Inside the redesign of ‘Fast Company’ magazine

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‘Fast Company’ has a bold new look. Creative director Mike Schnaidt walks through the major design moves. Here at Fast Company, we absolutely love design. We celebrate it annually through our Innovation by Design program, and write about it daily here on Co.Design. Our magazine gives us a perpetually fresh canvas to practice what we preach. That’s why, as creative director, I find it important to continually evolve our look — it keeps us fresh and energized about design. With that, I’m excited to announce a brand-new redesign for Fast Company . Read Full Story

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These custom Zoom backgrounds make you a magazine cover star

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be on the cover of Fast Company, this is your chance. Creative Director Mike Schnaidt explains how he was inspired to create six new downloadable backgrounds for Zoom. Limitations are often my greatest source of creativity. I was recently on a videoconference call where my colleagues used virtual backgrounds to place themselves on beaches, in forests, even floating in space. Me? Sitting in the corner of my office. Bo-ring. Zoom backgrounds provide us with a new design opportunity for self-expression, and as Fast Company’s creative director, I was missing out. Read Full Story

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ACLU director on how the conservative Supreme Court has made three liberal rulings

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During an exclusive ‘Fast Company’ event, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union revealed its strategy of leaning into small victories, while still advocating systemic overhauls. “You can still win over some conservatives,” says Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union. In a discussion with FastCompany.com deputy editor Kate Davis on Tuesday morning, the 19-year veteran of the ACLU reflected on the Supreme Court decisions of the past few weeks, which affirmed Constitutional protections for Dreamers, the LGBTQ community, and women’s rights to abortions. Read Full Story

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Enter Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards

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Tell us about your world-changing work! Fast Company is looking for the best products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that pursue innovation for good for its World Changing Ideas Awards , now in their fifth year. We want to honor clean technology, innovative corporate initiatives, brave new designs for cities and buildings, creative works that help drive change, the ways companies are responding to the pandemic, and so much more. Read Full Story

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‘Fast Company’ is 25 years old, and we’re still asking: Can business be better?

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As ‘Fast Company’ celebrates its silver anniversary, an editor looks back—and contemplates the years ahead. In 1995, I was a cub reporter at The Wall Street Journal covering small businesses and venture capital. I thought it was the best job in journalism, writing about entrepreneurs and their backers, but my work wasn’t exactly front-page stuff. The Journal , like the corporate leaders and investors it served, valued news about the public markets, scoops on companies such as General Electric and AT&T, and profiles of star CEOs who maximized profits for their shareholders. Read Full Story

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The 25 best and worst work trends of the past 25 years

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From #MeToo and Lean In to open offices and remote work, the workplace has transformed many times over in the past two and half decades. Let’s take a look at how we got here. When Fast Company first appeared in 1995 declaring that “Work is Personal,” the workplace looked vastly different than it does today. Many of the changes mirror the tech advances of the past two and a half decades (Slack replaced email which replaced faxes, for example). But the real workplace evolution has been in making work more personal—for both better and worse. Read Full Story

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Top 10 marketing-related AI thought leaders to follow

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30-second summary: AI can help marketers deliver better overall customer experiences across all digital channels. The key to success is in using it logically, ethically and in key areas where it can assist, save time and resource and help scale campaigns and performance. To gain a better understanding of the benefits to marketing it is best to build your knowledge from a wide range of perspectives to identify the best use cases. We look at 10 influencers worth following to get a good handle on how AI can and should effect the marketing sector. Adoption of Artificial intelligence (AI) is growing worldwide, with a recent IDC report identifying the ability to deliver a better customer experience, greater employee efficiency and accelerated innovation as the leading drivers for adoption. AI now powers marketing processes across the customer journey, from insights, search optimization and content marketing to personalization conversion optimization, predictive analytics, …

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Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Hans Vestberg, and Lena Waithe join Fast Company Innovation Festival

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Business executives, creative leaders, technologists and founders join the lineup for Fast Company’s first virtual festival. The sixth annual Fast Company Innovation Festival will feature newsmakers in business, the arts, and social impact for a week of keynote conversations, panel discussions, immersive workshops, and one-on-one mentoring, led and curated by Fast Company journalists. Read Full Story

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