Sexism, harassment, and discrimination in the workplace are issues that have been around as long as women have been in the workplace. The #MeToo movement exposed just how pervasive and commonplace it continues to be, and highlighted the systemic issues that leave those who experience it with little redress. advertisement advertisement As more people continue to share their stories of harassment in the workplace, companies who have ignored the issue are seeing the repercussions. Last year, a public scandal involving one of its top leaders led 20,000 Google employees to walk out in protest over the way that the search giant dealt with sexual harassment and misconduct. When Nike leaders discovered the extent to which harassment was rampant in its workplace, six of its top executives left, as Liz Segran previously reported for Fast Company. Workplaces can no longer sweep the problem under the rug, at least to the extent that they might have been able to in the past. … [Read more...] about These apps try to make reporting sexual harassment less of a nightmare. Do they work?
Babbel and The Wall Street Journal both turned away from the Freemium model this week. The outcome will be drastically different for each. advertisement advertisement Babbel, a language-learning site, came out of beta today with a surprise: It will be charge between $6.65 and $11.95 per month for access, according to TechCrunch. “Freemium doesn’t work for us,” the startup’s director told TC. It’s not for want of funding, either. Babbel held two successful rounds of funding in Europe, winning at least $1 million euros in total. But the subscription model allowed the company to do away with unsightly advertisements on its site, and to license higher-quality content from language publishers. The site’s principals are also hoping that a locked-in subscription account will keep the average language-learner active on the site, and prevent users from defecting to a free competitor. The second site to close down freemium access may be The Wall … [Read more...] about Can “Freemium” Work? Babbel and WSJ Say No and One of Them Is Wrong
Many designers make a very respectable living. According to a new survey of over 17,000 designers across the globe, conducted by the digital networking platform Dribbble earlier this year, product designers are doing quite well in particular. advertisement U.S.-based product designers working on physical and digital products report making an average salary of $103,000 a year. Not bad for passing on the law degree and medical license and (hopefully) never learning how to code! That figure doesn’t appear to be the result of a few whopping salaries that threw averages out of whack, either. In fact, 73% of product designers report making salaries of $75,000 or more. But there’s a catch: the highest-paid designers live in California, where 40% of those surveyed reported making $100,000 or more a year. Figures are similar in New York and Washington state (most likely the Seattle area, where Amazon and Microsoft live). In other words, designers who make six figures are often … [Read more...] about See the states where designers make the most money for their work
Andrew Herzog and Nicky Tesla were coming off the closure of their previous studio, HAWRAF, when they founded New York City-based design studio School in the summer of 2019. The duo had learned a lot from the experience of closing a studio, and they didn’t keep the findings to themselves. In many acts of radical transparency, the founding partners (which also included Carly Ayres and Pedro Sanches) lectured, interviewed, and even shared a public Google Drive of company documentation so that other creatives could learn from their experience. advertisement advertisement The guiding principles of HAWRAF—radical transparency and a continued search for knowledge—didn’t die when the studio closed its doors. Herzog and Tesla made the philosophy a key component of their new studio, and in some sense, it became its namesake. “We decided to call the studio School because we want continual learning and experimentation to be foundational components of our … [Read more...] about Spend a day inside the design studios you wish you worked for
How do you make your online portfolio stand out from the crowd? The New York-based design studio HAWRAF has an answer: Pick up the phone. advertisement advertisement The artist Marc Horowitz recently tasked HAWRAF with creating a new website design to showcase his work. Because Horowitz’s work tends to be on the conceptual and abstract side–he’s famous for driving across the country to have dinner with thousands of people for his piece The National Dinner Tour–having an explanation to go along with the work was a crucial aspect of the project. Rather than just including extra text like some portfolio designs might, the designers came up with a brilliantly simple solution to contextualize the art. At first glance, HAWRAF’s design looks like a pretty standard portfolio. There are tabs at the top, with images below that represent 32 projects dating all the way back to 2001. But the designers, inspired by the audio tours … [Read more...] about This Artist’s Portfolio Lets You Call Him To Explain His Work