• Herowe1
Weekender

The Weekender: Shut up and listen, it's our strange and beautiful weekend supplement

Posted by It's Nice That,

You know how eating a pile of fish and chips makes you feel like if someone pushed you over and you fell on a puddle you’d drown? Or how watching scary films makes you feel like you can’t go upstairs? Or gossiping behind someone’s back is really mean but really fun? Well, the Weekender is there to make you feel warm. Not nice warm, uneasy warm. The warm you feel when you run for the bus in a polyester turtleneck, or the warm you feel when you arrive on said bus and sit on a seat to find yourself asking “Is this heated?”

Have a great weekend.

Editor's pick of the week

  • Nr

    Illustration by Nadine Redlich

– Check out creative director or Human After All Paul Willoughby’s bookshelf, and his very satisfyingly concise descriptions.

– Another celebrity mixtape in the form of this absolutely brilliant one from Cornish singer songwriter Fink.

– Wally Olins died last week, we remembered his greatness via this introduction to his book Brand New : The Shape of Brands To Come

– It’s our weekly podcast! Wait, you don’t listen? Start today. We chat Pick Me Up, Record Store Day and Richard Turley. As always, it’s awkward and hilarious.

The Weekender

  • Pandalab

    Panda Conservation Scientists

James Cartwright -

Working in art and design occasionally makes you wonder whether what you’re doing with your life is truly meaningful. You don’t save lives like a doctor, manage the state of the nation like a civil servant or further the advancement of our planet and the human race like scientists do. But then you see pictures of conservation scientists dressed up in panda suits and realise that everyone’s just larking around, so you probably shouldn’t worry too much about anything really.

  • House

    The Small House Movement

Maisie Skidmore -

I was reading an article about “the effect that rising house prices are having on London’s cultural centres” on i-D this week, which led me to an amazing discovery; the Small House Movement. It turns out that, above and beyond simply being skint all the time, a whole architectural and social movement has taken up in response to the sprawling homes cropping up for extortionate prices across the United States. Advocating living simply in small homes, the Small House Society, and semi-linked “Tiny House Blog”:http://tinyhouseblog.com/ have a solution to every problem you could ever possibly have on downsizing to a room that’s a grand total of 200 odd foot square, from building a bathroom in a 2ft x 3ft space, to converting houseboats. Cool stuff!

Lisa Farrell -

If you’re not venturing to a party in east London this weekend fear not! You can still get your hit of pretentious art scenesters, cynical media executives and unfriendly, aggressive passers-by from this truly hilarious collection of monologues from Chris Morris’ Blue Jam radio series.

Liv Siddall -

This is some footage of The Beatles hanging around in an apartment, presumably before they go onstage or on TV or something as they’re doing things like cleaning out their ears and putting cameras in their pockets. I spend most of my spare time looking at this sort of thing, but this one I HAVE to share. Watch until the end (it’s only 44 seconds long) and keep watching Ringo. Dreams = come true.

Nice

Posted by It's Nice That

The It’s Nice That byline is used on posts that relate to the site in general, specific announcements or pieces where there is no clear single author. Contact us using the email address below if you have questions, feedback or complaints.

Most Recent: Weekender View Archive

  1. Unnamed

    If you’ve been waiting all week for Friday evening like a shipwrecked sailor eagerly watches the horizon for the first sign of a rescue mission, then the Weekender is that hazy pink flare in the distance – the sign that you’re almost there! This week we’ve got an animation about our dependence on technology; a deluge of interviews with super talented artists, designers, photographers and printmakers; a smattering of erotica; a collection of photographs of people who want to be mermaids and a round-up of what’s happened in the world this week, from a certain newspaper’s fascination with the humble nip to TLC’s hotly-anticipated comeback. Delve in!

  2. List

    On this day 96 years ago prohibition was passed by the U.S. government, plunging the United States into a parched wasteland of (mainly) sober, miserable people for a long 14 years. Thankfully this is the case neither in England nor in 2015, so we’re cracking open the beers and pouring one out for the prohibited. It’s the weekend! Here’s the Weekender, and our rundown of what’s happened in the art and design world this week. Have a good one!

  3. Weekender-image

    Given that it’s the first week back at work after a long fortnight spent cramming mince pies and Baileys into our faces while flicking between The Wizard of Oz and Call the Midwife, you’d think the creative world might be slow getting back into the swing of things. Oh no. This week we’ve seen the cartooning world torn apart only to rise up even stronger, a mad new interactive website launched by Panda Bear, some seriously impressive new identity work from the likes of Pentagram, and books, films and adverts spewed out all over the shop. Here’s our pick of the best of the week.

  4. List

    It’s been a weird week. The wind down for Christmas always feels a bit like a steam train running out of…steam. One last push, one last heave through illness, emails, tidy-ups and secret santas then it’s time to get blaringly drunk, embarrass yourself in front of your colleagues and go home to let someone care for you until it all starts all over again. I don’t think that sounds too bad, do you? Here’s some brain fodder to keep you going for the final hump…

  5. List

    It’s been this kind of afternoon in the studio, and it’s with that in mind that I invite you to partake of this week’s supplement of all things fun and weird, The Weekender. Enjoy!

  6. Wee

    Here we are again, another Friday, another reason to sit back and catch up on what you may have missed from the last five days of creative gloriousness we’ve been putting before your lucky little peepers this week. Enjoy.

  7. List

    And so the week is winding down and we’re all having a little jig thinking about the wonders and delights the next two days has to offer. But before we leave y’all, check out some things what we did this week and then the usual feckless collection of the weird and wonderful bits and bobs that made it into our eyes this week. There may or may not be a crow doing winter sports (there is).

  8. Weekender-list

    It’s the end of the week, it’s rainy, it’s miserable. But we’re not – and you shouldn’t be either – thanks to this decidedly bright bunch of creative brilliance that will see you through the weekend with a sunshiny spring on your step. Perhaps that’s a bit too much, but it might make sitting indoors debating if it’s too soon to pop heating on a little more pleasurable.

  9. Weekender-list

    You could call it a kind of multivitamin of art and design knowledge, or a injection of irreverence straight to your brain, or you could just refer to it as a creative foodstuff with which to fuel your hangover come Sunday morning. However you like to think of it, welcome to this week’s instalment of the Weekender.

  10. Weekender-list

    The Weekender is like the online equivalent of the bucket full of sweets that your mum keeps next to the front door on Halloween to hurl at the kids who come trick or treating. Except we’ve replaced the treats with art and design, so you’ll have to get your calories elsewhere. As the Criminologist says, “I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey.” Off we go then!

  11. Weekender-list

    To stop you losing any more precious minutes when we lose an hour on Sunday, here at It’s Nice That we’ve kindly gathered all the important stuff you should be wrapping your eyes around before they’re left sadly squinting in darkness. You know because we’re nice like that. Let us be your light. Here’s The Weekender.

  12. List

    If you’ve just started uni and you’ve spent an entire week in student unions drinking vibrant blue booze from a questionably-shaped vessel (a goldfish bowl, say, or a shoe) then this Weekender is for you. If you’ve bought more IKEA textiles than your measly student loan will allow but you still can’t get used to the breeze-block walls of your dorms, and you think the mature student next door might have eaten cat food for breakfast this morning, or you accidentally squeegee’d paint onto every last remaining clean item of clothing you own in your first printmaking class (embarrassing) we’re here for you. Welcome to the Weekender.

  13. Wemain

    Welcome aboard the weekend! This week at It’s Nice That HQ we’ve been talking about the gripping new podcast from the guys over at This American Life, Serial, pondering getting on trains that don’t actually have drivers, wallowing in the sweet, sweet cheesy goodness that is the new BBC cover of God Only Knows and replaying the fantastic animation about online dating below. What have you been doing?