The beginning of October has treated us at It’s Nice That oh so very kindly with a gigantic spurge in the Things’flying through our letter box, so choosing the very very best has become like something out the judging corner at Crufts. Examined in every minute detail, scrutinised for their glossy coats and checked for good behaviour, these are the lucky few that made it through and aren’t they a lovely lot…
Mulberry: Brilliant Britain
A bit of old fashioned patriotism can never go a miss and with the luxury brand Mulberry boldly proud of their wholesome British heritage, it would seem rather fitting for them to celebrate by creating this little handbook guiding you through all that is brilliant about Britain. From open-air theatres to the very best architectural havens, they’ve found it all and steered clear of the often all too London-centric view of the UK, so slip this little guide in your bag and never will you be lost for some brilliantly British entertainment ever again.
Jenni Rope: Studio Visit
When it comes to studios every, artist has a certain, rather particular way of doing things. Whether creativity flourishes in the midst of chaos and “organised mess” or you like it kept all neat and tidy, there is no single approach. So when Jenni Rope’s new book Studio Visit came sailing through our door brimming with photographs of 18 different artists’ studios in Helsinki we all wanted a little nose. From plant mad jungle-like studios to the very tidiest and neatly organised (yes it has bookshelves), this little gem of a book has it all.
Sonja Ahlers: The Selves
Ridiculously talented and very lovely self-taught artist Sonja Ahlers sent us through her brand new book this week and oh my isn’t fantastic?! Taking us through her personal journey of her love for art, pop and femininity, the book showcases this girl’s flair for collaging, floaty typography and whimsical illustrations and offering as it does a beautiful personal and honest insight to her world this one is most definitely a keeper!
Sims, Luckett and Gunn: Vintage Menswear
Everyone is sporting vintage these days, from shoes and hats, to flying jackets and those little delicate leather gloves that surely only children have hands small enough to squeeze into. Yes vintage is wonderflu, so what could be better then a rather hefty book photographing vintage’s very finest? Coming through our door this week the mighty Vintage Menswear celebrates the most beautiful of vintage menswear and with a little explanation to each we piece of clothing, we think it’s pretty great.
Hey Studio: Hey Characters – A Book for Friends
The lovely people over at Hey studio in Barcelona sent us this little treat of a book this week. Featuring a nice collection of characters from world famous books, the illustrations are as they themselves put it – “designed the way we like it” and showcase beautifully exactly what the design studio is all about. Being so wonderfully simplistic – with just pure illustrations and not much else – we are utterly charmed by this limited edition little number.
- Creative director David Lane tells us about redesigning frieze and creating campaigns for Hermés and Ally Capellino
- Photographer Zuza Krajewska's fragile portraits of Polish young offenders
- Anibal Bley’s Risograph zine experiments with glitchy patterns and illustrations
- CG Watkins’ narratively driven photography conveys mystery and escapism
- Sharp Type creates punchy typeface inspired by Swiss designer Adrian Frutiger
- Illustrator Susa Monteiro’s lonely figures battle the elements
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio