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The Weekender: Round off your week in real style with us, your pals!

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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

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    Tange & Nakimushi Peanuts: Neko-Sushi: The Sushi Cats from Japan

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

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    This week’s Things

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.

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    Steven Harrington Poster

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    Steven Harrington Poster

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    Steven Harrington Poster

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.
www.stevenharrington.com

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    Art Licks tote bag

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    Art Licks tote bag

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    Art Licks tote bag

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    Art Licks tote bag

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.
www.artlicks.com

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    Vice The Photo Issue

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    Vice The Photo Issue

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    Vice The Photo Issue

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    Vice The Photo Issue

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.
www.vice.com

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    Bombay Duck Design: Flick Books

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    Bombay Duck Design: Flick Books

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    Bombay Duck Design: Flick Books

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    Bombay Duck Design: Flick Books

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).
www.bombayduckdesigns.com

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    Dislexically Designed: A Manifesto for a Cleaner Internet

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    Dislexically Designed: A Manifesto for a Cleaner Internet

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    Dislexically Designed: A Manifesto for a Cleaner Internet

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    Dislexically Designed: A Manifesto for a Cleaner Internet

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.
www.dislexicallydisigned.bigcartel.com

The Weekender

Tweet of the week


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!

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    And so the week is winding down and we’re all having a little jig thinking about the wonders and delights the next two days has to offer. But before we leave y’all, check out some things what we did this week and then the usual feckless collection of the weird and wonderful bits and bobs that made it into our eyes this week. There may or may not be a crow doing winter sports (there is).

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    It’s the end of the week, it’s rainy, it’s miserable. But we’re not – and you shouldn’t be either – thanks to this decidedly bright bunch of creative brilliance that will see you through the weekend with a sunshiny spring on your step. Perhaps that’s a bit too much, but it might make sitting indoors debating if it’s too soon to pop heating on a little more pleasurable.

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    You could call it a kind of multivitamin of art and design knowledge, or a injection of irreverence straight to your brain, or you could just refer to it as a creative foodstuff with which to fuel your hangover come Sunday morning. However you like to think of it, welcome to this week’s instalment of the Weekender.

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    The Weekender is like the online equivalent of the bucket full of sweets that your mum keeps next to the front door on Halloween to hurl at the kids who come trick or treating. Except we’ve replaced the treats with art and design, so you’ll have to get your calories elsewhere. As the Criminologist says, “I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey.” Off we go then!

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    To stop you losing any more precious minutes when we lose an hour on Sunday, here at It’s Nice That we’ve kindly gathered all the important stuff you should be wrapping your eyes around before they’re left sadly squinting in darkness. You know because we’re nice like that. Let us be your light. Here’s The Weekender.

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    If you’ve just started uni and you’ve spent an entire week in student unions drinking vibrant blue booze from a questionably-shaped vessel (a goldfish bowl, say, or a shoe) then this Weekender is for you. If you’ve bought more IKEA textiles than your measly student loan will allow but you still can’t get used to the breeze-block walls of your dorms, and you think the mature student next door might have eaten cat food for breakfast this morning, or you accidentally squeegee’d paint onto every last remaining clean item of clothing you own in your first printmaking class (embarrassing) we’re here for you. Welcome to the Weekender.

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    Welcome aboard the weekend! This week at It’s Nice That HQ we’ve been talking about the gripping new podcast from the guys over at This American Life, Serial, pondering getting on trains that don’t actually have drivers, wallowing in the sweet, sweet cheesy goodness that is the new BBC cover of God Only Knows and replaying the fantastic animation about online dating below. What have you been doing?

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    Back in the glory days (i.e. when we were at uni) each triumphant essay hand-in or project completion was followed by a quick dance around our bedrooms, a trip to Tesco’s to stock up on cheap booze and, if we were really lucky, an evening spent in fancy dress in a sweaty club stuffed fuller than a new beanbag. Now we’re working 9 till 5, that jubilant sensation is saved up for just one day of the week and, you guessed it, it’s Friday! So do a swift wiggle in your deskchair, because it’s time for the Weekender!

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    If the Weekender was a person, it’d be the kind of person you’d walk past in the street, then taken three steps backwards to get a better look at, then recoil visibly from, then reach into your pocket to take out your phone and take a selfie with. Later on at the pub you’d whip out your phone excitedly to share this uniquely memorable moment with your friends, and find that the photograph had disappeared and all that was left was a shot of you posing awkwardly with a packet of Monster Munch. That’s just the kind of guy the Weekender is. Enjoy our weekly supplement!

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    It’s been a long old week kids, and like the Friday afternoon trip to the cornershop to buy a 20p pic ’n’ mix we’re here and ready to reward you for dragging yourselves through it with bucket loads of funny, cool and interesting stuff that we’ve uncovered this week. This way please!

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    Would you bloody well look at that? You thought Friday would never roll around again and yet here it is, like the cat that wanders home in the morning having spent the whole night in the cubby hole behind the garage getting chummy with next door’s Tabby, smug, self-satisfied and ready to sit in your lap and purr itself to sleep. These anthropomorphic days of the week, you never know what they’re going to turn up as. Here’s the Weekender.

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    Fun bus, you ask? Yes! The fun bus! Because it’s back-to-school week, and while that predominantly means potentially giving our shoes a polish for us non-attending folk we have been getting into the spirit of it by listening to this on repeat and raiding the stationery cupboard for some fancy new pens with which to draw all over our backpacks. School’s the bomb. Here’s some fun/ridiculous/entertaining stuff we found this week.

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    If you’re reading this then you too survived last weekend’s bank holiday carnage and you’re here, raring and ready for another go! Without further ado then, welcome to our weekly endowment of fun and tomfoolery, soundtracked by this. Enjoy!