BWW Blog: I’ve Graduated! Now What?

Emilee Geist

Welcome to the first chapter of the “I’ve Graduated! Now What?” series! As I’m now officially a senior, I’m thinking about my next steps after I leave college. And what better way to learn more than from listening from experience?

This will be a series of interviews with BW’s recent graduates from arts-related programs such as Music Theatre, Arts Management, Theatre Acting, etc. People who are making their way into the job market even during a global pandemic. My intention is to showcase these people’s talent but also help readers learn more about the reality of their field of interest.

First up, we have Cleveland native Enrique Miguel! Enrique is fresh out of the #1 Music Theatre program in the country (according to OnStage Magazine) and has recently made the big move to living in New York City. His favorite role while at BW was Michael Mell in BE MORE

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Mazes of maize: Get lost in a corn field this fall

Emilee Geist

(WPRI) ─ Nothing says “fall” like venturing through rows and rows of corn.

Corn mazes have become a fall favorite in Southern New England. But this year, the coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for some local farms to make their mazes safe for guests.

While several farms opted not craft their corn mazes this year, those that did had to battle extreme drought conditions.

There’s no better way to see a corn maze than from the air, so Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo flew Sky Done 12 over the mazes that decided to open this year.

Know before you go: Detailed 7-Day Forecast »

Escobar Farm ─ Portsmouth, R.I.

Escobar Farm Corn Maze with a salute to farmers
Escobar Farm corn maze

The 8-acre corn maze at Escobar’s Highland Farm in Portsmouth will keep you busy all afternoon.

This year, the maze’s design is a tribute to farmers. A tractor is carved into the rows of corn, along with

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What do Twitter and Impossible Foods have in common? They both want to

Emilee Geist

Giselle Guerrero

In a talk during Fast Company’s annual Innovation Festival moderated by Senior Writer Mark Wilson, two leaders from major brands discussed how their companies are tackling some of the world’s biggest problems. Giselle Guerrero, vice president of creative at Impossible Foods, which makes plant-based meat alternatives, said her team is actively trying to disrupt the meat industry, which is one of the world’s top polluters. Meanwhile, Dantley Davis, chief design officer at Twitter, said his company is working to combat the disinformation and vitriol the platform has become known for. While these brands might seem dissimilar, they both have something in common: the potential to impact our world for the better.

Guerrero says taking on the meat industry required a new approach to branding. Impossible’s visual identity uses pastel colors, vivid photography, and quirky patterns that read more like an optimistic DTC start up than the flame-charred Guy

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Use This Site to Read and Annotate Articles Without Ads

Emilee Geist

Advertisements are an unavoidable part of consuming content online, and using adblockers to disable or hide them doesn’t always make for the best reading experience. Beyond that, if you’re trying to focus on the words, even the basic design of a website can be a distraction. If these sound like problems that plague you, there’s a website that can help.

Outline.com is a free site that strips ads and other distractions from online articles so you can read them in peace.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Open Outline.com,
  2. Copy and paste an article’s URL into the “Enter Article URL” box.
  3. Click “Create Outline.” 
  4. The article will load in a new Outline window with all ads and unimportant visual elements removed (text formatting, images, and videos remain intact, however).

The end result is akin to enabling Focus Mode on Microsoft Edge or Safari’s Reader mode; you’ll be served up the

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How to Make a Video Game: The Best Game Development Software for 2020

Emilee Geist

Even the most demanding creative fields can have low barriers to entry. For instance, you don’t need to know how to use photo editing or video editing software to take a picture or shoot a movie on your phone. Humanity wrote brilliant literature with paper, ink, and feathers for hundreds of years before word processors. But what about video games, the most modern artistic medium?

Today, you have more options than ever for pursuing a career in game development and more ways of sharpening your skills beyond modding new Doom level WAD files. Every year, new generations of developers graduate from game design schools all over the world. Shout out to DePaul, DigiPen, Full Sail, and NYU Game Center. But with just a computer and some self-motivation, you can teach yourself to make the game of your dreams with consumer video game development software.

GameMaker showcase

Choose Your Character

How do we

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Google Nest Audio – Review 2020

Emilee Geist

While most other smart speakers are iterating quickly, the Google Home is finally seeing a replacement after three years. The $99.99 Nest Audio takes the middle spot between the $49 Nest Mini and the $299 Google Home Max. For a third of the price of the booming Home Max, the Nest Audio offers crisp, clean, room-filling sound that easily eclipses the Nest Mini. Google Assistant voice control is better than ever, and with multiple connectivity options via Bluetooth and Google Cast, the Nest Audio is an excellent smart speaker and a worthy rival to the Amazon Echo, earning our Editors’ Choice.

Design

The Nest Audio can easily be mistaken for for the cylindrical Apple HomePod if you look at it from any one angle, but a quick walkaround reveals that it’s in fact shaped more like a giant bar of soap. The speaker measures 6.9 by 4.9 by 3.1 inches

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‘Super Mario 35’ Evokes Nintendo’s Strained Relationship With Fan Developers : NPR

Emilee Geist

Super Mario 35 once again brings to mind the influence of Nintendo’s fan community.

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Super Mario 35 once again brings to mind the influence of Nintendo’s fan community.

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In early 2019, game developer and Youtuber Infernoplus had an idea — what if he took a classic video game and gave it a contemporary twist?

That game was the original Super Mario Bros for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and to lend it a modern touch, Infernoplus — who prefers to go by his online username — wanted to turn it into a Fortnite-inspired “battle royale” game. “I had kind of jokingly said at the time you can make anything into a battle royale,” he tells NPR. “Every single game publisher in the world wanted to make one at that particular moment.”

The battle royale genre sees a large number of players compete

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Fashion Designer Kenzo Takada Dies From COVID-19

Emilee Geist

PARIS (AP) — Kenzo Takada, the iconic French-Japanese fashion designer famed for his jungle-infused designs and free-spirited aesthetic that channeled global travel, has died. He was 81.

The family said in a statement to French media Sunday that Takada died from complications from COVID-19 in a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. A public relations officer for Kenzo’s brand confirmed that Takada died, but didn’t give a cause of death.

“It is with immense sadness that KENZO has learned of the passing of our founder,” the fashion house said in a statement. “For half a century, Mr. Takada has been an emblematic personality in the fashion industry — always infusing creativity and color into the world.”

Takada’s death came at the tail end of Paris Fashion Week, whose nine-day calendar is undertaking an unusual fashion season for spring-summer 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was only days ago that the

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Venmo launches credit card with focus on splitting payments and mobile design

Emilee Geist

Venmo is rolling out a credit card with a personal QR code that users can show friends when trying to split payments.


PayPal

PayPal Holdings Inc.’s Venmo said Monday that it was beginning the rollout of its credit card, betting that a mobile-oriented design and a rewards experience tailored to personalized spending habits will draw users to the offering in a crowded market for rewards credit cards. 

The card lets users split payments more naturally and receive cash-back rewards directly into the Venmo app, which Venmo general manager Darrell Esch said was in keeping with the mobile and community focus of the popular peer-to-peer money-transfer service. 

Venmo, which announced last October that it would be launching a credit card but didn’t detail all of the card’s features until now, said Monday that certain users will be able to apply for the card immediately if they have the newest version of

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How Cities (and Citizens) Create Hostile Environments

Emilee Geist

Adapted from stories found in The 99% Invisible City by Roman Mars and Kurt Kohsltedt

Cities and their citizens are in constant dialog, but sometimes that conversation is one-sided. Master plans and grand designs aside, cities employ a wide array of smaller, more targeted, top-down strategies in public spaces, using designed objects to shape the behavior of residents. These strategies are embraced by some but criticized by others. To critics, dissuasive approaches (often called defensive design or hostile architecture) can be subtly pernicious and even downright cruel.

Defensive Design From the Top Down

Take public benches, for example, many of which are specifically crafted to let people take a short break without being able to fully relax. Unpleasant public seats at parks, bus stops, and airports are made to keep people from getting too comfortable. Discomfort is something we tend to think of as an unwanted byproduct of bad design,

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