Web Archive

  1. Nyctype-list

    Since 2007 NYC Type has offered a huge user-generated resource of imagery to lovers of vintage typography and general New York enthusiasts alike. The site aggregates an image feed comprised of photographs tagged with the #nyctype hashtag providing a constant, live stream of rough and ready typographic content (predominantly old signage, hand-painted lettering and the occasional road sign). This kind of archive is all well and good in theory, but in practise, many are tricky to navigate and poorly designed. NYC Type is neither, and offers a satisfyingly user-friendly experience. The NYC Type team are also planning an expansion later in the year, to include SLR-generated imagery, video content and traditional editorial pieces too. Keep your eyes on these guys, exciting things are afoot!

  2. Fletcher-list1

    It’s easy to forget that Alan Fletcher was one of the founding fathers of Pentagram. Since the release of his 2001 treatise on visual language, The Art of Looking Sideways, he’s risen to the ranks of art and design deity, lauded for his experimental approach to design and consistently playful imagery. Right up until his death in 2006, Alan worked prolifically from his west London studio, producing personal and commercial work in his inimitable style that traded in traditional design standards for something altogether more approachable. As a result it’s hard to picture him suited and booted, going to and from client meetings to present himself commercially.

  3. Ikea-list

    We’ve all been there, cruising through Ikea’s giant field of homeware dreams only to find that the geometric patterned rug you’ve travelled for hours to purchase isn’t available on the shop floor. Off you go to find the nearest assistant to fetch you one from out back, and then you freeze. How do you even pronounce the name of the thing? “Hall-knop,” you mutter apologetically. “Haller-um…” the disdainful look from the yellow-clad employee is enough to send you scurrying away so that no other customers can overhear your linguistic failings. You head straight for the door and return to your woefully spartan flat empty-handed.

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    I find this completely bewitching and I’m not sure I can fully explain why. Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi have created this real-time map showing which Wikipedia entries are being edited and roughly where the user is located. In reality the notifications only account for about 15 per cent of the changes to the site as it only traces IP addresses of unregistered users, but it’s still oddly fascinating to sit and watch these random flashes, from this huge diverse mass of information, pop up around the globe. Settle down and watch it all unfold here.

  5. Main

    I’ve never experienced such joy as when I began exploring the website of Al Que Quiere, an extraordinary collection of furniture you’ve only ever seen in your dreams and in that bit in the 1985 film Return to Oz. We’ve already gushed about them on our site so now we’re going to gush about their blog, which is a cohesive collection of every image that has inspired the pieces they create. The best bit? You can actually see the items that have directly inspired their work. Love that.

  6. List!

    London-based painter Clare Chapman produces work that finds beguiling beauty in the dark and disturbing. Some of her subjects resemble the pus-filled pods or cocoons from which aliens and other horror film staples burst forth, others are more abstract, uncertain outlines in fleshy colours that unnerve without us quite knowing why. The ever-brilliant Brighten The Corners have just redesigned Clare’s website and by keeping the navigation nicely simple they have done a tremendous job at letting us viewers chart and enjoy Clare’s evolution as an artist over the past few years.

  7. Maad-list

    There’s a number of reasons why ECAL in Lausanne is such a popular destination for the world’s brightest and best visual communicators. For starters it’s got a hard-won reputation for turning raw talent into serious skill, then there’s all the visiting lecturers chosen for their excellence in their own particular field, not to mention the impressive facilities on offer to all students. But for us, one of the biggest factors in ECAL’s success is the way they promote their talent.

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    Memo to your boss – this afternoon may reach new heights of unproductiveness. Heck, you might as well stick an out-of-office on your emails as well because this Google Street View Hyperlapse tool is about to take over your day. Developed by Toronto-based digital studio Teehan + Lax, it draws on Street View’s vast resources of imagery to create supercool “films,” described as as a combination of “time-lapse and sweeping camera movements typically focused on a point-of-interest.” Simply by dropping pins into Google maps you can create your own version (which the universal human impulse dictates will focus on your house) but be aware you really need Google Chrome and a good wifi connection. Check out what the Teehan + Lax guys did above but then get cracking yourself right here.

  9. Agi-list

    As you’d expect from an event that promises to “unite the world’s leading graphic designers in a professional gathering of common interest and intent” the AGI Open website is pretty nicely put together. Simple to navigate, clear in its communication and perfectly pitched to attract interest in this year’s September conference (themed around dialogue) it’s a classically composed piece of design. We’re big fans of the way they’ve laid out their speaker profiles too (a list that includes Jeremy Leslie, Margaret Calvert, Marion Deuchars and Henrik Kubel); a large grid of squares showing a thumbnail of each practitioner’s work alongside their name. Simple, obvious and completely effective.

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    The fine fellows at one of our favourite digital design agencies ustwo™ have always thrilled us with their willingness to mix client work with self-initiated projects that take their fancy. The latest fruits of their labours is rando, an app which they describe as “an experimental photo exchange platform for people who like photography.”

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    At last week’s LSN Global trend briefing, the Future Laboratory team spoke about Generation I, the current under-10s who have grown up with technology and who expect to be able to hack and reform their products to their own needs. For a large majority of the rest of us, we’re playing catch-up with things like coding, but that’s where initiatives like Steer come in.

  12. Rafael-list

    Rafaël Rozendaal hasn’t updated his portfolio of interactive web artworks for a while now, presumably because he’s been too busy coding, creating, opining at conferences and generally shaping the future of the internet. No big deal. But true to form he’s recently returned with a new site that allows you to play God with the weather. Lookingatsomething.com lets you adjust the power of rain, the chatter of birdsong and the clapping of thunder with the simplest of flicks of your cursor, transforming a perfectly pleasant day into a torrential downpour in the blink of an eye. Once again Rafaël provokes us to question our relationship with the web and, as ever, we can have terrific fun as we do it. We’re thrilled to have Rafaël talking about his work at Here 2013, our creative symposium.

  13. Sleeping-patterns-list

    One thing we really love about our jobs is having the freedom to trawl the web for some of the strangest, most obsessive creative projects out there. We like it when people do great things for no good reason other than having an inexplicable passion for something niche and far too much time on their hands. Which is why we like Glasgow-based artist Adam Shield, a man with an unhealthy interest in abandoned mattresses that he’s channeled into a bizarre creative project.

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    We were lucky enough to work with the talented folk at Hyperkit on our recent hunt for the Ideal Studio and so it was a pleasure to see they’ve just redesigned their own website. With big, bold, full-screen images of recent projects, a pleasingly straightforward swipe system and a journal where they can go into a bit more detail on their newest work, it’s a site befitting of a studio with such a big reputation.Content to let the visual quality of their work do most of the talking, it’s a refreshing change from the over-explained design statements we sometimes come across.

  15. Trendlist-list

    If you thought graphic design was a load of old formulaic nonsense that could be put together by a chimp, a small child or just a simple algorithm then consider yourself proved right courtesy of Trend List and their trendy design generator. Choose between a variety of trendy fonts, colours and graphic flourishes to create a striking image of communicative brilliance that’s sure to look ultra-cool on the wall of your squat, bedsit or in the canteen of your respective art college. Only kidding. Graphic design is a hideously complex beast, as we’re all fully aware, but we’ve got to hand it to Trend List for creating a fun piece of web genius that reminds us all not to take ourselves too seriously.

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    Zine lovers of the world rejoice, your insatiable appetite for limited-run, cheaply produced publications is about to be sated by a unique and unusual online service. Anonymous Press is a small publishing platform that allows you to select an online database of your choice, pick a subject you’re interested in and produce an image-based zine that’s available to print on demand. Each one only costs three dollars and is permanently stored in an online archive, ready for re-printing whenever there’s demand. Think of it as the online photocopier you never had, just waiting for you to churn out fanzines on John Ruskin, inter-dimensional travel or whatever else your niche interests require. And they keep saying print is dead…..

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    Earlier this week Martin Parr unveiled a brand spanking new website and it’s an upgrade worthy of the work of one of the defining photographers of modern times. Gone is the retro living room around which the old site was designed, and in its place is a sleek, easy-to-navigate affair which gives his brilliance due room to breathe. This is exemplified by the sheer joy of flicking through his recent series on Atlanta, which juxtaposes stereotypical scenes of the American South with the city’s vibrant gay community. There’s also a really comprehensive FAQ section with some genuinely interesting insights, a blog and a rundown of his books and films.

  18. Inbflat-list

    It’s impossible to imagine a world without Youtube now. There used to be a time when homemade films belonged at weekend screenings with your grandparents and music videos lived only on a place called MTV. Remember that? But now we have a beautiful online repository for stifled creativity and Justin Bieber fan videos and our lives are that little bit richer for it.

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    It’s not often that we see interesting takes on the"contact us" section of a website but Dark Igloo have previous when it comes to not doing things by the book. The New York-based studio relaunched their online presence last year and its new layout helps do their myriad interesting branding and design projects justice. But it’s when you come to try and email them that things take a turn for the weird and wonderful, because rather than being directed to a dry list of contact details, you’re instead plunged into a fabulously retro game where you need to fly an envelope around a race rack thereby unlocking the email address you need. It’s a really fun concept rendered with the kind of faithful nostalgia only true game-obsessives could manage and it’s always great to see a company which prides itself on creativity and ideas put that commitment into practice in unexpected ways.

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    Perma-tanned football manager Ron Atkinson used to have a saying for when one of his over-paid, over-preened superstars went whining to the press about how he should definitely be playing every week no matter what – don’t tell me, show me. I was reminded of Big Ron’s advice late last week when Daan Louter’s interactive CV did the rounds on social media. The Rotterdam-based designer wants to do an internship at The Guardian but rather than write a letter explaining why his skill set was so suited for such a role, he demonstrated it instead. There’s some fun tricks on show and extra marks for his proactive approach to standing out in a crowded marketplace. Your move Guardian…

  21. Gifs-list

    Ho ho ho. Ha ha ha! Welcome one and all to that time of year that everyone, and I really do mean EVERYONE, is producing Christmas-themed art, design and ambiguous paraphernalia for you to laugh, cry and be totally bemused by. It’s going to be a complete nightmare trying to sift through the reams of Yuletide curiosities that pass by our eyes, but over the next couple of weeks we’ll do our very best to only show you the good stuff. Like these magnificent Christmas Gifs (sweet pun!) curated by the inimitable Mr Ryan Todd and Enjoythis.

  22. Listimage

    The world can seem so full of hate at times, especially when we surf the comment sections on websites or browse lively debates taking place within the world of Twitter every second of the day. It’s something we all have come across, and in general it also seems we’re all a bit partial in telling some of these people to go and, let’s just say, do one. And so it goes on until it feels like we’re all doing one, using ever increasing levels of harsh, abusive language.

  23. List

    Twitter was full of references to this last week but I didn’t get round to investigating this properly until the weekend. In terms of productivity that was an unwittingly wise decision, as this is one of those sites that swallows up whole hours with effortless ease.

  24. Govopinionlist

    This week James Cartwright wonders whether the government has finally grasped the digital world, and whether we can expect to see more transparency from our political leaders. More importantly, we’d like to know what you think in the comments section below…

  25. Windmaplistimage

    Sitting in London, our thoughts are with all those suffering the devastating effects of Storm Sandy in the US and elsewhere. For those anxious to track its chaos, this fascinating live data visualisation created by Fernanda Vegas and Martin Wattenberg on HINT.FM represents the destructive force of nature in all its complexity. The Wind Map was created as a “living portrait of the wind currents over the U.S,” which artfully reflects the weather patterns and their emotional impact on our lives.

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    Do big art institutions represent the here and now? Amber van den Eeden and Kalle Mattson didn’t think one of Amsterdam’s most famous institutions did: “The Stedelijk forgot the internet,” they say, “it overlooked the abundance of young and promising artists that the city itself has to offer. It’s as simple as that.”

  27. Hoverstates-list

    It’s not often that we celebrate truly innovative web design. Rightly or wrongly (probably wrongly) the craft and functionality of the myriad websites we traverse each day goes largely unacknowledged. But that’s not to say there aren’t some magnificent pieces of online creativity out there, it’s just nobody’s thought to bring them together, to be explored in one place. Until now that is…

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    It’s rare that we post an interview in the main section of the site (as opposed to our Best of the Web section) but then it’s rare to come across an online interview published as beautifully as this. Pitchfork’s latest cover story is an in-depth feature on the enigmatic Bat for Lashes, aka Natasha Khan, and it’s certainly a fine piece by Laura Snapes with some great photos by Shawn Brackbill.

  29. Monstersuni%e2%80%93list

    When the first Monsters Inc. film came out in 2001 I was 13 years old and a little old to unashamedly rave about it to everyone I knew – though I really, really wanted to. In the 11 years that have passed since I’ve probably watched it 20 times, and the exploits of Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan still aren’t getting old. So please forgive me as I get obsessively excited about the forthcoming release of the Monsters Inc. prequel, Monsters University, and the spoof website that Pixar have just launched to promote it.

  30. Mslist

    I feel a bit sorry for Myspace, which fell from grace so spectacularly it became a social media punchline of the early 2000s, a nostalgic staging post on route to the Facebook-Twitter axis of everywhere. But yesterday something extraordinary happened – MySpace released a teaser video showing off its new look and, whisper it, it looks pretty darn impressive.

  31. Inblist

    Hey there big guy. How you doing today? Boss on your back? Bus broke down? Biscuit tin raided before your break? Hey don’t worry, it’s not that bad. And why are so phlegmatic? Because we’ve submitted to It’s No Biggie, a project by Thoka Maer, aka Lisette Berndt, a Berlin-based illustrator. Her series of charmingly-drawn illustrations of frustrating situations ranging from the recognisable (can’t get your bearings) to the more esoteric (mum didn’t see the UFO behind her). Sweet, silly and really lovely to look at, it’s also a great resource for those days when it all seems a bit too much.

  32. Nolayoutlist

    We like supporting things that are great, in fact that’s pretty much what we’re all about. So we’re absolutely loving the effort that No Layout have gone to in promoting the very best of independent magazines and publications in the fine art and fashion fields. The website showcases and sells a huge variety of output from the independent printed press, from the numerous publications of It’s Nice That favourites Nieves to lesser-known titles like Slasher fanzine, Daddy, Cold War Zine and Contemporary Dude Theory (one of the best titles of any magazine we’ve come across). The whole enterprise is 100% not-for-profit meaning the publishers take all the proceeds for their work and the No Layout team get to feel incredibly good about themselves and their wonderful labour of love.

  33. List

    Depending on your experiences, the word “intervention” may conjure up either images of earnest American families confronting wayward members over their drink/drugs/ebay addictions or even more earnest artistic happenings which serve often to baffle and bemuse.

  34. Pentlist

    If you don’t listen to This American Life then I’m not sure we can be friends. The weekly look at US culture and society goes out to a radio audience of 1.8 million people with around 750,000 people downloading the podcast and it’s not hard to see why. Whether it’s a look at the so-called psychopath test and how it affects people’s lives, the moving tale of the boy stolen by soldiers after a massacre or a very loosely-themed hour of live storytelling TAL (as all the cool kids are calling it) is fresh, intelligent and compelling.

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    If you’ve ever stayed awake for two days straight jumping, punching and head-butting your way through turtles and venus fly traps, travelling through time to save a mysterious princess or eviscerating space pirates as an intergalactic bounty-hunter then you’ll definitely appreciate Art of the Arcade. The slow-growing online archive catalogues the vintage graphics and packaging of some classic gaming institutions, showing off the finest neon graphic design the 1980s had to offer. Currently the content is mostly limited to Atari and Nintendo, but we’re expecting to see a whole lot of SEGA, Capcom and Namco titles appearing pretty soon. A perfect bit of nostalgia to ease you back in to the working week.

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    People of the internet, take a bow. There’s something thrilling about the proliferation of creative mickey-taking which accompanies many major news events both in terms of the speed of the responses and the care and attention that goes into them (as witnessed with the excellent Photoshoplooter Tumblr last year).

  37. Image-atlas-list

    Taryn Simon, an artist and photographer now synonymous with her indexing of human and cultural genealogies and experience has teamed up with Aaron Schwartz, an author, analyst and tech creator of some of the most forward-thinking and open platforms for discussion and exchange of information.

  38. Maadonna-list

    We stumbled on to the Maadonna website not long ago and I for one was baffled and entertained by it in equal measure. It has the sort of random graphics and obscure responsive actions to your cursor that comes from some clever coding that I/we will not be able to name or understand anytime soon and, in short, we were intrigued.

  39. Lego_lead

    Back in the good old days of yore children whiled away their afternoons in idol play, lost in their imaginations with nothing but bed sheets, twigs and a muddy pit at the back of the house as props for their elaborate role-playing. Kings waged wars, empires fell and everyone had to get cleaned up before tea. Then came Lego and the shape of play changed forever, so much so that those little coloured blocks and weekend afternoons will be linked in my mind forever.

  40. Sound-dictionary-list

    The Sound Word Index might just be the best idea you’ll hear about all week, nay, month. It has been brilliantly realised by two Royal College of Art grads, Blanche de Lasa and Stina Gromark, in an easily navigable site with the familiar, communication-happy graphics of a trusty dictionary. But this is no Queen’s English, “aardvark” to “zyzzyva” affair. This is the ultimate reference for a new onomatopoeic and emotive vocabulary that infuses our digital messages with “an expressive and resonating language.”