Hello! Here we are. How’s your week been? Great, great. Yeah not bad, thanks. Playing Monument Valley mostly, mixed in with listening to a lot of Beyonce, talking about Nirvana and washing out our dirty tupperware after use, drying it, and placing it back on the shelf where it lives. We thought it might be nice to accompany this Weekender with a song, so before you read on, press play on this lovely Weezer cover by naughty Mac DeMarco.
Stuff you may have missed this week
– We spoke to illustrator Matthew Daniel Swan about the benefits of drawing wizards.
– The wonderful, very talented Anna Calvi made us a very special Friday mixtape, woah!
– We chatted to designer Carol Monpart of The Plant about the absolutely beautiful books that adorn her shelves.
– We think more artists should write autobiographies, do you agree?
– AND here’s filmmaker and Spike Jonze collaborator telling us about his favourite music video (conveniently directed by Spike Jonze).
Sophia Epstein – The Pilion Trust Charity: Fuck the Poor?
I’ve been inspired this week, and while that doesn’t mean much as I’ve also been known to sob over that Coleman’s Shepherd’s Pie advert, there’s no denying how powerful this video’s message is. Who knew a man with a rude sign hanging around his neck would be able to pluck at so many people’s heartstrings. Things like this, that are so simple yet so clever, usually make me kick myself thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” But after watching this video my standard bitterness was drowned out by a sudden extreme need to buy a Big Issue; it will really open your eyes to something that’s actually right in front of you.
Maisie Skidmore – The weather according to Stevie Nicks
The internet can be a real drag sometimes – full of horrible tabloid newspapers saying gross things about quite nice people, and vile blogs recording women eating on public transport. Every now and again though, it throws up an image of Stevie Nicks doing a weather report, and we forgive it for all the evils it’s committed and smile in happy ignorance once again.
Rob Alderson -
My choices this week are both TV themed and designed to make you think. First up Alex Cican has created a website to help you work out how much time cumulatively you’ve dedicated/wasted to your favourite TV shows (if you’ve watched the whole thing). It’s a handy way for the box-set generation to reflect on their mortality.
In other TV news, the last season of Mad Men starts on Sunday as so designer/illustrator Jackie Lay has re-imagined our favourite MM characters in dog form. Highlights include Puggy Olso and Pekingese Campbell. It’s a handy way for the box-set generation to reflect on their mortality.
Liv Siddall -
I appreciate how I may sound like a bit of a stuck record, but I was born in the wrong era. The amount of times I’ve pushed past a wanker in a onesie drinking Carling at a festival and just thought “why, oh why wasn’t I tripping balls on a rug at the 1969 Bath Blues Festival watching Led Zeppelin?” Well, it wasn’t meant to be. But for Ed Vulliamy it was, as he spent his life going to as many festivals as possible, from Woodstock to the legendary Isle of Wight. This article over on The Guardian contains all the information on all the best festivals in history that you’d need, including important information on how they’ll never be the same again. Hats off to you, Ed!
James Cartwright -
This made me convulse with laughter. It will do the same for you. Promise.
- Retracing and recreating historic reggae record sleeves with photographer Alex Bartsch
- David Wilson directs deeply moving film B.E.N. about using AI robots to tackle loneliness
- Art and About: Charlotte Trounce celebrates the architectural beauty of museums and galleries
- Riikka Laakso’s screenprinted zine is a tribute to Moomin author Tove Jansson
- Sandy Van Helden’s illustrations of contemporary culture
- Bompas & Parr explores the strange world of sploshing (NSFW)
- Kodak returns to its 1970s symbol, joining the retrobrand bandwagon
- Kodak unveils the Ektra: its first ever smartphone
- Working Not Working reveals the top 50 companies creatives would kill to work for
- William Knight's socially conscious portfolio of graphic design
- Juan Aballe’s photographs of pastoral landscapes filled with wanderlust
- Exclusive first interview with new UK Vice.com editor Jamie Clifton