Hi gang! If you’re reading this you’re probably not at Glastonbury, and neither are we so that makes us friends. We’ve spent our weekend listening to Eminem with the air conditioning on, which is kind of like our own mini festival – right? We often wonder what everyone else listens to at work, as we usually go for a heady mix of Simon and Garfunkel, Rihanna and that Bill Wyman song about him seducing a much younger woman. If you have any suggestions of what else we can listen to, or what you tend to listen to as you punch an Apple keyboard with the blunt ends of your fingertips for money, get in touch.
Bits and bobs from the site that you should NOT have missed this week
– Wah! Bombay Bicycle Club did a mixtape for us! Go listen, now!
– We also had a fantastic and hilarious Bookshelf from the inimitable Mr Bingo!
– Filmmaker Phoebe Arnstein told us why Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack is the best music video ever.
– We wondered what turns a group exhibition from a mishmash into a success?
– And we did another really, really fantastic podcast. Listen over here.
Bit of a sad one from me this week, I’ve been listening to a lot of songs by Joni Mitchell or Graham Nash that they wrote about each other. In my research I found this article on The Guardian# written by Graham about a photo he took of Joni listening to her album for the first time. “At the time, Joni and I were blazingly in love,” Graham writes. “Our relationship was heaven to me, and it was heartbreaking when it was over. She was an incredibly talented woman; I have no idea what she was doing with me.” That is powerful shit. The idea that two people can love each other that intensely and inspire each other creatively is mind-blowing, and totally changes how you listen to Blue, which she wrote after the breakup.
Just when I thought the internet couldn’t get anymore mental I stumble across this gem. In the video, Mariko Takahashi conducts an exercise class made up of burly poodles while she herself sports modified poodle-like limbs and acts as though everything is completely normal. Supposedly the commentary has been taken word-for-word from American personal trainer Susan Powter’s first workout video. But regardless of the origins, motivations and the people involved this is still the weirdest thing EVER. If you can make to the end without questioning the human race, then I applaud you.
I had a bit of a WTF!? moment this week when I found out that there are special pencils that you can buy to draw freckles on your face – they do them at Topshop and & Other Stories. So I guess if you’ve ever thought to yourself “Gahd, I wish I had more little dots on my face” you don’t have to worry about it anymore. Just draw them on. Similarly you can buy a Sharpie to sketch on a really convincing moustache or a little soul patch. Or you could just get a grip and stop doodling on your face. But then I would say that, I get a terrific set of freckles in the summer.
I’ve only just seen this Dali and Disney collaboration, and I wish I would have seen it as a kid, because I would have loved it so much. It features a lost Princess running around a melting dune land of eyeballs and giant shells and cyclists with baguettes on their head. It’s very dreamy, and exactly what you would expect from the unexpected pairing.
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- 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