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Photojournalists Establish Guidelines For Publications To Follow Amid COVID-19



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Photojournalists are speaking out about the the risks they have faced as they continue to create visual content for the world during this uncertain period.

Photographers from Juntos Photo Coop, which consists of Noemí González, Laura Saunders, Ash Ponders and Caitlin O’Hara; have voiced out their concerns towards inadequate resources and protection given by publications while they risk their lives to create content.

The professionals have released an open letter seeking “an equitable industry and a set of baseline standards that will improve safety and ensure dignity for all journalists risking their health to document the current COVID-19 pandemic.”

Some of the expectations in the letter include building “the cost of PPE into the cost of hiring freelancers,” having a “long term plan of quarantine and sanitation harm reduction,” and paying freelancers day rates for “the duration of any sickness. For the full list of guidelines, click here.

According to photojournalist Melissa Lyttle, it is important for editors and publications to follow these criteria, as many photojournalists have reached out to her to express that they are afraid of putting their lives at risk while going out to do what they love for a living.

According to some of the messages she has received, publications have been offering little protection to photojournalists, who are afraid they might contract the virus, or worse, pass it on to their families once they return home.

Only some organizations have purportedly looked out for their photographers, and these include Reuters, which provides protective gear to them.

“We call on our fellow freelancers to come together, raise the standards of our industry, and ensure that we are truly protecting and supporting one another at a time where it is more critical than ever,” Juntos writes.

You might be asking yourself why editors & publications need to follow guidelines like the ones Juntos Photo published. https://t.co/MBWDBFccA1

Based on the DMs and emails I’ve gotten in the last few weeks, I’m going to share some things photojournalists have been told. /Thread

— ǝlʇʇʎl ɐssılǝɯ (@melissalyttle) March 28, 2020

"We have not been offered masks or gloves. In my position, as an intern, I don’t have benefits and won’t get paid if I stop working and I’m immunocompromised. Culture is to do what you’re told without asking questions because editors are too busy.” /4

— ǝlʇʇʎl ɐssılǝɯ (@melissalyttle) March 28, 2020

"I’m a photojournalist and have been told basically this is my job. I have never backed down from an assignment of any kind. This I’m terrified of. I have 2 children, and I’d like them to have me around. I love my job but I’m given no choice. Honestly, I’m scared to death.” /5

— ǝlʇʇʎl ɐssılǝɯ (@melissalyttle) March 28, 2020

When questioning the safety of a situation on a given assignment the photo editor told the photographer that they will "find someone else who will do it.” /6

— ǝlʇʇʎl ɐssılǝɯ (@melissalyttle) March 28, 2020

“XXX will have me go to 3 different places on a normal day and I asked if they were going to be changing that for lower exposure. The editor was like “we gave you masks.” They gave me 4 masks but who knows how long we have to keep those going and it's not exactly bulletproof.” /9

— ǝlʇʇʎl ɐssılǝɯ (@melissalyttle) March 28, 2020

"I got bullied to going back out into NYC to shoot video. I told the editor that they should just tell me what specifically they wanted because I have a family & wasn’t comfortable going back into the city for that day rate. She called me negative & hung up the phone on me.” /12

— ǝlʇʇʎl ɐssılǝɯ (@melissalyttle) March 28, 2020

A freelancer told me that Reuters was providing PPE and a rental car for jobs in NYC so that the photog didn't have to take public transportation. Gotta work with those who have your back.

— Allen Murabayashi (@allen3m) March 29, 2020

Reuters has also been the only agency (that I’m aware of) that has emailed out safety guidelines and advice for how to properly protect yourself on assignment AND best practices to keep your gear and PPE sanitized between assignments.

— Elijah Nouvelage (@wanderinghome) March 29, 2020

[via PetaPixel, opening image via Sandor Szmutko / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409304/Photojournalists-Establish-Guidelines-For-Publications-To-Follow-Amid-COVID-19/

K-Pop Star Angers Fans After Pulling Coronavirus Joke For April Fool’s Day



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South Korean singer Kim Jae-joong, known by his stage name Jaejoong, pulled an April Fool’s prank that didn’t sit well with fans.

Jaejoong attempted to pull the legs of his 1.9 million Instagram followers by alleging that he had contracted coronavirus. He added that he was in hospital and receiving aid after neglecting instructions given by government officials and medical professionals.

The New York Times reported that the star backtracked on his statement an hour later, and announced to his fans that it was all a prank, explaining that he did it as a move to raise awareness about the disease. He then deleted the post and temporarily deactivated his account.

Before deactivating his account, Jaejoong released a post acknowledging that his prank was inappropriate, and apologized to his worried followers.

“Although this did go quite far for April Fool’s Day, so many people worried about me in a short span of time,” he wrote in his post, translated by South Korean news site Soompi. “I don’t think of this as an April Fool’s joke, it’s never just someone else’s problem. I wanted to tell you that protecting myself is protecting the precious people around us. I will accept all punishment I receive from this post. I hope all of you are healthy.”

Jaejoong has since revived his social media account, as well as posted a lengthy apology. “The post today was too much. The method to get people to listen with this extreme attention hurt many people and received many criticisms,” he wrote, per a fan translation from @shinkipeia on Twitter.

“I would like to sincerely apologize for my post which has caused distress to the government agencies and medical staff who have been working hard for the coronavirus, and many people who are working hard to overcome the lifestyle they have given up as they adhere to guidelines,” he added.

His joke has angered many social media users and fans, who have called for his “cancellation” with the hashtag, “#JaejoongIsOverParty.” Others expressed their frustration towards the prank and the potential impacts of false information when exposed to and by the media.

The Korea Herald reported that the South Korean police has little tolerance towards fake news. “Producing and peddling false information regarding the virus would be punishable under laws on obstruction of official duties and defamation,” officials said.

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해서는 안 될 행동이라고도 저 스스로도 인식하고 있습니다. 먼저 제가 SNS 쓴 글로 인해 코로나 바이러스 19로 인해 피해 받으신 분들, 행정업무에 지장을 받으신 분들께 진심으로 죄송하다는 말씀과 사과드립니다. 옳지 않다는 판단. 알고 있습니다. 현재 느슨해진 바이러스로부터의 대처 방식과 위험성의 인식. 코로나 바이러스 19로 인해 피해 받을 분들을 최소화시키기 위해 경각심을 가졌으면 하는 마음에서 메시지를 전달하고 싶었습니다. 봄이 찾아와 따뜻해진 계절의 야외에서의 여가생활, 개학이 미뤄지고 여유로워진 시간을 활용한 밀폐된 공간에서의 접촉 등으로 제2의 제3의 코로나 패닉을 낳을 수 있다는 생각에 너무나 무섭습니다. 저의 아버지도 얼마 전 폐암 수술을 받으시고 줄곧 병원에 다니셨습니다. 그러면서 병원에 계신 의료진과 환자들을 보면서 뭔가 화가 나기도 하고 바이러스가 남의 일이 아니라 자신의 일이었다면 하는 생각이 들었습니다. 그래서 정작 코로나 바이러스 19로 인해 벗어나고자 노력하는 분들과는 반대로 평상시와 다를 바 없는 복장과 마스크를 착용하지 않은채 여가생활을 즐기고 계시는 분들이 많다는 이야기에 경각심이 필요 하다 생각 했습니다 다양한 정보매체와 인터넷에서도 크고 작은 주의를 요청하고 있는 가운데 그 이야기를 들어주지 않는 사람들에게 어떻게해서든 현시점의 위험성을 전달하고 싶었습니다. "제발. 귀 기울여주세요. 제발. 아프지 말고 아픔을 겪지 마세요." 라구요. 제 주변에서마저도 확진자가 생겨나고 있습니다. 먼 곳의 이야기가 아니란 걸 확신했고 두려움은 배로 느껴졌습니다. 사람을 잃고 나서야 반성하는 태도는 아무런 도움이 되지 않습니다. 답답하고 힘들지만 지금보다 더.. 조금 더 노력해서 이 힘든 시기를 함께 이겨내고 싶습니다. 오늘의 글..지나치지만, 지나칠 정도의 관심을 가져주신다면 이야를 들어주지 않을까라는 방법이 많은 분들에게 상처를 드리고 비난을 받고 있습니다. 제 글로 인하여 코로나 바이러스를 위해 애쓰시는 정부기관과 의료진들 그리고 지침에 따라 생활을 포기 하며 극복을 위해 힘쓰는 많은 분들께 상심을 드린 점 진심으로 사과드립니다.

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[Trans: jj_1986_jj IG] 200401 #Jaejoong;

Apology Post https://t.co/vkzSX8WpVH pic.twitter.com/pW0mV1nXl8

— 돖. (@shinkipeia) April 1, 2020

#JaejoongIsOverParty 🤥🤥🤥 homeboy really said “i have covid19 i’m so sorry” then was like “april foolssss !!!” how tasteless pic.twitter.com/3jYrFW8tDb

— free pinky ♡ (@movelymomo) April 1, 2020

Okay time to log out since Jaejoong embarrassed me

pic.twitter.com/jtH1cZ95iU

— Crushi💎 (@Beverly1llsBabe) April 1, 2020

jaejoong to his career pic.twitter.com/kZUWQBFlCM

— bri #chocolate (@lomlhongbin) April 1, 2020

Jaejoong, you’re trending worldwide. Is this what you wanted when you posted that on IG? If you really wished to raise awareness on COVID-19, you could’ve done it in a different way. People around the world are suffering bc of this, yet you just had to pull this kind of “joke”.

— 딸기사슴 / 초콜릿🍫 (@paulisteu2618) April 1, 2020

This was one of the most irresponsible and insensitive attitudes I've seen coming from an Idol

— ♕Dan (@heyitskdan) April 1, 2020

[via Billboard, opening image via Kim Jae-joong] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409303/K-Pop-Star-Angers-Fans-After-Pulling-Coronavirus-Joke-For-April-Fool-s-Day/

Shake Shack Debuts DIY Burger Kits To Fix Your Cravings During Self-Isolation



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You can now prepare your own Whoppers at home, but if you’re salivating for Shake Shack’s world-famous Shackburger, it’s also very possible—and easy—to recreate one.

After shutting its dining areas, Shake Shack is making its signature cheeseburgers more accessible by letting customers grill and put together the burgers by themselves. While other chains remain protective of their recipes, the New York City restaurant has launched a DIY Shackburger Kit, made logistically possible with the help of meal kit provider Goldbelly, to comfort patrons during the coronavirus outbreak.

The meal kit, priced at US$49, arrives with almost all of the ingredients required to make eight Shackburgers. It comprises of Shake Shack’s custom blend of 100-percent Angus beef, eight GMO-free potato rolls, slices of American cheese, and four ounces of ShackSauce.

To maintain freshness, the DIY kits don’t include lettuce or tomatoes, and fans are asked to “bring your own” toppings, according to the Motley Fool.

Interestingly, customers are asked not to freeze the ingredients, as this will affect the meat’s quality. The kit is prepared such that individual diners can make and enjoy one Shackburger each day, as it has a “best before” date of one week.

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Good news isn’t the only thing being delivered today… Introducing DIY ShackBurger Kits delivered by @goldbelly (ready-to-cook boxes shipped with all the staples you need to recreate a classic ShackBurger at home)! 🍔 Each kit features ingredients to make 8 ShackBurgers (including our custom blend of @patlafrieda 100% Angus beef, Martin’s @potatorolls, American cheese + our secret ShackSauce). Trust us, your whole quaran-team will be impressed. Check out the link in our bio to order the kit straight to your door via #goldbelly. #shakeshack

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[via The Motley Fool, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409305/Shake-Shack-Debuts-DIY-Burger-Kits-To-Fix-Your-Cravings-During-Self-Isolation/

Kanye West’s Never-Before-Seen High School Art Pieces Estimated To Be Worth $23K

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Kanye West’s never-before-seen portfolio of artworks from his youth were revealed to viewers of PBS’ Antiques Roadshow last Monday.

During the previous episode, the husband of West’s first cousin showed off the collection of drawings done by the rapper when he was just 17 years old. The artworks displayed his creative prowess from a young age, aside from his talent in rapping and making music.

Art specialist Laura Woolley was impressed with the pieces as she examined them on camera. “I think these pieces demonstrate an extraordinary facility as an artist, and I selected this grouping because it shows the different mediums he was working in,” she said.

She spotlighted four unique pieces made by West to illustrate his skills of handling various mediums. West appeared to have worked with graphite, gouache and scratchboard, based on the pieces.

According to Woolley, the pieces could potentially make anywhere from US$16,000 to US$23,000 at an auction.

West was only four when he studied art at the Hyde Park Academy. He also attended the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago State University, Polaris Charter Academy in Chicago and Nanjing University in China. The rapper was honored with a doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago back in May 2015, per the BBC.

[via HYPEBEAST, opening image via DKSStyle / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409302/Kanye-West-s-Never-Before-Seen-High-School-Art-Pieces-Estimated-To-Be-Worth-23K/

Netflix Show Spoilers Are Put On Concept Billboards To Stop Fans From Going Out



Image by Seine Kongruangkit & Matithorn Prachuabmoh Chaimoungkalo from Miami Ad School

Two students from Miami Ad School in Hamburg, Germany have gone the distance to make people actually want to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Seine Kongruangkit, a current student, and Matithorn Prachuabmoh Chaimoungkalo, a recent graduate of the ad school, created a billboard concept imagining spoilers for popular Netflix series like Stranger Things and Love Is Blind all around public places to promote self-isolation.

The students conceived the idea upon noticing that people in the country were not taking the necessary measures to isolate themselves amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The concept has been so well-received, images from the project are being shared all over the internet. Along the way, people have mistaken it as an actual initiative by Netflix itself.

Unfortunately, according to Dazed Digital, the idea was rejected by Netflix.

“The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to #staythef**khome, but some people still think it’s okay to go out and chill, spoiling it for us all,” a message in the campaign, shared on the school’s Instagram account, reads. “So we took an extreme measure: we spoil their favorite Netflix shows.”

Netflix flashing spoilers to keep people inside is the most millennial thing I’ve seen so far.. pic.twitter.com/AeexmhHz9f

— Aliza Ansari (@aliza__ansari) March 26, 2020

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Spoiler alert!! What happens when people are supposed to stay home to help combat the spread of COVID-19 but don't?! You get spoilers of your fav @netflix shows! 💻 @miamiadschooleu 5th quarter student Seine Kongriangkit @sseine & recent grad Maitithorn Prachuabmoh Chaimoungkalo came up with creative ideas 💡 to urge people to #staythefuckhome. Read more about their project in the Forbes article published today 👉 bit.ly/MASinForbes 👉 Please #StaySafeEveryone 💕

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Spoiler alert!! What happens when people are supposed to stay home to help combat the spread of COVID-19 but don't?! You get spoilers of your fav @netflix shows! 💻 @miamiadschooleu 5th quarter student Seine Kongriangkit @sseine & recent grad Maitithorn Prachuabmoh Chaimoungkalo came up with creative ideas 💡 to urge people to #staythefuckhome. Read more about their project in the Forbes article published today 👉 bit.ly/MASinForbes 👉 Please #StaySafeEveryone 💕

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[via Dazed, cover image by Seine Kongruangkit and Matithorn Prachuabmoh Chaimoungkalo from Miami Ad School] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409300/Netflix-Show-Spoilers-Are-Put-On-Concept-Billboards-To-Stop-Fans-From-Going-Out/

Artist Problems Captured In Comics Are Gut Punches All Creatives Have Endured



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Don’t be too disheartened if you find it difficult to draw human hands. It’s a really common problem shared by illustrators, as these brutal comics suggest.

A Philippines-based artist known as Catastrophic has shared 15 artist struggles that she has personally faced in the form of comics.

Judging by the attention generated by her post, at least thousands of other creatives share the same sentiments of grappling to make two eyes appear the same, their software suddenly crashing on them, and 12-year-olds superseding their art skills.

No matter how experienced you might be, these problems always seem to come back and haunt you.

Check out Catastrophic’s all-too-familiar Artist Problems series, and take a look at more of her work on Facebook and Deviantart, where she goes by the moniker of Sugar-Doodle.

Artist Problems

Shush… I attacked myself on this…
My 15 sufferings 🙂

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Coronavirus Social Distancing T-Shirt Designs Spread All Over Amazon & Ebay



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The coronavirus outbreak has, unfortunately, inspired many to cash in on the pandemic as they stay at home. T-shirt designs centered on social distancing by third-party sellers are now dominating websites like Amazon and eBay.

The garments are plastered with phrases like “I was social distancing before it was cool” and even “Straight outta Wuhan,” in reference to the city the virus is believed to have originated from.

Making sales out of a tragedy appears as an ill-intended form of exploitation, which was why Etsy has blocked any sales of products related to COVID-19 to ensure no one is attempting “to exploit the developing coronavirus situation.”

Amazon and Walmart sellers are hawking coronavirus-themed T-shirts about social distancing while workers protest about safety conditions https://t.co/5onyiUCocm #market #work pic.twitter.com/cnSKKZZLrG

— HP Targeting, Inc. (@HPTarget) April 1, 2020

Amazon and Walmart sellers are hawking coronavirus-themed T-shirts about social distancing while workers protest about safety conditions #website #news https://t.co/NmL7KBuf3y pic.twitter.com/lZhZntJ0hY

— Crash Signal (@crash_signal) April 1, 2020

[via Business Insider, cover image via Amazon] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409297/Coronavirus-Social-Distancing-T-Shirt-Designs-Spread-All-Over-Amazon-Ebay/

Nikon Is Offering Free Online Photography Courses—Here’s How To Watch Them



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Nikon USA is offering free online photography courses to creatives in a bid to help them stay “inspired, engaged and growing” in this current crisis.

The camera company has made its Nikon School Online curriculum free-of-charge for the whole month of April. “Nikon’s mission has always been to empower creators. In these uncertain times, we can do that by helping creators stay inspired, engaged, and growing,” the streaming page wrote.

“That’s why we’re providing all of our courses free for the entire month of April. Let’s come out of this even better.”

On the streaming page, you will find 10 classes, taught by professional photographers and Nikon Ambasssadors, that are normally priced between US$15 and US$50. Their durations range from 15 minutes to over an hour.

The videos span gear-specific tutorials to photography fundamentals, but no matter your skill set, there’s something for everyone.

To start streaming the Nikon School Online Curriculum, all you need to do is provide your name and email to Nikon. You can learn more about this program over at the Nikon Events website.

This might be of interest. Nikon school online classes are now free for all of April. https://t.co/mTMMogfBos

— Andy (@AndySwinden) April 2, 2020

[via PetaPixel, opening image via Kateryna Tretiakova / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409299/Nikon-Is-Offering-Free-Online-Photography-Courses-Here-s-How-To-Watch-Them/

IKEA Is Producing N95 Face Masks & Hand Sanitizers To Support Medical Community



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With limited medical supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak, many brands have stepped up to make up for the shortage. These include companies like New Balance, http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409296/IKEA-Is-Producing-N95-Face-Masks-Hand-Sanitizers-To-Support-Medical-Community/

‘March 1 VS April 1’ Memes Sum Up The Dreadful Aftermath From Just A Month



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The last month was definitely a struggle, as many had been forced to go out of their usual routines, and social distancing measures became the new norm. Mondays felt like Wednesdays, and Thursdays felt like Sundays. The construct of time might seem a little blur as you shelter indoors to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The feeling you are going through has now been turned into a meme called “March 1 VS April 1.” With the help of stills from films, television shows, and photos of celebrities, the memes depict how the last month has changed everyone, and probably not for the better.

One user put up a photo of Leonardo DiCaprio from The Wolf of Wall Street, looking rather dashing while standing on top of a yacht, to represent the first day of March. The first day of April, however, is portrayed with an unfortunate image of DiCaprio from The Revenant looking beaten up and spotting an overgrown beard.

This time round, a picture is definitely worth a thousand words. Enjoy some of the best memes below.

me on March 1 vs me on April 1 pic.twitter.com/IymbEeQFEJ

— kapitanzenii (@kapitanzenii) April 1, 2020

Me on March 1 vs me on April 1 pic.twitter.com/Nx1x5Pwp8U

— baby d🧚🏼‍♀️ (@dmlh_xx) April 1, 2020

March 1st April 1st pic.twitter.com/J7LI9EHjKl

— In the house like LL (@brucedaddy_) April 1, 2020

Me on March 1 vs me on April 1 pic.twitter.com/dleODi8uhQ

— Pabst Benastayinghome (@pabst_benatar) April 1, 2020

March 1 vs April 1 pic.twitter.com/89e7gjH3b8

— eleanor (@filmweird) April 1, 2020

March 1 / April 1 pic.twitter.com/vhgfbTCAQT

— David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) April 1, 2020

March 1 / April 1 pic.twitter.com/JDYI3yVz2k

— Nicole (@LnbryantB) April 1, 2020

[via Wkyc Studios, cover image via IMDb and IMDb] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409294/March-1-VS-April-1-Memes-Sum-Up-The-Dreadful-Aftermath-From-Just-A-Month/

Pentagram’s In-House Chef Is Sharing Easy Recipes With WFH Staff—& Everyone Else



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After furrowing their brows over how to transform the visual identities of major brands while retaining their essences, employees of design consultancy Pentagram like to unwind with lunches prepared by in-house chef Anne Ferril, who has been serving up family meals at its New York firm since 1984.

With the coronavirus outbreak, however, they’ve been driven to stay at home. Chef Ferril’s lunches are among the things they miss about being at the studio.

“One thing I miss most these days are the family lunches that Pentagram chef Anne Ferril has been preparing for our office (since 1984!)” tweets Pentagram partner Michael Bierut.

“The smell of Anne cooking is the beautiful heart of the office,” Bierut told AIGA Eye on Design in 2018. “It’s an invitation for everyone to come together.”

During this downtime, Ferril is offering some comfort to Pentagram employees by sharing her recipes with them, as well as fielding their questions and conducting cooking demonstrations using Google Hangouts, Forbes reports.

Now, the design firm is extending this love to the majority of people who have not had the chance to taste her food. Those interested in trying out these meals can now subscribe to its new emailing list, which sends out the same recipes that the chef shares with the staff.

“I have a vast cookbook library,” the chef told Forbes. She added that the recipes curated during the work-from-home period are for “anyone [to] produce without any special equipment and given the present circumstances’ limited ingredients.”

According to Forbes, Ferril had been tasked since day one to use seasonal ingredients to create delightful dishes suited for “as many people” as possible.

A typical lunch session includes main dishes, a fresh salad, cheese and fruit, as well as gluten-free and vegan options. Food and drink reporter Bridget Shirvell had the privilege of trying a jackfruit stew, a fresh salad and an artisanal cheese board with seasonal fruit during her visit to the design firm.

Chef Ferril explained, “Cooking sustains life, supports health, and allows for the exploration of the creative process. It connects us with the earth and with one another.”

While Pentagram works from home, our beloved chef Anne Ferril is sharing recipes with staff online. You can receive them, too! Subscribe to the list here: https://t.co/0bF1frOlKV pic.twitter.com/xfmLMUTtkM

— Pentagram Design (@pentagram) April 1, 2020

One thing I miss most these days are the family lunches that @pentagram chef Anne Ferril has been preparing for our office (since 1984!) To fill the void, she's emailing easy new recipes to make at home. DM me your email address & I'll get you on the list https://t.co/SELF1ZgCho

— Michael Bierut (@michaelbierut) April 1, 2020

[via Pentagram Design and Forbes, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409298/Pentagram-s-In-House-Chef-Is-Sharing-Easy-Recipes-With-WFH-Staff-Everyone-Else/

Alexander McQueen Encourages Fans’ Creativity With New Stay-At-Home Project



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To ease nerves during coronavirus lockdowns, fashion label Alexander McQueen has launched a weekly project to nurture the creativity of social media users daunted by the news and invisible barriers set between them and their loved ones.

The new ‘McQueen Creators’ project encourages followers to bring out their creative spark by making art based on selected looks from the brand’s fashion collections. Each week, fans will be shown a new concept to work upon with McQueen’s team or collaborators via digital tutorials.

“Find your sketchbook and chosen materials,” the brand briefed. “Screenshot the picture you’d like to sketch from the upcoming series of images, [then] sketch, color or paint your favourite image.”

Alexander McQueen will recognize and share its favorite submissions on its social media channels.

Future muses will include embroidery and 3D creation, according to Wonderland Magazine. The first prompt from the McQueen Creators series is the finale Rose dress from McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection, shown in the carousel post below.

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McQueen Creators. Each week we will be asking you to be part of our creative community, working together from home on a series of projects; sometimes with some inspiration from the McQueen team and collaborators in the form of digital tutorials. This week we invite you to sketch the Autumn/Winter 2019 Rose dress with us. Find your sketchbook and chosen materials. Screenshot the picture you’d like to sketch from the upcoming series of images. Sketch, colour or paint your favourite image. Then take a picture and share your final piece on Instagram by tagging @AlexanderMcQueen #McQueenCreators to be featured on our channel. Share your creations with us by Monday 6th April to be featured on our channel. #StayAtHome

A post shared by Alexander McQueen (@alexandermcqueen) on Apr 1, 2020 at 4:39am PDT

In addition to Alexander McQueen’s efforts, Bottega Veneta started a weekly itinerary covering art, food, film and music to keep people relaxed and entertained during these stressful times.

Check out some creations to have emerged from the McQueen Creators series:

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@alexandermcqueen ❤️ #alexandermcqueen #yanakorchminaart #ss20 #resort2020 … … … #fashionillustration #procreate #fashionlook #fashioneducation #timelapse #fashionillustration #artoftheday #sketch #fashionsketch #sketchbook #sketchoftheday #painting #drawing #art #fashionillustrator #fashionillustrators #fashionportrait #иллюстрация #editorialart #arts_promo #fashionstudy #fashioneducation #fashiondesign #fashioncollection ##mcqueencreators

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A post shared by Michal Adelt (@m.art_colours) on Apr 1, 2020 at 10:47am PDT

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Thank you @alexandermcqueen for inspiring me to get into some sketching again! #mcqueencreators #sketch #art #csm

A post shared by noellawella (@noellawella) on Apr 1, 2020 at 9:44pm PDT

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@alexandermcqueen currently working on the #red #rose #dress #sketch. #art #instaart #tiktok #fashion #couture #fyp #trending #mcqueencreators pt. 2 coming soon.

A post shared by @ chrisdavid90 on Apr 1, 2020 at 6:56pm PDT

[via Wonderland Magazine, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409295/Alexander-McQueen-Encourages-Fans-Creativity-With-New-Stay-At-Home-Project/

Facebook Outlines How It’s Promoting Census Participation, and Monitoring for Census Misinformation

Facebook has outlined how it's working to promote Census participation in the US, and how it's using its election integrity team to monitor for Census misinformation.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/facebook-outlines-how-its-promoting-census-participation-and-monitoring-f/575310/

LinkedIn Provides Free Mindfulness Courses on LinkedIn Learning to Help People Deal with the COVID-19 Lockdowns

With many people adjusting to unfamiliar work/life situations, LinkedIn has outlined a range of LinkedIn Learning courses that people can take, for free, to help them deal with change.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/linkedin-provides-free-mindfulness-courses-on-linkedin-learning-to-help-peo/575318/

Twitter Provides New Guide on Effective Use of Social Media Data

Twitter has published a new guide on how brands can make best use of social media data to inform strategic decisions.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/twitter-provides-new-guide-on-effective-use-of-social-media-data/575320/

Snapchat Sees Higher Usage Amid COVID-19 Lockdowns, Outlines Key Trends of Note

Snapchat has provided an update on the usage trends that it's seeing amid the COVID-19 lockdowns, including a 50% increase in video calls and 25% more time spent using Lenses.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/snapchat-sees-higher-usage-amid-covid-19-lockdowns-outlines-key-trends-of/575333/

When to Post on Instagram to Maximize Engagement (2020 Data) [Infographic]

When's the best time to post on Instagram? The team from Tailwind have analyzed 1.8 million posts to provide some new insights for your consideration.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/when-to-post-on-instagram-to-maximize-engagement-2020-data-infographic/575326/

YouTube is Working on a TikTok-Like Tool to Fend Off Rising Video Competition

YouTubs is reportedly developing its own TikTok-like tool, as the short-form video app continues to gain momentum amid the COVID-19 lockdowns.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/youtube-is-working-on-a-tiktok-like-tool-to-fend-off-rising-video-competiti/575332/

Snapchat Sees Higher Usage Amid COVID-19 Lockdowns, Outlines Key Trend of Note

Snapchat has provided an update on the usage trends that it's seeing amid the COVID-19 lockdowns, including a 50% increase in video calls and 25% more time spent using Lenses.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/snapchat-sees-higher-usage-amid-covid-19-lockdowns-outlines-key-trend-of-n/575333/

Twitter Provides Tips on How Brands Can Connect with Their Audiences Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

What should your business be looking to say on social during the COVID-19 lockdowns? Twitter recently provided some tips.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/twitter-provides-tips-on-how-brands-can-connect-with-their-audiences-amid-t/575337/

LinkedIn Offers Free Job Posts to Essential Services Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

LinkedIn is offering essential services free job postings on its platform in order to help provide assistance amid the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/linkedin-offers-free-job-posts-to-essential-services-amid-covid-19-pandemic/575341/

NASA Attempts To Pass Off An Ugly Potato As An Asteroid To Fool Fans



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It’s a good thing brands have dialed way back on the April Fools’ jokes during the COVID-19 crisis. While NASA decided to post one this year, it’s a lighthearted one to take your mind off this turbulent period for a while.

For its Astronomy Picture of the Day on 1 April 2020, the space agency released what looks like another photo of the asteroid Arrokoth—formerly called Ultima Thule—the farthest object ever reached by mankind.

“Is this asteroid Arrokoth or a potato?” it asked. “Perhaps, after all the data was beamed back to Earth from NASA’s robotic New Horizons spacecraft, the featured high resolution image of asteroid Arrokoth was constructed.”

However, NASA added, “Perhaps, alternatively, the featured image is of a potato.”

The picture, snapped by Jack Sutton, is really of a deformed tuber, but it does resemble the space rock, which is made up of two objects too.

Apart from their places of origin—one of Earth and one of space—NASA asks that you “consider some facts.”

“Arrokoth is the most distant asteroid ever visited and a surviving remnant of the early years of our Solar System. A potato is a root vegetable that you can eat.”

The space rock is also “about 200,000 times wider” than a potato and “much harder to eat.”

Asteroid or Potato: https://t.co/7xthr4cKTH by Jack Sutton pic.twitter.com/8zZvIpnCn8

— Astronomy Picture Of The Day (@apod) April 1, 2020

[via CNET, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409293/NASA-Attempts-To-Pass-Off-An-Ugly-Potato-As-An-Asteroid-To-Fool-Fans/

Trump’s COVID-19 Test Kit Unboxing Video Has Viewers Holding Their Breaths



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On Wednesday at the White House, US president Donald Trump revealed the latest COVID-19 testing kit, which aims to detect the virus in the quickest time possible.

News footage shared by ABC global head of social media Dan Linden shows POTUS carefully lifting the kits out of the box and slowly resting them on the table. The suspense was palpable, and those in presence watched in silence, only to witness Trump placing the kits upside down.

The scenario has since been likened to something out of The Price is Right.

“This clip is great because it’s possible to watch it and imagine Donald Trump is a The Price is Right model and not actually the president of the United States,” Matthew Miller, Partner at management consultancy Vianovo responded.

Because it’s the internet, someone actually reimagined the video as part of the game show, complete with a voiceover and footage from The Price is Right.

Others poked fun at how cautious Trump was about removing the kits, but sat them upside down on the table.

“Is he supposed to get a cookie because he managed to remove it from the box without breaking it?” one user wrote.

The new kits, developed by Abbott Laboratories, were made to detect the coronavirus with “positive results [revealed] in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes,” the medical tech company wrote in a press statement. The kits started being available to healthcare providers in the US this week.

Abbott is currently working with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to roll out tests in areas where they are likely to deliver the greatest impact.

stop giving us ideas Matt pic.twitter.com/D6kJlDjbNk

— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) March 31, 2020

I bid $50.01!!!

— Katherine Perera (@PereraKatherine) March 30, 2020

Is he supposed to get a cookie because he managed to remove it from the box without breaking it?

— Jerry (@js_edit) March 30, 2020

I don’t really know why this is so funny.
I’m hysterical.
You could tell he practiced.

— ScoutLadyNY (@ScoutLadyNY) March 31, 2020

He set it up upside down.

— Mercyful Nate 🤴💎 (@mercifuln8) March 30, 2020

Who knew that he knew how to open a box?

Tomorrow he's gonna learn how to close an umbrella.

— Suzi Jensen (@yogagirl777suzi) March 30, 2020

[via International Business Times, cover image via Drop of Light / Shutterstock.com and Abbott] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409292/Trump-s-COVID-19-Test-Kit-Unboxing-Video-Has-Viewers-Holding-Their-Breaths/

Claw Through Some Of ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic’s MVs To Escape Work Fur-tigue

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The sensational Netflix docu-series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness surrounds the life of former zookeeper Joe Exotic. If you have sat through all seven episodes, you’ll know that Exotic has had a hand on almost everything to gain popularity.

From creating his own reality show to running for the governor of Oklahoma, Exotic exudes an impressive range. However, the show frequently includes a number of B-rolls featuring Exotic’s music videos from the time he launched his music career.

Variety has listed out 10 of his music videos, which often highlight his love for big cats, ownership of exotic animals and direct remarks at his longstanding rival, animal rights activist Carole Baskin.

Here are some of them to give you a little escape from paw-redom.

Here Kitty Kitty

This music video was largely used in the docu-series, and sees Exotic dressed as a mashup between a cowboy and a priest. One particular scene in the music video shows a Baskin lookalike feeding meat to his tigers. However, the plate she’s holding spots a human head, likely hinting at her missing husband.

I Saw a Tiger

This wistful music video features Exotic belting out a tribute to his love for big cats. The lyric in the song, “I saw a tiger and the tiger saw man,” is definitely unforgettable, as it excludes a poignant relationship between animal and man.

Pretty Woman Lover

Though Exotic was depicted as a polygamous gay man in the Netflix series, this music video is a huge contrast from that. It displays Exotic posing with two women dressed in racy cowboy gears. He even sings, “I’m a pretty woman lover, I’m an ugly woman’s dream,” right in front of this then-husband John Finlay.

96 Elephants

The song is about elephant-poaching, and includes graphic images of poached elephants. However, it still offers a little insight into the illegal business of poaching. “We can take on every animal God made, except the animal in man,” is a line in the song that actually spotlights the importance of wildlife conservation around the world.

For more Joe Exotic-fueled music videos, head on over here.

[via Variety, cover image via IMDb] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409289/Claw-Through-Some-Of-Tiger-King-Joe-Exotic-s-MVs-To-Escape-Work-Fur-tigue/

PETA Emblazons ‘Go Home & Go Vegan’ In Skies To Urge Onlookers To Head Back In



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PETA flew a banner reading, “Now. Go home and Go Vegan!” along the skylines of Gold Coast last weekend.

Voters in Queensland had to step out of the house to participate in compulsory elections despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Meanwhile, PETA decided to create a timely reminder that, in the midst of voting for change, residents should also consider switching their diets by going vegan.

PETA encouraged voters to go straight home after casting their votes. At the same time, it also urged citizens to adopt a vegan diet to prevent any pandemics in the future.

According to public health experts, the virus could have originated from a Wuhan market that sold live animals to customers.

COVID-19 is similar to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), swine flu and bird flu.

“As well as voting for change, we can all help to prevent future pandemics by going vegan,” PETA spokesperson Emily Rice said. “Whether it’s an illness that came from wildlife in a wet market, like COVID-19, or from pigs on a filthy farm, like swine flu, the only real way to prevent future panic is by avoiding meat like the plague.”

[via PETA, opening image via William Howard / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/409284/PETA-Emblazons-Go-Home-Go-Vegan-In-Skies-To-Urge-Onlookers-To-Head-Back-In/