In this crazy gameshow we call life, it’s time to take that gamble that makes the host double-take and the audience gasp. Who is this maverick? I came with nothing. I’ll take my chances. The wheel spins/box opens/answer flashes up. There’s a pause. Drums provide staccato heartbeat mimicry. Your significant other in the front row covers his or her face. It’s tense. It’s impossible. It’s crazy. It’s… The Weekender!
Six articles you SHOULD have read this week
6. Charity posters you should definitely check out
Not done your bit for the greater good this week? Get on down to Two Times Elliott’s shop for some beautifully designed numerical posters.
5. Alligators are cheery not dangerous
Posters, record sleeves and a heavy dose of saturated colours from graphic designer Alex Sullivan. Oh, and alligators, obviously.
4. Architectural storm of the week
When UVA met Sou Fujimoto at the Serpentine Pavilion there was one serious electrical storm. Take a look!
3. Books recommended by Smurfs and E.T.
Jiro Bevis lets us into his literary world, complete with tiny plastic figures of your favourite film and cartoon characters.
2. Bags full of dildos are embarrassing
And that’s exactly why BBDO have decorated plastic bags with their silhouettes, to shame you out of wasting plastic.
1. SUSHI SUSHI, CATS CATS CATS!
If this isn’t the next big thing in internet meme sensations then we’ll be reet bloody embarrassed. Meet the Sushi Cats!
Things this week will BLOW YOU AWAY. A yellow tote bag from the Art Licks Weekender, a book of people (cough) coughing, a glorious palm tree poster, some flick books that will make you wish you could pop to India to sample some delicacies and a whole mountain of goodness from the Vice Photo Issue. I know, right? Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Steven Harrington Poster
Just when we thought heat wave was over and London was going to be plunged back into the season of cable-knit jumpers and pyjamas-under-jeans, California -based illustrator Steven Harrington sent us this glorious poster with wishes for sunshine and joy, and would you bloody believe it? It worked. Immediately plastered to the studio wall, we have Steven to thank for the having jazzed up our desk and for dragging the sun out of its gloomy cavern to shine down on us for a bit longer. We could not be more grateful.
Art Licks tote bag
Art Licks has been getting all trendy recently, inviting four emerging artists to create limited edition tote bags in preparation for the raucous weekend which will take place from 4-6 October, and frankly we couldn’t have been more delighted when this thing of beauty from the fair hand of Pio Abad graced us. He, alongside fellow talents Patrick Coyle, Samara Scott and Hannah Perry have been chosen to represent four different aspects of the young London art scene, and his design features a whole bunch of taps labelled “cold” which is bound to keep you looking cool (HAW HAW HAW) in the burning sun.
Vice The Photo Issue
Perhaps not one to read on your lunch break (I mean you can if you want to, but approach with trepidation). Between a human Barbie doll dressed as a visitor from outer space, very English people doing very English things, one shoot called Primordiale which resembles the apocalypse and a penis masquerading as a volcano (as I said, approach with trepidation). Vice’s Photo Issue offers all that we’ve learnt to expect from the investigative journalists-come-documentary photographers, and accordingly it’s not for the fainthearted, or for the boring.
Bombay Duck Design: Flick Books
Bombay Duck Designs have graced us with a whole host of brilliant new work recently, so try as we might we just couldn’t let these two flick books escape our attention. One looks at Filter Kaapi, the funny process by which indian street vendors mix and cool down their hot beverages before serving them, and the other illustrates the gola, a tasty icy street snack which comes in more flavours than you can shake a stick at. Still nothing better than a flick book to while away a long afternoon (we’ve learned).
Dislexically Designed’s A Manifesto for a Cleaner Internet
“What kind of a dirty filthy ruckus is going on in my mind?” is the question you’re going to be asking yourself after a quick read of Dislexically Designed’s Manifesto for a Cleaner Mind, which google safe searches images of people coughing and takes them, er, out of one context and straight into a whole other one. Because they are just coughing, regardless of what you bunch of pervs might think. And don’t doubt for a second that the same heavy dose of humour, wit and sarcasm goes into each of Dislexically Disigned’s great projects.
Tweet of the week
When a man is tired of Londis, he is tired of life.
— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) July 31, 2013
Bitchy, bizarre 80’s performance of the week
Procrastination website of the week
Do you want to know what happened in the year you were born? Well, here’s a really, really detailed account
Disturbingly awkward and hilarious video of the week
When you take the music away from music videos, things become very awkward indeed, eh Miley Cyrus?
Bass player’s guitars taken away and replaced by dogs blog of the week
You heard it. Slappin’ da bass.
Alan Partridge’s top pop song playlist of the week
The captions are HILARIOUS. See for yourself. and then listen to the Spotify playlist.
Let’s finish with a sketch by David Hockney. Lovely!
- Artist Howard Fonda captures the vibrancy of summer for Ace & Tate
- Robbie Simon, the jack of all trades and the master of them too
- Mattis Dovier’s weird and wonderful 8-bit dot animation for XXX’s music video
- Jessica Lehrman's photographic document of social revolution, Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street
- Zoe Kao and Huang Wun-Siang find inspiration in the uncertainty of the design process
- Documenting the world in motion: Lauren Tamaki’s illustrations of modern life
- 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