This week was Thanksgiving over in the good ole U S of A and so The Weekender decided to make a list of the things it was truly thankful for. Unfortunately after several hours’ meditation on the subject it was left with a piece of paper with the phrase “jacket potatoes” scrawled in one corner, which was just a bit sad. So here’s some things the Weekender is kind of grateful for if you really twisted its arm – 1. Gin (delicious) 2. That lions are either quite rare or in zoos (scared of lions) 3. Table tennis (I’d beat you) 4. Gin (again) and 5. Laser Quest (makes an ace birthday party). Onto this nonsense…
Best of the Site
This week we loved the gorgeous, weird illustrations of Rikka Sormunen, were seriously impressed by the portfolio of Shelter Press and we were wowed every which way from Wednesday by loads and loads of balloons.
Best of Best of The Web
Thanks to BOTW ( as all the cool kids are calling it) we found out why Yellow Submarine had such a massive impact on The Simpsons and Shrek, we enjoyed reading about the creative process of DJ Shadow and we perused Design Week’s list of the 50 best creative studios around (and no, Apple’s not number one)
Best of the Rest
Elsewehere we defy you not to smile at these cloned video animation GIFs courtesy of Colossal, we thought too much about Dads in pants (thanks Creative Review!) and we were pretty surprised to fid out that we might be spied on by mannequins. Yikes!
Tweet of the week
“I wish someone would sort through all the sayings and label the ones that only apply to dogs.”
Good point @NIckDoody – if we had a pound for every time…
Critics of the week
Everyone knows that thanks to the shroud of anonymity prevalent online people are preferred to vent their anger about pretty much anything. But this collection of negative Google reviews of some of the world’s most stupendous sights has to be seen to be believed. Mount Everest is a particular favourite, dismissed simply as “Very bad.”
Humorous Norwegians of the week
With it now just a matter of days until we start being subjected to not just the original Band Aid but its mutant modern incarnation too, kudos to the team behind this Norwegian spoof charity single for Radi-Aid. Purportedly the efforts of a group of African musicians concerned about the Arctic temperatures in the Scandinavian land, it’s a brilliant piece of satire with some lovely touches.
Cutlery-based trance cover of the week
Want to see an old man playing the spoons along to Faithless’ Insomnia? Your wish, my command…
Cartographic shock of the week
Proof that scientists are cool, number 4,561. This week a team from the University of Sydney set out to investigate Sandy Island in the South Pacific as their records indicated that the water depth in the area made land-mass highly unusual. And sure enough – after what I like to imagine was a fairly perplexing boat outing – they discovered that Sandy Island doesn’t exist. Nothing there, even though it’s on Google Maps, a spokesman for whom is quoted as saying: “"The world is a constantly changing place…” So part map service, part cod philosophy…
Time-killing of the week
Four Liverpudlians bored in an airport – understood. Decide to indulge in some horseplay to pass the time – still fine. But how the heck did they get to this? Because this is GENIUS…
Now pass me my ping-pong paddle. And the gin…
- Give thanks, and join us in the weekly feast that is the Best of the Web
- Unusual nudes and strange, glittering fashion photography from Arnaud Lajeunie
- Seoul-based studio Chung Choon applies an elegance and simplicity to its posters
- Designer Chloe Pannatier looks at fakes and risk in art and money
- Michael Wolf captures abstract, accidental sculptures in Hong Kong alleyways
- Discos and design explored in gorgeous new Bedford Press book Nightswimming
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain