It’s small, it’s wearing a shawl, it’s ready for a brawl – welcome to the Weekender, our weekly supplement of all the best stuff we’ve come across this week. Ready to see you through the weekend like an over-zealous, elderly tour-guide.
Really ace stuff you might have missed on this site in the past five days
– Last week we launched the first in our series of features helping grads find their feet. This week philanthropic old us is back with more, chatting with some of our many friends in high places to ask if (or when) you might need to get an agent.
– But before there were grads, there were degree shows. We rounded up the best identities for them in this handy, colourful look at the invitations, flyers, posters and catalogues that have been popping through the letterbox of late.
– Our seemingly irrepressible appetite for all things Warhol has been saturated (for the time being) with these images from a great new show that looks at the artist’s relationship with music, especially The Velvet Underground.
– Beach body ready? You betcha! So’s Martin Parr, or at least his subjects are, as he proved in this brilliant beach photography series shot ONLY LAST WEEK in Nice.
– In “STOP-PRESS-GRAPHIC-DESIGNERS-AND-FASHION-TYPES”-style news, McQ casually launched a new campaign with a new brand identity this week, to our delight.
– Larry Johnson’s Raven Row show merges Pop Art, gay vernacular and Minimalism, and we’re pretty into it.
– In the week that Harper Lee’s new novel Go Set a Watchman came out, a mere 55 years after To Kill a Mockingbird, the good people at Penguin let us have a ganders at all the cover designs that didn’t make the final cut.
– We saw Sunshine take on the mammoth task of creating branding for Roald Dahl. Possibly a dream brief, but also surely a terrifying one.
– Blair Thomson is the darling of the philately Instagramming circuit, and also a creative director. So we asked him about the books he likes to read, be inspired by, or stick his little collectibles in.
– Anthony Caro’s brilliant abstract sculptures have hit the north, we went to check them out and found them to be utterly awe-inspiring.
Elsewhere in art and design world
– In true, unmistakeable Onion fashion the satirical online journal made the most of the furore surrounding Harper Lee’s new book, Go Set a Watchman, this week to publish a brilliant article headlined “Harper Lee announces third novel, My Excellent Caretaker Deserves My Entire Fortune.” Magnificent.
– With the Pluto Flyby momentarily turning us all into nerds there’s been a lot of space chat this week, but trumping it all is the BBC’s interactive site Space Race. Words can’t explain, so experience it for yourself.
– God bless New York Magazine for taking us into that most sacred of spaces, the elite sewing circles of Paris’ couture houses, in this charming series of photographs.
I definitely use this time to indulge in a bit of nostalgia, and this week is no different as I bring you one of the funnest game shows that ever graced UK television screens when I was younger. Finders Keepers, hosted by the nation’s sweetheart Neil Buchanan was quite simply chaotic. This is just one of many clips on YouTube of the fantastically hyper show where kids are actively encouraged to mess up rooms in a fake house to find prizes. As someone whose room is perpetually untidy, it stirs up a giddy sense of glee when lovely Neil praises the kids for being messy. They’re currently showing old episodes on Challenge TV, but be careful you don’t accidentally watch the awful 2006 remake with Jeff bloody Brazier.
Some things, like tubs of Ben & Jerry’s, sizeable lengths of bubblewrap or really exceptional longread articles, are too good to consume all in one go, and need to be stretched out and savoured over a couple of days instead. That’s how I feel about writer Nicholas Dawidoff’s interview with Robert Frank for the New York Times, entitled The Man Who Saw America, which is handy because it weighs in at a solid few thousands words and would likely take me a full afternoon if I tried to read it in one sitting.
Accompanied by archive photographs and brand new commissioned shots by fantastic Katy Grannan, the interview takes a long, hard look at the photographer who created the seminal work The Americans, unravelling the old man’s life through a series of shared experiences which occur over time. The writing is pacy but patient and removed without feeling cold, instead presenting a measured and admiring portrait of this highly talented, spotlight-shunning seminal artist. Read it here.
In a refreshing departure from the hundreds of articles that tell us we’re all a bunch of directionless, spoilt narcissists, this article offers a more hopeful perspective for us millennials. Looking to Lena Dunham as a role model, the spate of crowdfunded start-ups helmed by twenty-somethings and the blog-to-book deal phenomenon, the message is that we’re not as lost as everyone tells us.
- 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"