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.
- Hold Me Closer Tiny Dancer: the Stein sisters’ heart-warming film on child ballroom stars
- Three female art directors on collaboration, competition and confidence
- Pooneh Ghana’s ambient crowd and artist portraits from Pitchfork Music Festival make you wish you were there
- Julian Glander explains what a blockchain system is for MIT Technology Review
- “It’s a process of baby-making”: designing the horrific and hilarious multiverse of Rick and Morty
- Pouya Ahmadi uses typography to “bridge the gap between poetry, performance and space"
- The Sky Sports rebrand features bespoke type and refined logos across nine channels
- Rick and Morty’s Exquisite Corpse trailer features 22 animators including Simon Landrein and Bendik Kaltenborn
- Larry Hallegua captures sun worshippers on Pattaya Beach in Thailand
- Applicants to UK arts and design university courses declines by over 14,000 this year
- Michael Bierut designs new brand identity for the Poetry Foundation
- Design, Revolt, Rainbow: the pioneering work of graphic designer Willy Fleckhaus