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Siggi Eggertsson

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

An Icelander via Berlin, Siggi Eggertsson is the designer of deceptively simple, ridiculously descriptive illustrations that can be generalised as digital and at the same time, bring to mind the old school aesthetics of stained glass or quilts. That latter having already been accomplished, the will-do list continues to include umbrellas and the Chelsea FC kit. This week he is our guest poster and about time to.

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Posted by Bryony Quinn

Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.

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