Few things are quite as wholesome, yet at times mind-bendingly competitive, than a good game of Scrabble. At home by a roaring fire, in the pub over a few pints, in a dusty seaside tea shop; what a way to spend an afternoon with pals. Well, it may suprise you to find out that Scrabble is just about as old as your Gran now, having been a board game favourite for 70 years.
To celebrate, agency Babyface has corralled Liv Little of gal-dem, spoken word artist James Massiah, multimedia artist Lotte Anderson and many more to explore the evolution of language and words and the unique joy of a game of scrabble in a new film short by Joe Ridout.
The film demonstrates how Scrabble has — despite its age — permeated popular culture and how the humble board game celebrates the joys of language in all its forms and continues to capture the nuances of today.
In the film, James Massiah performs an exclusive ode to Scrabble within the film, saying: “Scrabble is my family’s favourite game, especially around the holiday season. Great way to get together and it always has a funny way of stimulating some really rich conversation. Intimate, intelligent and always insightful.”
Whilst Liv Little, editor-in-chief of Gal-Dem reveals some exciting news about ‘slang’ being short for secret language… who knew? Sure, we did too. “When you look back to the significance of people who — for their own safety and protection — have had to speak in code or songs or other ways of communication, I think it’s incredibly significant,” she adds, bringing a new sense of depth to the potential wordplay possible in the game.
Never was there a better time to dust the Scrabble box off, get inspired by Joe Ridout’s slightly strange short film and sit down to enjoy a game. Brains at the ready.
- Victor Fonseca treats his graphic design practice like a “playground”
- Photographer Jack Latham investigates the hidden conspiracies of Bohemian Grove
- Stella Park’s warm illustrations reflect her outlook on life
- Ugly beauty and challenging established norms feature in Jade Palace's collaboration with Yat Pit
- Astrid Seme elevates an artist’s work by challenging it through the lens of design
- Elizabeth Hibbard’s unsettling photographs examine subjective experience with a visceral gaze
- New study claims to pinpoint the most creative time of day, down to the minute
- Singapore-based studio Swell explores the idea of the banished book
- "My little niece and my grandmother like the game equally": how Playables made the simply addictive Kids
- In being "open to possibilities" still life painter Duane Keiser paints the everyday joys of life
- What the cluck? KFC releases limited-edition bucket hat
- For Bizzarri-Rodriguez, book design “is everything except a science”