Happy Monday! Now that we’re only 4 days away from Christmas, it’s difficult to catch up on the latest creative news, right? We got you covered with all the latest news, trends and all that fine creative stuff.
Top News 👇
After Microsoft employees went virtual during the Covid-19 pandemic, company research found that employees’ satisfaction with work-life balance dropped by 13 percentage points. Why? Unsustainable work practices that kept them tethered to technology. To improve well-being, the company uncovered the root causes — always-on collaboration, a lack of focus time, and unused vacation and time away — and set about remedying them. Their actions — prioritizing work, setting boundaries, and reevaluating meetings — can be implemented by other companies facing similar workforce challenges. → read further
Looks like Clubhouse’s first-to-market share is being taken away by the big social media players. The success of the disruptive app caused other social media platforms to start working on their own versions or develop existing live features in order to compete. Facebook created its own audio suite called Live Audio Rooms; the feature is currently being tested in Taiwan. Taiwan is one of Facebook’s markets where public figures often interact freely with their Facebook followers. Following the initial testing stages, Facebook will integrate Live Audio Rooms into Groups and add its Stars feature so creators can monetise their audio content. → read further
Something to think about👇
December is the most hectic month of the year. You’re probably finishing several client projects in time for a good Christmas break, buying gifts for your family and friends and trying to get that festive look on. The last thing we need is to think about the tax deadline… TaxScouts exists to remove that stress away from you and take care of your taxes.
Advice Column 👇
The bad news: We all face powerful mental blocks that stop us when we’re trying to achieve our goals. The good news: We can outwit them. Here’s how, according to cognitive psychologist Amanda Crowell. → read further
When we’re tired or stressed, our brains want to save mental energy and help us make decisions quickly. We’re wired to move toward things that make us feel good and away from things that make us feel uncomfortable. Our brains tag effort as bad, because it’s hard work, and we’re more likely to “go with our gut” instead of carefully considering all the available information. So how do we do hard things when our brains are constantly telling us to avoid effort? The author offers three tips. → read further
The creative world (especially design) seems to favour those who develop a strong presence on social media. But what happens if you’re an introverted freelancer who slides away from self-promotion? → read further
2022 Trends 👇
If there’s anything 2021 has shown us, it's how fast the world is moving. Diamonds are made under pressure as they say and if any year has put pressure on adapting and changing the way we live our lives it’s 2021.
2020 was intense for sure, but we spent most of it learning how to cope. In many ways, 2021 has been a year-long hangover, figuring out how to get to grips with the wild madness of 2020 and the result has been very interesting, to say the least.
Wishu has put together some trend predictions in terms of what we see for creatives and creative media in the upcoming twelve months. These conclusions have been based on a year's worth of weekly and sometimes daily research within our creative field. Hopefully, this gives you a heads up on what to look out for in 2022?
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