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Work / Weekender

Hellooooo and welcome to our weekly supplement, The Weekender!

It’s been a weird week. The wind down for Christmas always feels a bit like a steam train running out of…steam. One last push, one last heave through illness, emails, tidy-ups and secret santas then it’s time to get blaringly drunk, embarrass yourself in front of your colleagues and go home to let someone care for you until it all starts all over again. I don’t think that sounds too bad, do you? Here’s some brain fodder to keep you going for the final hump…

Brilliant things you might have missed on the site this week


David Shrigley: Weak Messages Create Bad Situations

– We spoke to the wisened god of drawing David Shrigley about his chunky new book Weak Messages Create Bad Situations and the meaning of life.

– This week in our Opinion piece question whether, with so many events championing the same big names instead of young, emerging talent, it’s high time illustration got a kick up the arse. And we want to hear what you think!

– One half of MuirMcNeil, Hamish Muir let us have a poke around his bookshelf, complete with typography jewels and anecdotes about Wim Crouwel.

– I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we’ve made a book of all the most exciting work from the site this year, and we’re pretty bloody proud of it. Nab yourself and all your relatives a copy in time for Christmas!

– It was an unusually fruity podcast this week, so if you’re a fan of art and design involving, boobs, butts and beards you’ll probably also enjoy Studio Audience.

The Weekender


Albert Einstein & Marie Curie (image from NobelPrize.org)


Albert Einstein’s letter to Marie Curie

Maisie Skidmore

There’s no question that double Nobel prize winner (and the only one of her kind) Marie Curie was a very brilliant person, but on a couple of occasions her private life put her right in the firing line for a host of critics, who were more than happy to eclipse her professional brilliance with scandalous lies and stories. (Sound familiar?)

Albert Einstein was disgusted by this, as IFL Science points out, and he wrote her this letter in short to say “haters gon’ hate.” People sticking up for one another makes me feel warm and fuzzy, so this basically reduces me to a pile of mush on the floor.

James Cartwright

We’ve now reached peak Shia Laboeuf. What the actual F**K!? I’ve watched it three times now though…

Liv Siddall

I revisit this every year around this time. One of the best ever episodes/Christmas specials of Father Ted, where Ted guides about 12 lost priests through the perilous landscape of the women’s lingerie department in a huge shop. They don’t make’ em like they used to…