WHAT?! Really? Yes, that is correct, One Direction did not make It’s Nice That’s top ten most viewed articles, shock horror. To find out what else just missed out but still had barnstormingly strong years, scroll away!
20 — Kawamura-Ganjavian: Ostrich Pillow (September 19)
Well here’s something you never knew you wanted, a pillow that simulates what it’s like for an ostrich to sleep with his little pea-brained head in the sand! Form an orderly queue!
19 — Random International: Rain Room at The Barbican (October 5)
Have you seen those folk with picnics queuing in the Barbican for three hours? They are queuing for what can only be described as the immersive event of the year. Simple concept: walk into a really rainy room, and as you walk you stay dry. Amazing!
18 — This Is Now (August 2)
Before everyone starts hating Instagram for selling their precious photos of their over-filtered lunches, let’s remember this great hack that showed us live updates from Instagrammers all over the world. Beautifully designed and very satisfying!
17 — Jordy Van Den Nieuwendijk (December 3)
If you asked the It’s Nice That editorial team who their favourite illustrator of 2012 was, this guy may easily come in top. Can you seriously say that his work reminds you of anyone elses? Thought not. Jordy, we love you.
16 — The Bill Murray Colouring Book (June 15)
The fact that a colouring book was the 16th most-viewed post this year shows a lot about you dear audience, and we couldn’t be happier about that. Well done Bellykids for this wondrous, simple combination of heroic actor and staple childhood accessory.
15 — Lowe Cape Town: Cam-Whoring Self-Portraits (December 11)
Fittingly in the same year that MySpace had a redesign, ad agency Lowe Cape Town decided to create this series of cringeworthy camera-whore portraits. We can all agree that Churchill would never be lame enough to actually do this in real life, but they’re pretty hilarious.
14 — Nerhol: Misunderstanding Focus (May 2)
Here’s a gem that was reflagged about eight billion times this year, for good reason! Paper genii Nerhol’s time-lapse cut-away portraits have earned them a place in the paper craftsmen hall of fame.
13 — Fabian Oefner: Millefiori (May 29)
We’ve posted a lot of things that you may be more familiar to coming across after accidentally eating mushroom risotto from the Green Fields area at Glastonbury. Trippy visuals totally trended this year and Fabian Oefner is here to prove why.
12 — One Direction for Wonderland Magazine (November 23)
Some of you haters thought we were wrong for posting this. I mean hell-o! This is one of the most hilarious, witty, and aesthetically pleasing photoshoots of all time. Still don’t like it? Save your cynicism for Twitter you big downers!
11 — Gender Bending (October 26)
Yes okay, One Direction is one thing, but we too are a little ashamed that this nearly got in the top ten articles of 2012. It’s funny how being really, really good at Photoshop can win you brownie points in this day and age, but who cares? These are hilarious. Our favourite? Tom Hanks. Definitely.
- Casper Balslev shows ballerinas wielding AK-47s in his ad for the Royal Danish Theatre
- An unusual custom typeface and great layouts for new print mag Migrant
- Bold, minimal-leaning graphic design from hot new studio Vrints-Kolsteren
- Daniel Savage’s monochrome animation plays with geometry and space
- Waverly Labs launches an earpiece that translates languages in real time
- Why London studio Julia is off to Brazil, to see a mid-century magazine through modern eyes
- Anna Ginsburg explores sex and female orgasms in this hilarious animation (NSFW)
- Arne Svenson’s portraits of his New York neighbours taken through apartment windows
- Milton Glaser: we talk drawing, ethics, Shakespeare and Trump with the graphic design legend
- The Co-op returns to its old “clover leaf” logo from the 1960s
- Strange posters and superb typography from Venetian studio Tankboys
- Should designers specialise early, or have a “portfolio career”?