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A Stark Difference

Issue No. 80

Hey there friends, here are our recommended reads of the week. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here! Got your coffee or tea ready? ☕️

Around the web

Featured Article + Book

It's a novel about race, and class, and privilege

Ng is full of praise for the city’s refusal to ignore race, to prevent backsliding. Yet “what I remember about race relations in the 1990s,” she says, “is that you showed your awareness by saying you didn’t see race, that you were colour-blind”. Shaker Heights was much more advanced than other places but “the assumption was still that everybody is equal, we can overcome racism. Now our understanding is more complicated. Everyone is not equal – we have a bigger understanding of privilege.” The decade was, in general, one of optimism; it was “placid … a little self-satisfied”.

You can buy it on Amazon here.


How to use Auto-Layout in Figma to speed up your workflow

Register and join to learn how Ramy Majouji, Product Designer at Glossier, and Joey Banks, Designer Advocate at Figma, use Auto Layout and other features to speed workflows up for their fellow designers and non-designers.

Can't make it?! That's okay, you can get a copy in your email afterward.

Product + Service

Aleria — No more guess work in D&I

This week I had the privilege of speaking with Lisa Magill, co-founder of Aleria, and I absolutely love their mission. Aleria's goal is to use tech to quantify, and in turn take the guess work out of D&I for companies—and not in the bullshit PR way. They're helping companies ensure employees are happy and increase performance.

Think your company or employer needs this? Give them a holler.


Mel Beggs, blogger on Autism and disability, dies at 39

While we're trying to stray away from the heavy news, this deserves recognition. The world of inclusiveness and diversity are a bit heavier with the passing of Mel Beggs. Their writings and films about being a non-verbal person with autism made an impact in the fields of neurodiversity and disability rights.


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