chicago, Words, 05.16.21

QOTD: Will Foxconn Make Fisker’s PEARs?

Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Technology Group, announced that it signed a development and manufacturing agreement with Fisker. Foxconn is one of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers, and producer of Apple’s iPhone. The cryptocurrency of car makers, Fisker has nothing to show for five years of existence. They’ve not produced anything in five years […] The post QOTD: Will Foxconn Make Fisker’s PEARs? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Apple, Asia, Design, Technology, Jobs, China, Global, Bailout, Green, Industry, Engineering, Electric Vehicles, Emerging Markets, Autos, Manufacturing, Export

Katherine Barber, Founding Editor Of The Canadian English Dictionary, 61

The woman who entered “jambusters” in the (well, her) dictionary read popular novels and listened to parliamentary debates to find the most Canadian English in the country. “To hunt for Canadian entries and the distinct Canadian meanings of words, Ms. Barber partly relied on a technique long used by Oxford. She assembled a small army of freelance ‘readers,’ who pored over catalogs, newspapers, magazines and almost anything else they could find for distinctive Canadian words. Ms. Barber always t...
Tags: Art, People, Barber, 05.16.21, Katherine Barber

Sole traders: how sneakers became as collectable as art

Sale of Kanye West’s 2008 Grammys pair for $1.8m heralded era of investment grade trainersTo most people they just look like a pair of trainers or sneakers, but for Gerome Sapp the Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes represent a watershed moment in design and modern commerce. “If you’re a sneakerhead, you know that sneaker,” says Sapp.The art market is paying attention, too. The shoes, co-designed by Kanye West and worn by him to the Grammys in 2008, became the most expensive ever sold when Sapp’s compa...
Tags: Fashion, Design, Life and style, UK News, US news, Kanye West, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Women's Shoes, Grammys, Sapp, Sotheby, Nike Air Yeezy, Men's Shoes, Rares

What Happened To AT&T’s Big Warner Media Plans?

They evaporated in the span of three years. One of those was an extremely weird year, to be sure, but three years. “AT&T found itself stretched financially as it simultaneously tried to build a nationwide 5G telephone network while ramping up spending for its year-old streaming service, HBO Max. The proposed deal with Discovery comes just three months after AT&T spun off another troubled asset, El Segundo-based DirecTV.” (But, says the LA Times, the deal will “reshape Hollywood,” again.) – Los ...
Tags: Art, Hbo, Hollywood, Uncategorized, AT T, LA Times, DirecTV, 05.16.21, Big Warner Media Plans

There’s A Brief Post-Lockdown Window For Britons To See Their Museums Devoid Of Tourist Throngs

And that seems like something to celebrate, and take advantage of, to a lot of museum directors. “We know that all museums’ audiences will be more local, which offers a great opportunity for arts and culture to sit at the heart of their communities, especially where those communities have experienced such hardship over the past year.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Audience, Visual, 05.16.21

Where Should, Or Could, A Reader Start With Speculative Fiction From Africa?

As speculative fiction from African writers starts to gain mainstream press attention in the U.S. and U.K., readers might wonder where to start. Short story anthologies? A trilogy about an alien invasion of Lagos? (Yes, definitely.) But also, says writer Lavie Tidhar, “African literature is huge and diverse — from the Francophone works of West Africa to the Arabic powerhouses of Egypt and North Africa, not to mention such classic authors as Ngugi wa Thiong’o, who wrote primarily in the Gikuyu la...
Tags: Art, Africa, Egypt, South Africa, West Africa, Words, Lagos, Lavie Tidhar, North Africa, Ngũgĩ, 05.13.21, Umuzi

Emily Blunt Is One Of Vanishingly Few Actors Resisting Superhero Movies

It’s rare – incredibly rare – for a Hollywood actor to turn down Marvel or DC. But Blunt said recently, “I don’t know if superheroes are for me. They’re not up my alley. I think it’s been exhausted. We are inundated. It’s not that it’s only the movies, it’s all the TV shows as well.” It’s possible that she speaks for many of us (only without as much income on the line). – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, 05.13.21

The Video Game Platform That Spawned Its Own Music Genre

You might this it’s Nintendo – the soundtracks to Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong sure can linger in one’s brain – but instead it’s Roblox, and the music (which took off in popularity with the addition of, you guessed it, TikTok), created the genre robloxcore. “Mostly made by young teenagers, it’s a strain of chaotic, profanity-laden rap that’s overloaded with frantic sound effects. Tunes like ‘Threat,’ by lieu, a 13-year-old musician, emulate being inside a digital dimension where every bass...
Tags: Art, Music, Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, Roblox, 05.16.21

WhatsApp’s Weird Privacy Debacle Hints At Deeper Tech Issues

When WhatsApp – for years, owned by Facebook – asked users to agree to a privacy update for something that had been true since 2016, the service engendered a revolt and a massive uptick for the more private, not owned by Facebook service Signal. Why? Unclear, but “‘When your users have made it clear that they would rather not accept a new policy, and your response is to very gradually push them out of an airlock, it doesn’t prove that they’re happy about it just because they eventually accept,’...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Issues, Johns Hopkins University, 05.15.21

Hollywood Has An Issue With Women Action Heroes

Well, it has issues with women, aging women, of any type, but nevertheless: “40-something actresses rarely lead action films—even though Jolie is 13 years younger than Tom Cruise, and 23 years younger than Liam Neeson. She is also the same age as Charlize Theron, one of the few female A-listers who’s managed to maintain a steady presence in the genre, yet who still got replaced in her career-defining role as Furiosa in the upcoming Mad Max prequel. (De-aging technology, it seems, is available o...
Tags: Art, Media, Liam Neeson, Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Furiosa, Charlize Theron, 05.15.21, Hollywood Has An Issue With Women Action Heroes

The New Joys Of Experiencing Performance Three Different Ways

If you could see a dance performance inside the theatre (with other masked, socially distanced audience members), outside (same, but less distance), or via your Wi-Fi at home, which would you choose? And how would they stack up? (Hint: The outdoors might be the way to go, at least in the summer.) – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, 05.16.21

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