Ladies and gentlemen of the world, today our fair isle (Great Britain) is experiencing a HEATWAVE. It’s the prime annual opportunity for us to embody every stereotype better nations have about us; that we drink too much beer (true), that we don’t wear enough clothes (also often true) and that we get burnt at the merest glimpse of the sun (see above.) Whether you’re joining us in partaking in all of the above over a slightly too competitive game of rounders and potentially a BBQ’d sausage, we wish you the best fun. If you’re sitting in a deck chair watching disapprovingly over us, we’re cool with that too. Either way, have THE BEST WEEKEND. Here’s some stuff we liek to get you started.
Stuff you might have missed this week
- Editor-in-chief Rob Alderson pondered the question of whether or not platforms that cover design need to be well-designed themselves.
- On the podcast this week we discussed muses, Jeremy Leslie’s new magazine and a redesign of the Bible.
- We got some glorious new stuff in the post and shared it with you,because, you know, we’re nice like that.
- We made a playlist that’s equal parts trendy party music and Dad’s Car, you lucky things.
I thought this was just going to be some more useless internet guff that people insist on sharing on Facebook, but it is in fact a striking work of visual ingenuity. And it’s super funny.
Poor Britney, she does seem to get it in the neck a lot more than other celebrities. I’m actually quite a big fan, and I personally think that Work Bitch is a powerful song and an absolutely terrific comeback. What I never realised about Britterz is how sweet she is, especially now I understand her total heartbreak and subsequent breakdown post-Justin. That said, nothing excuses saying cool as much as she does, or that toe-curling sunglasses move, in this impeccably-edited video. Wait for the bit with the kid on the stairs at 2:48. “Everyone has been doing emails!”
The news this week has been pretty harrowing all things considered, but there is occasionally a lighter moment amid all the darkness. Take this clip for example, where bombastic Sky News reporter Adam Boulton swallows a fly live on air. You’ve got to give it to him though; the man’s a pro.
Chris Simpsons artist is one of those funny men whose humour is so inexplicably brilliant that I don’t even know how best to explain what he does. If, like me and approximately 56 million others across the world you watched the World Cup final on Sunday, you’ll be a pro at this by now. If not, read and weep with laughter and and grief at the missed opportunities to “sew a traditional world cup sausage down the middle of your nose so people will think you are the most world cup one of them all when they are having a look at your face.” Yeah.
- Retracing and recreating historic reggae record sleeves with photographer Alex Bartsch
- David Wilson directs deeply moving film B.E.N. about using AI robots to tackle loneliness
- Art and About: Charlotte Trounce celebrates the architectural beauty of museums and galleries
- Riikka Laakso’s screenprinted zine is a tribute to Moomin author Tove Jansson
- Sandy Van Helden’s illustrations of contemporary culture
- Bompas & Parr explores the strange world of sploshing (NSFW)
- Kodak returns to its 1970s symbol, joining the retrobrand bandwagon
- Kodak unveils the Ektra: its first ever smartphone
- Working Not Working reveals the top 50 companies creatives would kill to work for
- William Knight's socially conscious portfolio of graphic design
- Juan Aballe’s photographs of pastoral landscapes filled with wanderlust
- Exclusive first interview with new UK Vice.com editor Jamie Clifton