This year has been a pretty wild ride so far, and one of the big things to have emerged from it is a massive shift in the way we work. Sadly for many, there’s obviously been a sharp decrease in earnings or opportunities; while mass redundancy announcements seem to have become the norm.
For those of us lucky enough to need pretty much just a laptop to get stuff done – i.e. much of the work undertaken in the creative industries – home working has become the norm. Sure, that’s dreamy as hell for a bit: no more commute, no more need to bother wearing anything but PJs or a tracksuit, no distracting colleagues, no-one looking over your shoulder (at least in a physical sense).
The flip side, of course, is that also means you’re never really forced to leave the house. Which means legs and brains can become a little fuzzy, and dirty joggers can (for some, not I, I’ll be honest) feel better about themselves when not living in a uniform of Kappa tracksuits. Colleagues, too, can be pretty fun, and help you avoid the sense of howling into the void. Plus no-one’s kicking you up the arse to stop gazing out the window/into the fridge.
A project from an international team, New Rules of Work – Pandemic Edition, brings all this to life beautifully, creating type-based moving graphics that satirise these relatable everyday things that we’ve likely all experienced during the Covid-19 lockdown.
It’s a collaboration between Sathe and Division of Labor writer
The designs form part of the New Rules of Work series that has been running for more than half a decade and was founded by Paul Hirsch, the co-founder of US design agency