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Graphic Design

Things

Posted by Alex Bec,

A bumper edition of Things this week as the postal service clear out their backlog, and in turn fill our eyes with beautifully printed bits and pieces to tell you about. So, in classic going back to school fashion, here’s the line-up in height order.

Blue Inks

Andy Smith
It’s always pleasing to receive something through the post from Andy Smith. His standard brand of excellent type and image tells the story of a tribe of characters called the Blue Inks, that are aptly hand screen printed with aplomb.
www.asmithillustration.com

Studio

Harry Watts
Most editorial photography students would have spent some time assisting to help pay the bills and get that all important experience before entering the industry. Harry found himself in the assisting boat, and took full advantage, using the studio he spent so many hours in as the subject for a postcard book that brings new life to some standard studio equipment.
www.harry-watts.co.uk

Annalemma Issue 5

_ Edited by Chris Heavener_
I’m gutted I didn’t see the first four issues of Annalemma. Gutted because I’ve enjoyed the fifth installment so much. A humble editors letter backed up with some great writing and imagery, none more impressive than the free embossed print and spreads from Danny Jones. Read this if you get the chance, it’s not ‘just another one of those’.
www.annalemma.net

Fixed

Andrew Edwards and Max Leonard, Published by Laurence King
Yeah you may have to cycle backwards to stop, but if that’s even crossing your mind you’re missing the point. A fixed wheel bike (to some) is a thing of ultimate, sleek, uncomplicated beauty and this book confirms that cult status has been well and truly reached. Covering design, history, riders and everything in between this is one for the enthusiast or the intrigued.
www.laurenceking.com

Creative Island II

John Sorrell, Published by Laurence King
Last time I did the Things review there was a book on British design, and the cropping up can only be a good indication of work being produced on our fair isle. John Sorrell is more than qualified to pass judgement, but instead lets each practitioner have their say on the piece chosen, giving the book a depth and character that the reader will appreciate. If your British design bookcase is big enough, this would make a fine addition.
www.laurenceking.com

Radical Nature

Edited by Francesco Manacorda, published by Koenig Books
Intelligent, considered curation has made The Barbican one of our most loved institutions, and their latest show Radical Nature adds to the legacy. A documentation of how our planet has changed over the last 50 years provides insight and sharp comment on a topic that seems to have been nagging for a really beautiful book for a while. We have a couple of copies of this stunner to give away, so watch this space for more details soon, in the meantime try and make it down to see the show.
www.barbican.org.uk

New Packaging Design

Janice Kirkpatrick / Graven Images, Published by Laurence King
Completing the Laurence King hat-trick this week is a bit of eye candy for the packaging nut. Handily separated into neat chapters dealing with a protection, preservation, performance and promotion, Of course the classic Apple ideas are in there, but some other less expected things make it, and the book as a whole is better off for it. I challenge you to find a worthy piece of packaging that isn’t in here.
www.laurenceking.com

Toormix New papers

Toormix
Barcelona studio Toormix aren’t the first to have produced a newspaper to show off their new work, but are possibly one of the most successful. Beautifully designed calling on the assets of the newsprint, it casts a pretty positive light over their studio that I’m pleased I’ve been introduced to.
www.toormix.com

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Posted by Alex Bec

Alex is one of the directors of It’s Nice That who now oversees our sister creative agency INT Works. For several years he oversaw the Monday Morning Music Video feature until it came to an end in 2014.

Most Recent: Art View Archive

  1. Karinhagen-itsnicethat-main

    Pottery has had a bit of a bad rep until recently when people have slowly begun to realise that it’s FUCKING BADDASS. The pottery world is creaking under the weight of the amount of thrill-seeking clay-spinners popping up all over the place making vessels for cool people to put their cacti and fennel seeds in, and so we thought we’d highlight a few people who are taking the clay world by storm. Think for a minute, if you will, how few kilns there are on this earth, and how many universities have in recent years completely shut down their ceramics department due to lack of funding and demand. Then get your head around how these guys manage to create such brilliant work at such an astonishing rate while still keeping up their day jobs. Seeing as pottery is well trendy right now, I thought I’d run down a list of my personal favourite pot-heads out there.

  2. Jr-newyorktimes-itsnicethat-list

    It’s always a joy when two creative forces we like collide and produce something that harnesses their collective talents. We’re huge fans of the team at The New York Times Magazine (so much so we interviewed design director Gail Bichler for the new issue of our Printed Pages magazine) and we love the work of JR, so the coming-together of the two was right up our street.

  3. List

    Have you ever wondered what the world might have looked like after the great Old Testament flood? What bizarre events might have followed such a freak occurrence in weather? Me neither. It’s honestly never crossed my mind. But illustrator Samuel Branton has been fixating on the idea, imagining the strange fusion of land and sea that a tumultuous rise in water levels might effect. He’s gone one step further and illustrated these fictional scenarios in miniature, taking this Regency medium and making it weird. Witness crabs beating up a wild boar, monkeys tossing an elephant in the air and a sad old sperm whale incapacitated in a tree. And Deluge is available in book form too!

  4. Aakash-itsnicethat-list

    When we last wrote about Aakash Nihalani we described his practice as a series of interventions, and now that he has graduated from playful street art compositions to full blown technological mind-blowers, that vaguery seems even more apt. His newest piece sees him create a series of interactive installations which respond to the movements of the subject stood in front of them. The video demonstrates it better than I could ever hope to, so wrap your eyes around it and try to keep your jaw off the floor. Aakash is entering a new age, people; just imagine the possibilities!

  5. Ines-longevial-itsnicethat-list

    Inès Longevial is an art director and illustrator based in Paris, whose beautiful paintings of intertwined bodies are likely to have you looking twice. She breaks up the human figure into segments in a fashion Picasso himself would admire, rendering different parts in contrasting but muted colour palettes to disguise the physicality of her subjects. The effect is quite beguiling; hands play across hips and colour distinctions hint at the seams of clothes, but nothing is clear cut. It’s a geometric play on anatomy, and it has clients including fashion brand Amélie Pichard and sportswear giants Nike coming back for more.

  6. Hannahwaldron-itsnicethat-list

    “I wish I knew how to weave,” I found myself sighing longingly while clicking through Hannah Waldron’s portfolio. The UK-based multi-disciplinary artist and designer has transitioned seamlessly from grid-based image-making to create works in textile form since completing an MFA in Textiles at Konstfack, Sweden, and it looks like she’s well at home in the medium. Map Tapestries is a series of woven works inspired by various city scenes – Kreuzberg, NYC and Venice, for example – in bright colours, evocative shapes and simple geometric forms, and it’s wonderful.

  7. Jen-stark-whirl-side-int-10

    If it isn’t broke then there’s absolutely no need to even think about fixing it, as artist Jen Stark is fully aware, and there’s nothing broken about her geometric papercut sculptures. The LA-based artist has been making such work for literally as long as It’s Nice That has been running – here’s the first time we ever posted about her, back in 2007 – and although her work continues to grow in intricacy, she’s stayed true to her roots. These days her sculptures are made more and more often inside huge, unassuming black and white boxes, recreating the feeling that you’re a child about to unbundle a giant parcel of joy on Christmas morning, and they’re still as impressive as they were eight years ago.

  8. Everybody-razzle-dazzle-1-photo-mark-mcnulty-int-list

    Sir Peter Blake has designed this fabulous dazzle ship, a Mersey Ferry that will carry commuter passengers for the next two years. Named Everybody Razzle Dazzle, Sir Peter says it’s his “largest artwork to date,” and that he was “honoured and excited to have been asked to design a dazzle image for the iconic Mersey Ferry.”

  9. Boyocollage-int-list

    Some budding young design talents fresh out of university might harbour resentment about being thrust into a new job at a design studio as a “photocopier boy” (his words), but Patrick Waugh is not one of them. Instead he took full advantage of the rich archive at his disposal in his earliest and most junior jobs to make copies. Lots of them. And then took a scalpel and some masking tape to them, and transformed them into something altogether more exciting.

  10. Stephenabela-int-main

    At first, Stephen Abela’s images are all glorious bronzed bodies, sun-drenched beaches and hazy holiday reveries. But beneath the heat, there’s something else at play too, which feels a little more disquieting. In that oft-cited Edward Hopper thing: even in the densely populated scenes there feels like there’s a loneliness. Even the speech bubbles are lonely – in fact, they’re vacant – suggesting that for all the beautiful scenery, the folk that populate it aren’t quite sure what to say or what to do. There’s a joy there, for sure, but the great thing about Stephen’s work is this complexity, and the sense that all isn’t necessarily as it seems.

  11. Int-list-carsten-holler-pic

    Merging the fun of the playground with the beauty and cerebral qualities of art, a slide will transport visitors to the Hayward Gallery entrance this summer thanks to the forthcoming Carsten Höller show, Decision.

  12. Traceyemin-mybed-int-

    Sometimes I don’t really “get” modern art, but I get Tracey Emin’s My Bed. She displayed it as a piece of art in 1998 after practically living in it for about a month following a bad breakup. Back then she was rake-thin and impish with an appetite for booze and fags, in that odd age where you’re left to fend for yourself but are not perhaps quite ready.

  13. Serenmorganjones-int-list

    With the centenary of British women receiving the partial vote coming up shortly, artist Seren Morgan Jones decided it was time to focus on the Welsh suffragists who helped to make it happen. “I think it is important to show that there is more to Wales and its history than coal mining, rugby and men,” she explains, “and to draw people’s attention to the fact Welsh women were so involved in the fight for women’s rights.”