There’s certainly a nip in the air right now so while our extremities and brains try to thaw out, warm up with a hot cup of Best of the Web. This week it’s a soothing, malty mix of art and design-related bits and bobs with a sprinkling of marshmallowy fun. From the construction of skyscrapers to a brief history of swear words, we’ll get you feeling toasty in no time.
The unexpected stories behind the construction of Skyscrapers. (Owen)
Pure Comedy is a film directed by Josh Tillman (Father John Misty) and Grant James. The idyllic black and white short goes through the process of Father John Misty’s new album and provides an comical abstract insight to his musical mind. It’s got us very excited for his new album, released in April. (Lucy)
If you haven’t watched Aziz Ansari’s post-inauguration SNL speech already, watch it now (below). Hilarious, frank and totally relatable, it’s pretty much the perfect response to recent events. Hero. (Jenny)
Joan Acocella for The New York Review of Books, discusses the history and uses of profanities. (Beccy)
The New York Times has dropped its graphic novel bestseller list. (Jenny)
Below is episode 58 of Pingu (the one when he decides to become a painter). Hilarity ensues when the pesky seal get some ideas of his own. Fun for all the family. (Simon)
T2 Trainspotting is out today! i-D has a chat with sick boy, Renton, Begbie and Spud. (Lucy)
This house inspired by a Rubik’s Cube is a welcome antithesis to cold and austere architecture. (Jenny)
Artist James McMullan shares the evolution of some of his movie theatre posters with The New York Times. (Beccy)
Shia LaBoeuf is already getting into trouble just a few days into his four-year live-streamed protest/art piece against Trump, He Will Not Divide Us. (Jenny)
This article about the movers and shakers in bands by Chris Salmon is brilliant. (Lucy)
Beautiful historic drawings of brain cells by 19th-Century Spanish scientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience. (Owen)
Who to follow
An Instagram channel dedicated to showcasing the most beautiful scenes, colours, sets and abstract compositions from The Simpsons. Need we say more? Check out our interview with the curator here.
Irish artist Peter Doyle doesn’t post all too often, but when he does it’s a welcome, if not slightly disconcerting, treat for the eyes.
A photographer whose feed is packed full of gritty, monochrome delights.
When it comes to creating brush-and-ink characters in uncomplicated, humorous fashion, Tokyo-based illustrator could be crowned king.
Steph Hope’s Insta feed is a fine mix of illustration and animation experiments, which is nice.
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