Welp. It wasn’t the best year. But we made it through.

There’s a lot to say about COVID, BLM protests, the election, and the general state of our society outside of the work place. We continue to try and do better both in our work practice and culture, and also…

June 2020, venturing out of Bed Stuy.

Normally, these year end recaps are part a celebration of things that give me joy (travel, art, music, food) and reflection on the work that I find meaningful and occupies my days (somewhere at the intersection of design, technology, culture, and progress).

This mess of a year was always going…

Illustration by Killbeek

Jill Singer and I have been friends since college. She founded Sight Unseen in 2009 and has become an influential voice supporting designers. We talked over Zoom in May of 2020.

Our conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

RRD: Let’s start at the beginning, Jill. …

Hi. I’m going to keep this simple — the goal in the next 60 or so days will be to Get Out the Vote (GOTV).

We need to motivate people to vote and educate them about their options, particularly in the face of COVID-related health concerns and Republican-fueled efforts to…

Illustration by Patricia Furtado

Paul and I were friends at university and across cities and continents in the years following. The following conversation took place in 2007 at our friend Robin’s parents’ home in St. John, Virgin Islands. That home, Purt-Ny-Shee, was destroyed by hurricane Irma in 2017.

What follows is a lightly edited…

Illustration by Patricia Furtado

Jota Borgmann and I have been friends for over ten years in New York City. She is an attorney who advocates for clients living in adult care housing. We talked over Zoom in April of 2020.

Our conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

All views expressed in this…

Illustration by Tatiana Braga

Kim Nicholas and I went to college together, overlapping slightly in the Earth Systems Program at Stanford University. In the midst of the global pandemic, we hopped on a Zoom call from Lund, Sweden and Brooklyn, New York to talk about growing up, wine, and climate change.

Our conversation has…

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The last few days have been a resurgence of sadness and frustration. A big part of the frustration is not feeling like there is anything that we can do as individuals, beyond being allies, joining protests, and donating to support organizations.

I would like to suggest that you…

Illustration by Saksham Verma

Chuck Armstrong and I share a love for comedy, and while I am no longer funny, Chuck continues to be, as one half of the group Charles.

We chatted via email. It wasn’t funny enough. So then we had a quarantine Zoom session. …

I have never run a restaurant, and haven’t worked in once since I was 19 and was the only barman, waiter, and room service runner the bar (all at once) for a Holiday Inn in Rhode Island for a summer.

I do run a small design studio.

I love going…

Ritik Dholakia

Studio Rodrigo. State x State. Brooklyn, NY.

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