We don’t often write posthumous posts on It’s Nice That, but I can assure you that when we do it is definitely worth a read. In the case of Olle Eksell, I’d say that I’ve never come across someone’s work who is so quintessentially up our street. Eksell, who dipped his talented toe into the world of advertising, illustration, graphic design and writing, has a portfolio that is at once fun, humorous, well-informed and totally ahead of his time.
Stamping his signature eyes on his designs, his work is instantly recognisable as his own, and was utilised not just to sell products, but to adorn posters and books for children and for music festivals. Olle passed away in 2007, but take a look at his work and you’ll realise that he lives on in the work of the countless illustrators whose work is influenced by his skills.
- Cheeky, irreverent and vivid illustrations by Thomas Hedger
- Brilliant branding and a cracking It’s Nice That collaboration: introducing Unmade
- Director collective Canada creates raunchy, psychedelic video for Tame Impala (NSFW)
- Stylish designs that aim to make online gift-buying as fun as "walking around a concept store"
- Alex Sheridan’s hilarious shots of comedian David O’Doherty in sports memorabilia
- Cult magazine Nova and its nods to “eroticism and extortion” photographed in a suitably 70s setting
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Making branding with a purpose: what can we learn from the Bauhaus?