December is here so that means it’s Christmas songs on repeat in the office from now until Wham, Mariah Carey and Slade become the voices in our heads. To ease you into a month of faux festive cheer, here’s this week’s Best of the Web which features a Q&A with Louis Theroux, a bicycle made out of golf clubs and how the design industry might be shaped with Trump in power.
Beautiful photos of Japanese suburbia in a new book called Good Luck & Do Your Best. (Jenny)
The BBC have put a Q&A with Louis Theroux about his film, My Scientology Movie online, where the filmmaker discusses the challenges he had to overcome. (Beccy)
Graphic designer and Kingston grad Calum Ray has created a bicycle from golf clubs to highlight the 21st Century swing towards cycling as a leisure activity for middle-aged men. (Jenny)
Photographer Margaret Mitchell has created this charming series of children’s different guises, asking them to write notes about the costumes and personas they’ve chosen to adopt. A favourite is a victorian gentleman who has chosen his costume because; “I like top hats. I also like to speak 18th Century English.” (Lucy)
A great brand film explaining why and what Rapha has done. (Will)
Fast Co Design explore what the design industry’s new reality could be under Trump. (Beccy)
A Christmas advert that we missed a couple of weeks ago (above) had me embarrassingly welling up at my desk this week. Heathrow’s entry into the Christmas advert race is simple, well executed and pulls on your heart strings. (Lucy)
Owen Hatherley looks in depth at the stories behind the Spomeniks, that he feels are fetishised. (Owen)
This is cool! 3D scan of the Soane museum and some of its artworks. (Julian)
Illustrator Nathaniel Russell has been creating a series of fake fliers of warped requests, group outings and lost dogs that are either actually ducks or are happy to be lost, encouraging other dogs to “bite the hand that feeds you”. (Lucy)
The Guggenheim Helsinki competition was the most entered architectural competition of all time with over 1000 entries. after the winner was chosen, the city has now decided to scrap the £110m scheme. (Owen)
Musician and producer Justin Adams reflects on his love for artist Robert Rauschenberg as the Tate retrospectie of his work opens this week. (Beccy)
Who to follow
Laura’s Instagram, whose design work is on the site today, uses her account as both a platform to showcase some her work but also as a moodboard, posting images and artworks that inspire her.
Lily’s Instagram is full of wonderful works in progress, experiments, illustrations, with a few personal snaps too.
On the site this week for his backstage images of Kasabian, Neil Bedford’s Insta holds a plethora of beautiful black and white photographs for recent commissions.
This week Jack Hudson spoke at November’s Nicer Tuesdays about his mammoth book project, The Earth and I. To keep in the know about what Jack’s up to, give him a follow.
Matthias is one of the organisers for the show, Have You Ever Kissed a Book? The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2015 on now at the Umlaut Space. Peruse his Insta for some nice graphic design treats.
- Food for thought on the day the Global Climate Strike begins
- “I always thought Photoshop was a glorified MS paint”: James Lacey on his journey into design
- “If I am flagging on a shoot, she directs me”: Matthew Stone on working with FKA Twigs
- French illustrator Nicolas Ridou makes “the atmosphere the story” in his hypnotic works
- A routine, good music and Charlie Bones: Sean Bate on his graphic design inspirations
- In The Boys, Rick Schatzberg photographs his group in their 66th year of friendship
- “All you see is lazy photography everywhere”: Martin Parr discusses his career, Brexit and obsession
- The work of Xiangyu Liu is weird and fantastically unpredictable (some NSFW)
- Caterina Bianchini Studio designs a dog-themed identity for a conveyer belt cheese restaurant
- Ikea invites people to “try on” Virgil Abloh furniture collection at LFW
- Hans Findling on his experimental and multidisciplinary approach to design
- Introducing the It’s Nice That Graduates of 2019!