Why you got to play that song so loud? Cos we want to! Cos we want to! Why you always hanging ‘round in crowds? Cos we want to! Cos we want to! Why have you got to build a terrifyingly unstable nuclear reactor at exorbitant financial cost and devastating environmental ramifications putting us in mortal economic, ecological and existential danger? Cos we want to! Cos we want to! Oh, and that’s ok is it mid-1990s Billie Piper? Is it? Sheesh. Let’s do this.
Best of the site
This week we applauded (literally) DDB Paris’ clever fake ad campaign to promote literacy in France, lusted over the finest spaghetti holder EVER by Studio Lievito and were all like “Sweet, bruv” at Thomas Albdorf’s new updates.
Best of Best of the Web
Among the many fine tributes, Creative Review’s nuanced, fascinating piece on Storm Thorgerson really stood out – meanwhile we learned about the history of the Daft Punk helmet and found out what facets of modern life author Raymond Chandler would have loved, courtesy of new site The Fertile Fact.
Best of the Rest
This year’s Turner Prize shortlist includes some familiar names and The Guardian’s Adrian Searle responded in typically articulate fashion, Salon had a very interesting piece about a photographer who takes pictures of people who mock her in the street and the BBC made all our Christmases come at once by announcing that David Attenborough is going to launch a radio show featuring birdsong called Tweet of the Day.
Tweet of the Week
“I wish we lived in a society where it was acceptable to go up to strangers and ask them where they got their lunch from.”
Don’t we all @Chris_Mandle, don’t we all.
LOLZ of the week
We ruddy love a lampoon and in that spirit may we present the trailer for every indie film ever…
Pun of the week
Buzzfeed has once again tickled us every shade of pink this week (not least with a list of recipes you can make in mugs in the microwave) but as suckers for sloths, we had to enjoy movie posters improved by these cracking critters. And whoever came up with Slothello, take a well-deserved bow.
Cat-based competition of the week
It’s Friday innit, you’re not really working – heck that’s why you’re reading this! So why not ramp up the time wasting to 11 with this site which allows you to guess whether pictures are “Cat” or “Not Cat.” Meowvellous.
Proof of the noble art of writing of the week
In the week the world celebrated Shakespeare, it’s timely to reflect that writers are a curious breed. Reaching into their minds they can bring into the world whatever they see fit, limited only by the boundaries of their imaginations. Take this unnamed writer at The Onion for example. Why shouldn’t he write a first person piece about the disgustingly dirty thoughts a duck has about bread? Utterly NSFW, as you might imagine. Also quite baffling.
Puzzler of the week
Guess which member of the Black Eyed Peas has a aTumblr devoted to ridiculous Photoshop suggestions of what they will do next. Yep, you’re spot on.
I see you Piper. I. See. You.
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- Patrick Kyle uses analogue and digital techniques in these pared-back illustrations
- Audrey Weber’s eccentrically enlarged figurative illustrations
- Hanne Berkaak’s deeply moving and sensitive animation tackling self-harm
- The Smudge: Clay Hickson and Liana Jegers launch publication in reaction to US presidential result
- Set designer Gary Card on the importance of being a chameleon
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio