There’s a back-to-school vibe this week with the last muggy dregs of summer still hanging on as we try to navigate rush hour trains with even more people on. To bring in the weekend a little earlier, kick it off with this week’s Best of the Web. We’ve got it all from emoji coders to iconic perfumes, as well as a little slice of who to follow on social media for all you interactive types. So enjoy!
Vice Media co-founder and CEO Shane Smith shows us round his Santa Monica estate. Damnnnn. (Callum)
These taxidermy kittens dressed up for a wedding are simultaneously hilarious, unnerving and kind of gross. (Jenny)
The Guardian talks to the California coders who live and breathe emoji. (Beccy)
South London Secrets is a series of short films each following a local, including artist Michael Landy and South London Gallery director Margot Heller, as they tell stories about the area. (Jenny)
Craig David has been releasing bangerz for many years and he “Ain’t Giving Up” with this cracker of a single titled, you guessed it, Ain’t Giving Up. (Lucy)
An exploration of a model town in Essex, which was built in the 1930s by a Czech shoe giant for its workers. (Joey)
In the 1930s, the Czech shoe giant built a model town for its workers, who bought milk in the company supermarket, eggs at the company farm, and kept their gardens tidy – or else. Has its spirit survived?
The strange history of McDonald’s golden arches. (Owen)
A brief history of the iconic perfume, Chanel No.5, as told by AnOther.com. (Eva)
An excellent article about why Dancing Queen by Abba is the best pop song ever (with an amazing anecdote about the actual Queen) (Owen)
Who to follow
The Design Museum always puts on some top notch takeovers. Next week it’s Danish type foundry Play Type which no doubt will be very interesting.
Danish brand and type foundry
playtype</a> are taking over the museum's <a href="https://twitter.com/instagram">instagram next week: https://t.co/IDpVExYt1O pic.twitter.com/ldIp9uERr8
— Design Museum (@DesignMuseum) September 7, 2016
Photographer Tom Cockram’s Insta feed is a lovely blend of commercial projects and his more personal work.
Tomorrow the second ASP (Artist Self-Publishers) Fair kicks off at the ICA. Keep an eye out on its Twitter to see the event unfold.
— AspFair (@ASPfair) September 9, 2016
Graphic artist Emily Forgot’s Instagram is a lovely mix of WIP shots and design inspiration.
Lino-cut wizard Dan Howden’s feed is a great little insight into the illustrator’s working process.
- Photographer Svetlana Bulatova documents the environmental trauma of the Chechen wars
- From designer to full time artist, Caroline Walls on her gestural paintings
- Benjamin Muzzin on how digital art needs to be “shaken up badly”
- Choose Your Fighter: illustrator Kevin Sabo’s queering of hyper-masculine gaming culture
- Matthew Jones gives insight into Accept & Proceed's work for Nasa
- Illustrator Jordan Awan on fulfilling his childhood dream
- How Pelle Cass creates his jarring “still time-lapse” images
- Apple's new typeface is available for use right now
- Channelling personality into branding: Commission Studio on Fenty’s new visual identity
- Does the perfect portfolio exist? Top creatives and studios offer their advice
- Droga5 unveils undulating identity for London’s newest outdoor destination, The Tide
- Applications are now open for The Graduates 2019!