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.
- Camelot’s typefaces bring both the contemporary and historical to the table
- Scott Newett’s eerily quiet, ethereal portraits of Chinese utopia
- Jade Schulz’s atmospheric and imaginative editorial illustrations
- Emiliano Granado’s new zine puts a fresh spin on Tour de France fandom
- The big cover up: Mathieu Thibault's translations of graffiti
- Artist Howard Fonda captures the vibrancy of summer for Ace & Tate
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Is it ever OK to work for free?
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Peter Saville and Tate Design Studio create beer can artwork for Switch House pale ale