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Branding guru Babba Rivera on her new haircare line

The ByBabba CEO tells us about her Ceremonia haircare brand, which celebrates her Latinx heritage, and shares her favorite serums, concealer, and lip balm. Babba Rivera, CEO and founder of the branding agency ByBabba, was traveling to fashion shows last September when she realized that she was often the only Latinx person in the room. This wasn’t...

Why this Brooklyn library is betting on a future that’s bigger than books

Brooklyn’s Greenpoint library and environmental education center, by Marble Fairbanks and Scape, points to a climate-literate future. Here’s how. I have spent a lot of time in libraries in my day. But not one like this.Read Full Story

Trump’s ’60 Minutes’ stunt is just his latest ridiculous photo op. These photos prove it

We could fill a book. It should come as no surprise that a president who cut his teeth on reality TV would use visual props to make a point.Read Full Story

Joe Biden’s best fashion accessory isn’t his Ray-Bans

When Joe Biden wore a pocket square to accept the Democratic nomination for president, he was the first candidate to do so in 40 years. Here’s what the pocket square says about him. Presidential candidate and former VP Joe Biden loves a good pocket square. Amid the sea of dark suits that fill the political landscape, he often breaks the monotony with...

Adobe’s latest AI experiments will melt your brain

Every year, Adobe pulls up the curtain on some of its most futuristic projects. Here’s the best of 2020. Adobe’s biggest week of the year is its Adobe MAX conference. And while the company always announces new products, the most compelling part of the event is often unrelated to anything that actually ships.Read Full Story

4 experts reveal how COVID-19 has changed the advertising business

Client relationships, production, and hiring may never be the same, according to top executives at McCann Worldgroup, BBDO New York, the Martin Agency, and Johannes Leonardo. For Fast Company’s Shape of Tomorrow series, we’re asking business leaders to share their inside perspective on how the COVID-19 era is transforming their industries. Here’s what’s...

Bubba Wallace is unapologetic in striking new Root Insurance ad

The celebrated NASCAR driver was directly involved in the creative process, and the brand is aiming to show it’s a different kind of insurer. One of the few drivers that people who don’t follow NASCAR can name is Bubba Wallace, and he’s never even won a major race. Of course, he is one of the best up-and-coming drivers in the country, a young, magnetic...

Jony Ive is now consulting for Airbnb

LoveFrom, the design firm Jony Ive opened after leaving Apple last year, has a new client. And it’s a big one. In 2019, Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive announced that he was leaving the company to start his own design firm alongside longtime friend Marc Newson. His new design firm was called LoveFrom, a nod to a philosophy Ive learned from Steve...

Is it even possible to satirize Trump? $28 million worth of ads say it is

The Lincoln Project’s anti-Trump ads show power of biting satire. The narrator in a recent Lincoln Project ad tells listeners, “In six months, COVID-19 has killed more Americans than any disease in a hundred years. Donald Trump lied about it, rejected science, and still has no plan to save Americans.”Read Full Story

This housing advocate fled violence in Nigeria. Now he wants to end homelessness in America

Edafe Okporo is one of the inaugural recipients of the $200,000 David Prize. After fleeing homophobic violence and repression in Nigeria in 2016, public health and gay rights activist Edafe Okporo came to the United States to seek asylum. He spent five months in detention before being released one night with nowhere to go. His only option was a homeless...

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