Our weekly Friday post has been distinctly non-weekly lately. In fact, this is the first since October and I’m very sorry! But we’re back with a vengeance and we’ll never leave you again, Brownie Promise. ☝️
The past couple of weeks on the BBS ranch have been mega busy. Our two lovely interns Luke and Taylor settled in really quickly, although sadly Wiganese Luke is now back up t’north, probably eating some reet nice jackbit and listening to Disclosure. Both boys seriously impressed at the Bloodybigspider karaoke session last Friday, belting out lots of Justin Bieber, One Direction and Jason Derulo songs that I’d never heard in my life. Other standout performances included Steve’s Witchita Lineman, Laura’s Summer of 69 and Lauren’s Holding Out For a Hero (and an extra high five to Lauren who had never done karaoke before and was somewhat apprehensive until we started blasting out Lion King).
Steve has been galavanting around town all week, schmoozing at networking events and taking notes at industry talks and conferences (at least that’s where he says he’s been going).
Oh, speaking of networking, we’re getting the next Pollen ready and hope to have a date and venue sorted very soon, so watch this space.
Alright, enough chitchat. Here are a few things we’ve read online that we thought you might get a kick out of. You’ve been a great audience, thanks and goodnight.
- Big Kids – a small comic about growing up: “I thought this was really nicely designed, and an interesting, unexpected way to talk about something normal” (Taylor)
- “This Girl Can is obviously a huge campaign recently, but this is looking at the effects of the campaign and how successful it’s been. I’m a really big fan of the message and how effective it has actually been overall” (Taylor)
- Harry Clarke’s spectacular Edgar Allen Poe illustrations (Siobhan)
- A visual diary from Brendan George Ko (Laura)
- Illustrations inspired by the human condition (Laura)
- Are you ready for this jelly? Valentine’s cards for the hip-hop lover in your life (Taylor)
- Valentine’s Schmalentines: some more untraditional cards for 14th Feb (Taylor)
- Look at these incredible houses if you want to be depressed for the rest of the day (Laura)
- Beautifully illustrated movie posters (Laura)
- From my favourite blog: How Aubrey Beardsley’s illustrations for Oscar Wilde’s ‘Salome’ revolutionised the graphic arts
- Some gorgeous 1930s posters for French performer Mistinguett (Siobhan)
Reading and writing:
- ‘”Dear Son, Thank you for considering us with your letter. We regret, however, that it does not suit our present needs. Sincerely, Mother.” Snoopy sits on a rock, thinking, “Even my letters home get rejected.”’ Snoopy’s guide to writing (Siobhan)
- Pretend you went to Harvard and read the top US colleges’ required booklists. Warning: a lot of them are boring (Siobhan)
- As always, my MA dissertation means I’m obsessed with Oz, so here’s the secret history of the munchkins (Siobhan)
- 1950s Christian ventriloquism albums – arghhhhhhhhh! (Siobhan)
- Ridiculous milkshakes with about a million things stuck on top (Taylor)
- Some super interesting marketing tricks used in restaurant menus, like putting the most expensive dish first so you think the rest are cheap in comparison. Sneaky bastards! (Siobhan)
- If you’re an Evernote user, check out these tips for making it even more excellent, like wildcard searches and how to change the order of your notes (Siobhan)
- A very cute animation explaining all Albert Einstein’s relativity business, narrated by David Tenant (Siobhan)
Have lots of fun this weekend everyone!