Friday Fives, Vol. 122
We hope this finds you healthy and safe.
Every Friday we highlight five things we have on our radar that we think should be on yours, too.
Here’s this week’s Friday Fives.
It’s week 5, more or less. If you thought people were getting creative at weeks 2, 3, and 4, well, this week’s creative challenge takes the cake. After taking notice of the viral Instagram account, @tussenkunstenquarantine, The Metropolitan Museum of Art decided to create a #mettwinning challenge where people are tasked to recreate famous works of art in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Give the #mettwinning challenge a go this weekend! (We know you have nothing else to do! ;) ) –– RW
Quarantine has been difficult for a lot of industries and brands. Unsurprisingly, brick and mortar retail and restaurants have had a tough go of it in the past few weeks along with much of the service economy. At the same time, however, we’re seeing a huge uptick in certain businesses that were well positioned for this forced transition to the virtual world. Zoom and Roku have shown massive growth recently and Amazon’s operations have been so overwhelmed they’re taking active steps to limit the number of conversions. Clearly this is a big opportunity for many brands to put their best foot forward and show just how sticky their services can be. We’ll have to wait and see if they can cause a real sea change or if these are all short term gains before the world returns to the status quo. –– HY
One of the greatest parts about living in New York City is eating out. I would say about 50% of my money goes to eating out and enjoying what New York’s finest restaurants can offer, but at last, that has been ripped out of my hands. Now if COVID wasn’t a thing, we all might be outside on this beautiful spring day enjoying a slice of our favorite pizza (like this groundhog). Even still, there are ways to show some love for our favorite local restaurants, Either, by ordering take out (and giving a good tip) or going to Family Meal and donating. Family Meal is a website that helps raise money for local restaurants and their employees by sharing recipes designed by local illustrators and designers. If you’re like me, you might consider making Five Leaves’ Buttermilk dressing for your salad this weekend, and playing a video of McCarren park in the background. –– KY
I think I have “attended” more concerts and events during the past month in quarantine, than I ever have before. The access to different artists and speakers during this time has been an unexpected gift. This weekend will be no exception. On Saturday, Global Citizen and the World Health Organization are coming together for a truly star-studded special. Expect to see everyone from Lady Gaga to Lizzo “take the stage” (or more likely, their living room floor). And if that’s not hitting the right note for you, there’s plenty more to tune into. Jamie Lee Curtis is hosting a movie night tonight (fingers crossed for a Freaky Friday showing) and Erykah Badu is hosting an interactive concert experience on Sunday. –– AC
Looking for inspiration? Love historic typographic artifacts? Look no further because Letterform Archive has released their online archive to everyone! The historic archive houses over 60,000 books, periodicals, posters, sketches, original art, and more spanning decades of collections from around the world. This is the first iteration of the platform, meaning new features, and more content will be added regularly — check the link to travel back in time. –– CB
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