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This wry GIF, by New York-based illustrator Beomyoung Sohn, is part of a project called ‘Dummymen‘. The repetitive animation shows our mindless addiction to brands and consumerism as well as, presumably, our loss of individuality as a result. The project, which is still a work in progress, has got a really dark, nihilistic humour to it that reminds me of work by Banksy and Jake and Dinos Chapman. It’s amazing how many brand logos have been squeezed onto all the faces of each block; every time I think I’ve spotted all of them, I’ll see one that I haven’t noticed yet – like the ones for CNN and FedEx, which are partly hidden.
If you like this, then you’ll probably like the hilariously horrible cartoon by Steve Cutts that I posted previously.
Perfection, by Studio NL. Imagine how great it would be to just crawl into this little nook when that dreaded 4pm energy slump hits you. It’s like a narcoleptic’s dream.
So, you wanna be an intern, huh? Haha, as if. Of course you don’t want to be an intern – interning fucking sucks! But chances are that you quite fancy one of those sweeet jobs where going to work doesn’t make you feel like a worthless sack of shit…and sometimes you actually feel like you had a good day! Well, you probably realise by now that, unless you’re incredibly well-connected, smug and privileged, you’re going to have to go and do a bit of slave labour to prove that you’re serious – otherwise, you’re not even going to get a look in. Here are some home truths about interning.
No one gives a fuck about your lame outfit.
So many interning guides seem to stress the importance of ‘looking the part’, which is mostly a load of bollocks. Truthfully, everyone in the office is far too busy to care what you wear, so just wear something smart, practical and comfortable. A lot of internships involve a fair amount of carrying and lifting (returning those huge bags of samples to a PR agency? Sure.) so you’re going to look like a twat and be totally useless if you’ve shown up wearing a fitted suit or some power bitch heels. Having said this, do make sure you always check the dress code before you start.
You probably won’t get a job out of it.
Hate to break it to you, but getting a job at the end of your internship is highly unlikely. A lot of the time, organisations will say this to keep their interns motivated and focused. Fuck it, some of them even say it in good faith, but a lot of the time there just isn’t the budget for a new member of staff. In all honesty, I know some totally feckless people who’ve happened to get jobs straight after their internships, but it was simply a case of being in the right place at the right time. You need to view an internship realistically, otherwise you will drive yourself mad overanalysing every staff cut, every ‘well done’, every email, every fond look, every ‘you make the best cup of tea’ and you will begin to slowly feel that you’re turning into some kind of psychopathic deluded stalker. Yep. The best you can hope for at the end of your internship is a good reference, some genuine knowledge, new skills and perhaps a few new useful connections. Focus on those things and it might just keep you sane. It’s also prudent to start looking for a new job once you’re two-thirds of the way through your internship.
It’s time to drop all your bad habits from university.
University brings out some really immature qualities in some people. Having to intern five days a week is basically an opportunity to get used to working life. You might only be an intern, but you should still try and act like a professional wherever possible. Maybe it’s time to cut off all those festival wristbands now? They make you look like a bellend anyway.
Say goodbye to your social life!
You might as well just give up drinking for the duration of any internship. It sounds like a total bore but you probably won’t have a lot of choice in the matter – it’s normally a hassle finding money for bus fare when you’re interning, if you end up having one of those nights where you inadvertently blow £100 on sub-standard vodka, taxis and kebabs then you’re going to feel like a total fuckup.
Don’t be a try-hard.
Unless you’ve managed to score one of those cushy numbers where you actually get paid a proper wage, don’t bother doing any of that stuff like taking work home with you or anything like that, which brings me onto my next point…
Don’t be a dosser.
It’s hard, but leave all that social media stuff until your lunch break or when you’ve left for the day. Work diligently while you’re at your internship so that you don’t feel like you’re going to get in trouble for not having completed a task.
Wash regularly and get a reasonable amount of sleep.
This may sound like an unbelievably obvious point to make, but it’s crazy how many interns go to bed at 3am and then drag themselves into work at 9am looking sloppy because they didn’t have time to shower. You remember how I said that no one gives a shit about your outfit? Well, this is still true, but everyone’s going to care that your personal fragrance seems to be: ‘Sweat, vaguely masked by some kind of cheap scent’. Mmm, nice!
You should be enjoying yourself too!
I know I’ve made an intern’s life sound like a hellish existence, but interning is also a way of getting to know the industry you want to work in. If you complete an internship and you’ve had an awful time, it could be that that particular work environment wasn’t right for you; but it could also mean that perhaps your idea of your chosen career path was a little off the mark? Internships give you the chance to get a taste for certain industries without wasting a whole lot of time and training.
You can read the whole second issue of We Are Collision right here.
While this idea is likely to be far more complex in practise, this animated video by Mr. Binns explains the concept in a brilliantly simple and engaging way. Sometimes, I feel pretty bad that I’m part of a huge problem and implicit in killing the earth, but the idea of going to live in a yurt, composting my own shit, and becoming one of those earthy white girls with dreadlocks totally repulses me. I like the thought of a ‘circular economy’, because it shifts the responsibility back to the manufacturer, while trying to cut a better deal for the consumer. It seems like this is an effective approach, because most of us are incapable of actually processing waste into something that’s truly useful. I mean, be honest – you’re never actually going to get round to making that Fairy liquid bottle into the crafty thing you saw on Pinterest. Well, you might…I definitely won’t.
In the UK, it seems that the idea of a more collaborative way of consuming is quite appealing – especially when trends and technology change so rapidly. It also seems that, for a lot of us, it’s unlikely that we will ever own a house. We’re already renting our homes – why not rent the things that are in them, too?
Of course, this new system must have its flaws too, but its core values seem to be hitting the right notes for a more sustainable future.
It’s been a rough old month for Tesco, what with the horsemeat scandal. Although the contamination affected many supermarkets, Tesco has taken most of the flack for it. However, that’s not even the only problem they’ve had to deal with. Check out this slew of negative headlines from February alone!
Ouch. When I read the ‘Builder’s bum’ story, I couldn’t help but think that it was a truly tenuous attempt by The Mansfield and Ashfield Chad to stick the knife in! So what have Tesco done to try and combat this backlash? What could possibly help to restore the public’s faith in the company after this tidal wave of bad publicity?
Ahh, yes, honouring everyone’s least favourite Spice Girl with a ‘Mum of the Year’ award should do the trick!
Well, I didn’t think I’d ever be so enthusiastic about getting some business cards made. Although, these are some pretty special business cards – they would make Patrick Bateman jealous. I found Tind‘s work over on Behance and I was really excited about it. He’s pretty much taken the Absolut Unique approach to printing business cards, meaning that you end up with crazy Hapshash-style psychedelic designs. Because of the traditional methods used, I haven’t seen anything like this before – the gradient style ones look so superior to ones that have been created digitally. The process is shown below and there are more photos on Behance and Tind’s Facebook page, too. Tind inks up the plates, often using two or three colours, and sometimes adding swirls and lines – just experimenting with strange effects, really. In later print runs he’s started to layer up different colours, which is more time-consuming but can produce some amazing effects. The card Tind uses also varies in colour, weight and texture – meaning there are even more limitless combinations. The cards are left to dry and then cut down to size.I can’t wait to see how mine turn out! I’m going to scan my favourite designs and I will post the results when they’re ready. The only problem is, I’m not sure I’ll actually want to give my business cards away to people…