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.
- Wrap up warm with this week's Best of the Web
- This is Jane: a charming photo series that displays the empowerment of women
- Brooklyn-based illustrator Aaron Fernandez’s fluorescent editorial commissions
- London-based designer Laura Jouan’s well-considered, monochrome portfolio
- Join Jonathan Barnbrook, Maisie Willoughby, Wallace Henning, Anna Lomax and Jess Bonham at Nicer Tuesdays December
- Legs 11: artist Alfie Kungu’s comically long-trousered figures
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich