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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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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Why this ex-Google employee built a better platform for protesting

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Chloë Cheyenne Rogers turned her family trauma into CommunityX, a platform connecting people around causes and movements. But getting there wasn’t easy. Fast Company’ s podcast Creative Conversation is doing a special three-part series covering specific issues within the ongoing protests for racial equality. Every Thursday this month, we’ll be spotlighting the creatives and professionals using their backgrounds, skills, and platforms to push for lasting change. Read Full Story

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The internet’s favorite psychiatrist has a game plan for your mental health

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Renowned psychiatrist Jess Clemons gained popularity for helping to normalize the conversation around mental health, particularly in the black community. Fast Company’ s podcast Creative Conversation is doing a special three-part series covering specific issues within the ongoing protests for racial equality. Every Thursday this month, we’ll be spotlighting the creatives and professionals using their backgrounds, skills, and platforms to push for lasting change. Read Full Story

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The activist behind the Okra Project wants to remind you that Black Trans Lives Matter, too

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Violence against the Black trans community isn’t just an LGBTQ+ issue—and activist Ianne Fields Stewart is here to remind you, in case you forgot. Fast Company’ s podcast Creative Conversation is doing a special three-part series covering specific issues within the ongoing protests for racial equality. Every Thursday this month, we’ll be spotlighting the creatives and professionals using their backgrounds, skills, and platforms to push for lasting change. 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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How I designed the ultimate Zoom-friendly home office

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A director at Facebook recently redid his remote work setup to include a DSLR camera, standing desk, and Samsung Frame TV. Here are his recommendations for an office that will make you look—and feel—good on Zoom. Like many of us, I’m spending a lot of time working from home (more than half my waking hours!). And I’m working with people whom I’ve never met in person and whose image of me is solely based on a rectangular representation in a Zoom window. Read Full Story

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I decided that retaining my workforce should be my top priority during COVID-19. Here’s what I did next

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When crisis hit, investors told Luke Saunders, founder and CEO of Farmer’s Fridge, to minimize his losses immediately. He came up with a new strategy instead. For Fast Company’ s Restaurant Diaries , we’re asking chefs, restaurateurs, and food-world employees to take readers inside their businesses and lives at this critical moment for the industry. Read Full Story

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This new app from choreographer Benjamin Millepied lets you train at home with some of dance’s biggest stars

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The founder of the L.A. Dance Project has a new digital platform that pairs live instruction with a sneak peek into the company’s rehearsals and performances. As I gracelessly rose up for a port de bras last Wednesday morning, I wondered what my L.A.-based instructor, Janie Taylor, thought about my conspicuous lack of form as she watched me over Zoom. Taylor, a former principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, is now with the L.A. Dance Project , the dance company led by Benjamin Millepied, who is known to the non-dance world as the choreographer behind Black Swan (and Natalie Portman’s husband). I wobbled—and hoped Taylor’s next students on the company’s new LADP app offered her a little more to work with. Read Full Story

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6 CEOs and leaders explain how to carve out a path to accomplish a professional dream

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An ad executive and creator of the blog Eunoia interviews founders, CEOs, and creatives who are doing original work in their space to learn their simple and elegant solutions for pursuing career goals. I’ve spent the last couple of years talking to founders, CEOs, and creatives who are doing original work in their space, and I try to get inside their heads. This practice has accelerated my desire to understand what sets them apart. Though they come from different disciplines, backgrounds, and perspectives, they all share a common denominator—beautiful thinking. Read Full Story

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