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28.08.2015

Something for the bank holiday weekend

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Just in case you didn’t know, this Monday is a BANK HOLIDAY! ✨ That obviously calls for a bumper edition of SFTW.

Steve and I will mostly be painting our house and watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix this weekend. How about you?

Design

  • Fancy a drink at this Pantone themed cafe?
  • Start wearing Hattie Stewart’s awesome illustrations all over your body right now
  • Dublin-based Offset creative is finally bringing its conference to London – snap up your tickets for the November event for your chance to hear a talk from Mother London’s head of strategy, amongst others
  • Well done to the US Postal Service for such a nice Instagram account, combing vintage black and white photos with contemporary lifestyle shots, happy postage stories and lots of pictures of letters
  • If you’re a freelancer or start-up hunting for clients, how do you attract the big guns?
  • And speaking of freelancers, this is a nice piece on getting your work seen without being a dick about it
  • Get your tickets to Creative Bloq’s Generate London conference in the posh Grand Connaught Rooms
  • This article on the evolution of magazine covers is really interesting, but it’s pretty sad to see how publications like Cosmopolitan and GQ have resorted to sticking half naked guys and gals on the front
  • I’m planning to write my MA dissertation on the significance of colour and pattern in The Wizard of Oz books, and Steve found me this nice little article about the power of colour in branding for background research
  • This Instagram account is pure stationery porn
  • I remember GeoCities far too well – I had a dreadful, dreadful site when I was about 12 that I very much want to forget – and now some of the worst excuses for websites have been brought back from the dead
  • Steve likes this cool perspective / op art by Rob Lee. A client (Laura at Ruder Finn) recommended him and now we’re just looking for a project we can use him for!

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Words

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Everything else

  • Get your favourite old-school computer game soundtrack on vinyl (I’ll take Sonic the Hedgehog and Tetris please)
  • More research for my MA, this time about the history of hair. Did you know that women in the renaissance period used to pluck their hairline to give the illusion of a bigger forehead? I kind of wish I didn’t know that, it makes me feel a bit weird
  • This is so good! Superhero taglines through the ages. I particularly love ‘Wham! Now it’s all on the Cinema Screen in Colour!’ (Batman 1966) and ‘You’ll Believe a Man Can Fly’ (Superman: The Movie 1978)
  • This photo gallery of historic UK postboxes is cute, particularly the 1870s parish box that looks like a little fairy house
  • The Shining is one of my top three movies of all time (along with The Wizard of Oz and Pulp Fiction) and I couldn’t really love Jack Nicholson more if I tried, so this video of him getting pumped up before the big ‘Here’s Johnny’ scene made me happy. It’s also really cool to see scans of Kubrick’s notes in his copy of King’s book, and a snippet of King’s original screenplay. I love Stephen King with all my heart but that looked like one rubbish script, so hurray for Kubrick
  • We all like a good atom bomb right? This Disney book, ‘Our friend the atom’, is full of gorgeous illustrations aiming to promote the bomb to AmericansScreen Shot 2015-08-28 at 13.49.47

That’s all for this week, folks. Have a lovely bank holiday!

07.08.2015
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Something for the weekend: recipe cards, web comics and the BFG

After two days of tube strikes and hour-long walks into the office from Waterloo, my legs are very glad it’s Friday. My brain is also pleased to say goodbye to the week, particularly since not one but two ten-page Word documents mysteriously vanished from my computer and left me rewriting several thousand words of copy against the clock.

In happier news, earlier this week we wrote a nice little article about Amsterdam for easyHotel and have been working on branding for an excellent fashion designer who shall remain nameless for now (but we will say that he has tons of fancy celeb clients, so watch this space!).

Alright, enough about us, let’s talk about you. What are your plans this weekend? Fancy reading some fun things? Great! Here you go:

Design

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Marketing

  • Facebook wants us to really communicate with machines, once and for all
  • Regents University came out top in a survey of the best university websites, although I can’t find a link the report anywhere or any mention of who else featured…
  • I am in total agreement with all these comments on the dreadful ‘BOOK’ TripAdvisor advert, particularly: ‘It sounds like my cat just before he vomits on my bed’
  • Who doesn’t love an imaginative web comic?

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Words

  • This lovely book collects artists’ suggestions for how to use libraries as springboards for creativity
  • ‘The matter with human beans,’ the BFG went on, ‘is that they is absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles’
  • As if you needed them, here are ten reasons to love Anne Frank (the graphic novel looks excellent although I doubt I can get through it without crying)

Everything else

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Siobhan O'Brien Holmes
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