Welcome back to your trusty, funny, slightly random friend, Best of the Web!
This week’s edition doesn’t really have a theme of sorts, it’s just a collection of nice nuggets found in pockets of the web. From some sassy and sweet pictures of a pregnant dachshund, and architecture from the town of Springfield, to someone spending a hefty sum on a very famous painting, there’s plenty to enjoy!
Since Nicki Minaj “broke the internet” for Paper the parodies have been coming thick and fast. Luckily, Nicki has gathered them all in one place. (Owen)
Remembering Brittany Murphy in the month she would’ve turned 40. (Lucy)
The ever mysterious Jai Paul & brother A.K Paul have bought the old BBC building in White City and are turning it into a new space to house a “growing collective of musicians, artists, and technologists”. (Simon)
Vicki Miller’s photos of her pregnant dachshund (below) are set to outdo Beyonce. (Jenny)
Hassan Hajjaj’s photographs of Cardi B for New York Magazine are incredible. (Jenny)
What the Simpsons’ house would look like in different architectural styles. (Beccy)
Sad Topographies: By far the best/most depressing thing I’ve found on Instragram all week. (Will)
Crazy layered time-lapse of the New York City skyline (below) by Julian Tryba based on Einstein’s theory of relativity. (Ruby)
Greggs X Boiler Room. A partnership that got the masses extremely excited, before crushing their dreams at the realisation that it was in fact a joke. (Will)
This week’s episode of This American Life tells the hilarious/ludicrous story of when David Slater was sued by a monkey over copyright for his image of said monkey taking a selfie. Poor Dave! (Lucy)
The most expensive painting sold, ever – a whopping £341m! (Ruby)
A preview of some of the rejected images from The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. (Simon)
Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot (below) has learnt to fucking backflip. (Harry)
Who to Follow
A nice list of nice people who make nice things.
- Charlotte Wales shoots Botticelli-esque editorial for British Vogue's September issue
- Kaye Blegvad on the making of Dog Years, her book about surviving depression
- Photographer Carl Oliver Ander examines "the false relationship to reality that the medium has"
- Photographer Ellius Grace captures the ghostly churches of Ireland and the figures that haunt them
- William Farr’s floral sculptures are a celebration of ephemera and controlled chaos
- George Fletcher's typeface Hinault, inspired by 1980s cycling, is full of character and detail
- Introducing The Graduates class of 2018!
- Graphic designers Dorothy comprehensively map out the history of club culture
- Meet Adelia Lim, a graphic designer not afraid to poke a little fun at the industry
- Can Yang's graphic design style is deep-rooted in her Chinese heritage
- New Zealander Luke Hoban designs websites that not only have form and function, but flair
- Jackson Joyce's melancholic illustrations inspired by childhood nostalgia