June 2018’s Coolest Things

We’ve all heard that the Battle Royale genre of videogame is the next big trend, but for the folks in the Sutherland Labs, that kind of game is old news. Every month we enter the arena of our communal slack channel to do battle over the coolest things that we have seen in the last four weeks, and armed with only our keyboards and high-speed internet connections, you can be sure that we deliver the finest morsels of brain candy that you could ever imagine.

Without further ado, I present to you, your champions; the coolest things we have seen in June 2018.

Jake Knapp’s To-Do Lists

Inspired by the way that a chef operates in the kitchen, ex-google Design Director and time-management-obsessive Jake Knapp has devised a new way to create To-Do lists that keeps all of the plates spinning while also ensuring that your emotional energy is invested where it is required. If you have had enough of staring into toilet-roll length to-do lists, the brevity his design offers might be just the thing to help you push through your jobs for the day.

Icebreaker Activities Suck

After discussing our own personal experiences with icebreaker activities it is difficult not to agree with Kaye Chapman’s hypothesis about them sucking. The extreme icebreaker activities that she has had to deal with drew a distressed noise from even the most extroverted member of the team, and the alternatives that she proposed may well start appearing in the Labs – as a prelude to a creative session – fairly soon.

Lyft Community Hubs

One of the biggest losses in the gig economy has been the sense of community that can accompany working in a larger organization, but Lyft are trying their best to revitalize that community spirit by investing $100 Million into constructing a network of “driver hubs” in major cities across America where their non-employees can gather around water coolers and gossip.

Sad Words

We are big believers in the importance of language. With so many of our recent activities centering on chatbots and digital voice assistants, it is pretty much essential for us to have a focus on linguistics. Therefore it is of particular interest to us that you can tell someone’s mental state from their word usage, even when they are avoiding the subject. And while the author of this piece seems to have jumped to a neurolinguistic programming solution, where changing the words that you use can somehow change a brain-chemical imbalance, it is still fascinating to look at the correlation between certain phrases and depression.

That is all you are getting for now, but rest assured our valiant contenders will be back to duke it out with another round of Cool Things in time for next month.

The Labs Team

Sutherland Labs