Oh hey guys! Good week? Yeah ours wasn’t too bad either. We watched Geoff McFetridge paint a table while his tea brewed, watched the Sochi Olympics frame-by-frame courtesy of The New York Times and enjoyed this brand new in-flight safety animation for Virgin Atlantic. Fun, huh? We also threw some paper balls around, span on our chairs, hid people’s pencil cases and spat in each other’s coffee. That’s just the kind of place this is.
Five features you’d be mad to miss
– What a treat! Micachu made us this amazing reggae-only mixtape to help us finish this Friday off good and proper.
– Jet-setting illustrator Max Estes takes a minute out of his busy day to tell us about his working life.
– Love emojis? Of course you bloody do! Maisie Skidmore asks you to suggest the icons that are missing in this week’s Opinion piece.
– Let’s delve into the bookshelf of creative director of A Popular Space, Peter Chadwick.
– AND animator extraordinaire Johnny Kelly kindly told us about why Radiohead’s Pyramid Song is his all time favourite music video.
Lisa Farrell: DJ EZ Boiler Room mix
There is nothing to say about this DJ EZ boiler room mix, except that over 500,000 people have lost their shit to it. If you love old school Garage you’re gonna have this one on repeat for the REST OF YOUR LIFE.
Rob Alderson: Local Projects’ art museum interface
I may have mentioned I am in Cape Town this week for Design Indaba and this was one of the best things I’ve seen. Jake Barton of New York media design studio Local Projects showed this great interface they made for an art museum. People can approach the screen and pull any face; the image is captured and then the museum’s collection is scanned for pieces with similar faces. It’s silly on the surface, but actually an amazingly imaginative way of engaging people with art.
Liv Siddall: Girl plays Mario theme-tune on ancient Chinese instrument
One of my friend’s reactions to this was simply “nerd alert!” And yes, perhaps she is slightly nerdy, but that is not the correct praise with which to award the level of skill in this performance. Watch her classmates sit around being all jealous as she moves her fingers over that ancient, mystical instrument like the wind, and becomes the Jimmy Page of after-school orchestra club. Makes me wanna play Mario real bad.
Maisie Skidmore: BBC news accidentally misses out a comma
Editor-in-chief and team-elected grammar-man Rob Alderson is always telling us about the vital importance of correct full stops and hyphens, but the role of commas has maybe never been as evident as in this clip from the BBC news. Is the auto-cue missing a pause? This might well be the best seven seconds of your day.
- Illustrator Rob Flowers shares his treasure trove of books
- My First: Colophon and Sophie Mayanne talk about the themes of their book, Twenty-Two
- Patrick Kyle uses analogue and digital techniques in these pared-back illustrations
- Audrey Weber’s eccentrically enlarged figurative illustrations
- Hanne Berkaak’s deeply moving and sensitive animation tackling self-harm
- The Smudge: Clay Hickson and Liana Jegers launch publication in reaction to US presidential result
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio