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Change by Design
from the editor.
Money Is Not a Game • The quest for digital status and financial success are now one and the same, fueling economic bubbles. What happens when the fun runs out?
BUBBLE TROUBLE • The peaks and valleys of outrageous fortune in 2021
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie • Halloween Kills isn’t the only project of hers that’s slaying.
JAMIE LEE CURTIS, INNOVATOR • “I’m an ideas person,” Curtis says. “I wish someone would just give me an office and let me generate ideas because that’s what I’m doing all the time.” These are some of her best.
Love in Lockdown • The coronavirus changed online dating. Here’s a look.
The King’s Gambit • Chess champion Fabiano Caruana has a winning strategy for keeping his head in the game.
CHESS RELIEF • A new generation of chess champions is popularizing the game through Twitch. Here are some of the rising stars to stream.
Hydrogen takes the spotlight • SOCALGAS [H2] HYDROGEN HOME IS SET TO REVOLUTIONIZE RENEWABLE ENERGY IN CALIFORNIA
SPACs Get Schooled • In the world of blank-check IPOs, there are the class leaders-and the regulators and short-sellers starting to put them back in their seats.
The Storm Behind the Calm • The mindfulness app Calm is both edgy and opportunistic in marketing mental well-being.
BRAIN BATTLE • How Calm shapes up against its primary rival, Headspace
Manufacturing’s cloud revolution • HOW THE INDUSTRY IS USING BIG DATA, IOT SENSORS, AND OTHER DIGITAL TOOLS TO HELP SOLVE THE WORLD’S PROBLEMS
the recommender. Garden Fresh • A countertop greenhouse for growing fresh herbs inside
Soundtrack for Entertaining
My Daily Media Diet • Christina Tosi, founder, Milk Bar
my operating system. • The Difficult Women and Hunger author takes our career questionnaire.
What to Read • Kwame Onwuachi, chef and author, Notes From a Young Black Chef
Working Lunch • Lunch habits of people working from home during the pandemic:
Creative thinking during challenging times • ALSAC’S ADOPTION OF AN INNOVATIVE MINDSET HELPED THE ORGANIZATION THRIVE DURING THE PANDEMIC
Innovation by Design 2012-2021 • Now in its 10th year, IBD celebrates a new class of winners, while glancing back at the past decade and inviting some of the world’s top designers to predict the future.
2 10 Years of Innovation • Over the past decade, more than 170 projects have earned the Fast Company Innovation by Design Award. Here’s the IBD honor roll, listing recipients by year and design discipline.
3 Urgent Matters
The Future • Can Design Help Lead Us Out of the Mess We’re In?
Metal of Honor
A NEW VISION • Neuroscientist Sheila Nirenberg’s breakthrough neural code is restoring sight in humans and expanding visual capabilities in computing, but some of her academic peers would like to see more transparency
SIGHT LINES • How Bionic Sight’s gene therapy and headset work together to help restore a patient’s vision
DETOXING TWITTER • AS TWITTER’S FIRST CHIEF DESIGN OFFICER, DANTLEY DAVIS WAS GIVEN A MANDATE TO FIGHT TOXICITY ON THE PLATFORM...