When’s it too late to say Happy New Year? People are still saying it but it seems a bit weird. What if I don’t see someone for months, then I bump into them in my local opticians (or similar) in, like, July? Should I wish them Happy New Year? Will they judge me? Will the optician (or similar) judge me? It’s these kind of things that’ll keep you up at night. Let the balm of The Weekender soothe your worries, and hope for the best…
Best of the site
KAPOW! We’re back getting all 2012 and that and what a right rollicking start we’ve had. We were fascinated to speak to Pentagram’s Luke Hayman about what it’s like to redesign a world famous magazine like Cosmopolitan, we marvelled at Shane McAdams’s ability to create beautiful things using ballpoint pens and tanning salons (top combo) and we were all over José Parlá’s graffiti-inspired work.
Best of the rest
Everyone cranked into gear this week and there was a bounty of brilliant things to read and see out there. We were agog at Yayoi Kusama’s celebration of the simple sticker, while Will Laren’s fabulous, funny drawings showcased on Booooooom were a real winner. Meantime, Creative Review carried a wonderful tribute to Ronald Searle, the late, great graphic satirist.
Tweet of the week
“Just mooed by mistake.”
No word of a lie, @WeirdHorse is my new favourite Twitter feed. Could have picked any number of entries, but this was truly excellent.
Correction of the week
You might know that there is currently a hearing into the UK press with much hand-wringing over ethics, standards and the future of the so-called fourth estate. But over in NYC, The New York Times printed the best ever correction to appear in a newspaper after mixing up, wait for it, two My Little Pony characters. Did people complain? Is there a My Little Pony lobby group? However we forgive them this heinous error because of stories like this – for anyone who’s ever fallen victim to the drunken Ebay urge…
Meta-interest of the week
Did you know that Wednesday was World Trivia Day? Which in itself is good trivia – don’t think about this too much, it makes your brain ache. Anyway to celebrate here’s a list of some brilliant facts, like that the man who invented the Pringle can apparently had his ashes buried in one…
Wildlife resource of the week
National Geographic have kindly produced their most popular pictures from last year, broken down month by month. Thanks Team NG!
2012 Preparation of the week.
Phone-in contributor of the week
Comedian Robert Popper has a pitch perfect alter ego Robin Coooper. He does silly, but very funny, things like this…
Happy New Ye…oh.
- Wrap up warm with this week's Best of the Web
- This is Jane: a charming photo series that displays the empowerment of women
- Brooklyn-based illustrator Aaron Fernandez’s fluorescent editorial commissions
- London-based designer Laura Jouan’s well-considered, monochrome portfolio
- Join Jonathan Barnbrook, Maisie Willoughby, Wallace Henning, Anna Lomax and Jess Bonham at Nicer Tuesdays December
- Legs 11: artist Alfie Kungu’s comically long-trousered figures
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich