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!
- Cornelius de Bill Baboul’s Peelosophies is toilet humour at its finest
- Director I Saw John First creates animated video for Jack Steadman’s solo project, Mr Jukes
- Carlín Díaz expands his practice to psychedelic paintings and animations
- Atelier Brenda: the alter ego of three female designers you need to get to know
- Artist Crys Yin adds comical elements to her simply-executed paintings
- Grilli Type designer Reto Moser shares the books that inspire him
- A new national identity: Smörgåsbord Studio rebrands Wales
- Graphic design gems: Chicago gang business cards from the 1970s and 80s
- Photographer Dougie Wallace captures the super rich spenders of “Harrodsburg”
- “Romance in a sort-of fantasy world”: photographer Molly Matalon's new work (some NSFW)
- Studio Michael Satter’s sophisticatedly simple graphic design portfolio
- Harry Pearce and Pentagram create a new identity for Pink Floyd’s record label