The Friday Fives vibes are good this week. A special thanks to Bernie Sanders for being himself and to playlists that last only as long as our pasta is supposed to cook.

All in a Day’s Work

I spent way too long in these worlds created by Siqi for Mailchimp. She brought to life a series of entrepreneurs and their incredibly relatable challenges through her signature style of stop-motion animation. All handmade (with the exception of CGI for facial expressions), the detail was charming and joyful, even if the subject matter wasn’t. She relates each film to an individual start-up, and her own connection to adapting to challenges and creating her own voice in the process makes this collaboration a very relatable, and much needed breath of fresh air. — DK

Pasta Playlists

How long should pasta cook? It’s one of the world’s great mysteries, and is ultimately unknowable. People have thrown it at walls, burned their fingers tasting it, and set egg timers like maniacs. But now, you can just dance. Barilla released Spotify playlists that last exactly as long as it takes to cook their different shapes of pasta. Meravigliosa! Just remember to turn off “repeat.” — CC

The #Bern Returns

You know a meme has hit a cultural nerve when it has a life before and after the brands latch on. In my opinion, though, this latest Bernie Sanders meme is very telling of how the next four years will play out, where society will still demand accountability from our political leaders and poke fun at them. Take a moment to chuckle, and check out the best Bernie memes here. — EO

10 Billion Pixel Pearl

This might be an unpopular opinion, but walking through museum galleries with ‘old timey’ paintings is kind of boring to me especially because we can’t get close to the painting and we definitely can’t touch it without an alarm going off or a security guard telling you off. However, thanks to technology, we can now see the nitty gritty details of Girl with a Pearl Earring (and hopefully others in the future) sitting in the comfort of our homes. The scan is the work of Hirox’s Emilien Leonhardt and Vincent Sabatier, who photographed the painting using a high-resolution microscope.These images also include 3D scans which let you look at the painting’s textures and layers from different angles. — CP

What We’re Reading

Here at TWA we’re reading “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett (Barack Obama suggested it) and “Educated” by Tara Westover (again, thanks Obama) but there’s all sorts of good reads to inspire designers out there. Don’t worry, they’re not about design. We’re almost done with our list, please, what are you reading? — AC

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