By Fast Company Staff
Sometimes, it’s obvious from the get-go that a moment in tech history is . . . well, historic. Other times, it’s clear only in the fullness of time. Yet another type of historic moment flies largely under the radar, shaping our lives more than most people ever realize.
As Fast Company celebrates our 25th anniversary, we’ve compiled a list of 25 moments that have defined the tech industry since our first issue hit the stands with a cover date of November 1995. …
By Elizabeth Segran
COVID-19 has killed maximalism. The design trend gave us lush textures, jewel tones, baroque patterns, and much, much more over the past decade, as the global economy boomed: Sotheby’s launched a maximalism portal on its website devoted to loud, colorful statement pieces; even Ikea, famous for democratizing Scandinavian minimalism, took a sharp turn toward plush textiles, metallic finishes, and audacious wallpaper.
But this era of “more is more” is coming to an end, and the pandemic is to blame. Enter minimalism, which is making a comeback, but with a twist. The experts I spoke with suggest that it doesn’t look as cold and clinical as minimalist movements of the past. …
By Zlati Meyer
The call from the general manager came right after Easter. Jim, a 37-year-old Disney employee who doesn’t want to use his real name due to concerns about his job security, was being furloughed after a decade of service. At the time, he thought it wouldn’t last long, but in mid-August, he got an email, saying the furlough was continuing.
“People in my position are put in limbo,” Jim explains. “I find hope in the furlough because it’s still going on. I know there would be a sense of relief being laid off. …