April - sun, showers, storms and a deluge of fantastic fun stories, rampant creativity and innovations cooler than an early spring breeze. Here's our pick from the month that was.
Indian gymnast leaps into the Olympics – Hello Giggles
We've always been partial to a bit of quality vault work, so when we saw this story about 22 year-old Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar securing her place in the Rio Olympics we had to share. Not only is she the nation's first female gymnastic qualifier ever, she's India's first gymnastic qualifier in over fifty years. And she did it by nailing one of the hardest moves in the sport. We'll be cheering for her along with the girls and boys of team GB this Summer - watch the video and you'll see why.
Print is not dead – Creative Boom
Far from driving the print publishing industry into obsolescence the blog is providing a fruitful source of new paper publications, from books to magazines, as further demonstrated by the birth of a stylish first periodical from the people behind popular minimalist blog Minimalissimo. The stunning-looking No1 is 160 pages celebrating the best of clean-lined design in architecture, art, fashion, graphic & package design, and industrial design. The issue is available to buy online and via a selection of UK stockists and it's (unsurprisingly) fairly big on the white.
Tiny Drake - what memes were made for – NME
Drake - love him or hate him (or maybe just dislike his music if you don't want to get too personal), there's no doubting he is internet gold. When the cover of his new album featured a tiny image of the 'Hotline Bling' singer perched on the top of Toronto's CN Tower thanks to the magic of Photoshop, the meme-makers of the world wide web were dying to one-up him, and lo and behold Tiny Drake began to have some truly grand adventures. And thanks to website Drake's Views giving us all a hand you can add your own as well.
Game of Thrones opening titles, origami style – Creative Market
We love Moleskin, Moleskin loves paper, and pretty much everyone loves Game of Thrones. So lets direct all that love at Moleskin's oh so worthy marketing effort, those incredible opening titles recreated in pulpy precision to promote their new range of GoT notebooks (which we also want). Check it our here.
London commuter types in 8-bit animation – Timeout London
And last though far from least, we couldn't resist sharing this delightfully retro pixelated-prod at the varieties of commuters who make travelling around London the great daily adventure that it is.