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    There’s few things actors love more than having their photographs taken but Frieke Janssens did something very different to the traiditional headshot when she was commissioned by Belgium theatre company Toneelhuis. Inspired by the dramatic lighting and overwrought poses of Hollywood’s golden age, Frieke created each picture as a bust of the theatre group member putting the focus firmly on their features.

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    Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone – sorry to plunder your most famous work W.H. Auden but this needs a little quiet. Boston-based firm WobbleWorks have launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for the 3Doodler, billed as the world’s first 3D printing pen. This is by far one of the most interesting, exciting developments in this realm I’ve seen for ages and, for anyone else familiar with early 1990s cartoon Penny Crayon, our dreams may be about to become a reality.

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    In the very final room of the Roy Lichtenstein retrospective, which opens tomorrow at Tate Modern, there is something completely unexpected. It contains five paintings, completed in the year before the painter’s death in 1997, inspired by work from the Song dynasty (960 to 1270).With their Benday dots, these strange works are recognisably Lichtensteins but they are also incredibly faithful homages to a certain style of oriental art.

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    If you’re starting to think that you’ve had about enough of winter and wouldn’t it be nice if you could step outside wearing less than 13 layers of clothing on top of your thermal onesie, then hold your horses for just a second. You see you’re forgetting that despite its sunny weather and bright, cloudless mornings, the summer has a few pitfalls of its own, namely the puckered, loose flesh of brazen sunbathers strewn casually about public spaces. You forgot about the sunbathers didn’t you? Allow Paul Rousteau to refresh your memory with his candid Parr-esque photographs of sparsely-clothed Swiss. Still pining for summer? Didn’t think so.

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    For over a century posters have been brightening up the dark walls of the Tube. Beautiful, striking and informative they’re the best public art to have come out of the tunnels. The London Transport Museum is celebrating the Tube’s 150th birthday with a fascinating exhibition of 150 posters dug out of its archive. When seen together, these posters not only tell the story of the Underground, they tell a story of London and graphic design, too.

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    We don’t feature too much creative work from India but we were absolutely blown away by this sumptuous book Drawing From The City. It’s a visual autobiography of Teju Behun, a folk artist and performer whose gorgeous, intricate illustrations chart her journey from her childhood, through her marriage and life as a wandering musician to meditations on cars, planes and bicycles. Silkscreen printed by hand, the sheer quality of the book as an object means you want to pore over each page for hours, submitting to the skilful worlds she creates which soar above the simple, poetic prose.

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    People that make things by hand are better than you. It’s a fact. A long time ago we could all build houses, maintain a successful farm, make our own clothes and craft objects from metal, then the internet arrived and now most of us can’t even work out how to get to the sim card in our mobile phones without having to Google step-by-step instructions, let alone whittle a longbow from a branch.

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    You must have heard by now that we’ve just released the first tickets for this year’s Here symposium with Adam Buxton, Rafael Rozendaal, Erik Kessels and Nelly Ben Hayoun already confirmed. But our excitement for Here 2013 is mingled with the proud glow of Here’s 2012 success and over the past few weeks we’ve started releasing videos of some of the amazing speakers who graced us with their presence. Today is the turn of filmmaker Carol Morley, whose extraordinary documentary Dreams of A Life – about a woman who lay dead in her flat for years – aired recently on Channel 4. Carol treated us to a fascinating glimpse into her process and why she feels outbound to tell certain stories.

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    You’d think in the homeland of Tove Jansson that comic book artists would be ten a penny and the market flooded with all manner of graphic novels from across the globe. But there’s an awful lot of world-class titles that are never translated into Finnish, leaving the country’s comics lovers hungry for stories they’re desperate to consume. Luckily for Finland they’ve got champions of comics and illustration like Tommi Musturi translating titles by the likes of Dan Clowes and Edward Gorey into Finnish and producing their own incredible works on the side.

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    Having a name like Cat Stevens must have its negative side, but it’s pretty unforgettable. Luckily, Cat’s photography totally lives up to her very cool name, and nicely complements her large portfolio of consistently brilliant music photography. Seemingly favouring the more art-orientated musicians such as Will Oldham and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Cat has also captured the the magnificent PJ Harvey during the recording of her last album, Let England Shake. Her candid portraits of PJ in the studio are the kind of perfect, behind-the-scenes shots that fans lust after. Also, be sure to check out her series entitled The Subterraneans that she shot for Angst magazine.

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    This is simply tremendous. Sampsa Nuotio and Raisa Omaheimo have started a blog which showcases the poetry of Google’s predictive search facility, building its suggested searches into strange, moving little works of art. The often baffling juxtapositions of song lyrics, sayings and bizarre sentences come together to reflect some of our age-old preoccupations – love, sex, death, religion etc. Whatever else you’ve got on today, take a few minutes to visit this special little corner of the internet.

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    Speaking from the perspective of a chronic hoarder, I can definitely confirm that the world needs beautiful objects. One of the world’s most skilled beautiful object makers is Italian design mastermind Alessandro Mendini. Together with his most trusted craftsmen, Alessandro has produced a heart-stoppingly laboured-over exhibition based around the small topic of time. The level of intense craftsmanship and honed skill is pretty breathtaking, made all the more impressive by the beautiful making-of shots of the objects.

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    There are so many reasons to post this 1986 classic this morning. Firstly, it’s a banger – drenched in 80s soft focus and colour. Secondly, Keith Haring draws a massive 60 ft dress for her to wear (3 minutes seven seconds), and the anniversary of his death was on Saturday. Thirdly, Andy Warhol’s in it (36s) looking amazing. And finally, doesn’t that blue backdrop at the beginning twinned with powerful black songstress remind you of the incredible new Gentlewoman cover?

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    It’s always exciting to see a new magazine, particularly one whose mission is so closely aligned to our own cherished creativity championing mantra. Peter Biľak of the Typotheque type foundry secured an amazing €30,000 via crowd funding for Works That Work, a new title “dedicated to exploring various manifestations of human creativity.” Peter explains: “One of the fundamental assertions of Works That Work is that creativity is not the exclusive domain of artists or designers, but something that surrounds us in our daily lives, something so embedded in our everyday experience that it often escapes our attention.”

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    Meet Joyce, the bizarre alter-ego of London-based artist Juno Calypso. Joyce lives in a world of tacky finger buffets and unfulfilling desk jobs that take place in environments lacquered with muted pastel shades. She has everything a gal could wish for but just can’t seem to manage a smile. Juno created Joyce as a means of exploring constructed and societally enforced femininity, placing her within these familiar, but alien surroundings to mirror her own feelings about the pressures of womanhood. It’s a tricky subject tackled with real photographic flair, and with tongue always firmly in cheek.

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    This week Things celebrates street press comics makers, procrastinates with some excellent illustration, enjoys a squat book of briefs, cops a load of British style and looks at wishful wheat-pasting around the streets of Edinburgh.

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    I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking “Where does The Weekender go from Monday morning through to Friday afternoon?” and you know what, you’re right to wonder. It’s quite the conundrum! But in the same way that you ponder as a child where babies come from, only to be reviled by the answer when your poor hounded father finally reveals the secrets of procreation, discovering the day-to-day habits of the world’s favourite weekly, whimsical culture roundup will only leave you feeling sad, hollow and ultimately disappointed. So call off that private investigator, put down your binoculars and stop following The Weekender around like a creep (don’t think we won’t issue a restraining order). That’s better. Now let’s get on with dishing out the good stuff….

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    We’re now half way through our Ideal Studio project with Represent Recruitment and this week has seen another five studios sharing their ideas about what they believe makes for the perfect creative environment.

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    Oldcastle Books has repackaged classics of the canon as racy pulp fiction. The garish colours, faux-tattered paper, dangling cigarettes and smouldering stares add up to an excellent imitation of the covers that sold popular, naughty novels of the 1950s and 60s.

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    Chilean Berliner Cristóbal Schmal has got editorial illustration nailed. The South American native utilises impeccable composition and a reductive geometric style to create images that are immediately engaging, communicating their message with speed and precision. They also look magnificent. Cristóbal’s journey to professional illustration hasn’t been an easy one. Having trained as a graphic designer in his home town he spent five years in Spain working in commercial studios and as a waiter, pursuing illustration on the side. That incubation time seems to have worked well though as he’s sidestepped the awkward teething period many commercial illustrators experience while finding their feet, and cut straight to the good stuff. Look out for this man over the next couple of years, he’s going to be huge.

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    We’ve featured the work of photographer Lydia Garnett before, marvelling at her ability to take breathtakingly honest, gritty but unpretentious shots of people she finds inspiring, often due to their unique style. Since then, Lydia’s been busy with setting up Accent with Lucy Nurnberg, an illustrator and designer. Accent Magazine is an online, photography based journal which champions personality and truth through poignant series of images that tell some rather incredible stories.

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    For some reason we’ve never had cause to feature all that many Latvian designers on the site, in fact, this could well be the first. But consider our error rectified with the discovery of wonderfully talented print designer Zigmunds Lapsa. Not only is his name magnificently exotic, reminiscent of a victorian conjurer, but his work is exceptional and quite unlike anything else we’ve come across in the graphic design sphere.

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    Braaaap Braaaap Braaaaap! Yeah that’s right, not only is it Friday but we’ve got your arts and design audio needs sorted so help me pod. So why not put on a favourite jumper, pour yourself a lovely mug of tea or wine and wrap your ears around this week’s offering. You know it makes sense.

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    In the hierarchy of London’s iconic points, Centre Point is a curious case. Rising 385 feet into the skyline, it is visible for miles around and yet few Londoners have any real affection towards it, predominantly because most of us have no idea what goes on inside it. But maybe that’s going to change after the building’s owners Almacantar commissioned the brilliant Eley Kishimoto to create a series of patterns inspired by Centre Point.

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    Jingyao Guo draws from the movies. Although the majority of the Brooklyn-based illustrator’s site is composed of bright paintings of smiling figures (and a moody Bowie), underneath there’s a small section dedicated to black and white portraits of famous girls from films – and Jingyao’s mum. These monochrome stills freeze Annie Hall, Lolita, Shosanna and Rosemary in delicate fading washes. We’d like Jingyao to draw all the girls from classic celluloid history like this, please.

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    In September 2015, 956 days to be precise, new laws will pave the way for widespread use of commercial drones in the USA. Fascinated by the potential changes this could have on American cities, Rajeev Basu has invited a group of creatives – including many of our absolute favourites like Kyle Platts, Craig & Karl, Supermundane, Ian Stevenson, Antonia Ladrillo and Saiman Chow – to imagine what some of these drones might look like.

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    Can we just take a minute to close our eyes and give thanks for the internet? Once that’s done, have a look around this collection of naively brilliant Beware of The Dog signs from Nepal. These little nuggets of creativity warn trespassers not just of dogs, but of horses, cats, enlightened chickens and even spiders. The woman behind this awe-inspiring collection is Michelle Page, whose interest in the signs goes beyond their charming aesthetic.

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    Before you read anything we have to say about the Hayward Gallery’s latest exhibition it’s definitely worth heading straight over to their website and getting hold of a ticket. Light Show is already one of the most hotly-tipped exhibitions of the year (much like Rain Room in 2012) and getting hold of tickets is fast becoming problematic. But rest assured there’s good reason for all the hype as it’s arguably one of the best shows we’ve had the pleasure of visiting in the last year at least.

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    David Lidbetter has been transforming objects by turning them over to their side least seen. The London-based still life photographer has an ongoing series exploring the undersides of everyday things like stamps, seed trays, handwritten notes and archery targets.

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    This may be my memory playing tricks on me, but I seem to remember Blue Peter burying time capsules willy-nilly in my youth. The thing is I never remember them being dug up – as and when BBC Television Centre is sold and bulldozed they’re likely to unearth any number of boxes meant to capture a certain snapshot of our past. That’s kind of the problem with time capsules – people get excited about putting them together and basically forget about them, but the clever folk at O2 have found a way round that. For their new project Future Timeline Predictions, they asked a group of bloggers from the worlds of fashion, film, music, football and our very own founder Will Hudson to curate a time capsule of objects they believe will be significant in just six months’ time. Will picked a Rasberry Pi, some magazines and a sculpture by Steven Harrington as part of his selection and you can see him and the others involved discuss the project in this promo video. No pressure Will, but we won’t forget about this one…

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    For many design types, typography is a private obsession, indulged in behind closed doors away from the uncaring eyes of those who don’t even know (or maybe care) what kerning is. But from time to time typography escapes these confines and through large scale public installations it becomes a confrontational part of everybody’s daily lives. A new book by Anna Saccani called Letterscapes explores our relationship with these types of public lettering, looking at examples from the likes of Why Not Associates, Lawrence Weiner, Paula Scher and Joan Brossa. But it’s not just pretty pictures – although there are lots of these – the book looks at how and why these pieces have changed over the past few decades.

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    When Arjowiggins came to launch their new range of Skin papers they went well beyond a simple press release. Instead they challenged people to create masks and signed up Kriki, Kako Ueda and Bonsoir Paris to get the ball rolling. Their three efforts were stunning, particularly Bonsoir Paris’ intriguing pair of blue hands, but rather than be cowed by such a high quality initial set, the good people of the internet have stepped up to the plate and then some.

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    Get ready to be transported to a fragmented, blood-orange land with artist Sea Hyun Lee. These oil paintings (yes, oil paintings) depict mountainous islands reminiscent of Never Never land, each one floating in a sea of milk. Dreamlike as they may be, this jagged landscape actually represents the mountains of North and South Korea, so heavily saturated in red that they are almost flushed with arteries.

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    Now and again it’s nice to look back on some of the incredible graphic design that predates your birth and marvel at the output of men who’d mastered their craft before you’d even learnt to draw breath. It’s an intimidating and humbling activity but always reveals a handful of practitioners who demand to be posthumously acknowledged for their undeniable influence on today’s design landscape.

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    I don’t know if you’ve seen My Week With Marilyn but I saw it recently, and by the end of it I was pretty much convinced that Marilyn Monroe was alive and well, purely due to Michelle Williams being fantastic. Fashion and culture hoarders AnOther Magazine have taken note of Michelle’s surprisingly underrated brilliance and have whacked her on the cover of their latest issue — four times! Although only one cover will be used in print, in this exclusive release we reveal the four very different alternative covers, each starring the lady herself. These images remind us not just of Michelle’s beauty, but of her consistently diverse acting career. Not many people can swing gracefully from Dawson’s Creek to some of the biggest films of the last decade, but oh, Michelle can.

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    Over the last few weeks we’ve released a selection of videos from last year’s Here to whet your appetite for Here 2013. We can now reveal our creative symposium is back, bigger and better. On Friday June 21 (hello, summer solstice) we’re bringing together a vast array of the best practitioners and creative talent from the UK and abroad for a one-day, fast-paced festival of creativity.

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    A lot happens in cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt’s mouths. Sporting sexy high fashion, lizards drape themselves over fast cars with suggestive, slithering tongues. On construction sites, busty canine workers let their floppy tongues hang out as they fumble with hoses and cavort on excavators. In the forest, pink hounds happily leap out of a huge Darth Vader/puppy’s verdant, gaping jaws. Meanwhile, Obama swallows love-struck, tongue-entwined Romney and Ryan whole.

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    Cape Town photographer and Filmmaker Johno Mellish has some impressive skills for such a young practitioner. He’s barely out of film school but already has a portfolio full of carefully crafted photographic work that takes inspiration from anything around him of interest, no matter how inconsequential. Equally comfortable shooting vast panoramic shots of South Africa’s daunting landscapes as he is constructing careful compositions of colour and light in his studio, there’s a sensitivity present throughout his work that holds together a variety of disciplines under one distinct and recognisable oeuvre.

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    And the award for the best Oscar poster we’ve ever seen goes to… Olly Moss! He’d like to thank Gallery 1988 for the commission, his friends and family and of course all the film-makers whose tremendous work provided such rich inspiration. See what I did there! Terrific stuff, but not as terrific as this poster which reimagines the iconic Academy Award statuette in the style of all the Best Picture winners of the past 85 years. Some are quite straightforward (i.e. The Hurt Locker and Lawrence of Arabia) but there are lots of more subtle takes – I like that The Artist is in black and white and that (spoiler alert) A Beautiful Mind is an empty plinth. The small girl in the red jacket from Schindler’s List is awesome too – heck I love the whole thing. Well played Olly, well played indeed!

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    For over 20 years the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel drew the cult comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For. Beautifully drawn, ambitiously plotted and wittily subversive, it garnered an extremely loyal (if relatively niche) fan base and was syndicated across the alternative press.