This week The Weekender’s got beef. It’s spent an awful lot of time recently listening to the radio and has been plagued by the lack of heavyweight intellectual lyricism in modern music. For example: “(Look) I’m betting you like people, and I’m betting you love freak mode, and I’m betting you like girls that give love to girls and stroke your little ego. I bet you I’m guilty your honour, that’s just how we live in my genre. Who in the hell done paved the road wider? There’s only one flo, and one rida. I’m a damn shame, order more champagne, pull a damn hamstring tryna put it on ya. Bet your lips spin back around corner, slow it down baby take a little longer.”
Seriously, what the hell is that Flo Rida guy on about? I mean yeah, he’s a multi-million dollar recording artist with international fame and success but his mastery of the English language is severely lacking. Not like The Weekender, who’s as eloquent as they come. Yeah? Yeah. Better.
Six articles you really SHOULD have read this week
6. Sex is disgusting
Alex Tieghi-Walker and Damien Cuypers have teamed up for the second instalment of The Anonymous Sex Journal and it’s looking pretty darn tasty.
5. Computers are cool
This behind the scenes video of The Great Gatsby shows clips from the film before and after the addition of VFX. It’s absolutely mind-blowing.
4. Dating your mates is acceptable
So say Jessica Walsh and Tim Goodman. So much so that they’ve made a project out of it that’s going to see them committing to each other for 40 whole days.
3. Who needs paint when you’ve got an iPad
Siggi Eggertsson got bored of drawing by hand and started drawing on an iPad instead. The results are good. Really good.
2. Interns bite back
With a new magazine that showcases the incredible range of abilities they have to offer and makes us wonder whether the industry is doing right by these guys.
1. Classical music gets a revamp
Courtesy of Mirko Borsche, the German designer doing his best to usher a younger audience into opera houses.
What have we got for you this week? A giant sculpture made from lost and rediscovered things, a zine based on cinematic architecture and set design, a felt-covered book of photographs of Subbuteo tournaments, an illustrated record of one illustrator’s recent projects and a catalogue of an architecture exhibition. That’s what. Crack on.
Atlas of the Unbuilt World
Alas, we didn’t manage to catch the Atlas of the Unbuilt World exhibition at London’s Bartlett School of Architecture, but fortunately we did manage to snag a copy of the beeyootifully designed exhibition catalogue, which captures ideas from nearly 40 countries of what the architecture of the future might look like. The catalogue includes photographs of models, plans, lists of materials, project timelines and stunning mock-ups, making it a valuable addition to any architect’s bookshelf. Well worth scouting out, regardless of of whether you made the show.
Some Drawings from the Past Year Or So by Michael Cottage
We love a bit of initiative when it comes to artists showing their work, and graphic designer and illustrator Michael Cottage has really hit the nail on the head with this project, in which he documents the projects he has worked on since graduating through the medium of comic book illustration, photography, typography and drawing. The resulting assortment is compiled in lovely book, giving a very personal, fascinating insight into a designer’s process as well as a record of Thomas’ most recent work. A really lovely idea.
I’ma huge fan of artwork concerned with found objects (urinals, butterflies in glass boxes, old love letters found dirtied in a puddle, I’ll take whatever you give me) so this giant poster of a sculpture made over the course of last year from a selection of lost and discarded objects found on walks appealed to me every step of the way. The posters – and the original objects – will be on display at two open studios the weekends of July 13 and July 27. What’s more, on the back is an essay printed in gold ink (gold!) which only adds to the beauty of the thing.
Jamie Young/Paul Guinan: SET Issues #1, #2 and #3
Magazines and zines dedicated to the fascinating craft of set design are few and far between so this fold-out poster-cum-zine SET is very welcome. Each issue is dedicated to a specific scene from a famous film, so issues one, two and three focus on Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture respectively, with each opening out to reveal a detailed map of the set in the chosen scene, a brief synopsis of the film, a section of the script spoken between the actors and a description of how the space functions in the scene. Finally, spatially accurate living room adaptations of The Shining are more realisable than ever before.
In the Box by Tom Groves
I’d be a liar if I said that I knew what Subbuteo was before I opened Tom Grove’s beautiful (and furry) book comprising photographs of tournaments around the world, but the fact is that he has encouraged me to do some research, and as a result I now know all kinds of cool things about it. For example, it got it’s name after the game’s founder failed to secure a trademark to name the game the comparatively simple Hobby. Subbuteo, then, is the neo-Latin scientific name for a bird of prey more commonly known as the Eurasian hobby (clever, huh? Thanks Wikipedia). I also know that the people who play these table top games are really, really into their hobby, as Tom’s brilliant book will prove, if you don’t believe me.
Tweet of the Week
Teachers. Keep kids interested during spelling lessons by convincing them silent letters are undercover agents spying on the word they're in
— Carl Donnelly (@CarlDonnelly) July 12, 2013
Beatz of the weekz
Ever since Police Academy hit cinemas the world has been obsessed with folks that can make crazy sounds with nothing but their chops. Even the guys at TED want a piece of the action.
Arresting image of the week
Like love’s young dream……
Killer whale of the week
The internet is amazing. Now it even lets you control your own underwater predators.
Smart springbok of the week
If you were a small young deer being relentlessly pursued by the world’s fastest land mammal, and that land mammal was utterly hell-bent on ripping you to pieces and devouring your insides, you’d probably be keen to get out of that situation as quickly as possible. Kudos to this particular deer for having a getaway car on hand for a speedy exit.
Wimbledon winner of the week
By now you all low that Andy Murray’s the tennis champion of the world (kind of). Congrats Andy, we’re all very proud. But what you probably didn’t know was that his rigorous training schedule involves intense sessions of toothpaste squeezing and it’s to this unusual regime that he owes his success.
Anyway, I bet you do love freak mode so, y’know, freak on you crazy cats!
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- Stina Löfgren’s instructional illustrations for practical lunges
- Scandinavian aesthetics and do-right design approach: the brand values of Nudie Jeans
- A beautiful portrait of the communities, theatre and blingy pants of South Yorkshire wrestling
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain
- Anthony Burrill on starting out and staying focussed
- Introducing French design studio plus mûrs and its beautiful poster designs