What a week! How was yours? Good? Hmm. Okay shut up. It’s time for the weekend, strap yourselves in and get ready for a roller-coaster ride! Well, if you can call getting drunk with your weird friends and doing your laundry again a roller-coaster. Depends what you’re into. This week we’ve been entertained by Barack Obama, the sweet drawings of Mari Kanstad Johnsen and this film where dogs fall in love and sniff each other’s butts.
Stuff you should have gotten around to reading this week
– This week’s bookshelf comes by way of children’s book illustrator Chris Haughton.
– Director Anna Ginsburg told us why The Pharcyde’s Drop is her favourite ever music video.
– We discussed Grayson Perry, Neil Young and Design Indaba in this week’s episode of Studio Audience.
– Did you send something really, really great in to It’s Nice That? See if it made the top five over in Things.
– Rob Alderson’s Opinion piece this week discusses why designers must guard against the march of homogenous visual culture.
– We also introduced the talented designer Elyn Kazarain!
This week I was treated to some unadulterated nostalgia by way of this eight-hour YouTube clip of the entire Sims soundtrack, including expansion packs. I think about, and talk about The Sims quite a lot. I think the amount I played in my teenage years had a positively profound affect on my life. This tinky-tonky shopping mall music just brings it all gushing back like crazy.
Two bits of Seinfeld-related stuff from me this week that have tickled me pink. First up I have gone on before about my love for the online interview series Comedian In Cars Getting Coffee (here and here) but permit me to do so one more time. This episode with Tina Fey was flagged up to me this week and it’s brilliant, but look out in particular for the best use of product placement ever at around 4:30. Staying with Seinfeld, hats off to LJ Frezza who put together this six-minute super cut of the people-free NYC filler scenes from the iconic sitcom. Oddly compelling.
Karl Pilkington is a comedy phenomenon discovered by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant way back in the days of their XFM show. Coined by Gervais as an "idiot with a head like a fucking orange,” he made such an impact on the duo that they started the The Ricky Gervais Show podcast simply to record their conversations with him for the world to hear. Over the past 10 years he has kept millions of people amused with his absurd and wonderful observations on modern life, and just to bring him right back into your life, here’s some of the best bits can be found in this compilation of his amazing diary! ENJOY!
Vice’s Clive Martin just keeps getting better and better. His deeply satirical look at UK club culture is always so brilliantly scathing that I’ve permanently stopped going out. Here he is bemoaning the state of Britain’s young men. Just look at them all. They’re a mess.
- Artist Howard Fonda captures the vibrancy of summer for Ace & Tate
- Robbie Simon, the jack of all trades and the master of them too
- Mattis Dovier’s weird and wonderful 8-bit dot animation for XXX’s music video
- Jessica Lehrman's photographic document of social revolution, Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street
- Zoe Kao and Huang Wun-Siang find inspiration in the uncertainty of the design process
- Documenting the world in motion: Lauren Tamaki’s illustrations of modern life
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Is it ever OK to work for free?
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Peter Saville and Tate Design Studio create beer can artwork for Switch House pale ale