The Weekender is painfully aware of the awfulness of the humble brag – an insidious attempt by a person (often on social media) to prove that their life is better than yours (they can teach you, but they’ll have to charge) usually cloaked in some thin veneer of modesty. There’s even a Twitter account set up to collate the best examples, such as: “Why is it that every time I have a softball game someone walks up to me and says , are you on roids ! Hahaha dude I don’t even lift weights.” Quite.
Even with that in mind this weekend is shaping up to be difficult with various social engagements that all clash/overlap and are all miles away from each other. You guys understand right? Anyone? Woe is me, my social calendar is too packed… Fine. Let’s be snazzy…
Best of the site
This week we went crazy for John Crawford’s aerial nudes, we were humbled to get first glimpse of Tomas Leach’s extraordinary looking Saul Leiter documentary and we were slack-jawed over this insane projection mapping from Poland.
Best of Best of the Web
This week we doffed our caps to Studio Music for bringing us Kevin Spacey’s playlist (NO BIG DEAL), our appetites were whetted by this new Monsters Inc trailer and we LOVED these drunk texts from famous authors over on The Paris Review.
Best of the Rest
This week we spent a touch too much time looking through these on-set shots of Moonrise Kingdom, we were fascinated by the extraordinary truth about Justin Kan, start-up philosophies and late-night police raids and we drooled over this slo-mo-tastic celebration.
Tweet of the Week
“Remember this when you’re upset: There is no angry way to say bubbles.”
That @milkkore is right you know. there isn’t…
Website intro of the week
Oftentimes when you visit a site and there’s an all-singing all-dancing intro you skip it don’t you to get to where you need to be. Well visitors to Toscanini’s site should hold tight and submit to the most surreally bonkers intro ever. I bet you can’t guess what it turns into…
Perspective putting website news story of the week
Friday’s here again. Tough week, yeah? Weather’s been iffy. Boss was in a foul mood on Wednesday afternoon. Tough to get a bus this morning. Still could have been worse. You could have had A HARPOON SHOT THROUGH YOUR SKULL AND SURVIVED. Yeah?
Subeditor of the week
As its march to world domination continues, The Daily Mail website comes in for quite a lot of stick. But leave aside any moral, cultural or political objections you may have for a second and gawp at the sheer majesty of the following headline…”Sopranos star ‘was friend of real-life mobster who tried to extort money from Joe Pesci’s cousin… and then tried to claim he was only talking about Home Alone” Not that you probably need it but the story’s here.
Move-busters of the week
Some social media campaigns are pretty cringeworthy but here the cringe is very much deliberate. For T-Mobile’s latest promo, they have recorded two amazing dancing dads and removed the music, asking people to text in and guess the track. Smart campaign, no doubt, blah blah blah but simply surrender yourself to the joy of some of the best shapes you’ve ever seen…
Choker of the week
Ok forget about this exhausting all-encompassing whimsy for a second and reflect for a moment on the sheer goodness of so many people. Karen Klein is a bus monitor on a New York school route and recently a video surfaced of her being subjected to really nasty, vile abuse from some brattish teens which left her in tears. So moved were some by the footage they decided to start a campaign to raise money for her to go on holiday and set the bar at an ambitious $5,000. At the time of writing, the total stands at $480,454. It’s Nice That.
Keep it smokey.
- Submit Saturdays: First impressions and Cover Pages
- A futuristic framework for the retrospective of pioneering “total design” advocate Ove Arup
- Cool off with this week's Best of the Web and who to follow on social media
- Elena Éper's spirited illustrations to make you smile and squirm
- Pencil Bandit and Grey London produce quirky branded stings for E4
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Chris (Simpsons Artist)'s surreal but accurate illustrations of creative jobs
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Photographer Adrienne Salinger’s series of teenage bedrooms from the 90s
- Is it ever OK to work for free?