Right then pod-pickers, we’re back with an episode that ranges from the peaks of the Martin Creed show to the valleys of David Hasselhoff. And therein – your reporter would humbly suggest – lies the unique charm of the It’s Nice That podcast. There aren’t too many art and design publishers who bring that kind of dizzyingly weird breadth. As ever you can listen using the SoundCloud link below, or why not treat yourself and subscribe on iTunes for weekly audio goodness delivered direct to your portable MP3 player.
This week we kicked off with Liv Siddall who, freshly returned from the Hayward Gallery’s Martin Creed retrospective, was fulsome in her praise for an exhibition that captures the spirit of the man and his work. Maisie Skidmore was interested in news that various institutions were banning the use of camera phones to preserve some mystique and then we chatted about the backlash against longform fetishisation (and the backlash to the backlash). Finally we tiptoed not so subtly round the Magpile award shortlists and picked out some of those who deserve the accolades.
- Submit Saturdays: First impressions and Cover Pages
- A futuristic framework for the retrospective of pioneering “total design” advocate Ove Arup
- Cool off with this week's Best of the Web and who to follow on social media
- Elena Éper's spirited illustrations to make you smile and squirm
- Pencil Bandit and Grey London produce quirky branded stings for E4
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- 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?