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Student of the Month

Ring the bells, shout it from the rooftops, it's time for March Student of the Month!

Posted by James Cartwright,

With hindsight it seems like an unusual choice to be showcasing our March Student of the Month feature at the start of April, but what the hell. The Oscars happen in February, meaning they miss out on ten whole months of 2013 films, but we don’t want to miss out on even ten whole days of glorious student-made goodness. So we held our horses and waited a little. And by god did it pay off as this month has been one of the strongest we’ve seen, with incredible entries coming thick and fast from all over the globe.

As ever though, we’ve had to pick three; three students whose work stood out out to us for its originality and flair. With that in mind we’ve got a photographer with a preternaturally talented eye for incredible imagery, a product designer who’s reinvented the grandfather clock and a web designer doing incomprehensibly great things with Tumblr.

But let’s cut to the chase and show off three creatives who can now call themselves It’s Nice That Student of the Month.

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    Albert Elm: What Sort of Life is This?

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    Albert Elm: What Sort of Life is This?

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    Albert Elm: What Sort of Life is This?

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    Albert Elm: What Sort of Life is This?

Albert Elm – What Sort of Life is This?

Albert Elm is a Danish photographer currently studying at Glasgow School of Art. He’s only in his second year (of four) but has already been published in Vice and had his work showcased by Bronze Age Editions. It’s not at all hard too see why either. Albert’s capable of creating imagery that belies his student status. His intuitive eye for engaging imagery and considerable skill with his medium of choice combine to create a body of truly striking photography.

Albert says: “As an attempt to understand the world around me better, I make images of what I think contemporary life looks like; what it could be about and what it feels like. There’s a tendency for things to be boring and trivial when we get used to them. Therefore I try to create an atmosphere that’s beyond everyday life by showing it in a different way. It’s interesting out there if you insist on it and look the right places.”

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    Charlotte Ackemar: Tick Tock Wooden Clock

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    Charlotte Ackemar: Tick Tock Wooden Clock

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    Charlotte Ackemar: Tick Tock Wooden Clock

Charlotte Ackemar – Tick Tock Wooden Clock

The second Scandinavian in this month’s line-up is Swedish designer Charlotte Ackemar, a second year student of Interior and Furniture Design at the prestigious Konstfack in Stockholm. Charlotte’s work stood out in particular because of its conceptual grounding; convincingly exploring the disappearance of freestanding time pieces in contemporary homes and updating their design accordingly.

By breaking down the clock to geometrical forms and lines and bringing the movement of the pendulum into the shape Charlotte believes “a new aesthetic language is created, placing it within a contemporary context. The body is constructed using birch dowels, some of which are steam bent. The clock itself is made of thin birch plywood wrapped around a wooden structure.”
We’d be happy to have one of these guys in the studio.

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    Tristan Bagot: Tumblaster

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    Tristan Bagot: Tumblaster

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    Tristan Bagot: Tumblaster

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Tristan Bagot – Tumblaster

When I graduated from university I could barely put together my own Tumblr (I’ve mastered it now, don’t worry) but Tristan Bagot has managed to understand everyone’s favourite image bank so well that he’s developed his own site that lets you muck about with the very fabric of Tumblr itself.

Type in any working Tumblr URL into his Tumblaster site and you’ll be greeted with a complex abstract info graphic that’s based on the information contained on each individual website. The results are a wonderful redux of a fast-paced platform that’s all-too easy to get lost in. Very cool indeed, Tristan.

Currently in his fourth year studying art direction/graphic and digital design at ESAG Penninghem in Paris, Tristan takes a mathematical approach to his design practice; “Science has always fascinated me and in order to understand certain scientific phenomena it is necessary to know advanced stuff in mathematics, physics, and chemistry that are not taught in high school, that’s why I followed a college course in mathematics. However, I realised after that I used to spend more time looking at fashion and graphic design magazines, which are more creative than science. Henceforth, I try to combine science and computing into graphic design.”

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Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and came back in summer of 2012 to work online and latterly as Print Editor, before leaving in May 2015.

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