Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Computer-generated candy hearts, a dating site for gorillas, an LGBTQ+ plaid from Burberry and more

1. Official Barack and Michelle Obama Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery Today, at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald became the first black painters to unveil commissioned presidential portraits from and at the museum. Wiley’s portrayal of a thoughtful, sitting President Obama falls upon a pattern of vibrant foliage, typical of his style. Baltimore-based Sherald’s work features …

The Development of Burberry’s Check

As ubiquitous as the brand name itself, Burberry’s plaid check dates back to the late 1910s, when it first lined their trench coats. It was trademarked in 1921. As chief creative officer Christopher Bailey steps down after 17 years with Burberry—a period of time during which he made the heritage brand a global powerhouse and a fit for generations to come—his last gift happens to …

“Be Cool Be Nice” Interactive Book and App

Gerry DeVeaux's collaborative, art-driven effort to fight cyber bullying

Be Cool Be Nice (BCBN) launched to great fanfare last year, with the help of Willow Smith through her appearance on the cover of Garage magazine. The anti-bullying movement is back, this time with a brand new official interactive book and a partner app that activates extra adventures. Truly for all ages, the BCBN book features artwork and thoughtful messaging on every page from an …