People of Friday afternoon, chill your boots. Yeah we know The Weekender was nowhere to be seen last week and we can only imagine you were devastated, stranded in the post-lunch daze with nothing to do; no refreshing nuggets of web-guff to entertain you in your hour of need. But The Weekender celebrates Easter just like anyone else and we’ll be damned if we’ll deny it the opportunity to ram its face full of chocolate eggs, go bowling in Woking (don’t ask) and roast an entire flock of lambs to satisfy its meaty lust. So yes, perhaps we did desert you for a whole Friday, but don’t expect an apology. The Weekender makes no apologies.
Best of the site
So what’s been fresh (that’s right, fresh) this week? Well we were pretty gosh-darn impressed with Mark Prendergast and his wildly inventive video CV application for Hort, we got sugary cravings thanks to Martin Parr’s behind-the-scenes documentary at Teddy Gray’s sweet factory, and Diego Stocco blew our minds by making electronic music with nothing more than a collection of scavenged leaves. Cool!
Best of Best of the Web
Just the other day the mobile phone celebrated its 40th birthday (we couldn’t believe it either) and to mark this momentous occasion The Guardian pulled together a tasty slideshow of some lovely shots of our cellular familiars in different guises over the years, Wired profiled a bladeless wind turbine (that probably runs on witchcraft), and Dezeen exposed plans to rebrand Thunderbirds, which is just sacrilege surely?
Best of the rest
The Weekender’s heading to Milan this week (seriously) and to prepare it’s been having a little read of Design Week’s Salon del Mobile preview article, speaking of Milan, it’s also been enjoying Creative Review’s coverage of Cornetto’s recent rebrand, and speaking of Cornetto, how’s about this bank that’s got an unexpectedly lovely interior?
Tweet of the week
“Just wanna visit the gift shop of a local museum and purchase a brightly-coloured yet ultimately ineffective pencil eraser.”
@tweetsfrom 97 slams novelty pencil erasers.
Worrying delusion of the week
There have been times in my life where I’ve convinced myself that I look like certain sexually attractive members of celebrity society – usually successful musicians. I’ve had a Kurt Cobain phase, a Caleb Followil (from Kings of Leon) stage but recently I’ve just come to accept that the only person on telly that I even slightly resemble is Justin Lee Collins. Which blows. Still at least I’ve never lost my grip on reality quite so much as this guy who thinks he looks like Barack Obama. Spoiler alert: he doesn’t.
Crusty day-time ravers of the week
Nothing says fun like a bag full of pills, some Amish gents, a witch and a spot of afternoon techno. Trust me!
BBC class survey parody of the week
Want to know which one of seven classes you belong to within the UK’s ever-complicating social structure? No. That would be depressing. Want to know how you rank in the dog-eat-dog world of The Wire’s drug-dealing cartels? Now you’re talking sense.
Bizarre Asian trend of the week
As a kid watching cartoons I was always struck by the injustice of not being able to lead a life as exciting and dangerous as the young protagonists of my favourite shows. I’d never climbed aboard a magic school bus, collected an army of compact battling animals or fought crime with my mechanised uncle. But thanks to digital photography and some good old creative thinking the schoolgirls of Japan are getting pretty close to replicating the pursuits of their manga heroes. “Dragon-dragon ball! Dragon Ball Z!”
Face-themed political blog of the week
Tory Chins. Does what it says on the tin.
- M/M (Paris) and the ongoing conversations that define its practice
- Mari Kanstad Johnson's wonderful work picks apart complex narratives
- Bradley Pinkerton’s projects combine handmade gestures with scanned-in textures
- Roberts Rurans uses acrylic paint to add depth and warmth to his illustrations
- The prodigal return of “iconoclastic” artist Danny Fox
- Jump into the world of Ben Jones’ post-internet, psychedelic paintings
- Polaroid’s creative director Danny Pemberton introduces new brand Polaroid Originals
- Artist Dominique Pétrin on creating her very own domestic product
- Universal Everything animate emotive wallpapers for new iPhone devices
- Herburg Weiland’s meticulous editorial designs are typographically-driven
- The Visual History of Type author Paul McNeil selects and dissects his six favourite faces
- Breakdown Press’ Joe Kessler picks out his most-treasured books