Welcome, weekenders! What are you doing this time? Going for a nice drive? Going to museums? Or just doing absolutely nothing? If it’s the latter, we’ve prepared a real feast for you below, with video clips and nice articles to get you through the weekend. So get into bed with a bottle of wine, get your laptop on your chest and enjoy this week’s Weekender.
Stuff you should have read this week
– This week Julia Pott told us why Radiohead’s Just is the best music video ever made.
– Neal at Present&Correct kindly delivered one of the nicest Bookshelf features we’ve ever had. Book envy alert.
– Bit of a controversial Opinion piece here from Lawrence Zeegen on Pick Me Up. Feel free to get involved.
– Fab podcast this week if we say so ourselves, listen up and subscribe for more weird chat about design and stuff.
– Austin Psych Fest is happening as we speak/write/read. We made a celebratory mixtape for you. Enjoy!
James Cartwright -
I suffer from very serious vertigo, which means the idea of climbing anything higher than a set of stairs leaves me paralysed with fear. So the thought of climbing the second tallest building in the world, at night, without safety ropes, makes me feel as though my stomach’s being dragged out through my mouth while I’m spun violently in mid-air. But for a couple of downright crazy Russians it’s the height of excitement and adventure, and they leapt to it with glee. They also attached a couple of GoPros to their heads so we could all revel in their lunacy. I warn you, this video may make you spew.
Maisie Skidmore -
I was absolutely obsessed with the film Labyrinth when I was younger, and terrified and enamoured by it in equal parts. Watching the behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the film with the Jim Henson Company now, and seeing the sheer amount of time, preparation, mechanics and teamwork that goes into every single expression on the puppets’ faces is no less magical than it was then. (Watch out for Bowie’s wink, too. Corrrrrr!)
Liv Siddall -
Look at this guy, could you get any cooler or more powerful? He’s got 72,000 people in the palm of his hand. Freddie Mercury is the best, and his premature death is enough to get me blubbering whenever I hear Radio Ga Ga which, by the way, is the best song ever. Queen get a lot of stick sometimes for being lame Dad-music, but screw you guys, if you don’t like this performance then how can you even like anything?
Rob Alderson -
Daniel Kitson is a genius. The rhythm and structure of his routines, the use of language, the restrained artistry with which he swears and his ability to link the mundane and the biggest questions we face in our lives makes him the most exciting creative talent I have ever seen. The fact that his online presence is actually so sparse only adds to the allure.
Lisa Farrell -
George Carlin is one of the ultimate pioneers of popular subversive comedy, celebrated by pretty much every decent comedian alive for the way he used observational humour to criticise society and politics, combined with a total mastery of physical comedy and the English language. This clip is one of his finest, talking about the banal similarities of our daily life to counter what he believed to be big political agendas. Important and funny – the best combination.
- 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