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Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Seriously good stuff this week. The Human Printer present their process secrets, The One Weekend Book Series go to Paris, Der Greif publish a story filled third issue, “all is number” with No.Zine who sent us three, four and five and finally, Raw Design make good at least one of their resolutions to “make things better” with a nice letter pressed poster. Cmd-colon, cmd-zero, people.

No. zines Patrick Fry

A spectrum of talented contributers (how’s about Benbo George, Michael Willis, Colin Henderson, Zoe Barker for starters?) plus Patrick Fry, of course, with his multi talents for curation, design, illustration and art-direction makes No. zines a happy thing. Independent art zines are not uncommon, but the attention to quality design, stock and finish plus the sheer variety of contributers make No. zine better than most.
www.nozine.com

The One Weekend Book Series. Volume Ten / January 2009 M.Lorenz, Antoine + Manuel

The premise is this – “each issue M. Lorenz and a Guest Artist are given 48 hours to experience a city, document it and create a visual diary without the use of computers”. What they made is a dreamy (fever induced, I believe) and personal record of Paris, “an exhibitionistic view of the personal state” in a sequential series of abstract washes and collated details. The cover has excellent gold foil stamping and I enjoyed the pantone blue of it all. Really nicely put together with considered design work by Two Points.
www.theoneweekendbookseries.com
www.twopoints.net

Der Greif Design by Simon Karlstetter, Leon Kirchlechner and Felix von Scheffer

Or, The Grab is a truly excellent photography magazine in the way that it conciously picks and places images that appear to tell their own stories with appropriate form, design additions and not a little intrigue. Some works deserve honorable mention like Ophelia by Ian Dunn (I think…) , a superfluous photo of a dress that appears as if submerged and Dominique Müller-Grote. The cover is also excellent.
www.dergreif-online.de

The Human Printer Book Design by Louise Naunton Morgan

An interesting process book documenting the staggering human printer by Louise Naunton Morgan. A limited run, this risographed and manually compiled book is like a happy after thought of a genuinely engaging process. Page 23 is my favourite. You get to “meet” the “printers” and take note of effectual character traits like ‘steady and reliable’ 01-Tubbs, she can be on my team.
www.thehumanprinter.org
www.hatopress.net

10 out of 11 Raw Design

“Millions of us make New Year resolutions in order to make the impending year a success – this poster hopes to offer some inspiration to make 2011, 11 out of 10.”. Letterpressed sentiments-come-resolutions make this two colour poster an exellent antidote to the new year’s inevitable Fail list. Quality as ever from Raw who know the worth of a good bit of print.
www.rawdesignstudio.co.uk

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Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.

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    Working in the creative industries can surely be odd enough at times, but to add an extra dollop of the ludicrous and surreal is Chris (Simpsons Artist), who’s helpfully depicted how ten creative roles really pan out. Often worryingly accurate (see production runner making tea, illustrator who has “left it to the last minute”) and always hilariously strange, the series was commissioned by creative industries network Hiive and gives a nice gentle rib tickle to graphic designers, who may or may not spend all day using a Wacom to scroll about over images of sausages.

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    While elegant fountain pens and carefully crafted pencils are a joy to write and doodle with, there’s something familiar and comforting about casting lines of biro onto a clean sheet of paper. With the infinite motion of the ball point beneath your fingertips, there’s a level of control that other tools just can’t give you. Someone who shares my biro love is Paris-based illustrator Helena Hauss, who creates fantastically intricate biro drawings.

  3. Tom-gauld-endless-journey-its-nice-that-list

    “Myriorama” might have just overtaken “zootrope” as our favourite word, and for that we’ve got illustrator Tom Gauld to thank. We’re also expressing our gratitude for his Endless Journeys creation – itself a myriorama – which in 21st Century parlance is a series of illustrated cards that can be arranged in thousands of different ways to form numerous visual narratives. Endless Journey clocks up a whopping 479,001,600 different landscapes, formed from 12 beautifully illustrated cards. The series is based on the works of Laurence Sterne, the 18th Century novelist behind Tristram Shandy. Tom was commissioned to create work for the Shandy Hall Museum in York, which is currently hosting a show celebrating Sterne’s work. Designed by Brighten the Corners, it’s a charming little project, made even more endearing to our easily amused teenage boy inner child by the addition of a sign bearing the word: “Coxwold.”

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    The opera isn’t a staple on my cultural calendar but its alluring arias and ostentatious costumes seem so exotic and intriguing that perhaps I should let the dramatic melodies permeate my ear drums more often. Especially when institutions like the Scottish Opera seem keen on engaging people of all ages by enlisting the illustrative talents of London-based Sarah Tanat-Jones.

  5. Kalda-men-and-cats-hemingway-list

    When we last left Sam Kalda we promised to keep an eye on the Brooklyn-based illustrator. With a portfolio already bursting with editorial work for stateside publications like The New York Times, WWD, and The Wall Street Journal, we thought it was high time to spotlight one of his personal projects.

  6. Byop_int_list

    Earlier this month, the Serpentine Pavilion opened to the public. The beguiling, multicoloured woven structure designed by Spanish architects SegnasCalgo sits in Hyde Park like a more grown-up version of a fort you might have built when you were a child. Over the last decade and a half the annual architecture commission has become a much-anticipated beacon of design, and to celebrate 15 years of the Summer Pavilion, the Serpentine Galleries have teamed up with Kidesign, Marina Willer and the team at Pentagram to launch a digital platform and national campaign to foster the aspiring young architects of tomorrow.

  7. Camilla_perkins_itsnicethat_list

    Camilla Perkins is based in Brighton, and her illustrations use only the brightest hues which I hope are influenced by her seaside surroundings. We’ve not featured Camilla’s pictures since 2013, and it’s great to see how her style has developed since then. Shying away from collections of objects, it seems Camilla’s been perfecting her skills in illustrating the human form and the result is wonderful. Her figures are mainly surrounded by basic props and shapes, but the faces and features of her characters are marked out carefully in scratchy lines. In some images bold expanses of pattern applied as floors or walls are a lovely addition to all the brightness and it’s these details that really make Camilla’s work stand out.

  8. Faye-moorhouse-wonky-movie-posters-itsnicethat-list

    Occasionally, when you happen across a particularly good one, looking at a series of work by an illustrator feels like glimpsing the world through their eyes for a moment, and that’s more or less how I feel looking at Faye Moorhouse’s new series Wonky Movie Poster Show. “I illustrated 20 movie posters,” she said in her email earlier this week. “They are weird and ugly and hopefully funny.” And I can testify that they are in fact all three.

  9. Mads_berg_itsnicethat_list

    Danish illustrator Mads Berg’s modern take on the classic poster has seen him clock up an international client list including Wired, Monocle, Legoland and Carlsberg. His portfolio is filled with gloriously soft colours that emphasise his bold brushstrokes and simply constructed figures.

  10. Elcaf-itsnicethat-list

    One weekend a year Hackney is flooded with comic-lovers clutching armfuls of printed matter between clammy hands. The reason for their being there is ELCAF, the East London Comics and Arts Festival, which is as good as a church for those who worship zines, comics, prints and books as though print were their religion and indie bookshops their altars.

  11. Owen_gatley_itsnicethat_list

    We last featured illustrator Owen Gatley back in 2012, and since then his client list has expanded impressively. Creating work for Condé Nast Traveller and airline magazines such as German Wings magazine and Jet Away, Owen has carved a lovely niche for himself through his travel-themed editorial illustrations. Simply outlined characters with expressive faces run across beaches, explore while on safari and ski past chalets. Cheerful, bright and charming, his most recent work is a joy to look at and instantly whisks me away to the destinations he’s depicting.

  12. Benedicte-muller-itsnicethat-list-

    If you were to make a Venn diagram out of art and illustration, you could safely pop Bénédicte Muller’s beautiful work right in the middle. Executed with a painterly finesse and an admirable attention to detail, her pieces naturally straddle the two disciplines, so even commissioned work for clients like The New York Times and Vanity Fair feels like a personal project. Geometric shapes and sharp lines recur throughout her portfolio, as do silhouettes which are carefully overlapped to create double meanings wherever possible. Bénédicte’s entire body of work has a considered air about it which makes it a pleasure to peruse.

  13. Amandine_urruty_itsnicethat_list

    There’s something charmingly bizarre about Amandine Urruty’s illustrations. Like Victorian portraits, the French artist’s characters sit quietly, are well-behaved and have excellent posture but the subjects and the commotion that surrounds them is what makes them so interesting.