While snowstorms stopped some US cities in their tracks, here in London (so far) we’ve just had the freezing temperatures and none of the snowy fun. Still we found solace in these brilliant stories from across the internet, including a hair-washing robot and an Ideo blog on the social benefits of AI. Plus we’ve got some great suggestions for who you should be following on social media. Enjoy!
Graphic design studio O Street drew the words DONALD TRUMP in a typeface inspired by old-school civil rights signs, which you can download to use on your own placards. (Simon)
Imaginative Press is asking creatives to create an image that relates to the news every day throughout 2017. It’ll be interesting to see how this grows. (Owen)
Five works that defined Sussex modernism from AnOther mag. Really want one of those lips sofas. (Lucy)
Hans Rosling passed away this week. This TED talk he did was so good. (Ali)
A team of psychologists have used weird female avatars to analyse which dance moves are considered the most attractive. Best get practicing… (Bryony)
Read up on nascent New York rapper Young Ma in Fader’s cover feature, shot by the brilliant Cait Oppermann. (Bryony)
Sydney-based artist Laura Sullivan is exhibiting 400 stray to-do lists, IOUs, poems, and angry letters she’s found in public spaces around the world. (Simon)
Why you’ll see Planned Parenthood pins at New York Fashion Week. (Jenny)
Nick Street made an alternative version of the Channel 4 Aylesbury Estate ident, which aimed to show the human, positive side of council estates. Now, it is to be featured by The Royal Academy as part of its Lost futures / futures found series. (Andrew)
Interesting Medium post from Ideo: How artificial intelligence might help us be more social, live longer, and build closer communities, in the future. (Julian)
Beautiful short film Mining Poems or Odes directed by Scottish filmmaker Callum Rice is now online. (Andrew)
Amazing Instagram account — and blog — of vintage paper napkins from 50s–90s Israel. (Lucy)
Who to Follow
If you used to love The Sims you’re going to love following Max Guther. Ah, gwanda blitz (that’s “ah great idea” in Sims language btw.)
The Igbo/Yorkshire Warrior’s photo feed is quite simply amazing.
Tylor Macmillan will treat your eyes to some pretty tasty experiments with type and illustration.
Rose Blake recently published her David Hockney activity book, and luckily for us she seems to be posting little snippets of said book including the letterforms she created for the cover. Very nice.
Where do the worlds of design and techno collide? On Jack Kimberley’s Instagram feed. Ya dig?
- Best of the Web is here, and so is the weekend!
- Animator Saiman Chow’s trippy idents for Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty
- Friday Mixtape: Legendary record label, 4AD
- Risograph photograph journal, This is the Same Ocean, returns with a sixth issue
- Illustrator Gizem Vural impresses us with attention-grabbing personal work and commissions
- Colophon Foundry re-releases its road-sign inspired typeface, Montefiore, with new specimen
- Jon Burgerman on his utterly brilliant Instagram experiments
- The photos Juergen Teller took while waiting for Rihanna
- Animator and director James Curran’s amusing 30-day Gifathon project in Tokyo
- "Before I was a graphic designer I had nearly no idea what one was": meet Austin Redman
- Meet Berlin-based studio Büro Bum Bum
- Matthew Raw: the east London artist making clay great again