Weekly Edition #006
We’re living through a historic time, as unemployment shatters records, retail spending craters, and death rates skyrocket. We’ve got to be ready for the long haul.
Artwork by Grayson Blackmon
No one can see the future and no one knows when the COVID-19 pandemic will end. The virus is an unknown player, and the best minds on Earth can’t do more than make educated guesses about what comes next and when. We didn’t even notice the blood clot situation until just recently.
As we spend more time than ever indoors, our daily routines, work schedules, and family dynamics have all shifted. From conference calls in your bedroom to keeping your kids busy with crafts as you work.
Fully-distributed teams and 💯remote jobs without geo-restrictions.
Artwork by Dmitry Gordienko
■ Fetch & Funnel is looking for Art Director
■ SimpleTexting is looking for Product Design Lead
■ Clevertech is looking for Product/Visual Designer
■ Hash is looking for UX/UI Designer (Product)
👀 Google is making Meet free for everyone. You won’t be able to schedule free Meet calls right away, though. Google is opening up access to Meet to free users gradually, starting next week. It may take a few weeks before everybody has access to it.
🎙 Spotify-owned Anchor can now turn your video chats into podcasts. The podcast creation platform introduced a new feature that will allow podcasters to turn their video chats and virtual hangouts into podcast-ready audio.
🌱 Teeming is a cloud-based tool that makes it easy for remote teams to bond and do deep work, together, in real-time. Run interactive work sessions to solve problems, do a check-in, play a game, engage in ice-breakers or feedback rounds. All in one place.
💬 The User Testing Field Guide recently launched by Marvel that helps you build your first ever user research initiative with everything you need to get buy-in, recruit, prototype, start testing, and gathering results.
🖼 carbon helps you create and share beautiful images of your source code. Start typing or drop a file into the text area to get started.
📱 Layouts.today is a launch kit for app presentations. Create beautiful customized screenshots for your App Store, Product Hunt, Instagram pages.
⬛️ Dark Mode Design is an inspiration resource showcasing beautifully designed websites that are either exclusively in dark mode or have the ability to switch.
⏱ Flow is a minimalistic Pomodoro based focus timer for Mac. Increase your productivity and reduce stress at the same time.
🖥 Pragli provides crystal clear video and screen share with a virtual office for remote teams with click to talk & avatars. You can also integrate with your favorite tools.
📄 Avodocs is providing free legal documents for startups. Don’t let legal matters distract you from building your company.
Lilly Smith | Fast Company
COVID-19 is upending everything. Including how the “New York Times” visualizes the news. We’re living through a historic time, as unemployment shatters records, retail spending craters, and death rates skyrocket. So it was only natural that the New York Times needed a new way to reflect that.
Rebecca Asoulin, Eoin O’Carroll | The Christian Science Monitor
Social distancing has taken away many of our reference points, shifting our experiences on a fundamental level. But psychology can help us regain some control.
Ewen Callaway | nature.com
More than 90 vaccines are being developed against SARS-CoV-2 by research teams in companies and universities across the world. Researchers are trialing different technologies, some of which haven’t been used in a licensed vaccine before.
Slava Shestopalov | UX Collective
We, designers, have forgotten what personas are and why this method was initially created over 35 years ago. I often hear from colleagues that personas are out-of-date, and such a trending framework as jobs-to-be-done is much better. However, there are no bad or good instruments. When used right, any tool can be fruitful. This article is not about new things, it’s about going back to the roots.
Rachel Hartigan Shea | The National Geographic
How are people experiencing this new quiet? National Geographic and Magnum Photos photographers bring you a global look at how coronavirus is affecting the worlds they see inside—and just outside—their windows.v
Boris Groysberg | Harvard Business School
COVID-19 has turned many companies into federations of remote workplaces, but without much guidance on how this new virtual reality can affect the once routine HR practice of onboarding new employees.
Om Malik | om.co
A status indicator in Slack, Teams, and even as a short email auto-responder saying: AFK, should be encouraged by the team leaders. It makes sense to take a day off — not just from work, but from the keyboard. Build in a lot of micro-breaks in your day. You need to create space for your brain to spring back from the stress and be more relaxed. As a manager, one needs to be encouraging such behavior to have your team working at top performance.
A new way to learn to read English
Narda Pitkethly created a system that profoundly simplifies learning how to read. Watch how her system reduces illiteracy and many of its negative consequences.
Repairing emotional isolation by reawakening deep nature connection
Jon delivers a refreshing perspective on how we can expand our awareness of nature to reawaken ancient, hardwired skills to grow our connection with each other and create more harmony in the world.
COVID-19 on Economy
U.S. the world’s largest economy shrank at a 4.8% annualized pace in the first quarter, the biggest slide since 2008, and the first contraction since 2014, as the need to fight the coronavirus forced businesses to close and consumers to stay home.
While everyone will suffer, the developing world will be hardest hit. The World Bank estimates that sub-Saharan Africa will see its first recession in 25 years, with nearly half of all jobs lost across the continent. South Asia will most likely experience its worst economic performance in 40 years.
The record-long U.S. economic expansion is over after almost 11 years, with what’s likely to be the deepest recession in at least eight decades now underway. The current quarter is likely to be far worse, with analysts expecting the economy to tumble by a record amount in data going back to the 1940s. Bloomberg Economics has projected a 37% annualized contraction, but UniCredit is the most bearish with a 65% estimate.
Amazon implemented some absolutely brutal changes to their affiliate program last week. The payouts for some categories decreased by as much as 75%, which is awful for anyone running an affiliate site that primarily earned money on Amazon referrals.
Another 3.8 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, bringing total jobless numbers in the last six weeks to 30.3 million—almost 20% of the country’s labor force.
New data shows the continent is in its worst economic slump since WWII. "The euro area is facing an economic contraction of a magnitude and speed that are unprecedented in peacetime,” said European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde.
This week rocks!
Do something special this week.
Artwork by Eric Pavic
Pickle and Ferment
Open-source, feel free to collaborate. If you want to commit to this idea, consider reminding yourself via dearme.email.
For looking smart at dinner parties. Virtual ones currently.
😢 When you cut an onion, it releases a gas called Propanethiol S-oxide. When mixed with certain enzymes in the onion, it creates a sulfur gas. These gases then get to your eyes and create a mild acid which irritates the eyes.
☕️ The first Starbucks opened in 1971.
💥 Edward Aloysius Murphy, Jr. was an American aerospace engineer who worked on safety-critical systems. He is best known for Murphy's law, which is said to state, "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong."
🚀 Mars has two tiny moons, Phobos and Deimos.
🙏 Based on the landmass, Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, measuring just 0.2 square miles, almost 120 times smaller than the island of Manhattan.
Letterform Archive with nearly 1,500 objects and 9,000 hi-fi images, offers unprecedented virtual access to their collection.
Ghost blogging platform servers hacked and infected with crypto-miner.
Zillow Group the Seattle-based real estate company told its employees Friday that they can work from home until at least the end of 2020.
Starbucks and McDonald's may test China's central bank digital currency.
AutoX a self-driving car developer is partnering with Alibaba's map product, Amap, to bring self-driving vehicles onto China's ride-hailing network.
NASA asked Americans to not break quarantine to go watch SpaceX launch astronauts into space from Cape Canaveral on May 27.
Tesla started pushing out a software update that allows its vehicles to recognize and respond to stop signs and traffic lights.
Tripadvisor is laying off ~25% of its global workforce.
YouTube is hosting a virtual film festival with Tribeca, Sundance, and Cannes.
Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker is coming to Disney+ on Monday.
DJI announces $799 Mavic 2 drone with 8K support, larger camera sensors, six miles of range, and longer 34 minute flight time.
Uber execs are considering laying off roughly 20% of employees.
Amazon tells employees they can work from home until October.
So what happens now?
Keep doing your thing, at home.
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