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.
- Lili des Bellons illustrates a fluoro world of monsters and robots
- Type tells Tales: Steven Heller and Gail Anderson explore the performative traits of type
- Things: The post full of positivity we received this April
- Photographer Louis De Belle’s unconventional portraits of New York commuters
- M35 creates a topographical identity for a project about Australia's rural landscape
- We speak to the three creatives behind a Nigerian-focused editorial and film for Kenzo
- Animator and director James Curran’s amusing 30-day Gifathon project in Tokyo
- Photographer Sophie Mayanne’s new personal project celebrates imperfection (NSFW)
- Animator Saiman Chow’s trippy idents for Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty
- The daily grind: Louis Quail’s photographs of fascinatingly mundane offices
- "Before I was a graphic designer I had nearly no idea what one was": meet Austin Redman
- Matthew Raw: the east London artist making clay great again