Tragedy! When the feeling’s gone and you can’t go on it’s tragedy! When you live in ancient Greece and your dad murders your sister for betraying the family and then you have a weird moment with your mum, it’s tragedy! Where were we? Oh yeah, great news folks, it’s the weekend and thus, like night follows day, it’s The Weekender. Climb aboard, you’re one of us now!
Six articles you really SHOULD have read this week
6. We can do fashion, see!
Lots of London Collections: Men stuff flying around this week but nothing caught our eyes or captured our hearts quite like Christopher Kane’s wonderfully graphic new line.
5. Airport-based creativity of the week
This animation by Eoin Duffy is really, really moving, and yet we can’t quite put our finger on why.
4. A whole lot of cool
Aint-Bad magazine has a cool name. It features cool photography. The design is cool. Cool.
3. Hey! Poachers! Leave those birds alone!
Bianca Tuckwell’s still-life series featuring birds’ nests photographed on coloured backgrounds was a great start to Monday morning.
2. Wowserino of the week
Rob Hunter just goes from strength to strength and his new book Map of Days is insanely good.
1. The stamp of quality graphic design (hahahahahahaha)
This amazing archive from the Dutch Postal Service whetted pretty much our entire design-obsessed whistle this week.
Cor blimey! This week’s Things is a great big gleaming heap of treasure, with such gems as Biografiktion’s latest book for Nobrow, a student publication, Atlas and Untragbar magazines and a great big concertina publication full of illustration for you to dig through. Come and have a butchers…
I’m a big lover of postcards, so when upon opening the first issue of Atlas magazine and finding a one-of-a-kind vintage postcard stuck on the first page, I knew I was a goner. In fact this sweetly nostalgic souvenir of the magazine reading experience isn’t the only treasure to be had from Atlas magazine; the craft- and curio-crazy types who made it have also included a “How to Make” guide all about hats (amazing), an interview with a man who makes and sheathes axes (even more so) and lots and lots of artisans (brilliant). So if ever there’s an apocalypse and you find yourself in need of a good leather anything, you’re sorted. Thanks, Atlas!
Here are some bright, bright colours to soothe your aching minds at the end of this long week. Biografiktion, a three-piece illustrative collective based all over Europe, have put together this brilliant publication with NoBrow Press chronicling their work, and it’s glorious! If you want to see illustrations of Eddie Murphy dressed as a lady in a corset and fishnet stockings, the beginnings of ABBA in cartoon form and a superhero with a pizza head, you’re going to be very happy indeed.
If there was a prize for the biggest magazine on the shelf this week then Untragbar, the publication from University of the Arts Bremen, would definitely win (sorry Centrefold).Through its large format style and the multitude of ways in which it can be folded and unfolded, this magazine looks to encourage readers to experience it in an unconventional way. It succeeds too; the images and layout have been carefully designed with the format in mind, so the fold-out style works almost like a children’s book, revealing ever more exciting stuff depending on whether or not you open it fully. Perhaps not one for reading on the train into work though (unless you’re up for having your fellow passengers become more intimately acquainted with your elbows).
Rachel Davey: David
Is there something going around this week that’s causing all makers of really big things to send them into us? David is a 1.4 metre long (1.4 metres! That’s very long) concertina of an illustrated fantastical tale, involving a multitude of strange creatures, a grumpy looking ostrich and a cat in a hammock. Beautifully made and dominated by soft pinks and purples, this is definitely one for your bedroom wall – or maybe all of your bedroom walls, depending on how big your room is.
Lee Fryer: Back to Print #2
Back to Print is the artist zine collection created and compiled by Lee Fryer, a photographer based in Wales. This issue, called Wandering, is based on the idea of the wilderness and all the wonderful sights such an activity encompasses, like windswept meadows, clouds draped over cliffs, or some nice jaggedy rocks. Aside from the fact that it’s beautifully put together and the images are as lovely as they are well-presented, you can also handily hang it on things. Nice!
Tweet of the Week
Just misread a headline as "Jennifer Lopez demands diamonds never make eye contact with her" and I was like "cool. I respect that."
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 20, 2013
Falcon photobomb of the week.
So birds do appreciate how fricking sweet flying is. We knew it!
Aerobic video of the week (year, century, ever)
Hey, runners! Listen up! You’re doing it all wrong! Didn’t you know that you can simply prance your way to health?
Effortlessly cool throwback photo of the week
Oh nothing, it’s just a snap of Marc Jacobs and Wes Anderson kicking back somewhere balmy
Don’t keep a snake in your bathroom video of the week
Apologies for any mental scarring this may cause you. Interestingly, the owner’s voice turns out to be more terrifying than her ridiculous pet…
Inspirational child of the week
Bye for now!
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- 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