Here are some of the Things that dropped into It’s Nice That’s hands this week. From the deepest, bluest oceans to activists in Australia, from Kingston fabric to Portland paper to Dutch illustration, Things went to great lengths to deliver these goods. Go on, have a look.
Miranda Sofroniou: Oceans – Things That Blow My Mind
Miranda Sofroniou is a London-based illustrator who makes a series of children’s books called “Things that blow my mind”. Full of genuinely interesting facts (did you know if you took all the salt out of the ocean and spread it over the land, the salt would form a layer as tall as a 40 storey building?) and designed and illustrated beautifully with bright paints and collage, it’s an educational and visual delight for readers of all ages.
EIGHT: a young contemporary art magazine
EIGHT magazine has some seriously good illustration. The Netherlands publication dedicated to young contemporary art and artists is also dedicated to quality printing practice and urges its readers to pluck out their favourite, glossy, poster-sized artwork and hang it up. It’s sure to make your walls look pretty fine.
Good Stuff: Premier Press Holiday Pack
Portland-based Premier Press created a Holiday Pack showcasing both the talents of their hometown’s designers and the printing techniques the company itself has mastered. The result is a load of nicely printed, nicely designed large cards.
desktop: #290 Activated
The most recent issue of Australia’s desktop magazine champions design as a force for political and social good. There’s some fascinating, worthwhile features including an exploration of Occupy’s graphics, a wander through Greenpeace’s studio, a glance back at the brilliant Oz magazine and a guided tour through the images that shaped activism in Australia.
OOMK: Issue One: Fabric
OOMK (One of my Kind) is a new zine made by three girls honing their skills at Kingston and their architect friend. Themed around fabric, the first issue has some lovely illustrations, photographs and stories about making various creative things.
- Cats flying out of speakers and our technology addiction: highlights from Channel 4 Random Acts
- Kyle Bean's tactile simulacrums are brought to life with wit and precision
- Margot Bowman rethinks the selfie and the future of personalisation
- Gorgeous Memphis-inspired, primary colour-packed work from Benjamin Rawson
- A cacophony of styles come together for this wacky promo animation for Gutter Fest
- The mesmerising graphic design of mid-century typewriter manufacturer Olivetti
- The new Sagmeister & Walsh website has a live feed from a snake enclosure and a new naked photo (NSFW)
- Don't Hug Me I'm Scared - an exclusive interview with Duck, Red Guy and Yellow Guy
- The Co-op returns to its old “clover leaf” logo from the 1960s
- Sexual, surreal and disturbing: the weird work of super-skilled Claudia Maté
- The best design courses in the UK, according to The Guardian University Guide 2017
- Ace new Laura Callaghan work calls BS on the idea that we can be "whatever we want to be"