We are every possible kind of delighted to introduce the 2014 It’s Nice That Annual which is now available to buy. It’s big, it’s blue and it’s back for the third year with more creative work than ever packed into its 300-plus pages.
Once again we’ve hand-picked projects we’ve posted on the site in the past 12 months across graphic design, illustration, photography, art, product and furniture design, advertising, publishing and fashion and explained why in the final reckoning they made the cut as the most exciting, engaging, intriguing or entertaining work from the last year. As in previous years we also profile our 15 brilliant It’s Nice That Graduates and we look back on a selection of the most interesting exhibitions to take place this year, from the Matisse Cut-Outs at Tate Modern to a photographic tribute to the London Underground of yesteryear.
New for 2014 we’ve also rounded up some of our favourite magazine covers of the year – ranging from Pitchfork Review’s illustrated homage to festival culture to a VERY rude Odiseo offering – and we’ve spoken to the people who make doing what we do so much fun – the creatives whose work has defined the past 12 months. The likes of Paul Smith, Jessica Walsh, Matt Willey, Agi & Sam, Simon Hanselmann and Shaz Madani talk us through the dizzying highs and dashed hopes of the past year, plus what they listened to, who they’d thank and which art and design stopped them in their tracks.
And as if that wasn’t enough, each Annual comes with a postcard featuring a piece of art in the book signed by the artist themselves! Designed by Studio Makgill, the Annual is a great creative resource and a printed paean to yet another cracking art and design year.
The It’s Nice That Annual 2014 is supported by G.F Smith and printed on Colorplan Bright White 350gsm, Zen Pure White 150gsm and Heaven 42 135gsm.
- “Bold, concise, minimalist and sometimes abstract”: a look at Jeong Hwa Min’s new illustrative approach
- Patrik Mollwing’s illustrations and wigglegrams depict a cast of colour characters
- Between the pages of Polanski’s suburbia-themed sixth issue
- Hacking Heidelberg: how Erik Spiekermann came to reinvent the printing process
- ManvsMachine on its hugely diverse campaign for Air Max Day
- A treasure trove of goodies, it’s Best of the Web!
- BBC’s new typeface BBC Reith is designed to improve legibility on screen
- Life through the lens of enchanting photographer Vicki King
- The New York Times Magazine’s new cover is actually a painting
- Illustrator Ram Han’s Alice in Wonderland dreamscape
- Ikea uses ASMR technology in 25-minute, tingle inducing advert
- Designs of the Year 2017 shortlist includes Wolfgang Tillmans’ Remain campaign, the Refugee flag and Me & EU