“In the car I just can’t wait, to pick you up on our very first date. Is it cool if I hold your hand? Is it wrong if I think it’s lame to dance? Do you like my stupid hair? Would you guess that I didn’t know what to wear? I’m too scared of what you think. You make me nervous so I really can’t eat.” – Blink 182, 2001.
You don’t get much better than Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, a classic early 2000s album of angst, rock shows and generally being rebellious in way that definitely doesn’t seem so tame at the time. Once the song about the dog’s ass came on in the kitchen and my mum took my CD away :(
There should definitely be more songs about dogs’ asses.
6 things you should have put down your sister’s trousers of the week
6. Old fag packets turned into football kits
That’s one very innovative way to recycle them.
5. Wes Anderson + Roman Coppola + Prada = YES
It’s like they are all King Midas, and they’re touching things A LOT. So good.
4. A genuinely good Christmas advert? Well I never.
Our thoughts exactly! This one’s a trailer for a Sainsbury’s feature film by Kevin McDonald, yes please!
3. Aliens a’coming!
Apparently they’re going to land in France, this film speaks to the members of the public who are ready for their arrival.
2. Music video about pottery? Mother may I.
Oooh this is just truly lovely isn’t it? Makes me want to go and make some mugs.
1. Typewriter drawings…from life!
This incredible lady sits on the street with a typewriter and draws things from life using the letters! Unbelievable.
It’s Nice That Friday Mixtape
We realise that sometimes the music we play in the It’s Nice That headquarters isn’t that “cool” so this week we’ve opened it up to our Twitter followers – yippee! The difference in quality is nothing short of astounding, and the wake up call to just how on the pulse we are in terms of popular music is more than a little unnerving. So here we are, a trendy playlist to dance walk you through the afternoon straight on to the dance floor. Bags on the floor, everyone in a circle, here we go…
It might well be November and a bit colder and considerably more difficult to go out at night, but fortunately for you we’ve got heaps of cool things to introduce you to to make those late autumn evenings just a wee bit more exciting. Alternatively, you can chuck all of this paper matter onto your log fire and use it to toast your chilly feet. Either way, bet your glad we’re here, eh?
Jaguarshoes Collective: Posterpaper
Those kids over at Jaguarshoes are very hip, there’s no denying it, and when their Posterpaper flopped onto our doormats we were taken aback by the sheer quality of work they have curated into it. The newspaper-like publication compiles a bunch of illustrators we really love into a handy bunch of pull-outs that beg to be popped up on the wall. From Dilraj Mann and his glorious fat-bottomed hipsters to that cheeky Jiro Bevis and Anna Lomax, there’s plenty to go around. We now have this ever-friendly and welcoming masterpiece by Rob Whoriskey, which clearly spells out “STAY AWAY FROM ME” up on the wall over our desk. Laaaavely.
O Panda Gordo: There are Only Seven Stories in the World
Graphic designer João Sobral is the one responsible for this independent publishing project O Panda Gordo which is in turn responsible for this cool illustrated zine. Entitled There are Only Seven Stories in the World, it explores each of the designated ideas to Aristotle’s theory with a different illustrator each time and the results are hilarious.
032c: Issue #25
It’s always quite cool when a magazine that you never even knew existed roly-polies into your day and makes you question everything that you had previously considered cool. 032c is a prime example of this; featuring photography by Juergen Teller and Tim Walker, a feature about Picasso, heaps of artwork and some really gorgeous imagery. They’ve got Rihanna, for God’s sake! What more do you bloody want?
Eleonora Marton: It Feels Like a New Toothbrush
It Feels Like a New Toothbrush was printed to tie in with a solo exhibition Eleonora Marton held in Berlin, including 70 from a group of 200 drawings in a handy nice zine. It’s simple but effective in its aims, and will coax a smile from even the grumpiest of faces. Fo’ real.
Four Corner Books: The Graphic World of Paul Peter Piech
“Ooh, this a good’un” we muttered in unison when The Graphic World of Paul Peter Piech appeared magically on our desks, where it has since stayed as an immediate result of our reluctance to banish it to the bookshelves on the other side of the studio. A publication documenting the work of graphic artist and printmaker Paul Peter Piech, who lived from 1920 until 1996, it includes over 120 prints taken from the collections at London’s V&A’s museum, many of which encompass the artist’s personal beliefs and political standpoint striking, funny, sad and angry images. A truly fantastic body of work. It also smells fantastic.
Tweet of the Week
Tesco have got birthday stuff in already! Calm down guys it's not til May.
— Frankie McGinty (@FrankieMcGinty) November 15, 2013
Educational video of the week
This man has been to a stag party, and he wants to tell you all about it.
Worst Place on Earth of the week
And this week’s prize goes to the Haggerston branch of Tesco!
Wife of the Week
She know’s how to treat a man.
Cutie cutersons of the week
It’s bath time in sloth town. Jump in.
Wrecking Ball adaptation of the week
This time they’’ve made it as if Miley Cyrus was in The Sims, and it’s amazing!
Best London Grumblr of the week
This made us laugh a lot. Are you the dwarf or the cat? You decide.
Graphic design boo-boo of the week
- Oliver Jeffers, Yuri Suzuki, Anna Ginsburg and Jimmy Turrell at Nicer Tuesdays
- An exercise in colour and control: David Hockney’s 82 portraits and one still life at the RA
- Woodstock 1969 immortalised on film by iconic photographer Baron Wolman
- Laurina Paperina's dark, weird but charming work
- Studio Frith creates Patti Smith-inspired identity for the inaugural Art Night festival
- Cindy Yang’s poignant animation questions the routine and mundanity of life
- Don't Hug Me I'm Scared - an exclusive interview with Duck, Red Guy and Yellow Guy
- The Imperfection Booklets by O.OO explain the nuances of Risograph printing
- Reactions to the referendum and our weekly Best of the Web
- Babak Ganjei paints 90s sitcom sitting rooms. But which one's which?
- Pop, subcultures and the future of graphic design: an interview with Experimental Jetset
- Oliver Curtis photographs the world’s most famous monuments, the wrong way round