This week’s pod plays fast and loose with our traditional formula in that it has a new (temporary) host. Rob Alderson is no more and in his place is a more youthful, cultured, man of the people. The king is dead, long live the king! (Don’t worry, he might be back next week).
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First up this week we looked at Garth Humbert’s scathing editorial that accused the design community of being the new Fox News and wondered whether we are just a bunch of reactionary grumps, spent time on the open rails with Doug Aitken and Levi’s new art project Station to Station, debated the future of Bustle, a large-scale online editorial platform aimed only at women, and revelled in the heady 1960s photography of Jerry De Wilde.
Section two was all about the London Design Festival and we had a very special LDF correspondent to help guide us through the offerings of this year’s festival discussing the highs, the lows and the could do better next years.
- Meji Alabi on discovering his roots through film and music
- Stoic black cats and burning worlds: Quentin Dufour on his chaotic illustrations
- Jiří Makovec’s photographs meander between the personal and the universal
- In photographing the American west, Andong Zheng uncovers hidden traces of Chinese history
- Meet Universal Thirst, the Bangalore and Reykjavik-based foundry offering a dual perspective on type
- Manchester Girls, the new series from Dean Davies, is a visual homage to the women of the north
- Facebook rebrands to distinguish the company from the app
- Jack Kenyon photographs the wondrous spectacle of the Supreme Cat Show
- &Walsh designs Zooba's identity inspired by the busy streets of Cairo
- A book chronicling tiny, bizarre treasures curated by Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf
- Find hidden squares and experimental inktraps in Fatih Hardal's FH Giselle
- Pentagram’s Giorgia Lupi on her data-driven designs for & Other Stories