This week has been something of a historic one over at It’s Nice That Towers; not only did the days start getting longer (not that that’s historic, it happens every year) but we also had our SEVENTH birthday! So to celebrate, we’re bring you a weekender that is, in the words of everybody’s favourite TV chef, well and truly “chocka” with all the best stuff we’ve posted on the site this week, plus a few extras that you might have missed from out in the interwebs. Like a beard with stuff in, and a melancholy feline. Altogether now: “Haaappy birrrthdaaay to ussss…”
Six things you should have planted your eyeballs on this week
- The very wonderful filmmaker Tom Haines picked Arcade Fire’s My Body is a Cage as his Favourite Music Video.
- It’s Nice That transformed into It’s Mice That for April Fool’s Day. Because cats are overrated.
- Editor James Cartwright pondered the rebrand and fresh new corporate identity by Japanese organised crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi.
- We talked about April Fool’s Day, Snicker’s feminist construction workers and nerdy graphic design (the best kind) on Episode 13 of our weekly podcast.
- And we thought it was time to take our cool-level down a notch with a studio curated Fun Friday mixtape.
Lisa Farrell – Kurt Vonnegut, on Stories Having Shapes
In this hilarious video Kurt Vonnegut illustrates the fundamental concept behind his master’s thesis in anthropology at the University of Chicago, which was simply that “stories have shapes which can be drawn on graph paper.”
Maisie Skidmore – John Maloof and Vivian Maier
Six years ago, a Chicago-based historian named John Maloof purchased a box full of negatives for $400 at an estate hunt, thinking that they might help to inform the book he was writing about Chicago’s Portage Park neighbourhood. As it turned out, however, the negatives had all been taken by a woman named Vivian Maier, who had spent her life working as a nanny and a caretaker, photographing on her Rolleiflex camera all the while.
I didn’t know much, if anything at all, about Vivian Maier, but this amazing interview with John in Interview magazine gives an incredible insight into the woman behind the camera. It’s a fascinating story, and one that will make you feel like a better person for having read it.
James Cartwright – Henri the Cat
This week I rediscovered Henri, the depressed cat. He’s in the middle of a deep existential crisis and can’t seem to shake the perpetual malaise that’s descended over his life. Nobody knows melancholy like a depressed cat…
Sophia Epstein – Willitbeard
This week I discovered a glorious man and an even more glorious beard. Pierce Thiot is the owner/grower/commander-in-chief of this beard, and he’s definitely making the most of it. For no real reason, other than to entertain complete strangers, he and his wife Stacy (she’s the photographer) started @willitbeard, an Instagram account and Tumblr documenting Pierce putting a whole load of stuff in his beard. And I mean everything, from flowers and slinkies to gummy bears and miniature army men, once a baby chicken even made an appearance. I can say for certain, nothing has ever given me such a strong desire to have hair growing out of my face.
- Tokyo illustrator Okamura Yuta and his endearing brush-and-ink characters
- French illustrator Damien Filliatre's “trashy and cynical” universe
- Graphic Designer Robynne Redgrave profiles prolific Yelp.com reviewer in You Can Change
- Photographer Ina Niehoff's "pure and silent" look at the Moroccan countryside
- The meticulously layered and striped paintings of Guy Yanai
- Design studio Sawdust shares its most-loved books
- Wolff Olins and zigbee launch the “first open-source brand for the Internet of Things”
- Graphic Design Festival Paris reveals 19 sport-inspired posters by Hort, Julia, Spassky Fischer and more
- FKA twigs teams up with 17 year old photographer David Uzochukwu for new Nike campaign
- Too Fast To Think: why switching off unlocks creativity
- Brian Finke captures the glitz and glamour of the Ms. Senior America beauty pageant