Friday TopFiveDay! #50

Our favorites of week 42

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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!

Oh boy, it sure feels like we are back at square one of 2020’s main event: Corona Lockdown. It sucks working from home and missing out on spending time together, laughing, discussing sketches, ideas and music. But we are happy we still have a lot of awesome projects going. Big hugs to every one and all, especially the ones struck by this horrible virus. We tried to find 5 positive things to help you pull through again this week. Enjoy!


Learning to the Max

Register for Adobe Max 2020 free event with over 350 sessions with the most impressive line up of speakers we saw on one conference bill in a long long time! And Virgil Abloh is occupied somewhere else, so he’s not on the list of 400+ experts. Which is refreshing in its own right ; ) Wes Anderson, Miranda July, Irma Boom, Nick Offerman, Annie Leibovitz, Conan O’Brien, Taika Waititi, Ai Weiwei and Tame Impala are just some of the extremely varried list of speakers set to talk from October 20–22. Sounds extremely promising!! Last year’s sessions are still online here.


Swiss Summit

Ah found him, this is where Virgil hangs out next week: at the online event of one of the most fancy Swiss companies around: Vitra. They are organising their own online event next week. Free for all, just like Adobe’s. The Vitra Summit takes place from October 22-23. Less speakers, but more focus (on furniture) it seems.



The annual Dutch Design Week goes Digital this year as well. Finding your way around is a bit more of a puzzle than with Adobe or Vitra, but that seems fitting for the current state of Dutch design; there isn’t really a thing called Dutch Design, it seems to have gotten lost somewhere in avant garde chaos ; )



Through our studio space in the Amsterdam Red Light District (Oz.), we have been involved with the Amsterdam Dance Event since 2012. That first year we organised Acid at Oz. with art by friends, heroes, a bunch of acid records and a VJ-art installation by Pixelpasta (Kern and Susan Bijen). Then we put on six amazing events together with our dear friends of Kompakt Records (Köln, GER) called Kompakt vs. Oz. And last year we were forced to skip the parties at our venue mainly due to unwillingness of the City of Amsterdam and had a exquisite exhibition by Magazine Records (Köln, GER) with ambient performances by Jens-Uwe Beyer.

This year we are home with our families. Which feels good and serene. There will be some sort of Digital ADE event from 21-25 October, hopefully it will be worthwhile, we’ll see from our couches.

What partying felt like

Going out to a party at night, cold outside, grab some money from an ATM, guest list and stamp on your wrist and into the sweaty room. The memory of it feels very distant, but this is kind of what it was like. Minus the damp bodies you bump into. Nicolas Jaar makes happenings of a lot of his online, the same goes for this Boilerroom session from 2017. Arguably one of the best sessions to date.


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