I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking “Where does The Weekender go from Monday morning through to Friday afternoon?” and you know what, you’re right to wonder. It’s quite the conundrum! But in the same way that you ponder as a child where babies come from, only to be reviled by the answer when your poor hounded father finally reveals the secrets of procreation, discovering the day-to-day habits of the world’s favourite weekly, whimsical culture roundup will only leave you feeling sad, hollow and ultimately disappointed. So call off that private investigator, put down your binoculars and stop following The Weekender around like a creep (don’t think we won’t issue a restraining order). That’s better. Now let’s get on with dishing out the good stuff….
Best of the site
This week Bela Borsodi served up sexy ladies with extraordinary props and we were all amazed, we had the pleasure of visiting the brand new, luminously stunning Light Show that’s just opened at The Hayward Gallery, and we issued a congratulatory speech to Olly Moss for his magnificent poster for this year’s Oscars.
Best of Best of the Web
BuzzFeed revealed Facebook’s latest plans to reinvent the humble emoticon with a little help from Charles Darwin and a Pixar character artist, Creative Review showed off the new interactive installation at The Royal London Children’s Hospital, and Mr Porter Kindly showed all us chaps how to dress to impress on valentine’s day, though in the end The Weekender just sat around at home in its new glad rags.
Best of the rest
The guys over at Designboom blew our tiny little minds with news of the very first bionic eye (the future’s here kids), Dazed Digital gave us a cheeky preview of a new photography show exploring the decadent lives of some of the world’s most notorious dictators, and Pentagram’s Michael Bierut opened up about his longstanding fear of colour over on Design Observer.
Tweet of the week
“It’s Valentine’s Day! Show ’em how much you care. Treat ’em to a Wimpy. #sayitwithmeat”
The @wimpyUK valentine’s day hasthag kept us chuckling for more or less all of Thursday.
Ill-advised permanent body art of the week
You’re young, you’re in love, but how best to express this irresistible emotion to your new flame? Why not have their name permanently emblazoned across your face? There’s literally a million reasons why not. Stupid young love.
Internet sensation that’s completely passed us by of the week
Bigger than Gangnam Style, funnier than that goat that shouts like a man; welcome to viral town Harlem Shake!
Eye-wateringly cute romance of the week
When I was a child I had a goldfish named Fish that I loved with all my heart. Then I went away on holiday for a week and it died because nobody fed it and I’d developed an interest in rollerblades instead. The bond between me and my gormless aquatic friend was tight, but even I have to concede that I’m envious of the love between this little Japanese boy and his bull dog best pal. Some relationships are just built to last. I still miss you, Fish.
Junk food innovation of the week
Wouldn’t pizza be many hundreds of times better of you could customise the toppings into an image of your own design? Hell yes it would!
Proof that romance isn’t dead of the week
Whenever valentines day comes around the people of the world start to question their romantic suitability, becoming introspective in the most ruthlessly critical fashion. “How come I’m still single?” they’ll ask themselves, “Perhaps I’m impossible to love.” When this wave of romantic paranoia sets in many will turn to the internet to provide solace from their paralysing self doubt. But heed our warning online daters, when the gentlemen of the web offer such impressive one-liners as “Hey. I’m no weather man but you can expect more than a few inches today.” and “Fancy some cooking lessons? Or… something else hot? :p” as a first introduction you have to wonder if it’s not just easier, and safer, to be alone.
Seriously though, if I see you again I’m calling the police.
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- John Feely on capturing life in “remote” Mongolia and learning a new way of living
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- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
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- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
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