Friday TopFiveDay! #58

Our favorites of week 4

Les cinq!

Every week we share a top 5 of the most interesting, coolest, funniest and most exciting stuff that we have encountered on the web and elsewhere. In our studio we have been sharing things that we see around us and that we find remarkable, for as long as we’ve been a team. This way we keep each other informed of the world outside of our personal perspective, because we have a collective hunger for the new.

With this overview we give you some insight into what fascinates us. In addition to projects from clients and self-initiated projects, this is what Jort, Vivian, Jord, and John Patrick are talking about in the studio. Do share this list and let us know if you have any tips!

One, Two, Three

We like patterns and repetition in graphics, music, art. And now we like them also in photography as presented by Street Repeat. Repetitions in (street) photography. On the instagram-account they present one theme in 3 photos by different photographers and on their website they dive more into the concepts, the ethics, the form and everyday in between. Pretty cool to see these two media complement eachother. Curated by Julie Hrudová.


Work series

It’s pretty impressive and cool to see how Mailchimp has managed to bring their service to live over the last few years. From a pretty generic online mailing service they transformed into a brand that designers and agencies love. Their ongoing effort to bring original content that connects with their main audience fits into that approach perfectly. It’s nice that (yep, the gang with the famous design blog) created the series All in a Day’s Work, a new, animated comedy series about the ups, downs, and sometimes-painful truths of life as an entrepreneur or small business owner. Impressive! (also check out their huge library with other orignals like 99 Problems, Werrrk and Wi-Finders.


Broad strokes

Remember La Linea, the animated series about a highly agitated fellow drawn from one line? Genius. And now around the turn of 2021 there’s another genius line based animation: The Stroke. Created by hand-letterer/calligrapher/artist Vincent de Boer. The Stroke is a hand-drawn animation film that reverses the roles of audio and visuals for a music video. Improvised on its very first viewing, the music for The Stroke was the immediate response of the musicians to the artistic and emotional visual journey. The drawings of the film are used for the 10th vinyl release of Ill Considered. All 338 records come with 12 unique drawings: one second of the film. Don’t miss the making off movie, that really helps appreciate the end result even more!!! Order your The Stroke record with original artworks quickly.

High class

We have been joking how every other cool looking website from the last few years seems to be created for a cannabis/CBD-based lifestyle product. We were not the only ones who noticed ; ) Gestalten published a book about the phenomenon – High on Design – and Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant wrote an article about it. Just some examples we came across in the last year to illustrate the hype: this, this, this, this, this, this and this.

Seesaw border

The project Teeter-Totter Wall by Rael San Fratello and Colectivo Chopeke just won the Design of the Year 2020 award. It seems completely in line with art and design that is supposed to be politically correct in order to be appreciated (and awarded). As can be seen in most design journals as well as in the rest of the awards in this show. Although the seesaws are a fun use of the border fence, the political message seems to be quite one dimensional. Which leaves to wonder what art and design are really about: social justice, environmental issues, form, concept, invention, ingenuity… The answer seems far from obvious these days : )


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