9 must-watch design documentaries you can stream right now

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Unfortunately, quarantine isn’t going anywhere. How about some design docs to keep the creative juices going? The breadmaking phase of quarantine feels like ages ago. But as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the U.S., it’s become clear that there’s a long way to go before our day-to-day gets any closer to life as we knew it. And since you’ve probably already made it through your standard watchlists, it’s time for some fresh, off the beaten path design documentaries to reignite your creativity. Read Full Story

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Improve your quality of life in quarantine with these design tips

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Apply a handful of design touches to your surroundings to brighten your life, whether out in the world or hunkered down indoors. Chances are your life feels a whole lot smaller because of the quarantine. You are most likely interacting with fewer people, you’re staying home, and when you do go out, your radius is limited. It’s these conditions that make the design of your everyday life so important. Read Full Story

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Why this NYC comic is using his time in isolation to take calls from strangers

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Quarantime is a free hotline designed to help you out of your creative rut. Layoffs have been happening across all industries as COVID-19 forces business to close and people to isolate at home. Work for freelance creatives, which is inherently tenuous, has dried up too. So with all the new hours to fill in a day, some people are using the time to fight the woes of isolation in unconventional ways. Read Full Story

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The 25 best family-friendly documentaries you can stream right now

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Want to add some guilt-free screen time to your days? Try a documentary that everyone will enjoy. We’re all burning through titles on our streaming platforms, and for good reason. There’s never been a better time to settle in and watch all the series and movies that have been lingering on our lists. But when you have kids under the age of 16, nightmare-inducing true crime series and the dark and ridiculous (and yes , addictive) titles that are currently dropping—we’re looking at you, Tiger King —probably aren’t what you’re looking for. That’s why we rounded up the 25 best family-friendly documentary titles currently available on HBO, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. Read Full Story

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Gifts to brighten up your mom’s quarantine life

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You can’t take your mom to brunch for Mother’s Day. From jigsaw puzzles to monogrammed stationery, these gifts are designed to bridge the gap between you and her. Mother’s Day is around the corner, but this year, it’s harder than usual to celebrate. I’m lucky enough to live 10 minutes away from my mother, but I haven’t seen her in person since the stay-at-home orders kicked in, except to deliver her groceries from a safe distance. Ordinarily, we’d go out for a fabulous brunch or have an elaborate home-cooked dinner at home. The best I can do under these circumstances is deliver a thoughtful present that will cheer her up in the midst of this seemingly interminable period of social distancing. Read Full Story

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Learn how to design your own video game for free

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Spend your quarantine learning to code with the world’s largest gaming platform. “Learn to code.” It’s been the mantra of the past decade, and for many creatives, a daunting or even pointless prospect . Where do you even start? And who has the time? Well, sheltering in place , and a little help from Unity—the world’s most popular video game engine—may provide these answers! Read Full Story

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4 Differences Between Creative and Marketing Agencies

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Do you need a creative agency or a marketing agency? Look at the most successful companies today, and you’ll see the magic of both agency types at play. Take Apple for example. Apple’s marketing believes that “ design and utility are just two of the reasons behind Apple’s success and certainly give it a competitive advantage.” But drill down to Apple and its individual products’ success in the market spaces they compete in, and you’ll see that design alone doesn’t do the magic. Marketing is just as important . Apple drives growth with a marketing mix that does an excellent job to create raving fans even before product launches. And the overall sales it commands from its products is a direct result of the company’s marketing strategies. In other words, to drive and sustain its growth, Apple uses creative agencies. But before their product launches, they leverage the expertise of …

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21 ways to distract yourself on Election Day

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Keep Election Day stress at bay with some creative activities and inspiration, from a communal drawing class to a video of a French butter factory. You’re welcome. This post is for your ~good vibes only~ Election Day needs. If you’ve performed your civic duty and now just want to find that mental escape button that will deflect any news related to exit polls, electoral maps, or the world’s most infuriating data visualization , might I refer you to this shortlist of creative inspiration to distract yourself from Election Day? Read Full Story

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