Can modern art heal? This children’s hospital is betting on it

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Work from the great Bauhaus artists Josef and Anni Albers informs the design of a children’s intensive care unit in London. Cue lots of yellow. In 1810, the German Romantic poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe published his definitive “Theory of Color,” in which he claimed that “We [experience] a very warm and cozy impression with yellow. Thus, in painting, too, it belongs among the luminous and active colors . . . The eye is gladdened, the heart expands, the feelings are cheered, an immediate warmth seems to waft toward us.” This text would ultimately influence the young German-born artist Josef Albers’s understanding of color and how he used it in his work; in a 1968 interview, he said he was “in the yellow period,” which would extend itself through many of his greatest-known works. Read Full Story

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How brands can fill the ‘experience void’ while customers are stuck at home

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Akin to previous crises, this period of uncertainty provides a chance at reinvention. For brands, this means defining or reemphasizing your value to customers looking to be engaged. Three months into the coronavirus crisis, isolation has taken its toll. In addition to the direct impact of the virus, people are grappling with a loss of connection. With many social gatherings and events on hold for the foreseeable future, we’ve had to seek out new ways to connect—from Zoom calls and video chats to live-streamed events. Somehow, though, these virtual interactions still feel like a poor proxy for what we earn in each other’s company. Read Full Story

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‘COVID-19 does discriminate.’ It’s making it harder for women of color to get into tech

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The CEO of Reboot Representation observes that as COVID-19 makes the lives of late high school and early college students uncertain, young women of color working toward a career in tech are facing a steeper uphill battle. The spread of COVID-19—which has higher hospitalizations and death rates among communities of color—is threatening the gains we’ve made in the tech industry and an education system already grappling with inequities. Read Full Story

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