Here are The Weekender’s New Year resolutions in no particular order. 1. Exercise more. 2. Cut down on cheese consumption (goat/sheep, not cow). 3. Keep old love letters, throw away old bank statements. 4. Quote Baz Luhrmann’s Sunscreen wherever practical. 5. Spend less time obsessing over the finite nature of human existence and the overwhelming futility of life. 6. Floss. 7. Master the Charleston. 8. Marry someone (as in perform the ceremony). 8. Entertain, inform and get away with it. Challo!
Best of the site
Over Christmas and New Year we looked back on 2012 and our countdown of the top ten posts proved very popular, while back to content Two Times Elliott thrilled us with their new stationery and Nabil Sabio Azadi showed us a beautiful travel book with a difference.
Best of Best of the Web
Everyone was back into the groove this week and we particularly enjoyed The Guardian’s Steve Bell looking back on his year in cartoons, we were staggered by these bizarre illustrations from psychology text books over on 50 Watts and we appreciated this look at Creative Review’s timely survey all about money, money, money
Best of the rest
Elsewehere The Telegraph had a very interesting response to a major book prize’s first all-female shortlist, Eye Magazine looked at the future of typography through the prism of a recent exhibition and ShortList wowed us with these minimalist NES games as is their cheeky wont.
Tweet(s) of the week
Our first Tweet of the Week actually goes to a hashtag, with the brilliant #Celebritiesdoingthingsthatrhymewiththeirname providing hours of fun. Some of our favourites…
“Piers Morgan playing an organ.”
Simple, lovely image from @RobbieC971
“Roger Daltrey chasing poultry.””
And ditto from @SimonTreves
“Lady Gaga slaving over a hot Aga.”
Have to say we can’t picture this beaut from @RevRichardColes
“David Haye Reading 50 Shades of Grey.”
And this is a tad disturbing from @lauren_lozenger
Promises, promises of the week
Welcome to the future earth citizens! But what is this brave new world going to look like? And what gadgets can we expect? Well here’s ten currently jumping through crowdfunding hoops that might just arrive this year? Fancy a robot telling you you’re too fat? You’re in luck…
Odd couple of the week (actually of ALL time)
Priscilla Presley was married to arguably the 20th Century’s most significant cultural figure. So what kind of man does she date now? Another behemoth whose influence permeates music, fashion, film and pop culture itself? Or a former British children’s TV presenter who also fronted TV Scrabble and I’m Famous and Frightened? Mindboggling, but here’s hoping it works out!
Inspiration of the week
Bit of holiday weight? Determined to fight the flab in 2013? Then let this montage of movie training montages get you in the mood…
Map maker of the week
Seen Game of Thrones? You should do, it’s ace, and it inspires the kind of devotion that makes a man like Jonathan Roberts make beautiful, detailed maps of the worlds depicted in the books on which it’s based. Swoon.
One-stop shop of the week
I know what you’re thinking. You like the “x” riding on “y” meme. Heck you might even love it. But how the ruddy hell do you keep track of all the marvellous manifestations? Well? Isn’t there some Tumblr that collates them all? THERE IS! Well God bless us, every one!
Wow this ewe’s cheese is so moreish…
- Bow down witches, it's a Best of the (cob)Web Halloween special!
- Photographer Philippe Chancel captures North Korea’s intensely choreographed ceremonies
- From a family-run “famzine” to a 30p grime mag, it's October's Things
- Wellcome Collection publishes book of early infographics, charts and diagrams for organising nature
- Sophie Koko Gate, an animator with immense illustrative skill
- Artist and illustrator Jamie Johnson's gently surreal compositions
- Bompas & Parr explores the strange world of sploshing (NSFW)
- Working Not Working reveals the top 50 companies creatives would kill to work for
- Kodak returns to its 1970s symbol, joining the retrobrand bandwagon
- Kodak unveils the Ektra: its first ever smartphone
- Retracing and recreating historic reggae record sleeves with photographer Alex Bartsch
- William Knight's socially conscious portfolio of graphic design