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.
- Allen Jones' Maîtresse, a series of S&M-inspired paintings
- First Dates for those who create: London agency Form on their working relationship
- Air-brushed psychedelia and neon lights abound in Robert Beatty’s new work
- Jack Davison shoots parrots with PTSD for The New York Times Magazine
- Graphic design work to challenge and empower the reader
- "A think tank for a week, and a do-tank for the rest of the year" : Ravi Naidoo on Design Indaba
- Racy photography from the new issue of Odiseo
- How to beat creative block: one designer offers his invaluable advice
- Bureau Mirko Borsche works with Nike Basketball on a new graphic language
- Meditation and creativity: should we believe the hype?
- VSCO develops new typeface and a symbol-based language as part of its rebrand
- More salaciously surreal illustrations from French duo Mrzyk & Moriceau