Earlier this week it was National Hot Dog Day, next week is National Salad Week and apparently in America the whole of July is National Ice Cream Month. Known for having a balanced and nutritious diet the Weekender is taking part in all of these food-related celebrations with gusto. A garden salad has accompanied every mustard drenched hotdog and a classic fruit cocktail has sat atop each trendy pot of artisan gelato. But it’s time for the Weekender to undo its top button and let the belly of art and design flop over the denim waistband of the creative industries. Enjoy!
Excellent stuff you might have missed this week
– Money is a web of difficult decisions for graduates starting out in the creative industries. Should you work for free? If so, when and why? If you shouldn’t, why not? We spoke to seasoned professionals to find out the deal with unpaid jobs, and, if you do decide to take them, how you can make them work in your favour.
– Spanish artist Yolanda Dominguez is back with a new project this week, and she doesn’t show any sign of abandoning her quest to probe the more problematic areas of the fashion industry. This time around she asks eight-year-old children to describe what they see in the ad campaigns of leading fashion houses, and their responses – occasionally funny, largely disconcerting – are a shock to the system.
– Offbeat filmmaking collective CANADA is back with an absolute treasure this week. Ouch! That’s Big is a new short created as part of a new series for Vogue video, and it’s all French new-wave cinema, 60s science fiction and Gucci. Needless to say, it’s well worth a watch.
– In a fantastic new development for the art world, Ai Weiwei had his passport returned to him this week, following a four year stretch in his native China. Congrats, Ai!
– More than 50 years ago, an Italian tire company decided to put together the crème de la crème of raunchy calendars: reigning supermodels shot by the top photographers. Next month, TASCHEN releases a publication documenting the very best of the Pirelli Calendar, and we got a sneak peek at its contents for your viewing pleasure.
Elsewhere in the art and design world
– Ad Week dissects how lothario Mick Jagger’s mouth became the Rolling Stones’ iconic logo in this article, which features an annotated illustration and insights from other designers.
– Fast Co Design delved into the world of film colour correction with this in-depth but fascinating article. Explaining the power of colour and how it can influence not just the aesthetic, but how we feel when watching something, the article also explains the bizarre work of a colourist.
– This week on The Guardian, Jonathan Jones passionately argues the case for museums and art galleries to start charging for entry. He believes not charging harks back to when art was deemed second-rate culture and is too idealistic for our cash-strapped councils.
– According to New Republic Joan Didion is the ultimate literary celebrity. In this lengthy article, Laura Marsh starts by linking our interest in Joan’s lifestyle to the personal nature of the author’s writing.
– On Wednesday, Associated Press and British Movietone uploaded 1 million minutes of historical news footage to YouTube. Creative Review covered the announcement by showcasing a selection of clips on their website including the 1938 eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the liberation of Paris in 1944.
Tweet of the Week
I came across Every Single Word for the first time this week via Aziz Ansari’s Twitter feed, and was astounded by what it shows. Started by actor and playwright Dylan Marron, the blog contains a long list of mainstream Hollywood films which have been edited down to include “every single word spoken by a person of colour.” And the final clips are short, containing a frighteningly narrow spectrum of characters played by non-white actors, most of whom are cleaners, ogres and waiters. Read, watch, share – the louder the conversation, the better.
Of course Gwyneth Paltrow runs her lifestyle empire Goop from a sun-dappled converted barn. Earlier this week Racked ran a feature on the essential-oil-scented HQ of her aggressively tasteful destination for all things unnecessary and organic-luxe. The editorial director sits barefoot on cushions and twenty-somethings frolic outside shooting Instagram posts for “gut cleanse giveaways”. It kind of sounds like a cult. A very, very curated cult.
If you’re in your mid to late 20s there’s nothing that will make you feel older or more out of touch than spending five minutes looking at the myriad of fresh-faced, beautifully coiffured vloggers of YouTube. Vice writer Joel Golby perfectly encapsulated my hopelessness this week in his article about a new YouTuber magazine tragically called Oh My Vlog! In it he comes to the realisation that even when he was the target audience for these wholesome and saccharine phenomenons, he rejected them. With quotes including, “No matter how mega, no: a magazine cannot be bae” and “I am a horrible, horrible dog,” it’s a wonderful mix of self-deprecation and critique of web celebs.
- David Lane talks us through his art direction for Robyn's newly released record
- Friday Mixtape: Vanessa Carlton and Godflesh combine thanks to The Beautiful Meme
- Jenny Jiao Hsia's game designs are as delightfully weird as they are weirdly delightful
- Luke Boland communicates industrialisation through his expansive photographs
- Okuyama Taiki became interested in design while running a free bookshop in Tokyo
- Congo Tales offers an alternative to fear-based environmental messaging
- This is an article about Wieden+Kennedy’s clever ad campaign - No B.S
- Combining thoughtful design and big business: an interview with Made Thought
- Iceland’s Christmas advert banned from broadcast for being too political
- The Saul Bass Archive looks back on the trailblazer’s rare poster design
- Typeface Pickle-Standard both obeys and rejects the grid at the same time
- Cornelius de Bill Baboul's latest project is "like Baudelaire in the age of McDonalds"