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The Weekender: There once was a man named Weekender, who went on a bit of a bender...

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Would you rather be a potato or an apple? I ask this because I am currently looking at one of each. Apples are shiny, sweet and get on with everyone really well, but potatoes have got this kind of subterranean edge. Different shapes and sizes, a bit rough, a bit hairy, go well with meat and booze. I’m a potato. 100% potato. Welcome to The Weekender.

Six nuggets from the site to dip into your ketchup immediately

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    Lauren Doughty: Paintings

6. Fantastic retrospective book about Art Spiegelman

The comic artist, nay genius, who brought us Maus has been immortalised in this whopper of a book by Drawn & Quarterly.

5. Hilarious new advert from Volvo Trucks

I never knew massive truck companies could allow for such daredevil humour.

4. Extraordinary niceness from illustrator Madison-Sy

Such a cool name, but the work’s even cooler.

3. Wanna see some of the world’s greatest book design?

Sure ya do! Here’s the legendary David Pearson.

2. Mould looking quite appealing

Mould is seriously gross. When it’s photographed close-up in petri dishes however, beautiful!

1. Office plants get their fifteen minutes of fame

Photographer Polly Brown has invaded the world’s most high-profile offices and photographed their plants. Who knew they could look so good?

Things

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Finally the rain has come! Are you relieved? No? Well worry not because here are some Things for you to peruse as you escape the damp fringes, soggy back packs and rain slicked paving (despite how good it smells).

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    The Future Laboratory invitation

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    The Future Laboratory invitation

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    The Future Laboratory invitation

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    The Future Laboratory invitation

The Future Laboratory invitation

Feeling trendy? You will with one of these bad boys in your hand. Black red and A5 with a fancy fold to keep it tucked away in the back pocket, the invite that arrived from notorious trend setters/hunters The Future Laboratory this week is pretty slick. Whether RSVPing or not, the design alone is something of a marvel.
www.thefuturelaboratory.com

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    Mattia Balsamini: Photography

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    Mattia Balsamini: Photography

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    Mattia Balsamini: Photography

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    Mattia Balsamini: Photography

Mattia Balsamini

Big muscly man slicked in sweat/oil, shining in the sunshine and set against a piercing blue sky; old man in a boiler suit brandishing a fire jet in a rusty studio; Adidas clad chatty man with a coif of white hair, a sandwich and a manic desk – here just some of the scenes captured by photographer Mattia Balsamini. They arrived printed on matt card, or spread across newsprint. As you might be able to tell, we were immediate fans.
www.marritabalsamini.com

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    Richard Short: Klaus

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    Richard Short: Klaus

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    Richard Short: Klaus

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    Richard Short: Klaus

Richard Short: Klaus

“Sweet, slightly dark and definitely surreal.” That was the review of comic book artist Richard Short’s publication Klaus and we completely agree. Though we’d probably throw bloody hilarious in there too. This fantastic publication is a sort of Peanuts meets The Moomins, crossed with something generationally satirical. It’s wonderful.
www.klaus-comics.tumblr.com

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    Amanda Greenberg: Illustrations

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    Amanda Greenberg: Illustrations

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    Amanda Greenberg: Illustrations

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    Amanda Greenberg: Illustrations

Amanda Greenberg

When photographing the postcards sent in by Amanda Greenberg not one person in the studio who passed by didn’t stop to pick them up in awe. In fact they were so loved, we wrote to her to ask for more. With beautifully drawn women staring quizzically out of the card, or doing somersaults or squinting they are so simple but so, well, beautiful. Please keep sending us Things Amanda!
www.amanda-greenberg.com

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    Royal College of Art Printmaking Graduates 2013: between before and after

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    Royal College of Art Printmaking Graduates 2013: between before and after

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    Royal College of Art Printmaking Graduates 2013: between before and after

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    Royal College of Art Printmaking Graduates 2013: between before and after

Royal College of Art Printmaking Graduates 2013: between before and after

“Something happened, you turned the page. did you turn it from right to left or from left to right?” Perhaps a little lost now, a little discombobulated, you can stand, sit, lie on the floor in transition as you leaf through this beautiful publication put together by the printmaking graduates of the Royal College of Art. Responding to the theme “transition” these talented printmakers have captured people departing or mid-way through an action. Great stuff.
www.rca.ac.uk

The Weekender

SHUT UP AND LISTEN to the Weekender.

Tweet of the Week

So true! Get a grip.


Terrifying film of a bison walking past of the week

Wait til you see their faces at the end

The “Why Didn’t I Think of That?” Of the week

They’re disposable, they’re called Shittens and they’re here to change your life.

Puppies carrying treasure of the week

Although treasure to dogs is likely to be bones and dog food. Each to his own.

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    Arf! Arf! I got me some buried treasure!

Vintage Rihanna video of the week

Back in 2005 she was just a teenager politely asking the DJ to turn the music up.

Newborn baby panda of the week

Does what it says on the tin. If only the tin read “small, pink old man shrunk to the size of a kitten.”

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    Mehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Naughty coconut of the week

NAUGHTY COCONUT! You shall be severely punished! Oh wait, that’s ridiculous. Oh, no, wait, sorry. That is genuinely in the news.

Guide to Christina Aguilera of the week

You can always count on Vice to tell it like it is.

Man turns dead cat into helicopter of the week

You heard. See you next week.

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