CB2 brings back pieces by ‘Mad Men’-era designer Paul McCobb

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Paul McCobb shaped the modern American aesthetic. For the first time in 50 years, his work will be mass-produced in the United States—and the pieces are surprisingly affordable. Even if you don’t know the midcentury American designer Paul McCobb, you may still find his furniture familiar. He specialized in simple, minimal wood and metal pieces that defined the Mad Men era of American design. Read Full Story

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Trina Turk is the fashion icon we need right now

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“I’ve always been drawn to bright vintage prints because they represent optimism,” says the California designer, who has a new book out. “We can respond to the world around us with joy.” In February, design lovers descend upon Palm Springs for Modernism Week, an annual celebration of midcentury modern art and architecture. Everywhere you turn, people look like they have walked out of the late 1960s: One woman wears a pink and yellow paisley mini cocktail dress; another is in a billowy bohemian top in a kaleidoscope of browns and oranges; a man strolls by in a dapper plaid suit as if he’s just stepped off the Mad Men set. Many are wearing clothes created by Trina Turk, the Japanese-American designer who has spent the past quarter of a century shaping the style of Palm Springs, setting up a boutique in what would become the town’s cultural district. In doing …

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The long and frustrating history of the gender wage gap

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It’s been a road fraught with sexism and discrimination, and some estimates suggest it will still take 40 years to close the pay gap between the average man and woman—and much longer if you factor in race. If you look at average national pay-disparity numbers, you can calculate that it will take American female workers until March 24 of this year to earn the same amount of money that men did performing the same work over the course of 2020. This is why activist group the National Committee on Pay Equity designated March 24 Equal Pay Day for 2021. According to research from PayScale, the “uncontrolled gender pay gap” (defined as the ratio of the median earnings of women to men without controlling for various factors such as race) has decreased just 7¢ since 2015; in 2020, women earned 81¢ for every $1 a man made. Read Full Story

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Macho ads that promote mask-wearing are a thing now

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How do you get manly mountain men to wear masks? Compare it to bowhunting. What will it take to get macho men to wear masks? A recent study by U.C. Berkeley and Middlesex University London found that men are more likely to go out without a mask because they find them uncool, shameful, and a sign of weakness. Governor Steve Bullock of Montana, whose constituents include many fishermen and snowboarders, has some ideas about how to win them over. He has shared a new statewide ad campaign that uses humor to nudge all-American men to wear masks. Read Full Story

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13 influential marketing technology leaders

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30-second summary: Following a survey and some editorial research, we have highlighted 13 people we think are either respected industry guardians, or are making some noteworthy contributions to the marketing technology space. Scott Brinker, Tamara McCleary, Ann Lewnes, Des Cahill, Stephanie Buscemi, Tony Ralph and David Encizo, amongst those named in the list. Katrina Lake, Werner Vogels, Max Wessel, Jay Richman, Melanie Deziel and Erin Rowles also honored in the list. With February widely regarded as awards season in the realm of pop culture, we thought we’d get on the act as well and recognize some of the leading personalities in the marketing technology sector. We asked you, our valued readers, to send us your picks and combined that with hours of relentless editorial research, to narrow down our list to 13 deserving people. So without further ado here are our list of 13 (in no particular order) who we …

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Brands Against Humanity is here to remind you that your favorite company is still evil

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This unofficial expansion pack to the famous game is perfect for our late-stage capitalist era, highlighting real-life horrors from the likes of Amazon, Coca-Cola, and DuPont. Cards Against Humanity is a hit game for all sorts of reasons. Above all its crude, mad-libs style humor offers people a way to laugh at the more cynical sides of their personality. But what happens when you aim that same, dark sensibility at brands? Read Full Story

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Diversity and Inclusion in SEO: BIPOC and LGBTQ+ SEOs Share Their Experiences

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Posted by NicoleDeLeon People around the world are having important discussions about systemic racism, overt and covert bias, and how we can all do better. Understanding the problem is the first step. To get a sense of conditions within the SEO community, we asked people to take our Diversity and Inclusion in SEO survey as part of our ongoing project to study the state of SEO . Due to the subject matter and the way we reached out, our respondents were not a snapshot of the industry as a whole. We were very pleased to have 326 SEOs complete the survey, including a significant number of female, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ participants. These are important voices that need to be heard, but as we analyzed the data, we were careful not to generalize the industry as a whole without accounting for potential sampling bias. We addressed this by looking at groups …

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