Twitter has been beside itself with the fact that today saw 11:11 11/11/2011 proving that man can explore the outer reaches of space and scour the depths of the oceans, but as a race humanity is mainly impressed by calendrical coincidence. Take that scientists (love you really). Now on this monumental day of all the ones, who fancies a little bit of The Weekender…
Best of the blog
This week our heads have been spinning with the sheer amount of quality work that’s come our way. Actually our heads were literally spinning thanks to James Bridle’s Rorschmap, where Google Maps goes all kaleidoscopey, and we imagine that anyone who receives post from Ritta Ikonen must be left fairly bamboozled by her weird and wonderful postal project. But we were not befuddled by Isabel Greenberg winning The Observer’s graphic short story competition cos she’s aces – so naturally we spoke to her too.
Best of the rest
There was a queue of art critics lining up to eulogise over the Leonardo show which opened at The National Gallery this week, but hats off to The Guardian for doing something clever, interactive and genuinely insightful. We also enjoyed Creative Review’s post on the new brand for the USA and I admit the Hollywood Movie Car Design Challenge featured on Design Boom made me dribble a bit.
Tweet of the week
“It’s a little-known fact that Nietzsche had a friend called Nurtzsche, who he always argued with.”
Took us a while @Gary_Gillatt but very droll sir, very droll indeed.
Creepy Tumblr of the week
With the strapline “Where men meets moustaches meets hair,” Moustair fulfills the key criteria of any great Tumblr – fascinating but utterly pointless. Happy Movember everyone!
Tough day at the office of the week
You know those days where you’ve got a conference call, three meetings AND two reports to finish. Well get over it – these guys had to airlift rhinos to help save them…
(Found via Shortlist)
Unexpected transformation of the week
So the cute little kid from Jerry Maguire got STACKED…
Illustrated insight into dogs’ minds of the week
I’ve never trusted dogs, what with their wagging tails and unconditional love. But this blog lets us see just what man’s supposed best friend really thinks…
Heartwarming balloon use of the week
US artist Yazmany Arboleda gave out 10,000 yellow balloons to cheer up Kenyan commuters this week. It made us smile.
Counting down the days until 22:22 on 22/2/2022…psyche!
- Photographer Damien Maloney on working intuitively and playing with reality
- “Prayer paintings, manga and motivational images”: Gitte Maria Moller's cryptic artworks
- Jad Hussein's tropical catalogue design for Paris exhibition Jamaica, Jamaica
- From Lemon Twigs to Laura Marling: Hollie Fernando’s painterly photography folio
- Hey presto, it's Best of the Web!
- Paris-based Studio Jimbo creates "impact and power" with punchy poster designs
- Alex Norris’ hilarious three-panelled webcomics are universally appealing
- Southbank Centre visual identity redesigned by North, to be a “confident masthead” for the institution
- The Buzzfeed redesign: UK art director Tim Lane talks us through his seven-month overhaul
- Fresh Yale grad Franci Virgili applies an academic approach to graphic design
- Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger on how to stand out
- Leipzig graphic design studio Lamm & Kirch on their shared ethos