Every Friday we highlight five things we have on our radar that we think should be on yours, too.

Since Thanksgiving (and Black Friday) is just around the corner and we’ll be out of “office”, this marks our last Friday Fives for the month!

We hope you have a great Thanksgiving, and we’ll see you in December! Here’s this week’s Friday Fives.

Banking on Daylight

In reaction to major banks across the United States enforcing practices that discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalized groups, people have started creating neobanks that cater to the needs of certain communities. Two days ago Rob Curtis announced Daylight, a digital bank catering to LGBTQ+ customers. Daylight provides financial counseling to help LGBTQ+ millennials plan out their futures. Banking institutions discriminate against same-sex couples by denying mortgages or giving higher interest rates, and Daylight seeks to rebuild a healthy relationship between a person and their bank. Curtis wants to take a different approach to banking and build an institution that empowers rather than belittles the LGBTQ+ community. — AS

The year that made bleach headlines

It’s safe to say that 2020 has been the most unexpected year yet. Postmates went ahead and confirmed how strange it has been by breaking down some pretty unbelievable numbers. Like how sourdough bread making kits soared 600% in 2020. Or how on November 7, champagne purchases skyrocketed 445%. Some other facts were less shocking, like how when sports came back, the most popular orders on Monday nights were pizza, tacos, and chicken wings. My thoughts after reading this…will toilet paper sales make it into history books later on? Check out Postmates’ End of World Review to see more astonishing numbers! — EO

The name says it all

There is a recurring theme in a lot of the Friday Fives articles that interests many of the designers here at TWA: packaging. While we all love a good packaging design, it can also have the highest carbon footprint out of a lot of what we do. So when we see a brand like ReMarkable, we’re automatically interested. The new packaging for ReMarkable is entirely recyclable worldwide and is also half the size of its previous packaging. Reducing material use is no small feat and the design team even managed to cut both production cost and the amount of air in shipping, making everything more efficient! — RW

Amazon is taking over

On Tuesday, Amazon added to its never-ending list of offerings and revealed Amazon Pharmacy, a new section of its website that lets people order pharmacy medication through its site. Shoppers can pay with their health insurance and discounts are available for Prime members without insurance. This announcement comes at a highly convenient time given that the pandemic is keeping a lot of people inside, but Amazon Pharmacy faces competition from other big-name pharmacy chains such as CVS and Walgreens. However, this new push leaves people questioning: what is the future of healthcare and pharmacies? Will this disrupt big Pharma companies and help make medicine more accessible? Will we see Amazon’s increasing monopoly on more and more industries? — NY

A stuffed holiday

Can’t end this Friday Fives without a nod to Thanksgiving! Alright..it is 2020, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate Thanksgiving or enjoy Black Friday (which has gradually ballooned into weeks of “early” sales, but I digress). In fact, many stores are taking into account these unique times to ensure that we can all still get on with our Thanksgiving dinners and shopping splurges. If that side dish you’ve been tasked with preparing is stressing you out, Campbell’s is offering Dinner Insurance for those who purchase and use their products for Thanksgiving dinner (Manhattan only, sorry!). And if you have the even more daunting task of prepping the turkey, hit up Whole Foods and its Turkey Protection Plan (but act fast, this offer ends 11/22). And we all know that after this smooth and successful feast comes shopping. I’m sure that like me, there’s a lot on your holiday (and personal) shopping list, so check out this article to see what items you should snag now, on Black Friday, or maybe wait to buy in 2021. — CC

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