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
– 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.
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.
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.
- “My personal work informs everything that comes after it" and other bits we learned at September's Nicer Tuesdays
- Xiang Guan’s Symbiotic Objects require a human component
- Alex Fergusson on the provocative and powerful nature of surface graphics
- Bendik Kaltenborn talks us through his retrospective book, collating ten years worth of work
- Meet music-obsessed graphic designer François Boulo
- César Pelizer’s 2D and 3D experiments are full of humour and imagination
- Polaroid’s creative director Danny Pemberton introduces new brand Polaroid Originals
- Artist Dominique Pétrin on creating her very own domestic product
- Universal Everything animate emotive wallpapers for new iPhone devices
- Herburg Weiland’s meticulous editorial designs are typographically-driven
- The Visual History of Type author Paul McNeil selects and dissects his six favourite faces
- Breakdown Press’ Joe Kessler picks out his most-treasured books