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?
- Graphic designer Cecilia Serafini uses typography with vibrant panache
- London-based Osheyi Adebayo references his childhood in his retro graphic design
- Tristan Pigott paints “real contemporaries” in upcoming solo exhibition, Juicy Bits
- “The great thing about this book is you don’t have to read it”: sculptor Wilfrid Wood on his favourite books
- The return of the hovering art director: Nejc Prah visualises a day in the life of four art directors
- Hippolyte Cupillard’s film follows the dreamlike ascent of a mountain climber
- The return of the hovering art director: we asked comic artist Nadine Redlich to peer inside agency life
- Photographer Carlota Guerrero depicts the female body as a canvas for Apartamento (NSFW)
- After Disney, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, Miranda Tacchia’s characters found life on Instagram
- How to go freelance: need-to-know advice from creatives who made it
- YouTube releases its first own-brand font, YouTube Sans, inspired by the play button
- Photographer Raymond Rojas captures the “magic” in Disneyland Paris