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.
Over the course of the next six weeks, our #ThroughtheEyesOf project will give us an unparalleled insight into how six creatives see the world and how that impacts the way they create work. All six will be producing a bespoke poster themed loosely around “Graduation”, and we’ll be getting up close and personal with their progress over on their Instagram accounts, before the final pieces re unveiled at an exhibition later this summer.
Next up is former It’s Nice That Graduate and creative thinker par excellence Charlie Patterson…
Could you sum up what you do in a single sentence?
I would say I’m a designer and an artist, working across areas such as branding, music, fashion and retail spaces, with a particular interest in manipulating people’s perception of a two-dimensional surface.
What do you mainly use Instagram for?
Mainly for showcasing the work I’m doing that might not necessarily go onto my website or portfolio, although since the arrival of my two pups, Forrest and Blossom, they seem to make appearances from time to time!
When and where did you graduate from? What are your memories of that?
I graduated a year ago from Chelsea after studying Graphic Design Communication. The course was very conceptual which at the time made it seem like we hardly produced any work, which is why I remember being so busy but never really making anything! But in fact this has helped a great deal as it changes the way you approach a new brief and that process is now much quicker and a lot more logical.
How do you feel about opening up your creative process in this way?
I think its a great idea to show what you are doing and the process behind our outcomes. It is intriguing to see how designers and artists work. I have found that by sharing what I am doing through Instagram it encourages me to produce more work and allows discussions to form between myself and other designers that would have never happened.
Give us a clue what we can expect from your artwork?
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- Audrey Weber’s eccentrically enlarged figurative illustrations
- Hanne Berkaak’s deeply moving and sensitive animation tackling self-harm
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- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio