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Graphic Design

June Review

Posted by Alex Bec,

June is only a couple of weeks old and we’ve already had a huge amount of post come through. Some of the best bits are here for your viewing pleasure.

Iron Me On

By Mike Perry. Published by Chronicle Books
DIY fashion fun, just add an iron and this nice bit of self promotion from the ever productive Mike Perry.
www.midwestisbest.com
www.chroniclebooks.com

Crowning Glory: A Book about Hair

Designed and printed by Alice Pattullo
Who knows if bald heads are romantic or not? What I do know is that Crowning Glory has all the nostalgic weight of vintage shop ephemera, a considered layout and illustrations that show off Alice’s drawing and printing skills like a nicely quaffed quiff.
www.alicepattullo.com

Notations 21

By Theresa Sauer. Published by Mark Patty Publishing
For those of us that love music but have no idea how to make it, music notations offer a beautiful, if tiny visual insight to the workings of our favorite composers. This weighty homage to John Cage’s Notations 1968 is full of almost Koncrete Poetic illustrations interspersed with essays from the composers themselves. An Education.
www.markbattypublisher.com

81 People

Designed and Printed by level three Graphic Design students at Bristol, University of the West of England
A nice look into the process and thinking of a graduating year. It’s great to see a catalogue that is so carefully executed to show all the potential of a promising group of students, without giving the game away before their big finale.
www.typenowhere.com

No Brow No.1

All-Rounders Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro. Printed in London by Calvert’s Press
A lovely looking, themed and designed Object of Illustration. The Artists’ themselves look like a Who’s Who to Watch and No Brow Press feels like the quality Champion of new talent. It’s editioned too so it feels extra special.
www.nobrow.net

Material Beliefs

Content from the Interaction Research Studio. Printed by Lecturis. Designed by Hyperkit
Everything in this book is beautifully considered, the design feels perfect and respectful to the content as does the stock it is printed on. The whole thing has a real integrity that echoes the hard work and culmination of it’s subject matter. It’s a real treat to read about something that is so completely relevant and to have our understanding in science bettered by the people that do it best. Hats off to Hyperkit and thank you to the Interaction Research Studio.
www.materialbeliefs.com

Journal de Nîmes

Designed by Tenue de Nîmes. Printed by Printerface
Classic looking bit of print from denim inspired boutique, Tenue de Nîmes. Takes denim as seriously as the Boss.
www.tenuedenimes.com

Talking about Arabic

Written by Mourad Boutros. Published by Mark Batty Publishers
Some interesting tech-talk on how digitalising the historically calligraphic traditions of Arabic affects it and those who can read it. If like me you can’t read Arabic, it also has some interesting bits and pieces on the history of graphic design in the middle east.
www.markbattypublisher.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

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    There was a time when we at It’s Nice That were inundated with internet art – we were having so much submitted to us on a daily basis that it was pouring out of our ears in waxy gifs. It’s pleasing to be faced with it again, a year or two after the craze has kind of died out, when it’s created by someone who actually has a passion and an eye for this stuff and isn’t just jumping on a weird bandwagon.

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    It feels like Max and Adele at Atelier bingo lead a pretty charmed life. Camped out in the middle of the countryside with their converted studio/barn, it would be easy to resent the life they lead – in fact sometimes it’s very easy indeed. But the work they’re producing – stunning screen prints and collages of abstract forms – keeps me returning to their website time after time, and I just can’t find it in my heart to resent their rural idyll. Though if they called me up tomorrow to invite me to come and live with them, I’d definitely have a hard time saying no.

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    Here at It’s Nice That we spend an awful lot of time talking about, thinking about and writing about creatives but ultimately we don’t get too many chances to really see what goes on in their day-to-day working lives…until now. Our new collaboration with super-cool eyewear brand Ace & Tate is taking us inside the studios, and inside the minds, of a host of some of our favourite creatives.

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    Some artists, immensely talented and original though they may be, simply don’t make work that fits in the grandest art galleries of the world. Fortunately for them there are super-cool concept stores created specifically to house such work, and queen of all of these is Colette. Hiro Sugiyama’s surreal, hilarious and altogether unsettling artwork is a natural fit for Paris store Colette’s carefully curated collection of the avant-grade and the offbeat.

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    Few forces shape the modern world more than the internet and yet it’s an invisible presence that we just understand is there. But PhD student Luis Hernan has changed that by designing a system which scans for wireless networks and creates images where different signal strengths are represented by different coloured LED lights. The results, in essence, allow us to see the WiFi around us.

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    Anyone in New York had better gallop over to Ed. Varie gallery to catch a new show by the ever-wonderful artist Ana Kraš. We’ve posted about Ana a few times, mainly about her beautiful lamps and designs to make your home/life better, and her fun collaborative photography projects. Her show at Ed. Varie entitled Mothers with Spoons and Relationships is an exploration into her more recent love of drawing, using predominantly back-to-basics art supplies such as wax, crayon and oil pastel.

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    When we last encountered Essex-based painter Simon Monk he was busy preserving toy superheroes in plastic bags and rendering them with hyper-real precision. Secret Identity explored the strange imbalance of the powers ascribed to superheroes and the powerless inertia of their model representations. Since then he’s focussed his attention on one plastic superhero in particular, treating Batman with torturous sadism and restricting him with any binding he finds to hand. He’s been netted, taped, cling-filmed and roped down, trapped forever in a compromised position thanks to Simon’s dangerously accurate brushwork.

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    I came across Graham Little when going through content from the site, he was one of the first people I ever put on the site about three years ago. To revisit his work reminded me just how much I loved him the first time around, particularly as he’s been very busy in the last few years and has created some absolutely stunning new work. There’s something about the poses, and the calm nature of his nymph-like female subjects that makes me slightly uneasy.

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    I’m the third person to take a turn waxing lyrical about the art of Bryan Olson (he was discussed here and here in the past), but I don’t mind, I’m just happy to have the opportunity. The North Carolina-based artist is arguably the master of his medium; a creator of collages so delicately crafted it’s often impossible to tell they’ve been made from hand-cut paper. Though it’s by no means his only concern Bryan focusses a great deal on the cosmos in his work, leaving strange portals into the unknown at the centre of his images or placing earthly objects within inter-planetary scenes. It’s a heady combination that lures viewers in, making them feel like children gazing at a dense night sky or an adult on one hell of a trip.

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    The phrase “artistic intervention” has a chequered past, but we’re struggling to think of a more impressive example than Frank and Patrik Riklin’s BIGNIK. The ongoing project aims to build a huge picnic cloth by 2040, made up of 252,144 panels – one for every person in the Appenzell region of Switzerland.

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    Sure, here at It’s Nice That we love fine art. You may even walk past us on the weekend ambling around in galleries, or poring over art books in libraries. We champion some of the most exquisite architecture, sculpture and filmmaking along with some of the most groundbreaking works of art made in modern times. What you define as “art” is a personal thing, but I can tell you now that when it came to voting on content for the site (we decide on content via a voting process around a table FYI) this Presidents with Boob Faces was a unanimous “YES” from each knowledgeable, art-loving member of the It’s Nice That team. When you can see hard, skilled craftsmanship and evidence of a brave artist taking one small idea and running really, really far with it, how can you resist loving it? These are amazing, and artist Emily Deutchman should be very, very proud of herself.

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    When something is well-designed, be it a magazine, building, fashion collection or car – it should be well-celebrated. To honour the spectacular and cutting-edge design of the brand new Lexus NX, a new digital art exhibition entitled NX-Perspectives has been launched. Gathering together some of the world’s leading creative thinkers, makers and doers, Lexus have assigned them to create a special piece of performance art inspired by the Lexus NX to exhibit in the digital show.

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    London-based artist Aleksandra Mir has been busy over the past month investigating the process of drawing in a collaborative experiment that invites participants to contribute to a giant collage of the London skyline, rendered entirely with Sharpies. The process of creating the work was part of the exhibition itself, with Aleksandra and her team engaged in drawing everything by hand during the first days of the show. But for those that missed it there’s also a beautiful time-lapse film of the process, providing context and insight to this giant piece of collaborative draughtsmanship.