Friday, April 17, 2020

Flattening the Curve, Day 30

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Hello everyone. Today is the thirtieth day of my mandatory leave from my work site due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Thirty days...

I can't think of anything in my life over the last fifteen years that I've done consistently for 30 days except eating and sleeping...

Until now.

For the first time since I started this blog I have shown up here for the past thirty days to write about whatever is on my mind, in my heart, or what art I've created. And all because a pandemic has placed me in quarantine.

I've always had the idea to share some of my favorite podcasts here and it feels like now is the time.

I am especially excited to present The Observatory, a podcast hosted by Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand. As designers, Michael and Jessica discuss design, current events, and current enthusiasms. I've linked the current episode which I just listened to this morning.

In the episode Jessica announced that she is now writing a daily essay series entitled The Self-Reliance Project. The writings are intended to prompt one to think about "what it means to be a maker during a crisis - to think through making, to know yourself better through the process of producing something - and how this kind of return to self-knowledge might just be the entire point." The essays can be found on their website Design Observer which "is a great place to meet for conversation about all the ways design affects our lives."

Thanks for reading and see you again soon.


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