ISSUE 16 | JULY 18 | 2020

As we continue to listen and learn amid this pandemic, we are committed to providing you with upbeat, thought-provoking content worthy of your time. How are you staying connected, enriched, and inspired these days? Have tips or resources to share? Pass them along and we’ll include them in a future issue.
Zoom is teaming up with historically black university Claflin University — to the tune of $1.2M in educational and financial investments. Paid internships, scholarships, a board appointment, faculty and student advisories, general operating fund support, and alumni career development are all in the works. “This partnership strengthens Claflin University’s commitment to student success and our STEM agenda,” said Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, Claflin University’s ninth president. Now that’s what we’re talking about!
Artist, designer, and letterpress printer Lauren Emeritz of Abstract Orange in Washington, DC, has been producing a series of powerful typographic posters based on her personal thoughts on racism and the pandemic. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” appears alongside “It’s OK to grieve.” Many of the prints are for sale online for $20. Lauren says of the project: “I love type, paper, and ink, and in this time of turmoil, I try to focus on the things I love. The prints are echoes of words and ideas I hear and explore while setting the type and printing.” Lauren, you have touched our souls.
Gender affirmation is one of the easiest ways to improve the quality of life of trans people you know. “If you have compassion for trans (& non-binary) people, do your best to get their pronouns right!” says artist Ethan Tai Bossuyt. Check out on Instagram this beautifully written and illustrated series of eight panels that will help you support trans people in your everyday life — and be sure to share! Tai (he/him) is currently redirecting all commissions to BLM and trans organizations. Thank you for the thoughtful and persuasive advocacy, Tai.
Online meetings are here to stay. The new challenge is to stand out among a checkerboard of talking heads, screen-shares, and videos. And there really is a science to creating a kick-ass slide presentation! For example, do you know how often to change your slide so you don’t lose the attention of your audience? Every 7–15 seconds. And consider the importance of the opening slide, which gets your viewers excited to see what’s about to come, and the last slide, which reinforces your most important message. Want more tips? Read these 10 Tips for an Awesome Online Presentation. Or let us help you be awesome online with our stress-free slide deck packages.
Of all the weird ways that COVID-19 has affected life in this country, one of the most bizarre is taking place on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. They’ve been shooting sex scenes with mannequins! Other TV shows like Riverdale and The L Word: Generation Q are also trying to figure out how to portray physical intimacy — the scenes that draw in viewers and spark Twitter hashtags — while keeping their performers safe.
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