There’s something in the water at It’s Nice That towers (it’s more of a bunker actually) at the moment. Everyone’s gyrating and that to a whole bunch of smooth tunes. There’s a party afoot and it seems like this is where it’s at. So let’s get a party going, let’s get a party going, now it’s time to party and we’ll party hard. Let’s get a party going, let’s get a party going, when it’s time to party we will always party hard. Anyway, probably time to head home before someone loses an eye.
Six Essentials For Your Weekend Reading List
6. Woodside wows us with perfect prints
People think they know what to expect with screen printing. Simple, crisp artwork rendered with sharp precision. But Amy Woodside’s experimental typographic prints show an exciting and frantic side to the medium. Nice!
5. Terrific tapestries from a far-out Finn
Kustaa Saksi’s complex new tapestries take the woven medium to a whole new psychedelic level.
4. Mugi Yamammoto produces perfect printing products
Pop this little beauty on top of a stack of paper and Bob’s your uncle. We love it!
3. (Stuff the alliteration) Great new site from Lundgren + Lindqvist
Now one of our favourite design studios has a website that does justice to their superb work. About time too.
2. Chewing gum will make you famous
If you’re Josh King. Otherwise it’ll probably just make your breath smell nice.
1. Fast food has never looked so good
We’re pretty sure John Feinstein was out to disgust us with his close-up scans of fast food but man, we could go for a bucket of checker right now.
Deep breath: a giant tome chocablock full of logos, a book cover so shiny you can ACTUALLY see yourself in it, a children’s book that we still want to read even though we are technically not children anymore, a pack for budding monorail pilots containging everythign they might ever need and a zine full of illustrations of the favourite cartoon characters of our best artists. Welcome! To Thongs (ahem) Things.
Ludovic Houplain: Logobook
In the online era, logos are generally only discussed when they change, at which point reams of vituperative commenters slam the new design, the reported costs, the ideas behind it etc etc etc. It’s nice then to engage with logo design in a calmer, more reflective way, which is where Ludovic Houplain’s Logobook comes in. He co-directed the 2009 Oscar wining animation Logorama and this hefty 775pp tome brings together 7,000 examples, organised alphabetically, which together make for a fascinating visual feast and socio-cultural snapshot.
Miniclick Publication #2
Miniclick are the people currently bringing free monthly talks and events to Brighton, and their recent decision to start create a printed publication has led them to this beauty. The cover is strangely reflective, the inside is well designed enough that you can read what’s going on eerily and quickly and the photographic inserts and interviews just about tip it over into one of our favourite arty publications of the moment. An all-round very good job.
Animated Review: AR ’Zine Issue #01
They asked a selection of artists, including Ian Stevenson, Nicolas Menard and Kid Acne, to reinterpret their favourite cartoon character in their own style, and then compile them all together in this super cool zine. My personal fags are Mark Edwards of Dr.Me’s “Sharky and George” and Bottle of Smoke’s “Heroinnie the Pooh”, which sees Winnie the pooh with a syringe hanging out of his arm vomiting all down himself with Piglet in their cracked. Inspired.
Anouk Ricard: Anna & Froga
Any package that comes through our door with the telltale Drawn & Quarterly packaging stamps always causes a stir here at It’s Nice That HQ and this arrival was no different. French illustrator Anouk Ricard has created a new volume of adventures for her Anna & Froga characters and while the aesthetic is charmingly bright and naive, the storylines have a delightfully snarky edge that juxtaposes perfectly with the whimsical visuals.
The Simonsound: Transit Authority Monorail Pilot Pack
Fancy yourself as a budding monorail pilot? (Yes! That’s right! That common career choice!) Well fortunately for you, dear reader, those nice chaps over at The Simonsound have put together a kit for you to ensure that everything will go smoothly on your journey. Between your stitch-on monorail pilot, a small box of magnetic tape, a photographic and illustrated instruction booklet, your ticket and a leaflet explaining your journey, you’ll have everything you need to help you along your way, wrapped up in your metallic pilot pack. Hallelujah! You don’t have to listen to those pesky career advisers anymore.
Tweet of the Week
Can someone start a blog of the things people say and the faces they make as you pass each other on the way to the loo at work.
— Kelly Angood (@kellyangood) August 29, 2013
Guinea pig that looks like a baked potato of the week
Magic button that makes everything okay of the week
It’s good, not sure if it works though, I’m still incredibly depressed. Try for yourself.
Video of Ashton Kutcher being incredible of the week
Some people wouldn’t give two hoots about giving a speech at the MTV Teen Choice award. But Ashton does. Love you, Ashton.
Hilarious Simpsons compilation of the week
Ha! Imagine in the shit olden days when we had to just wait like chumps for our favourite Simpsons characters and their funny, cliched catchphrases to come on TV. Love you, internet.
Film made by drunk people of the week
“Star Drunk is an experiment in writing a short film while drunk; several writers from Portland got together one night to write the script. We promised each other that whatever we wrote that night, we’d produce as a short film.” I think the results speak for themselves.
1970s disco dancing video of the week
Don’t know about you, but when I’m drunk dancing on a Saturday, I genuinely think I look like this. Sad, right?
Unbelievable coincidence of the week
Man buys really old book off Amazon, only to discover his Gradfather’s signature inside. WOAH, WHAT?
Cool Croc of the week
- Illustrator Rob Flowers shares his treasure trove of books
- My First: Colophon and Sophie Mayanne talk about the themes of their book, Twenty-Two
- Patrick Kyle uses analogue and digital techniques in these pared-back illustrations
- Audrey Weber’s eccentrically enlarged figurative illustrations
- Hanne Berkaak’s deeply moving and sensitive animation tackling self-harm
- The Smudge: Clay Hickson and Liana Jegers launch publication in reaction to US presidential result
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio