• July2
  • Lcc
  • Lcc2
  • Lcc3
  • 3words
  • 3words1
  • 3words2
  • Rca
  • Rca2
  • Rca3
  • Rcashowreel1
  • Rcashowreel2
  • Adidas
  • Adidas2
  • Blast
  • Blast2
  • Gridindex
  • Grideindex1
  • Gridindex2
  • Loops
  • Loops1
  • Loops2
  • Fig
  • Fig2
  • Trickers
  • Truckers2
Graphic Design

July Review

Posted by Will Hudson,

If not a little later than planned here is the latest review of some of the most interesting things to have found their way into the studio including a number of degree show catalogues and the very first It’s Nice That footwear.

5:1 – Graphic & Media Design Degree Show Catalogue 2009 (London College of Communication)

BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design 09
The mamouth task of collating 200(ish) students work is not a desirable one, to then go and do something completely different and pull it off is more than applaudable. Rumour has it the final spec was a little over budget but appears to be worth every penny resulting in a conclusive, well designed catalogue archiving the work of 5 different pathways.
www.5to1show.com

In Three Word. The Arts Institute at Bournemouth Catalogue 2009

BA (Hons) Graphic Design 09. The Arts Institute at Bournemouth.
Not the easiest catalogue to open up and put back together but well worth the effort. In Three Words does exactly what it says on the tin, each student sums themselves up in three words on the reverse of a postcard. Occasionally resembling a calling card but more often than not a confident, clever, showcase.
www.inthreewords.co.uk
www.dayfold.com

Royal College of Art Show Two Catalogue 2009

Design by Happily Ever After
It always helps when putting together a catalogue that the work featured is well designed, considered and interesting, something the RCA consistently prides itself on. Printing a hefty A3 catalogue certainly reinforces the fact that this institution is bigger than most but in reality becomes quite cumbersome. Having said that it’s worth the extra effort to read and enjoy.
www.happily-ever-after.co.uk
www.rca.ac.uk

Royal College of Art Animation Showreel 2009.

Deisgn by David López Retamero / Adnan Lawson
Sitting through an entire animated showreel is one of those things that given the time I’d love to do, unfortunately I only managed to flick my way through the DVD and as such can’t really call this a proper review. However, the RCA is always going to produce a high caliber of animator and those looking for something will probabaly find it. Well packaging with an informative booklet it’s defiantly worth making the time for (as I intend to some time soon). Sarah Wickens and Tom Judd were the two that stood out from the brief time I did spend watching it.
www.rca.ac.uk/animation

miOriginals

Earlier last month were invite down to the Adidas Originals store in Covent Garden to check out miOriginals. Essentially you can now customise your favourite pair of ZX700 / Superstar / Gazelle / Forum or Stan Smith trainers. Naturally we decided to create the very limited edition It’s Nice That trainer. We’re going to see how sales go before opening them up as a series venture but if you’re interested you can check out mi Originals at the Adidas Originals stores in Covent Garden and Westfield shopping centre (both London).
shop.adidas.co.uk

Endless Possibilities

Illustration by Damien Weighill. Design by Blast. Published by Conqueror
There are some things that come through the post that you’d happily sit through most of the morning looking at. This is one of those. Nicely designed by London based studio Blast with quirky illustrations provided by Damien Weighill. The book promotes the creative potential of the current range of paper from Conqueror, it’s an interesting alternative to the familiar sample book.
www.conquerorpossibilities.com
www.damienweighill.com
www.blast.co.uk

Grid Index

Edited and designed by Carsten Nicolai. Published by Gestalten
Are you the kind of person who wants to look at an endless source of patterns and have them all available on CD for your own personal use? Lucky you, here it is. There’s obviously a little more to it than that, Grid Index is the first comprehensive visual lexicon of patterns and grid systems based on years of research by artist and musician Carsten Nicolai. Also check out the film on him here where he talks more about the book on Gestalten.tv.
www.carstennicolai.de
www.gestalten.com

Loops Journal

Edited by Lee Brackstone and Richard King. Design by Wallzo. Published by Faber & Faber/Domino Records
Faber & Faber and Domino Records have joined forces in producing an incredibly interesting piece of work, a biannual journal called Loops. The cover illustration by Mario Hugo is enough to get you to pick it up and when you then realise that the design and art direction is by Wallzo, with some bespoke type and a handful of David Shrigley illustrations throw in to good measure it is easy to understand why it’s that little bit harder to put down. It is of course not the design that makes this interesting (although it more than helps), the content is also as noteworthy and although at first glimpse it appears a little text heavy there’s enough time to wade your way through before Issue 2 is published in February.
www.loopsjournal.com
www.wallzo.com

Fig.It Out

Designed by Bark
London based Bark Design kindly sent us their recent self promotion newspaper. “A publication of themes, observations, sound and visual bites, notions and ideas.” You can request your copy now, check out their site.
www.barkdesign.net

Truckers

By Mary Richardson. From Mark Batty Publisher
Things I know nothing about (it’s a long list) always make me inquisitive and can often capture my imagination. I know nothing about trucks, but thanks to Mary Richardson and Mark Batty Publishing Truckers reveals the diesel-fueled lives of America’s true road warriors.
www.markbattypublisher.com

Wh-300

Posted by Will Hudson

Will founded It’s Nice That in 2007 and is now director of the company. Once one of the main contributors to the site he has stepped back from writing as the business has expanded. He is a regular guest on the Studio Audience podcast.

Most Recent: Animation View Archive

  1. Main

    A few weeks back we posted about a music video for a band called Plurabelle which was directed by Mattis Dovier. Curious as to how he had created the pixel effect, we ventured into his online portfolio which was like an Aladdin’s Cave of excellent, juicy GIFs. What is it about GIFS? Why the appeal? There is something inexplicably wonderful about seeing or hearing something on a loop, it seems naughty – something you shouldn’t waste your time doing, like throwing a ball against a wall or spitting over a bridge. I think we can all agree that the best GIFS out there show people (or dogs) hurting themselves or being clumsy in some way, which is why Mattis’ violent and very well-crafted selection went down so well with us. Our favourite? The running sumo or the motorbike spin, hands down.

  2. Main

    Collage is definitely up there amongst the plasticines and the papier machés on my list of top ten media, and this short animation by Amy Lockhart and Marc Bell only makes me like it even more. It was made a grand total of five years ago which is basically a lifetime in the online world, and though Amy is still busily animating, painting and drawing like nobody’s business this is still the film in her portfolio that I love the most.

  3. Main

    ‘Tis the mating season! Let us breed! Summer is HOT, and not just in terms of the weather. Everyone looks great in summer with their shiny hair, tanned skin and lack of layers – people you didn’t look twice at in winter are now incredibly alluring, which is why there are so many babies born in winter. Seed Animation Studio are in on this notion, and have made a somewhat steamy little animation entitled Cream Tease – a scintillating series of moving images that lead up to a summer twist to cool you off before you pop. If this was an actual film it probably wouldn’t be allowed on It’s Nice That, hence the beauty of animation. Nice one Seed Studio, phew!

  4. New_list

    I’d venture to say that there are few things better than when a fresh new graduate who you’d imagined was bumbling around in the wasteland that usually follows the end of a degree at art school, suddenly presents an incredible piece of work. You’d assumed they were slugging back Bacardi Breezers and sleeping on their mum’s sofa, when the whole time they were actually grafting away on a project to make your eyes widen and your mouth drool.

  5. List

    Being neither a rapper nor an illustrator I can’t be sure, but I imagine that when a hiphop artist comes to you asking you to make a video for his new song Superfuck it could go one of several ways. Rest assured that illustrator and animator Ewen Farr chose the absolute best one when he decided to make a joyfully lo-fi felt-tip animation playing on the song’s ludicrously filthy sexy workout themes. It’s colourful, cheeky, and it’s delivered with a great big dirty wink, and you have to admire his dedication to a concept that must have taken a lot of man hours to complete.

  6. Kenzhero3

    There’s nothing fishy about Thomas Traum’s films. Apart from all the fish. These five animations made for Kenzo’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection are oozing cool. Taking ten patterns from this season and riffing on its Pacific coast theme, the German designer has reminded us why we once called films “motion pictures.” The way these prints are made to move and the manner in which he has magicked up a story from a pattern is exactly what is interesting about the films. His animated illustrations whirl you along with the waves and through the water, past palm fronds swaying in the breeze, flocks of wiggling fish and almost imperceptible little surfboards. It’s simple, yet mesmerising.

  7. List

    If the sole intention of animation was to create visuals nothing short of magical then Parabella would get my vote as the very best in the game every single time. The “young but experienced Bafta award-winning animation studio” (their words) co-founded by Mikey Please and Daniel Ojari has made truly astounding work from the off, gathering up awards alike they were marbles hard-won in the playground. Hard-won being the operative term here; the six minute-long stop-motion film was a year in the making, and features, as Parabella explain, “the voice of comedy wiz Josie Long, one zillion hand-carved tiny things, literally tens of carved foam puppets, two eyefuls of in-camera, long-exposure light trickery and a pair of tiny dolphins, smooching.” Safe to say, the efforts paid off; the final short is a masterpiece of patience and enchanting filmmaking.

  8. List

    Ever since it was announced earlier this year that FOX was working on a Simpsons and Family Guy crossover hour-long special, fans of one or both shows have been interested to see how it would work. And yesterday they got their first glimpse when a five-minute excerpt was screened at Comic_Con which gives us a taste how these two cartoon competitors will be joined in creative matrimony. So it seems we can expect beer, bonding, brawls and bitchiness when the Griffins wind up in Springfield; consider our appetites well and truly whetted.

  9. Main

    Simple story, this one. A man gets a new next door neighbour and watches her through a hole in the wall (don’t try this at home, folks) and one day when she returns from a jog he gives her an ice lolly. Wanting to see her eat the lolly he looks through the hole but sees her instead dabbing it on her sweaty armpits. Enraged, he breaks into her house every day for the next few weeks when she’s out and wrings out her clothes into a bottle to make sweat ice lollies from there-on out. You know someone’s a consistently entertaining animator if the top comment on their Vimeo is: “Wow! you finally made something that is safe for work.” Bravo Wong Ping, bravo!

  10. List

    To tell the truth, when I heard that Morph’s creator was bringing him back around again for another go, I wanted to hate it. Being a true child of the 90s I feel like our little orange plasticine friend belongs solely to that era, and to attempt to bring him back for the soiled, desensitised, X-Box-obsessed youth of today is akin to animating Rosie & Jim and plonking them on a speedboat with a robot where the duck should be.

  11. List

    Self-initiated projects are the best, aren’t they? I think of them as an excuse to peel the dollar signs off your eyeballs and replace them with love-hearts for a while, and more often than not it’s a transaction that pays off a hundredfold in the long run.

  12. Main

    There’s nothing quite like when someone takes something you associate with your innocent childhood and uses it to slap you across the face with a controversial, dark statement. That’s what Greenpeace tend to do to get their point across, and boy does it work. Their most recent plea is directed at LEGO, urging them to discontinue the production of kits for children that are emblazoned with the Shell logo. I’ve seen a lot of LEGO parodies in my time here at It’s Nice That, but none have made me feel dark to my very core like this one did – nothing says wake up and address this horrible issue more than smiling children’s toys drowning in a sea of black oil. Bravo Greenpeace.

  13. Main

    Anyone that played (and now misses) Monument Valley will love this new animation from Fabrice Le Nezet. It was a bit weird to get an email from Fabrice with this animation, as last time we checked up on him he was making enormous sculptures of metal and stone. People change I guess. Anyway, what he’s doing now with the help of Benjamin Mousquet and Raphael Azel Martinez is totally fine by us, as it’s one of the most spectacular and unique animations we’ve seen in a very long while. Watch as teeny little men manoeuvre their way around a monochromatic, cubist landscape and get chased by enormous marbles and climb the infinite stairs of winding minarets. It isn’t as weird as it sounds, but it is seriously impressive, enjoy.