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Things

Posted by James Cartwright,

I love post. You love post. We love post together. And for that simple reason we bring you Things, a chance for you to snoop though the contents of our mailbag with the unbridled enthusiasm of a vagrant in a dumpster. This week we’ve been inundated with goodness, but as usual we’ve skimmed the cream from the top and arranged it into easily digestible chunks (mixed metaphor?) of wholesome creativity. Enjoy.

The Architectural Review

The Architectural Review (or ar as it would now like to be known) is one old dog that’s happy to learn new tricks, with a spanking new redesign, abbreviated name and accompanying logo. Given its 120-year history and position as the foremost architecture magazine on the newsstands it’s no mean feat to have embraced change a successfully as it has. But it looks great, reads better than ever and has adopted a new attitude to photography that allows the buildings pictured more space to breathe. Nice work.
www.architectural-review.com

The Sweet Science Zines Nick Alston

Nick Alston is an illustrator infatuated with boxing, and to satisfy his passion he’s produced a selection of zines celebrating that most violent of sports. Ever wondered what the heavyweights get up to in their spare time? Dared to imagine what boxing and ballet have in common? Well don’t bother, Nick’s done all that for you and provided a terrific set of accompanying illustrations. Thanks Nick.
www.nickalston.co.uk

Thirty One Kinds of Wonderful Dawn Ng

Paris is undoubtedly one of the greatest cities on earth – great art, great food, great nightlife. Everyone loves that place right? Wrong. When Dawn Ng moved there last year she found herself strung-out and sad, lost in a strange land. To prevent herself from losing the plot entirely she began a self-initiated project to create an object a day. Thirty One Kinds of Wonderful documents this process beautifully with an oversized magazine featuring full-bleed photographs of the objects interspersed with song lyrics and excerpts from children’s stories. Catharsis can be well-designed too.
www.dawn-ng.com

The Impossible: Arc #15 Edited by Charmian Griffin. Design by Hannah Montague

It’s a genuine pleasure to get our hands on the Royal College of Art journal, Arc. Now in its fifteenth inception, this issue – a surprisingly un-festive green and red number – focusses on the nebulous theme of “the impossible.” Including notable contributions from the comic monolith Alan Moore, an interview with YouTube’s young dad, Chad Hurley and a photo essay on the wonder filled studio of Peter Blake. Top content as presided over by Charmian Griffin and deserved applause for the art direction and design by Hannah Montague.
www.rcamagazine.co.uk

My Life In Print Sappi

If print is dead then the paper industry needs to watch its back too. But we don’t think it is, and neither do the folks over at wood-free paper makers Sappi. So convinced are they of this fact they’ve produced a rather lovely magazine dedicated to showing how printed matter touches people all across the world. With some lovely stories and great illustration from Dave Sparshott its sure to appeal to even the most hardened Kindle users out there.
www.sappi.com

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Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our two editors. He oversees Printed Pages magazine and content wise has a special interest in graphic design and illustration. He also runs our online shop Company of Parrots and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.

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    Over recent weeks we’ve made a few ch-ch-changes here at It’s Nice That HQ and seeing as they’ve now all taken effect, we thought it made sense to bring y’all up to speed too. Rob Alderson, James Cartwright and Maisie Skidmore stay in their current roles as Editor-in-Chief, Print Editor and Assistant Editor respectively but elsewhere we’ve mixed things up a bit.

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    I spent the day yesterday at the Canvas Conference in Birmingham where I was blown away by a series of excellent talks, but in terms of pure wow factor organisers very much saved the best for last. UrtheCast (see what they did?) is a Vancouver-based tech start-up that installed cameras on the International Space Station, sending high res images of the earth back to its dedicated website. Founder and CEO Scott Larson gave a compelling presentation about how the team made it happen, how it works and how the imagery can be used. Through the website you can find out when the ISS will pass over your house and so can arrange something to be captured on its cameras, but what was more fascinating is the way that companies and governments might use the data; by monitoring the amount of vehicles in Chinese factories’ car parks for example, economists can make predictions about the country’s output.

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    There is something incredibly pleasing about this odd collection of passenger-less log flumes. Without the crowds of families and awkward first dates there’s something a little bit sad, maybe even philosophical about them. The photos have been collected by Falmouth grad Zef Cherry-Kynaston whose website boasts one of the most brilliant CVs in existence. “A log flume winds its way around a watery course and slowly climbs the lift hill,” Zef says on his site. “Reaching the top, it then hurtles down the slope. A camera flashes moments before the flume plunges into the water below. Splash! The resulting image is a souvenir; a snapshot of joyous exhilaration.”

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    People try for decades to become “good” designers, but sometimes your mate’s Dad can pull something out of the bag that trumps your every effort. Frustrated at the time it takes to build and launch paper planes, this man used cutting-edge 3D-printing technology to create a machine that does the hard work for you. Just when you think the design of the plane-wielding machine doesn’t look too exciting, he turns it upside down to reveal the intricate workings inside. How fantastic to see someone put 3D-printing to a unique and very silly use, rather than making something we’ve all seen before.

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    Recording people when they are…ahem..not themselves, is not commendable. Footage of someone off their tits is enough to make them lose their jobs but who are we to judge? It’s nearly Friday and someone’s just released a whole blog of GIFs made from footage of people losing it to deep house at Boiler Room. I love how if you were sober you would never, ever dance near the camera at the front of this infamous travelling night – but as soon as some booze (and maybe other substances) is consumed, BAM! There you are stroking a speaker as if it’s a fluffy pillow and gyrating as if your life depended on it. Well done to whoever made this. A big well done.

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    Before stumbling across Burning Questions I have to admit I wasn’t that familiar with New York-based designer James Victore’s impressive repertoire. His talents and projects span the creative disciplines making him part designer, part activist, part curator, part motivational speaker and (in this case) part agony aunt.

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    The Google robot is an odd creature. We have Marion Balac to thank for the discovery that, in a bid to maintain the anonymity of the people caught in its shots for Google Street View, the search engine blurs out every single face it comes into contact with. This includes the likes of Las Vegas’ Sphinx monument and giant gold-covered Buddhas, resulting in a bunch of monuments who have been forced into anonymity by the tech giant’s stringent privacy measures.

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    Here’s one of those projects that turns out to be way more interesting than it originally sounds, and it comes courtesy of San Francisco studio T2D (Tomorrow Today). Metragramme takes 32 of your Instagram pictures and combines them into a single image created via pixel-comparisons across the set. The result is therefore a kind of average Instagram picture, and although on first glance many of them look similar; when you explore each a little further you tease out intriguing details, as well as drawing broader conclusions about form and colour palette. We’ve included a few examples below but this is probably one of those tools you;re going to want to try out for yourself – you can visit the site here.

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    Sometimes the sad story of Arthur Russell’s life mixed with the whimsical howling and rousing sounds he creates is altogether too much to even bear – but we still torment ourselves, tuning in even when going through a break up or driving alone in the rain. When surreal, sad music is accompanied by something as funny as, say, The Muppets – something peculiar and unexpected can happen. In this edit by John Michael Boling we see a perfectly (and I mean perfectly) cut mash-up of Arthur Russell’s haunting That’s Us / Wild Combination and scenes from The Muppets Movie. The reason people think art is hard to make is because they don’t understand how such a simple idea or a wild combination can work so incredibly well. Thank you John Michael Boling for reminding us of this fact. Thank you.

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    Sound the conch folks, we have some exciting news from It’s Nice That HQ. We’re restructuring and expanding our team and so we have not one but two great opportunities to come and be part of our team.

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    A sincere, golden corner of the internet here: The Datamath Calculator Museum. The online museum is a historic, matter-of-fact and outrageously in-depth look at the history of calculators in the modern world. Remember the first time that a “scientific calculator” appeared on your back-to-school list? This trove will take you hurtling back to sitting in double maths using that very machine to write “boobless” (80087355) over and over again until the bell rang.

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    Over the course of seven years It’s Nice That has been providing creative inspiration on a daily basis through our website, our publications and our events programme. But never ones to rest on our laurels, we are always reviewing what we do and how we do it. This is where you (hopefully!) come in. As part of our ongoing development of the It’s Nice That platforms, we’re super-keen to find out a bit more about who you are and find out what you like about the website, what you don’t and what you might like to see in the future. This way we can move It’s Nice That forward with plans that put our readers front and centre.

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    If ever the high and the low brow were to come together in the project of my dreams, it would look like this series by James Kerr, AKA Scorpion Dagger. The artist and frighteningly capable GIF wizard has struck an absolute goldmine with his website devoted to Renaissance artworks reworked into outrageously funny GIFs. In case you’re not persuaded, this isn’t the equivalent of an Oprah hairflick or Barack Obama looking at a fly; these GIFs have narratives, they have beginnings, middles and ends, they have multiple settings and jokes and punchlines and they are almost too good to be true.