We English are famed for our chat about the weather, so rather than break with tradition, people of It’s Nice That.. oh my hasn’t it got cold!? And with not a glimmer of sunshine to be seen in these grey skies why not indulge in the bright rays of this week’s Things, with t-shirts, catalogues, magazines and sketch books it’s a cheery mix whatever the weather.
Johan Björkegren: Sketches 2010 – 2011
We like Johan Björkegren, for not only is he mega talented but he’s also mega generous, sending us through his fabulous book of sketches, some stickers AND a ridiculously cool tie-dye t shirt. He must be a nice guy! But what are these sketches all about I hear you ask? Documenting the rednecks of Sweden Johan “shows sympathy with the loser, the ugly and the rackety” and offers “an insight that beer-drinkers are intrinsically more interesting than champagne sippers.” Open to the odd rackety vibe as we are, this one is a winner.
If you are an independent little shop selling seriously cool stuff and you want to do something a little bit out of the box why not make a magazine? Well that is exactly what the creative people at Shoreditch-based Hostem have done, and we were thrilled to get a copy of their new one this week. Going by the name of Hector this time (last issue was called Sebastian) the magazine features a beautiful selection of artists, including It’s Nice That favourites Blommers & Schumm – we think it is just great.
When you are a photography agency with more than 35,000 photographs to your name you’d think compiling a miniature-sized catalogue might be a bit of tricky task, but not it seems if you’re super cool agency Millennium. Oh no, Millennium have managed to do it just perfectly, commissioning Studio Thomson to take care of the troublesome design duties. Hand-bound and featuring a stack of beautiful postcard-sized images, a flick through this volume is something of a dream – and with a beautifully diverse selection of images you’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy.
The Connecting Forces of Design: What Design Can Do!
Having just held our Here symposium last Friday we know just how fantastic talks can be (exceptionally fantastic if you’re wondering), so when the follow-up book from the recent What Design Can Do! conference came sailing through our door we were instantly excited. What Design Can Do! was set up to discuss the potential of design beyond pure aesthetics, asking big questions like “Will fashion end fighting?” and “Can you design self-esteem?” Coming in bright yellow with black and red type it looks pretty nice too.
Riitta Ikonen: Post
The lovely Riitta Ikonen is a bit of a favourite of ours here at It’s Nice That so when her catalogue to her current exhibition Post arrived all the way from the U S of A we knew we were onto something good! Celebrating old fashioned snail mail and postcards in the midst of it’s sad demise (boo to emails and social media) the book features a pretty bizarre collection of odd bits and bobs sent through the post. From pencil cases filled with sharpenings to the soles of her old pairs of shoes, we love it!
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- Illustrator Nathan Cowdry depicts an unusual dialogue between two strangers in his new comic, Shiner
- Our round-up of this year’s UK grad show identities and show designs
- Nathalie du Pasquier opens first solo show in UK for almost 25 years
- Photographer Ian Kenneth Bird shares his top photobooks
- Alex Norris’ hilarious three-panelled webcomics are universally appealing
- Pigalle, Ill-Studio and Nike have redesigned the Paris Duperré basketball court
- Leipzig graphic design studio Lamm & Kirch on their shared ethos
- Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger on how to stand out
- From Lemon Twigs to Laura Marling: Hollie Fernando’s painterly photography folio
- Why materials matter: Seetal Solanki on the Grenfell Tower tragedy