As the Olympics strides into its second week — all the running and jumping into sand starts soon — we have ring fenced Best of the Web into a Games-free zone. Instead of tales of athletic prowess, the team at 21 Downham Road has gathered stories about air hockey, Saul Bass and anti-drowning devices for you to enjoy. Our Hot Topic this week is the Subway rebrand, which caused quite a stir when we reported it on Monday and gave our social media manager an opportunity to use puns galore. Enjoy!
“The quickening of your own heartbeat as you bend into a goaltending crouch, clutching a little resin sombrero.” Incredible piece on “the high stakes game” that is air hockey from The New Yorker (Billie)
Sarah Gless’ analysis of the brilliant Stranger Things titles. (Alice)
The Exorcist was film title designer Dan Perri’s big break, and Saul Bass was his mentor. In this short documentary filmed in his studio, he shows alternate designs to his titles for Star Wars and gives insight to his process. Fascinating stuff. (Jenny)
I know there’s been lots of this stuff before, but this collection of pano photos gone wrong is the stuff of nightmares. (Karl)
This is pretty mindblowing from Google and the FT (Julian)
A joyously melancholy animated tale of two automatons getting to grips with notions of love, mortality and existence in their dystopian world, by first year animation student Dennis Sungman Kim. (Jamie G)
Gymnastic Parents. I really like this approach to editorial — it’s a simple idea well executed. (Jamie M)
These anti-drowning devices from the 1800s – they are completely mad, but ingeniously designed nevertheless. (Connor)
Hungry designers with an appetite for brand redesigns relished in Subway’s new logo this week. Needless to say the result was a footlong of responses on our Twitter feed. Here are some of the best.
— It's Nice That (@itsnicethat) August 9, 2016
— Reilly Megee (@ReillyMegee) August 9, 2016
Symbolises me firing out both ends after a sweaty meatball sub.
The experience of the brand is the brand. https://t.co/qDzAUyU9dG
— terry hearnshaw (@terryhearnshaw) August 8, 2016
Cautiously liking this. Seems a lot fresher, pardon the pun. https://t.co/aNXosmNLBt
— Stacey Jenkins (@staceyjenkins) August 9, 2016
— John (@john_ellis) August 9, 2016
Dig the Subway update. Now if they could just do something about the smell… https://t.co/E1OnhBipxG
— Titus Smith (@titusmith) August 8, 2016
Its almost too aesthetically pleasing for some economies https://t.co/0Hq7vROlUT
— nasir rahalijak (@GRNDDYPURPOGK) August 8, 2016
looks like an company that deals with energy recovery. https://t.co/Rn8TY9YJsg
— Ray (@Raymoco) August 8, 2016
Quite a fan of the redesigned subway logo, quite refreshing https://t.co/hjG5kxnLsO
— Nathan Harris (@NRHDesign) August 8, 2016
Who To Follow
Just a few people you should follow on Instagram, if you know what’s good for ya.
- Josephin Ritschel presents architecture and its surroundings as a stage for storytelling
- Gender, sexuality and male identity as seen through the lens of Jorge Perez Ortiz
- Gab Bois transforms things we’ve seen a thousand times into something spectacular
- Aysha Tengiz on her joyous, colourful and slightly depressing illustrated scenes
- Satellite photography, drawing tools and interactive logotypes feature in Double Click September
- Lego reveals first brand campaign in 30 years, Rebuild the World
- “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!