Ah man the seventies. We loved the seventies. The clothes and the music! And those hairstyles. What were we thinking, and spacehoppers …what’s that? Not that kind of seventies? Oh, well this is awkward. Well let’s crack on with numbers 80 to 71 and pretend this embarrassing sountdwon faux pas NEVER happened. Deal? Good-o…
80 – Ilona Szwarc: American Girls (March 19)
I’ll be honest with you, this photographic project still freaks me out a bit. The series captured girls and their dolls with either a curious beauty, or a horror-movie fright night scream. It’s purely subjective, but I think these girls look as though they could slit your throat at any moment.
79 – Lundgren Lindqvist: Yoshida Design Identity (October 9)
It’s almost January and that can only mean one thing – it’s nearly time to replenish your stationery stocks! I know it’s hard but please try to maintain composure while looking through the unadulterated stationery porn from the awesome Lundgren Lindqvist that got us a bit hot under the collar.
78 – Kevin Steen: Jon Contino (September 12)
As we stagger into 2013, we all hope to have enough determination, passion and work ethic that seems to pour from Jon Contino’s very aura. His artistic, typographic brilliance was captured beautifully in this neat little film by Kevin Steen.
77 – McCann: Dumb Ways To Die (November 19)
I think I speak for everyone at It’s Nice That when I say that there hasn’t been much this year that has tickled our tickle sticks quite as much as Melbourne Metro’s public safety campaign, Dumb Ways To Die. Wrapped up in wonderful humour and brilliant animation, this campaign still packs a punch and delivers its uncompromising message.
76 – Neil Krug (August 27)
Taking photographs of beautiful models is one thing, but twist the photographs in such a way as to create a kaleidoscope of psychedelic brilliance, garnish them with sunshine, nudity and finish with a sprinkling of vintage guns, and you’ll be somewhere close to Neil Krug’s work…
75 – Lego and Google: Build (June 26)
2012 saw the iconic coloured blocks of joy go digital! Build was a project that saw the might of Lego and Google team up to create a digital platform of play fit for a 21st Century King.
74 – Jack Hughes (August 13)
There’s a certain atmosphere that surrounds any good cocktail bar and Jack Hughes nailed it with undeniable elegance. These were possibly the most stylish illustrations we saw in 2012, a year in which Jack’s stock shot up.
73 – Shigeo Fukuda (July 30)
Shigeo Fukuda died in 2009, but not before being lauded as “Japan’s consummate visual communicator” by none other than the Art Director’s Club Hall of Fame in 1987. One look at his work will tell you exactly why he has such a god-like status and showcasing his work on the site was a real treat.
72 – John Crawford: Aerial Nudes (June 18)
John Crawford and his wife are folks to admire. While she lays back in her birthday suit to star-fish in locations offering the most intriguing compositions, John gets busy photographing her from above. The results continue to be incredible!
71 – Gaetano Pesce: Table Toys (October 4)
Gaetano Pesce felt it was about time tables hosted more than just meals. We couldn’t agree more with this sentiment which is why we LOVED his tabled waterscapes. They have to be seen to be believed!
- Robbie Simon, the jack of all trades and the master of them too
- Mattis Dovier’s weird and wonderful 8-bit dot animation for XXX’s music video
- Jessica Lehrman's photographic document of social revolution, Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street
- Zoe Kao and Huang Wun-Siang find inspiration in the uncertainty of the design process
- Documenting the world in motion: Lauren Tamaki’s illustrations of modern life
- Baptiste Bernazeau’s ode to ruins told through crumbling typography and illustration
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Chris (Simpsons Artist)'s surreal but accurate illustrations of creative jobs
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Photographer Adrienne Salinger’s series of teenage bedrooms from the 90s
- Is it ever OK to work for free?