While snowstorms stopped some US cities in their tracks, here in London (so far) we’ve just had the freezing temperatures and none of the snowy fun. Still we found solace in these brilliant stories from across the internet, including a hair-washing robot and an Ideo blog on the social benefits of AI. Plus we’ve got some great suggestions for who you should be following on social media. Enjoy!
Graphic design studio O Street drew the words DONALD TRUMP in a typeface inspired by old-school civil rights signs, which you can download to use on your own placards. (Simon)
Imaginative Press is asking creatives to create an image that relates to the news every day throughout 2017. It’ll be interesting to see how this grows. (Owen)
Five works that defined Sussex modernism from AnOther mag. Really want one of those lips sofas. (Lucy)
Hans Rosling passed away this week. This TED talk he did was so good. (Ali)
A team of psychologists have used weird female avatars to analyse which dance moves are considered the most attractive. Best get practicing… (Bryony)
Read up on nascent New York rapper Young Ma in Fader’s cover feature, shot by the brilliant Cait Oppermann. (Bryony)
Sydney-based artist Laura Sullivan is exhibiting 400 stray to-do lists, IOUs, poems, and angry letters she’s found in public spaces around the world. (Simon)
Why you’ll see Planned Parenthood pins at New York Fashion Week. (Jenny)
Nick Street made an alternative version of the Channel 4 Aylesbury Estate ident, which aimed to show the human, positive side of council estates. Now, it is to be featured by The Royal Academy as part of its Lost futures / futures found series. (Andrew)
Interesting Medium post from Ideo: How artificial intelligence might help us be more social, live longer, and build closer communities, in the future. (Julian)
Beautiful short film Mining Poems or Odes directed by Scottish filmmaker Callum Rice is now online. (Andrew)
Amazing Instagram account — and blog — of vintage paper napkins from 50s–90s Israel. (Lucy)
Who to Follow
If you used to love The Sims you’re going to love following Max Guther. Ah, gwanda blitz (that’s “ah great idea” in Sims language btw.)
The Igbo/Yorkshire Warrior’s photo feed is quite simply amazing.
Tylor Macmillan will treat your eyes to some pretty tasty experiments with type and illustration.
Rose Blake recently published her David Hockney activity book, and luckily for us she seems to be posting little snippets of said book including the letterforms she created for the cover. Very nice.
Where do the worlds of design and techno collide? On Jack Kimberley’s Instagram feed. Ya dig?
- 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!