Weekender

The Weekender features the best work, the most brilliant arts writing and some of the more, ahem, irreverent things that dance across our desktops in any given week. All hail the weekend!

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    Scorchio!” is the word of the week for the Weekender. It’s been a joy to have the sun beaming down on us so perpetually, and to avoid wishing that heat away the Weekender is adopting a sensible summer regimen to get through it. This includes a daily dose of ice cream of your choice, the right to say “God it’s hot!” up to eight times a day and a uniform of loose-fitting bits of material that we can get away with calling “clothes.” If you want the same prescription as the Weekender read on ahead and come see us after – we’ll be melting in the park dreaming of paddling pools.

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    If the Weekender was to create a soundtrack it wouldn’t have any of those cool jams the kids listen to these days. It would be filled with the songs and artists that remind us of a time when you had to ring someone’s house phone to talk to them. With bangerz from Craig David, Blazin’ Squad and Billie Piper, it would be like an old episode of Top of the Pops, and then we’d all go out for a Pizza Hut buffet. So while the Weekender drifts off into a carb-fuelled, cheese-laden food coma, have a little peek at what we’ve been seeing and reading this week.

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    If the Weekender were to contribute to the “lonely hearts” column in a crumpled, thoroughly thumbed tabloid, it would probably read “fun-loving, outgoing, heavily bearded older guy, WLTM likeminded pals for weird GIF exchanges, bad jokes, all-you-can-drink Bloody Mary brunches and all that accompanies them.” If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you’re in the wrong place. Enjoy!

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    The only event the Weekender is interested in this weekend is the Queen’s birthday. Yes it’s our Majesty’s official birthday this Saturday and as well as the standard parade, the Weekender has been invited to the saucy after-party to tear it up Windsor-style with the Royals. Champagne and strawberries will flow, everyone will do the cancan and the morning-after fry-up will be delicious. So consider this edition of the Weekender as the warm-up, the canapé to the main dinner party if you will.

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    Oh weekend, how you bewitch us with your siren song. Those two days of utter bliss, where we brunch together and laugh lazily while watching the clouds go by. But lately weekend, you’ve not been your sweetest. You get ratty when we don’t “favourite” what you’ve tweeted, shrug when we ask your opinion and you insist on talking about the Sundays you’ve spent with other people. Enter the Weekender, the relationship equivalent of getting a puppy to pave over the cracks. Excitable, distracting and full of unconditional love, we’re buying a lead and taking the Weekender for a walk on this humid afternoon. Join us, won’t you?

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    Back in the mists of the pre-internet era, the end of the week was a somewhat muted affair. Brunches went un-Instagrammed, plans could be boasted about only to a select few and everyone just had to do what was directly in front of them rather than tracking down an exciting pop-up yak milk yurt in deepest Clapton. But no more – the weekend is now in our hands and this very weekly round-up is proof that there’s a new world order. Bend your knee yeah, it’s The Weekender…

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    It’s Bank Holiday weekend and one of our favourite things to do is bake up a buttery storm and shove cakes into our loved ones’ pie-holes. To bake the perfect Weekender, the recipe is simple; three cups of amazing work, two cups of creative sweetener and one cup of Friday excitement, finished off with a dusting of whimsy from the world wide web. Bake for one hour at gas mark fun-time and you’ve got yourself a wholesome, well-risen Weekender cake. So indulge and cut yourselves a sexy slice because the Weekender is BIG on taste but LIGHT in calories!

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    This week has been a whirlwind, one minute it’s sunny, the next it’s raining. It’s an emotional weather-coaster as they say. BUT fear not, because the one thing that will never let you down is the Weekender. That’s right, no matter what, we’ll be there. Huzzah! So pop on your comfiest trousers and crack open the beers, it’s Friday and it’s time for The Weekender.

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    Over the years The Weekender has brought you the full range of emotions; joy, heartache, anger and sadness, but most of all just good old-fashioned hilarity. This week is no exception, filled to the brim with political outrage, religious fervour, psychedelic adventure and rugs – lots of rugs. Don’t say we don’t ever do anything for you, we’re giving you the best gift of all!

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    My, what a week it’s been. We’re all tuckered out after celebrating the launch of Printed Pages last night. But you know what, just for you, we’ll muster up the rest of our diminishing will to keep on typing to present this week’s edition of the Weekender, because we’re so nice, and because it makes us feel just that little bit closer to Saturday. And of course, to all of you. So here’s all the art and design bits and bobs you could possibly want for your two days of freedom.

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    If you thought that marginally overweight bloke in swimming trunks snoozing on the beach was at the top of the Weekender for entirely arbitrary reasons this week then you thought WRONG, my friend! In fact he is the star of one of the two covers shot by Tadao Cern for the new issue of Printed Pages, which is now available for pre-order, with the first 500 orders also receiving an exclusive print from designer Alan Fletcher’s archive. That is correct. What are you waiting for? Onwards, to the Weekender!

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    Some Fridays drift into the abyss of the weekend with gradual abandon; other pivot off that 5pm blue touchpaper and fire off into the freedom of two sweet nectary days. This week is the former – maybe it’s the sunshine here in London – but we feel we’ve arrived here on the cusp of nothing rested, ready and raring to go. Sound. Those. Trumpets.

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    We get excited about the two days off a traditional weekend brings, so with double the time off we’re doubly excited. But why just use that extra time to eat Transformers easter eggs and watch Netflix in your pants when you can be catching up on all the art and design news from the week? You can even do that while you’re in your pants, eating a Transofrmer easter egg, if you want. So no excuses, dive head-first into the gooey sugary centre of fun, The Weekender!

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    If you like art, music, design, illustration, photography or animation you’re not even ready for the bulk of it that’s abut to land on your computer screen like a wet fish onto a ship deck. Are you? You are? Right then. Here it is.

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    To celebrate the astrological enigma and apocalyptically exciting event that was today’s eclipse – which we all saw, and wasn’t an anti-climax at all – here’s The Weekender! A round-up of the art and design news that has eclipsed everything else this week, at least in our eyes. Happy Weekend!

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    The sun’s out, the Lighthouse Family’s on the stereo and we’re very much imbued with That Friday Feeling. But in the words of Columbo, “Just one more thing!” That thing is The Weekender, all the art and design news from the site and the big, bad wider world from this week in one big and pretty chunk for you.

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    Ladies, gentlemen, children and small animals! It’s that time of year when you raise your nose from the duvet you’ve been burying it in all winter to the open window, to feel the soft, warm breeze fluttering against your eyelashes. The prophesy has come true! Spring is on its way and to celebrate we’ve got a shed-load of art and design news, interviews, features and some plain nonsense for ya.

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    It’s been a busy old week at It’s Nice That towers, with Rob jetting about in Africa for Design Indaba, Maisie out in Brazil, and James dipping his paddling toes into Margate. But for us left here, home soil hasn’t seemed so dreary thanks to the wealth of wonderful art and design news that’s kept us entertained over the last week. Have a look at our best bits, and the other multifarious goings on in the creative world below.

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    After this week’s relentless onslaught of creative goings-on, we’re pooped. Happy, but pooped. Luckily it’s the weekend, and – what’s that you say? You’re cracking open a beer, but want to catch up on the best of the art and design world’s news and inspiration from the last week? Great! We’ve just the thing for you to cast your weary eyes across. It’s called The Weekender, and it’s hella refreshing.

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    “Mmmm,” she moaned, her eyes eating up the delectable design news across the It’s Nice That homepage. “I still want more…,” she purred. “Now.” Sorry love, you can’t have any more this week – it’s ruddy Friday, and we’ve only got eyes for the pub, stone cold mashup merchants that we are. But whatever you’re up to this weekend, be it romantic, be it Ikea or be it watching people say things as erudite as “I gasp, and I’m Eve in the Garden of Eden, and he’s the serpent, and I cannot resist” in Fifty Shades of Grey, have a blast, and treat yourself to this VERY SEXY INDEED digest of what we’ve been into in the art and design world this week.

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    A lot can happen in a week. Riri and Kanye can get together with Paul McCartney to make music, a man dressed as a shark can become a firm feature in hearts across the world, a man can claim intimate relations with a dolphin, etc. and we feel it’s our duty to condense all of this down into a wholesome chunk digestible for you dear reader. So we have. Here it is. Dive in!

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    This Sunday night sees the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots in Superbowl XLIX. Yeah us neither. But it does make us think that more stuff should use Roman numerals. They’re cool. They’re confusing. They make even the most mundane event seem electrifyingly exciting. What if the early 2000s boyband Five had actually been called V. They’d probably be massive now. Or Enid Blyton could have written The Secret VII. Where were we? Oh yeah, some great stuff to read and watch from the past seven days. Once more into the fray!

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    If you’ve been waiting all week for Friday evening like a shipwrecked sailor eagerly watches the horizon for the first sign of a rescue mission, then the Weekender is that hazy pink flare in the distance – the sign that you’re almost there! This week we’ve got an animation about our dependence on technology; a deluge of interviews with super talented artists, designers, photographers and printmakers; a smattering of erotica; a collection of photographs of people who want to be mermaids and a round-up of what’s happened in the world this week, from a certain newspaper’s fascination with the humble nip to TLC’s hotly-anticipated comeback. Delve in!

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    On this day 96 years ago prohibition was passed by the U.S. government, plunging the United States into a parched wasteland of (mainly) sober, miserable people for a long 14 years. Thankfully this is the case neither in England nor in 2015, so we’re cracking open the beers and pouring one out for the prohibited. It’s the weekend! Here’s the Weekender, and our rundown of what’s happened in the art and design world this week. Have a good one!

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    Given that it’s the first week back at work after a long fortnight spent cramming mince pies and Baileys into our faces while flicking between The Wizard of Oz and Call the Midwife, you’d think the creative world might be slow getting back into the swing of things. Oh no. This week we’ve seen the cartooning world torn apart only to rise up even stronger, a mad new interactive website launched by Panda Bear, some seriously impressive new identity work from the likes of Pentagram, and books, films and adverts spewed out all over the shop. Here’s our pick of the best of the week.

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    It’s been a weird week. The wind down for Christmas always feels a bit like a steam train running out of…steam. One last push, one last heave through illness, emails, tidy-ups and secret santas then it’s time to get blaringly drunk, embarrass yourself in front of your colleagues and go home to let someone care for you until it all starts all over again. I don’t think that sounds too bad, do you? Here’s some brain fodder to keep you going for the final hump…

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    It’s been this kind of afternoon in the studio, and it’s with that in mind that I invite you to partake of this week’s supplement of all things fun and weird, The Weekender. Enjoy!

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    Here we are again, another Friday, another reason to sit back and catch up on what you may have missed from the last five days of creative gloriousness we’ve been putting before your lucky little peepers this week. Enjoy.

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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.