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.

I’ve seen a future without cars and it’s amazing

Especially for someone living in New York, one of the few benefits of quarantine has been the (relative) quietness that has come with the streets being free of cars. Save for the screaming sirens, New York has been relatively free of the loud commotion that is rush-hour traffic. As cities begin to reopen and cars flood back into the streets, this NY Times column has mapped out something that we never before dared to imagine — Manhattan with no cars. Is banning cars in Manhattan realistic? Probably not, but it’s definitely still worth taking a look at New York reimagined (best viewed on a laptop!). — CC

Organization by Operation LEGO

I promise I wasn’t searching for this, but this is one of those situations where you ask yourself, “well — this is someone’s job right?” George Cave, an interaction technologist and design engineer, finally answers the burning question on all of our minds: How are all those small UI graphics on lego bricks designed?

Turns out, there is a method to the madness that spans decades. The mini-figure’s interface is a simple yet complex history of basic shapes and representations of complex data — a true exercise in organizing a lot of critically important “nothingness.” Cave’s historic survey of organized input dates back to the mid 1900s Soviet machine rooms and even basic piping on buildings. His exercise takes us away from the screen for a more thorough look at how we disseminate interfaces, functions, and forms. Check the link for more! — CB

This is more extra than guac

Just when I thought 2020 could not get any more crazier, Chipotle has just announced that they have come out with apparel called Chipotle Goods. From avocado print button-ups to baby blankets, the apparel line includes an assortment of merchandise inspired by their offerings, and all the profits from the sales of Chipotle Goods will be donated to causes working to make food and apparel more sustainable. Some of my favorites from the line? The “Chips and Guac” slides and the “Foil” phone case. — EO

Design for the future

Like many other industries, there is a huge representation gap in design. To challenge that gap, Deon Mixon created a game called Design Eye to teach underrepresented communities about design through trivia and creative challenges. The board game is a cross between a few different board games you might be familiar with like Life, Cranium, and Trivial Pursuit and helps players master six foundations of design including branding, print design, package design, environmental design, web design, and motion design. If you are looking for ways to support the creative community this summer, consider donating to Design Eye’s Kickstarter. — EO

A creative smorgasbord

Today marks one week since Beyonce released her visual album #BlackisKing and it’s been blowing our minds ever since. One may say that it’s the highlight of 2020, we know it’s one of ours! Every detail within the world of “Black is King” was considered, from the art framed on the walls to the hairstyles worn throughout the film. In a wonderland of style, artistry, choreography, sets, and music, Beyonce has brought together a smorgasbord of today’s best artists and curators. — TP

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