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.
- Camelot’s typefaces bring both the contemporary and historical to the table
- Scott Newett’s eerily quiet, ethereal portraits of Chinese utopia
- Jade Schulz’s atmospheric and imaginative editorial illustrations
- Emiliano Granado’s new zine puts a fresh spin on Tour de France fandom
- The big cover up: Mathieu Thibault's translations of graffiti
- Artist Howard Fonda captures the vibrancy of summer for Ace & Tate
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Is it ever OK to work for free?
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Peter Saville and Tate Design Studio create beer can artwork for Switch House pale ale