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Things

Posted by Alex Moshakis,

This week we question water’s elemental make-up, lazily use a back cover blurb and reveal the possibility of death being something like psychedelic madness. There are at least 97 worse things you could do on a Saturday morning than read the latest edition of Things.

Of Recklessness and Water Elizabeth Weinberg

There are different kinds of water. Appearances differ so dramatically depending on specific factors – weather, landscape, time – that it’s not outrageous to suggest that the contents of a lake, for example, are different in elemental make-up to that of a sea. Elizabeth Weinberg’s photo-book, Of Recklessness and Water, sentimentally proves the point above: that water is a force capable of chameleonic change but is always – always – fun, wondrous, magical.
www.elizabethweinberg.com

The Picture Book Angus Hyland, Laurence King

“Compiled by award-winning designer Angus Hyland, The Picture Book presents a broad spectrum of styles, techniques and subject matter representative of current trends and innovations to create a stunning contemporary illustration.” Yikes. Call me lazy, but this back cover blurb pretty much says it all.
www.laurenceking.com

Summer Skulls Posters Telegramme

Skulls normally = death and/or general bad stuff. But not these things. These things are skulls on lsd; skulls made of flowers, not bone; skulls that make death look something like psychedelic madness.
www.telegramme.co.uk

Zeit – Visuelle Untersuchungen Stefan Kaetz

A final diploma project, Zeit – Visuelle Untersuchungen contains various visual representations of time neatly divided into three chapters. The most effective (at least visually) is part 2 – an 8-page section consisting of highly intricate op-art-inspired illustrations that depict the ‘continuum’ as warped, swelling and beautifully complex.
www.neuwerken.com

The Funeral Barnaby Richards, Atlantic Press

The Funeral is all kinds of weird: good-weird, almost-scary weird, far-beyond-any-previous-conceptions-of-weird weird. And brilliant, too, in a “this is weird but I love it” sort of way.
www.barnabyrichards.co.uk
www.atlanticpressbooks

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Posted by Alex Moshakis

Alex originally joined It’s Nice That as a designer but moved into editorial and oversaw the It’s Nice That magazine from Issue Six (July 2011) to Issue Eight (March 2012) before moving on that summer.

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    You know what we’re like, always going all gaga over pretty colours and GIFS like little typing magpies. But we’re not all about a pretty picture over here at It’s Nice That; and neither is designer Evan Grothjan. While we admit we were initially drawn in by his vivid tones and abstract compositions, it turns out there’s a lot more to his Spaces series than crowd-pleasing aesthetics. Instead, the images form an ongoing investigation into the relationship between space and emotion; something Evan’s been interested in since studying animation as part of his Rhode Island School of Design course.

  2. Typesnap-itsnicethat-list-new-3

    Experiments with web-based typography have reached new heights. One minute we were happily reading from books and newspapers, and then before you know it Wieden + Kennedy was testing us to see how many words we could read per minute in a new ad for Honda. Just in case you were getting too comfy, the newest development in this arena comes from graphic designer Masato Nakada who has come up with a new concept designed to expand the capacity of web-based type, through an experimental typography website called Type Snap.

  3. Unfun_itsnicethat_list

    These jazzy posters created by Nuremberg-based studio Unfun for a massive electronic dance club in Germany somehow manage to be both lairy and sophisticated at the same time. Computer generated illustrations leak onto black backgrounds in each poster but the series cleverly draws on different stylistic references from 90s net art to regimented grids and lines.

  4. Steph-roden-adder-stone-its-nice-that-list

    Not only is it refreshing to see a grad project that eschews the debate over whether or not print is dead, but it’s also great to see a young designer so politically engaged. It’s especially good when the work looks like that of Steph Roden, whose Adder Stone project manages to combine considered design with a lively, yet impartial look at the debates around the Scottish referendum for independence. Taking the form of a proposed biannual magazine, Adder Stone examines four questions per issue, each from a different source, and all relating to Scotland. As well as these catalysts for political exploration, there are also four pull-out posters, referencing the Yes and No posters seen everywhere around Scotland in the buildup to the referendum.

  5. Acacio-ortas-itsnicethat-list-2

    Scrolling through Acacio Ortas’ portfolio feels like stepping into a world that has been frozen in time since the late 90s. Picture it: Windows 95 still reigns supreme, you’re renowned throughout Year Nine at school for being the local champion of Minesweeper, and you can’t so much as compose a letter to your pen-pal in Microsoft Word without that blasted paperclip popping up to “help.” Dabbling in that grey area between illustration and design, Acacio’s work is pure internet age gold – all gentle gradients, bar-charts and word-art, determinedly retro but weirdly new-feeling, too. It’s tongue in cheek but also unlike anything else, and we can’t resist an awkward comic strip.

  6. Tokyo-olympic-logo-its-nice-that-lost

    The Kenjio Sano-designed 2020 Tokyo Olympics logos have been unveiled. The Japanese graphic designer and founder of Tokyo-based studio MR_DESIGN created both the Olympics and Paralympics logos, using a red circle in each to reference the Japanese flag. These form a pattern with blocks of grey and gold. Elements of the pattern are isolated to form a letter T for the Olympic logo – said to represent “Tokyo, Tomorrow and Team” – while the Paralympic logo uses those shapes to form a vertical equals sign.

  7. Field-glyph-index-int-list

    Digital studio FIELD is something of an anomaly in the realms of both design and technology. Known for its striking audio-visual installations and pioneering artwork for digital platforms, the London-based duo Marcus Wendt and Vera-Maria Glahn’s creations are always as beautiful as they are cutting-edge. We waxed lyrical about its video storytelling application Energy Flow back in 2012, which brought together ten films that could be viewed in endless sequences and from any angle. Most recently, FIELD teamed up with typeface library Monotype to explore the future of typography with three installations, asking how type can become responsive, or even emotional, and still be communicative.

  8. Herburg_weiland_itsnicethat_list

    Munich-based agency Herburg Weiland’s portfolio of editorial design and branding is sophisticated, refined and cooly bold. This is reflected perfectly in the posters, identities and covers they’ve created for numerous galleries and magazines.

  9. Made-by-sawdust-itsnicethat-list-2

    When Nike Jordan approaches you with NBA champion Kobe Bryant’s name and existing brand identity, and asks you to create a fully functioning bespoke typeface to accompany it, the pressure is on you to deliver something good. Fortunately, Sawdust, AKA Jonathan Quainton and Rob Gonzalez, is more or less au fait with work of this calibre, having worked on typography and identity projects for clients like The New York Times and Coca-Cola. 

  10. Timeline_promo_2geographical-north-its-nice-that-list

    We regularly harp on about the union of great music and great design, but when projects like Geographic North come into our vision so regularly, who can blame us. The label is about graphic design as much as it is about music, founded by design graduate Farbod Kokabi and radio music director Farzad Moghaddam back in 2008. They were later joined by pals Bobby Power and Lee Summers, who formed the formidable team that now releases records with beautifully abstract, clean and bright sleeves and covers.

  11. Dalziel-_-pow-rebrand-its-nice-that-list

    Surely the toughest client there could be is yourself. So it’s always rather intriguing to hear about design agencies rebranding themselves, and imagining the endless wranglings such a project must entail. We reckon London-based design agency Dalziel&Pow hasn’t done too bad though, launching a newly playful identity to bring it firmly up to date. According to the consultancy, the previous logo “just didn’t feel like us anymore – not all that surprising considering it was created over 15 years ago.”

  12. List

    The Bank of England has revealed the visual art stars that could be gracing the new £20 note. In a rather long shortlist of 592, the names shown are all those nominated by the public that fit the criteria that the artists must be dead and have worked within the field of visual arts. Among those nominated are graphic designers Barney Bubbles and Alan Fletcher; photographer Tim Hetherington; performance artist Leigh Bowery; inventor and artist William Heath Robinson; illustrator Aubrey Beardsley; artist Eduardo Paolozzi and filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock and Derek Jarman. The Bank has said that “a number of names have been included whose eligibility will be considered more carefully by the Banknote Character Advisory Committee before it starts to shortlist the characters in September,” and a final decision will be announced next year.

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    Remember The Brutalist Playground, the Assemble and Simon Terrill-created project we were harping on about a few weeks back? Built out of reconstituted foam in the narrow halls of the Royal Institute of British Architecture’s housing archives, it sees the Turner Prize-nominated design collective turn our attention to what editorial assistant Alex calls “these relics of post-war play.”