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.
- Thomas Prior captures a Mexican festival involving exploding sledgehammers
- The misty-eyed and delicate pencil marks of Lee Kyutae
- Build’s brand identity for product design brand Plæy mirrors its playful and modular designs
- David Bailey's photographs of NW1, republished and exhibited for the first time
- Studio Mut creates a catalogue for Italian art prize that celebrates up-and-coming artists
- A forward-minded retrospective: behind the design of the massive Cedric Price monograph
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich