Web Archive

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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.

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    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…

  5. 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.

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    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.

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    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.

  8. 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…

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    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.”

  11. 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.

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    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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    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.

  18. 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).

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

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    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.

  24. 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.”

  25. These-americans-list

    While the debate continues about what infinite-scrolling image aggregation is doing to our cultural landscape, there are still destination sites to which an extraordinary amount of people subscribe where they know they will garner rare insight and context. One such stopping off place is American Suburb X which, since 2008, has archived the “massively relevant oats, dramatically sifting present and rapidly unfolding future” in photographs, and it is quite something.

  26. Okfocus-list

    What does the digital studio love-child of Ryder Internet Archeology Ripps and Jonathan Vingiano look like? OKFocus – a remarkably ingenious portfolio of web wonders and playfully professional design solutions for the most contemporary of internet thinkers.

  27. Prinlist

    It’s all very well talking of “the importance of good design” but it’s a term often used and understood in wooly ways. So it’s always refreshing to see an organisation put their money where their mouth is and set out what they see as the fundamentals – all the more so if that organisation is part of, oh I don’t know, the British Government.

  28. List-webby

    The main award season may have come and gone earlier this year in a flurry of breathless hype but it’s time to honour those who have done fantastic things online in the past 12 months. Now in its 16th year The Webbys may lack some of the gravitas of The Oscars or The Grammys, but they are a respected judge of who’s been brilliant in arguably the most significant cultural field of all.

  29. Tedfront

    What do all of us have, few of us share and some handle better than others? Yes, that’s right germs. But also secrets and that universal appeal helps explain the stratospheric popularity of Frank Warren’s PostSecret blog, where he invites people to submit their deepest darkest pearlers anonymously. He’s received hundreds of thousands of them to date ranging from the whimsical to the life-altering. As with the best examples of this kind of project it builds up to something much bigger than the sum of its parts – in this instance a fascinating study of people, their relationships and the ways in which they construct their own realities.

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