There’s a back-to-school vibe this week with the last muggy dregs of summer still hanging on as we try to navigate rush hour trains with even more people on. To bring in the weekend a little earlier, kick it off with this week’s Best of the Web. We’ve got it all from emoji coders to iconic perfumes, as well as a little slice of who to follow on social media for all you interactive types. So enjoy!
Vice Media co-founder and CEO Shane Smith shows us round his Santa Monica estate. Damnnnn. (Callum)
These taxidermy kittens dressed up for a wedding are simultaneously hilarious, unnerving and kind of gross. (Jenny)
The Guardian talks to the California coders who live and breathe emoji. (Beccy)
South London Secrets is a series of short films each following a local, including artist Michael Landy and South London Gallery director Margot Heller, as they tell stories about the area. (Jenny)
Craig David has been releasing bangerz for many years and he “Ain’t Giving Up” with this cracker of a single titled, you guessed it, Ain’t Giving Up. (Lucy)
An exploration of a model town in Essex, which was built in the 1930s by a Czech shoe giant for its workers. (Joey)
In the 1930s, the Czech shoe giant built a model town for its workers, who bought milk in the company supermarket, eggs at the company farm, and kept their gardens tidy – or else. Has its spirit survived?
The strange history of McDonald’s golden arches. (Owen)
A brief history of the iconic perfume, Chanel No.5, as told by AnOther.com. (Eva)
An excellent article about why Dancing Queen by Abba is the best pop song ever (with an amazing anecdote about the actual Queen) (Owen)
Who to follow
The Design Museum always puts on some top notch takeovers. Next week it’s Danish type foundry Play Type which no doubt will be very interesting.
Danish brand and type foundry
playtype</a> are taking over the museum's <a href="https://twitter.com/instagram">instagram next week: https://t.co/IDpVExYt1O pic.twitter.com/ldIp9uERr8
— Design Museum (@DesignMuseum) September 7, 2016
Photographer Tom Cockram’s Insta feed is a lovely blend of commercial projects and his more personal work.
Tomorrow the second ASP (Artist Self-Publishers) Fair kicks off at the ICA. Keep an eye out on its Twitter to see the event unfold.
— AspFair (@ASPfair) September 9, 2016
Graphic artist Emily Forgot’s Instagram is a lovely mix of WIP shots and design inspiration.
Lino-cut wizard Dan Howden’s feed is a great little insight into the illustrator’s working process.
- Mari Kanstad Johnson's wonderful work picks apart complex narratives
- Bradley Pinkerton’s projects combine handmade gestures with scanned-in textures
- Roberts Rurans uses acrylic paint to add depth and warmth to his illustrations
- The prodigal return of “iconoclastic” artist Danny Fox
- Jump into the world of Ben Jones’ post-internet, psychedelic paintings
- Rodion Kitaev illustrates the goings on of an office party in mammoth detail
- Polaroid’s creative director Danny Pemberton introduces new brand Polaroid Originals
- Artist Dominique Pétrin on creating her very own domestic product
- Universal Everything animate emotive wallpapers for new iPhone devices
- Herburg Weiland’s meticulous editorial designs are typographically-driven
- The Visual History of Type author Paul McNeil selects and dissects his six favourite faces
- Breakdown Press’ Joe Kessler picks out his most-treasured books