Life is hard, and The Weekender can only help you so much along the way. It won’t lift its feet to let you hoover beneath, and it certainly won’t help you carry the shopping in from the car. In fact, The Weekender is almost useless. What it does do, though, is provide a tang to your week that you just can’t find anywhere else. It’s a pongy whiff, the nasty taste in your mouth, the dangerous spider in your bag of salad. It’s earwax.
6 pints of lager and a bag of pork scratchings you should have bought this week
6. Pharrell whips out a 24 hour music video – naturally.
This guy. I mean really. And it’s just…so well done. BIG round of applause you wonderful man for this corker of a music video.
5. 90s garage has never looked so good
Ewen Spencer was there with his camera, and these photos prove it was the music era to conquer all music eras.
4. Hey! Nice silk house, buddy!
Making your house out of silk is not advised, but when it’s an art project where you make enormous, life-size replicas of all your childhood homes, it’s definitely okay.
3. Graphic design you are allowed to go nuts over
Because it’s fun, it’s colourful and it’s pleasuring us in every way possible. No! Not that way! Check it out.
2. Collaborative animation anyone?
Sure! Especially as it’s made by some of the old It’s Nice That grads AND it’s for Bombay Bicycle Club. Nice!
1. Making dry cleaning s-e-x-y!
I know! As if anyone saw that coming! This is just absolutely spectacular branding, well done Nordic House.
It’s Nice That Friday Mixtape
From time to time we’re going to be handing over our Friday Mixtape to friends of ours so they can share their musical inspiration with you, our dear readers/listeners. First up we are delighted to welcome the fine folk of NTS Radio, and in particular Heather Weil, one of those behind the fortnightly show Black Impulse.
“This mix culminates what I listen to day-to-day (while the office I work in drones to repetitive commercial FM radio). So, here’s 30 songs, encompassing just under two hours of music to get you through your Friday.”
How do you like your things? In piles? Lined up at right angles to one another? Splayed out in a giant heap of goodness? This week we’ve brought you a sexy rude one, an Asia-themed one, one about cities, one about art schools and one with loads of fold-out flaps for hours of opening fun. What’s more, they’re displayed in a variety of ways. Enjoy.
Nigel Peake: In the City
Shanghai, New York, Antwerp, London, Paris, Oslo, Lausanne, Budapest, Istanbul, and San Francisco are all included in In the City, Nigel Peake’s follow-up to his illustrated lovesong to life in the countryside. Attempting to draw everything that he doesn’t understand, the resulting compilation of surfaces, grids, patterns, roofs and reflections makes for enchanting thumbing, and a sweet alternative perspective of the city that everybody should own.
Quottom Magazine: Issue #2, Sexualitat und Gewalt
Ah, at long last, a German magazine that you don’t eve need to learn German to understand because the images supporting the text are so strong that they tell a whole story themselves! The second issue of Quottom is on the theme of sexuality and violence, exploring the commercialisation and aestheticization of sex, and the carnal, base instincts which drive it. Quottom describe it as “a brutal erotic smorgasbord”, we call it love at first sight.
Paul Winstanley: Art School
Since 2009, Paul Winstanley has been photographing 50 art colleges across the United Kingdom in all of their blank neutrality and Cornerhouse have now compiled all of those photographs in this chunky book for our viewing pleasure. En masse, the images seem like a tribute to the ever diminishing stance of art education in England; whether you see them as ghostly and empty or inspiring for their blank walls and paint stained floors, that they’re very beautiful in undeniable.
Fascinating alternative perspective.
Lotta Nieminen: Walk this World
Reading children’s books as an adult is a semi-secretive and yet unadulterated joy, which only becomes more intense when liftable flaps and openable windows come into the picture. You’ll be pleased to hear then that Walk this World has SO MANY flaps and windows that we struggled to contain ours. Sweetly insightful and beautifully illustrated, Lotta’s is a wonderful offering to children the world over.
Kaleidoscope Magazine: Issue #19
Kaleidoscope is a quarterly magazine of contemporary art and culture published in Milan, and a bloody lovely one it is too. In case the Chinese lettering on the cover didn’t give you an idea, issue #19 is dedicated entirely to art and culture from Asia Pacific, from China, Korea, Japan and the Philippines to Thailand, India and Pakistan. That’s quite an area to cover, of course, but Kaleidoscope’s coverage of Asia’s local art scenes is sensitive, enthusiastic and honest about the utter impossibility of an all-encompassing report. Instead what it does is offer an overview of the key figures in different mediums, providing a snapshot of another world. Lovely.
Tweet of the Week
My top 4 hob rings 1. Front left (1) 2. Back left (3) 3. Back right (4) 4. Front right (2) *last years rankings in brackets
— Boring Tweeter (@b0ringtweets) November 19, 2013
Kid’s reaction to a magic trick of the week
90 seconds of segway fails of the week
Jordan and Peter Andre unedited recording of the week
Keep going until Jordan chimes in. It will amaze you.
Inspirational photo of the week
This man’s got crabs and he is very pleased with himself.
- Photographer Damien Maloney on working intuitively and playing with reality
- “Prayer paintings, manga and motivational images”: Gitte Maria Moller's cryptic artworks
- Jad Hussein's tropical catalogue design for Paris exhibition Jamaica, Jamaica
- From Lemon Twigs to Laura Marling: Hollie Fernando’s painterly photography folio
- Hey presto, it's Best of the Web!
- Paris-based Studio Jimbo creates "impact and power" with punchy poster designs
- Alex Norris’ hilarious three-panelled webcomics are universally appealing
- Southbank Centre visual identity redesigned by North, to be a “confident masthead” for the institution
- The Buzzfeed redesign: UK art director Tim Lane talks us through his seven-month overhaul
- Fresh Yale grad Franci Virgili applies an academic approach to graphic design
- Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger on how to stand out
- Leipzig graphic design studio Lamm & Kirch on their shared ethos