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    As this week’s public art-themed Nicer Tuesdays reminded us, it’s all too easy to take the masterpieces in full view around the city for granted. And while there’s a plethora of work to see all year round in many cities across the UK, from next week the City of London is placing work by the likes of Damien Hirst, Ai Weiwei and Adam Chodzko around the Square Mile to add a little culture to the landscape of our wolves of Threadneedle Street. This is the fifth year of the programme, Sculpture in the City, and will see a total of 14 works go on show. They will remain in situ until May next year.

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    During the 60s Raymond Cauchetier was a film set photographer on some of the most important films of the French New Wave. From À Bout de Souffle to Jules et Jim, Raymond was among the stars and directors that made this period of time so remarkable including Jean Seberg, Anna Karina, Francois Truffant and Jean Luc Godard. His photos were originally intended for continuity and sometimes publicity, but Raymond saw himself as more of a photojournalist and captured images that showed all of the set: shooting on handheld cameras, the unplanned scenes and the initial conversations between the actors and directors.

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    I’m not quite sure how it’s already July, but another month has rolled by which means it’s time for a studio round-up of all things bright and beautiful. This month we’ve had everything from a spoof map of the stars set in “the most boring part of Hollywood,” a great little book of illustrations and rhyming one-liners about a stalker, and a couple of attention-grabbing alternatives to business cards and work-update emails. Here’s June!

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    Working in the creative industries can surely be odd enough at times, but to add an extra dollop of the ludicrous and surreal is Chris (Simpsons Artist), who’s helpfully depicted how ten creative roles really pan out. Often worryingly accurate (see production runner making tea, illustrator who has “left it to the last minute”) and always hilariously strange, the series was commissioned by creative industries network Hiive and gives a nice gentle rib tickle to graphic designers, who may or may not spend all day using a Wacom to scroll about over images of sausages.

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    Clicking on to Japanese graphic design website Gurafiku is something like stepping feet first into a black hole of graphic design porn. Started by Chicago-based designer and researcher Ryan Hageman in 2009 as a way to learn more about the history of graphic design in Japan, it has since grown into a archive which spans over 200 years of work, from the 1800s all the way up to the present day.

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    In one of the more surreal email missives I have received, Sarah Simi informed me of her equally surreal labour of love: an entirely hand-knitted stop motion animation set in a charming little town called Woolly Bush. All of its quaint inhabitants are totally starkers, save the odd pearly king hat, vicar’s collar or socks and sandals combo. Named Nudinits and animated by Ed Hartwell, the detail is extraordinary: from tiny bubbles on beer and a little cat poop to some woolled-up bible passages, nothing has been missed.

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    While elegant fountain pens and carefully crafted pencils are a joy to write and doodle with, there’s something familiar and comforting about casting lines of biro onto a clean sheet of paper. With the infinite motion of the ball point beneath your fingertips, there’s a level of control that other tools just can’t give you. Someone who shares my biro love is Paris-based illustrator Helena Hauss, who creates fantastically intricate biro drawings.

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    D&AD has announced the winners of the New Blood Awards, which celebrate young creatives. The winners were selected from designers that responded to real briefs set by Airbnb, BBC, WWF, Facebook, Nationwide, npower, Pantone, i-D, Monotype, John Lewis, TalkTalk, VICE, WeTransfer and WPP. The awards are open to anyone in full or part-time education, recent graduates who finished their course within the past two years and anyone 23 or under.

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    Fashion communication and styling student and It’s Nice That Graduate Sophie Mayanne has an incredibly strong portfolio of images that play with the notions of self-expression. To Sophie, London seemed the obvious choice when deciding which university to go to. “I was living in a small countryside village and had this big idea that London was the place I needed to be,” she says. “So I scoured university courses for something that could be my indefinite route there.” During her time there, she saw it as a period of growing up: “Time at university matures you,” she says. “You learn, you’re tested, but still smiling at the end.”

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    Ellen Syrjala’s work manages to capture the beauty in the everyday, and that’s part of the reason why photography student is one of our It’s Nice That Graduates this year. Studying at London College of Communication, it’s been a personal mission of hers to see beyond the commercialism of photography. “I chose to go to art school because a photographer once told me at the age of 17 that ‘you cannot succeed as an artist,’” she says. “It’s bollocks. I wanted to prove her wrong, and that there was more to photography than pillow adverts.”

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    With careful composition and a beautiful colour palette, it’s hard to resist illustration student and It’s Nice That Graduate Anna Skeels’ wonderful work. Finding her stride while studying at Camberwell College of Arts, Anna, like many of us, felt the stresses and pressures of university but has come out smiling: “I’ve met some of my favourite people there and am finally happy with the work I’m producing, so it’s definitely been worth it,” Anna explains.

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    Over years of putting together innovative degree shows and churning out ideas-based projects instead of aesthetically pleasing ones, Kingston’s graphic design students have established a firm place for themselves in the industry as thinking way outside the box. Joel Antoine-Wilkinson is the next in line proving this tradition to be true. The graphic designer is fresh from a degree at Kingston, where he worked on projects including a campaign intended to help young people connect with the NHS, using distorted mirrors in public bathrooms, and an exploration of man-made limits which took him inside the barriers at the British Museum and the National Gallery.[link]

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    Graphic design graduate Dillon Biltcliffe Newell is one of a new generation of designers who are experimenting with traditional media in innovative and newfangled ways. Taking long-established means of communication from typography to print publications and blending them to create an authentic visual language, we were drawn to his experimental approach. With projects ranging from an investigation into forms of communication used by students at Brighton University, to a book of poems written by his beekeeper mother and preserved in wax, Dillon’s practice deals less in finding solutions to problems, and more with the new application of existing aesthetics. He’s forging a new discipline which blends illustration and design with more abstract concepts, and it’s compelling stuff.

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    Lewis-John Henderson makes paintings that feel like a cross between Pop Art, and that episode of The Magic Schoolbus where they travel inside one of their fellow pupils’ bodies in order to see his red blood cells up close. His large-scale brightly coloured works, which veer from abstract line-based works to curvaceous blocks and recurring shapes, merge influences from contemporary art with something altogether new – and we couldn’t help by be swayed by them.

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    “When I was younger I wanted to be a farmer-painter,” Philippine d’Otreppe tells us nonchalantly, opening our eyes to farming-painting as a viable new profession. (Imagine it, a canvas set up in the corner of a barn. Idyllic!) At some point along the way she dropped the farmer element to concentrate on the art part – beginning with an Illustration degree at the Arts University Bournemouth, where she developed her practice. “At school I always wanted to study art, as it was what I was most passionate about. Then I decided to do a foundation in the UK, which made it even clearer for me that illustration was what I wanted to pursue.”

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    “I remember when I told my parents I wanted to go to art school,” graphic designer Tommy Spitters tells us. “I said that I would rather look back and be glad I took a risk than not take the risk and regret it. I guess I went to art school to avoid the nine to five office job that I would have hated, which would otherwise have been my future.”

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    Graphic designer and It’s Nice That Graduate Anton Hjertstedt creates the kind of unexpected work we dream of finding. His website had us rubbing our eyes with joy, with 3D renders of the rude, the abstract and the plain bizarre.