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Publication

Things

Posted by Will Hudson,

A little later than normal, here’s a selection of the most interesting things that came into the studio last week.

David Sparshott T-shirt + Print

Thought about a good ‘raining cats and dogs’ pun for far too long but they are the chosen subject of David’s new T-shirt and print work.
www.davidsparshott.com

Gym Class Magazine Edited and designed by Steven Gregor

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Gym Class magazine but never managed to get my hands on a copy. Printed by the unstoppable Newspaper Club it’s the perfect format and features an interview with Jeremy Leslie, illustration by John Paul Thurlow and a man wearing a rabbit mask all for the very reasonable price of £3.
www.gymclassmagazine.com

Sam Bevington Print

Discovery of the week has to go to UWE graduate Sam Bevington who also happens to have a show start on Thursday 8th April at Flaxon Ptootch. Check his site for more details as well as these stunning prints he’ll be showing.
www.thebevlak.com

Jamie Hearn Self Promotion

Very nice mailer from Central St. Martins graphic design student Jamie Hearn.
www.jamiehearn.com

Extra Ordinary Words by Supermundane

A collection of bittersweet, awkward, funny “Micro Dramas”, written and designed by the fantastic Supermundane.
www.presentjoys.com

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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.

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