Blog: Funny

David Shrigley at Sketch

British artist David Shrigley has transformed the Gallery restaurant in London's iconic Sketch to house the largest collection of his original illustrations ever to be exhibited.

Since 2002 Sketch has hosted over fifty exhibits and installations from internationally renowned artists. It's always a wonderfully quirky place to eat and now there's a new reason to pop in for lunch or afternoon tea.

The new David Shrigley works - 239 of them are based on, "the grand themes of life, death and beyond" are intended as talking points for diners. But the exhibition isn't restricted to the walls, "the meal itself becomes a site-specific sculptural work that references sketch’s location in the heart of London’s West End" with a unique collection of Shrigley-illustrated, ceramic tableware manufactured by Caverswall.

Sketch is at 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG, I promise you won't be diappointed and be sure to visit the loos!

Thu 12 Jun 2014

Posted under: Design , Funny , Art


The Comedy Carpet, Blackpool

I finally got over to Blackpool last month to see The Comedy Carpet in all it's glory. It was towards the end of the day and the late was fading but it looked amazing in the evening sunset.

The mammoth 2200m sq artwork was comissioned by Blackpool Council as part of their seafront regeneration and is located on the promenade directly across from the tower. It was created by artist Gordon Young and his team who hand-cut 160,000 granite letters for the piece which incorporates, jokes, lines from songs and catch phrases from over 1000 comedians and comedy writers. 

Hand-cutting each letter and setting them into concrete along with using a limited colour palette has given the piece an almost letterpress feel - you can see the slight indentations of each letter and it really makes you want to touch it (or maybe that's just me). It really is worth a visit, these pictures don't really do it justice or show just how vast it is. 

You can read all about the project here, the team, the research, the design and the planning - it's all there. 

Wed 19 Feb 2014

Posted under: Design , Typography , Funny


Instagram Experiments by Javier Perez

Fun Instagram images for a Friday afternoon.

These little minimalist collages using everyday objects are photographed and posted regularly to instagram by illustrator Javier Parez.

You can see more of them here or follow him on Instagram to see his new pieces as he posts them.


Via Colossal.

Only in England

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© National Media Museum Beauty contestants, Southport, Merseyside, 1967 by Tony Ray-Jones

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© National Media Museum Blackpool, 1968 by Tony Ray-Jones

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© Martin Parr/ Magnum Tom Greenwood cleaning 1976 by Martin Parr

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© National Media Museum Location unknown, possible Morcambe, 1967 – 68 by Tony Ray-Jones

Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr demonstrates, "the close relationships between the work of these two important photographers" by showcasing over 50 unseen images from the National Media Museum's Ray-Jones archive chosen by Martin Parr alongside The Non-Conformists, a selection of rarely seen Parr images from the 70s. 

English born photographer, Tony Ray-Jones graduated from Yale University School of Art in 1964 and on returning to England travelled across the country capturing, "what he saw as a disappearing way of life" - English eccentricities and social customs. Images which struck a chord with Martin Parr and became a great influence on his work. 

This exhibition runs until the 16 March 2014 at the Science Museum, London.

Thu 23 Jan 2014

Posted under: Funny , Photography , Exhibition


WW2 US Navy Posters

From the US Bureau of Supplies and Accounts: Navy, I love these WW2 anti greed and food waste posters illustrated by Hotchkiss with the exception of the last one which was illustrated by Dennis the Menace creator Hank Ketcham. 

Funny that these messages are still valid today, 70 years on.

Via Retronaut.

Tue 12 Nov 2013

Posted under: Advertising , Funny , Posters


Buy a proper cola…

Those clever boys at Sell! Sell! are helping Fentimans take on the might of the big boys with a cheeky new advertising campaign for Curiosity Cola. Genius, we love it...

Wed 03 Jul 2013

Posted under: Advertising , Funny


Unexplainable Black & White Photos

Here's some Friday amusement with a selection of pics from BuzzFeed's '50 Unexplainable Black & White Photos'. Bizarre and weirdly wonderful vintage photographs from Matt Stopera's Tumblr that just leave you wondering - why?

Via Ffffound!

Fri 14 Jun 2013

Posted under: Funny , Photography , collections


Invasive Species

Phone masts disguised as trees are a constant source of amusement on my travels. They can be spotted easily at a distance, as easily in fact as a regular mast, but I love the lengths someone has gone to trying to blend them into the environment.

These wonderful images are the work of South African photographer Dillon Marsh. Thanks to Vic at Sell! Sell! for sending us the link. The series, 'Invasive Species' explores, 'the relationship between the environment and the disguised towers of Cape Town and its surrounds'.

The very first one was allegedly erected in South Africa in 1996 so it seems fitting that Dillon's series is based around the country. See his full collection here and while you're there check out his images of large man-made everyday objects, 'Giants Among Men'!

Images copyright Dillon Marsh.

Mon 10 Jun 2013

Posted under: Funny , Photography

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World Book Day

Today is World Book Day so I thought I'd share with you my all time favourite book, Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals.

First published in 1956, it follows the life of a young Durrell when he & his family moved to Corfu (1934 - 39) - something he describes as, "like living in one of the more flamboyant and slapstick comic operas".

Packed with anecdotes of his eccentric family, his pets, the wildlife on the island and the characters he encounters along the way, it starts with a wonderful quote:

"There is a pleasure sure
In being mad, which none but madmen know."
DRYDEN, The Spanish Friar, II, i

Thu 07 Mar 2013

Posted under: Funny , Books



Eyebombing, Humanizing the world, one googly eye at a time - what could be more fun?! 

Googly eyes on inanimate objects always amuses me, it reminds me of wet camping holidays as a child. My sisters and I used to glue googly eyes onto shells to make little creatures - the hours used to fly by! 

The idea of Eyebombing was created by 2 danes. It's "the act of setting googly eyes on inanimate things in the public space. Ultimately the goal is to humanize the streets, and bring sunshine to people passing by".

The Rules
1. Only images of inanimate objects with wiggle eyes - NOT stickers.
2. Only images taken in the public space.
So order your starter pack and away you go...
Images from Eyebombing. Copyright of the individual photographers.

Tue 05 Mar 2013

Posted under: Funny , Photography , Art


Horse Meat Not Rationed!

This 1942 photo made me chuckle this morning - clever marketing and funny how circumstance changes what's acceptable.

Image via Retronaut.

Thu 28 Feb 2013

Posted under: Design , Funny , signage , Marketing


Twentynine ways to stay creative

Saw this Ed Hall poster over on Sell! Sell! - it's a nice little reminder at the start of the year and it reminded me how much I love doing what I do!

Copyright Ed Hall.

Mon 09 Jan 2012

Posted under: Design , Typography , Funny , Posters


Fifty years of progress in advertising…

We're loving the cartoons our friends over at Sell! Sell! have started posting - funny little anecdotes of life in an ad agency (or most ad agencies!).

There's only been two so far, but we're hoping they'll keep doing more. Here's the first one if you missed it.

Thanks Sell! Sell! for making us chuckle.

Fri 02 Dec 2011

Posted under: Advertising , Funny


Your Bets Mate

Our friends Sell! Sell! have just launched a great TV campaign, 'Your Bets Mate' for the new Racing Post App.

The 3 ads - 'Lederhosen', 'Snake charmer' (above) and 'cow' feature quirky clips of Getty library footage pieced together with shot scenes that match closely (but not that closely!).

They're a refreshing change, entertaining and funny - check out the full campaign here.

Wed 13 Apr 2011

Posted under: Advertising , Funny


John Hollows Superior Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Congrats to our friends over at Sell! Sell! for creating the fabulous branding and advertising for Fentiman's new Alcoholic Ginger Beer - John Hollows.

Research is my favourite part of a project, so I loved reading about the branding and how it developed through their research into Fentiman's and Hollow's brewing history.

The advertising is bold and fun, challenging the 'fake' ginger wine-based or flavoured lager ginger beers of the competition and warning customers, 'Beware of imitations'...

And to promote the new drink in pubs and bars, they've created the 'not a genuine ginger?' beermat - perfectly designed to disguise yourself as a true ginger...

Read more about the project here.

Images copyright Sell!Sell!

Fri 25 Feb 2011

Posted under: Advertising , Design , Funny , Packaging

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