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  1. List-la-direction_le-sucre_1-int

    A sweet, sweet identity project for you today, in the shape of Lyon-based studio La Direction’s work for venue Le Sucre. The studio is helmed by Aurélien Arnaud and Elsa Audouin, who set it up two years ago and have since worked across print, web, and interior graphic design for clients ranging from adidas to Born Bad Records to Grolsch. The one that most neatly presents the breadth of their capabilities, though, is the aforementioned Le Sucre project. The venue is a late-night party joint in Lyon, and the graphics subtly reflect its hip vibe while remaining resolutely timeless and simple. We love the restraint of the interior graphics, letting the strange architecture speak out, and the gorgeous blue of the printed materials. Elsewhere on La Direction’s site are some excellent poster designs, so we’ve popped a couple of our favourites on here for you. What’s not to love about the blue erotic market woman?

  2. Crane-oscars-int-list

    There’s always a frenzy of opinions around the Oscars, as Michael Hogan Tweeted this morning: “It’s all happening over on the #oscars hashtag, if you’re interested in people who can’t type properly quacking on about film awards.” But amid all the polarised bickering and the dress-sense-rating bitchiness, it’s nice to remember the sheer amount of skill and craft that went into all the nominated films. Crane.tv has produced an interesting series which focuses on the lesser-appreciated talents who make the movie industry what it is, the most impressive of which focuses on the Whiplash sound mixer Thomas Curley. He got the nod from the Academy this year and it’s super interesting to hear him talk about the challenges of working on a film which is all about drumming, and so sound is critically important to the overall artistic effect.

  3. Braulio-amado-nyt-int-list

    Braulio’s been a busy boy lately since he took up his full-time post art directing over at Bloomberg Businessweek. You’d think a job at one of the world’s most respected bi-weeklies would keep his time pretty well occupied, but the restless designer still finds plenty of spare hours to horse around with personal projects, sell weird ouija boards online and hand-letter for The New York Times Magazine. We wonder how he ever gets any rest? “I should indeed sleep more,” he says.

  4. Bethwalrond-chint-int-list

    Despite only having graduated from Falmouth University last summer illustrator Beth Walrond already has an admirable portfolio of work to show for herself. This is probably due to the warmth and relatable nature of her style – she builds textural, expressive characters out of geometric shapes and soft lines to create identifiable narratives, condensing complex messages down into sweet, two-dimensional form. Now working out of Berlin, her newest projects include work for Hunger Magazine, The Ride Journal, Wired UK and The Debrief, leading us to believe she’s got a hell of a lot more ideas to get down on paper yet.

  5. Farmleague-geoffmcfetridge-int-list

    We’re always interested in what Los Angeles-based artist and illustrator Geoff McFetridge has been up to. A video of him talking about making a bike sounded especially promising, but a video of him talking about making a “totally absurd” ocean-going bike? Swoon.

  6. Weekender-list

    After this week’s relentless onslaught of creative goings-on, we’re pooped. Happy, but pooped. Luckily it’s the weekend, and – what’s that you say? You’re cracking open a beer, but want to catch up on the best of the art and design world’s news and inspiration from the last week? Great! We’ve just the thing for you to cast your weary eyes across. It’s called The Weekender, and it’s hella refreshing.

  7. Ustwo-monument-valley-int-list

    Yesterday we brought you the full list of nominations for the graphics category of the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year, and today we thought we’d take things down a notch, and present five things from the other categories that particularly tickled our fancy over at It’s Nice That. As ever, the nominations are a wildly varied bunch so it’s not been easy, but here goes:

  8. Yurisuzuki-int-main2

    Yuri Suzuki is pretty magical. He was born in Tokyo with a natural curiosity for electronics and taking things apart to see what’s inside, just so he could transform it into something else. He wants to show the world the enormous amount of possibilities when it comes to sound, especially with the technology available in the modern age.

  9. Fontanel-dutch-design-talents-int-list

    Here at It’s Nice That we love discovering young creative talent – and feel a responsibility to identify and promote new artists and designers – but the challenge can sometimes feel daunting. So anything that can help point us in the right direction is hugely appreciated, such as this new book from Dutch creative site Fontanel. It has run a feature called The Fontanel Finals for the past five years, a scheme which showcases graduation shows and identifies the most interesting practitioners it finds each summer.

  10. Breakdownpress-studio-2-int

    Independent comics publisher Breakdown Press grew out of common interests, shop floor flirtations and conversations about the potential of a magazine that would champion young artists and provide a space for critical comics discourse. With the realisation that the best way to achieve its aims would be to publish comics that felt important, rather than writing critically around the subject, Breakdown Press sidelined producing a magazine in favour of publishing the work of artists who deserve to be recognised.

  11. Two-points-aamodt-plumb-int-list

    I always imagine that rebranding an architectural consultancy must be the dream gig for a design agency. There’s so much to work with in terms of structural materials, geometric forms, textures, type and slick photography. Even so it’s not every day you see an architectural rebrand executed with the kind of flair with which Two Points has created Aamodt/Plumb’s new corporate materials.

  12. Davidgalasse-skate-int-main-

    Fun little short here from animator Antonio Vicentini with a little help from Brazilian designer David Galasse. Using a load of fluoro squiggles and some very good animating skills, the duo has put together an informative film about the history of skateboarding. A lot of people make projects about skating, but hardly anyone can pull off a five-minute-long animation about it without showing anyone actually skateboarding. That’s why this works so well: they went for the relaxed, rebellious vibe rather than just showing someone jump down some steps in a barren shopping mall, and it’s way more interesting for it. David actually designed a typeface especially, but the rest of the visuals were just stolen off the internet – which is just the icing on the cake. Great voiceover, too.

  13. Jack-white-int-list-3

    “But I don’t WANT one music video!” I can imagine a sulky Jack exclaiming as he brought his fists down upon the mixing desk, “I want THREE!” Or perhaps he was just looking to bring a more varied viewing experience to his dedicated fans with the visual accompaniment to new track The Black Bat Licorice. Either way, the interactive video he finally came up with, which offers three full music videos simultaneously, is more than enough to keep us satisfied.

  14. David-james-uma-thurman-int-list

    Lucien Freud, Kate Moss, Joaquin Phoenix…it reads like that list of dream dinner party guests you have to reel out in awkward “getting to know you" games. But it’s more than that: this all-star list is just a sliver of the cast that creative director David James has worked with over the years. David has been creative director at AnOther Magazine for the past decade, creating iconic images with photographers including Craig McDean, Willy Vanderperre and Nick Knight. If you missed out on getting the mags IRL, don’t fret: today sees the launch of Everything that Matters – an online retrospective of David’s editorial work. It makes for a lovely little scroll, even if it does make us feel pretty old to think that the time that’s passed since 2005 is retrospective-worthy.

  15. Posters-of-berlin-int-list

    Berlin is awash with incredible posters – in places pasted one on top of the other to the point where thick layers of colourful paper come peeling from lampposts and temporary walls – so it was really only a matter of time before a graphic design aficionado based there started photographing them to share with the rest of the world. Enter Posters of Berlin, a simple but effective blog designed to proclaim the design capabilities of the German city from the rooftops, placing the good, the brilliant and the very very bad all next to one another in a delightfully rich juxtaposition of aesthetics.

  16. Gentlewoman-bjork-list

    Whenever a new issue of The Gentlewoman is announced two questions spring to mind: what colour is it, and who’s the cover star? For the upcoming Issue 11 those all-important answers are cream, and Bjork, and it looks absolutely tantalising. Björk’s been shot by longtime Gentlewoman collaborator Alasdair McLellan and is pictured looking windswept and enigmatic (two of her strongest vibes). It’s hard to move without bumping into Björk at the moment – with a trailer just having been released for her upcoming show at MoMA in New York – but that won’t stop us counting the days until we can delve into this interview.

  17. Charlotterutherford-fashed-4-int

    Charlotte Rutherford’s photography is fun, bright and tinged with humour and 1980s sass. Shooting editorial for the likes of Vice and Tank magazine and look-books for Lazy Oaf and Baby G, the self-taught photographer maintains an aesthetic that is both well-informed and original. She cites David LaChapelle and Pierre et Gilles as major influences on her work, saying that they prove the encouraging dictum “OK cool, you can do like ANYTHING.” I couldn’t agree more.

  18. Riposte

    The fearless mixing of disciplines in one show is one reason the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year show is so intriguing – offering up links between fields as seemingly diverse as transport and editorial design. However, sifting through more than 70 entires can be an exhausting task, so before we immerse ourselves in the multidisciplinary nature of the show when it opens next month, we thought we’d give you a run-down of the category closest to It’s Nice That’s heart, graphics.

  19. Nytmagazine-redesign-list

    While magazine redesigns often receive a great deal of attention, few are likely to be more scrutinised than the new-look New York Times Magazine which debuts on Sunday. The Times is the leading newspaper in the US and its magazine is read by nearly four million people every week. When listed, the changes design director Gail Bichler and her new art director Matt Willey have implemented sound exhaustive – redrawn fonts, a redrawn logo, a new approach to lay-outs, a new-look version of the online magazine. Add to this a raft of new features and editorial changes (such as a new weekly poem, a column that rotates between four critics and a dispatch from the frontline of internet culture) and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the new magazine will be unrecognisable.

  20. Drake-whybray-int-1

    It took Simon Whybray and Rik Lomas all of 30 seconds (might be an exaggeration, but who’s counting?) to pick up on the freshly released mixtape that Drake dropped at midnight on Thursday, whose cover artwork was a scribbled “If You’re Reading This Its Too Late,” and to turn it into an interactive website which allows you to create your own Drizzy meme. And in accordance with with grammatical errors in the album’s title – Drake has no time for apostrophes – the site won’t allow you to use any, either. Cue whole Tumblrs full of slurs, chat-up lines and jokes in we’re assuming is his handwriting.

  21. Hipgnosis-portraits-p193-int-list

    You can almost smell the creativity, hash and late late nights behind the images in Hipgnosis Portraits. Or perhaps that’s just the super-shiny, huge full-colour pages. Either way, the enormous tome from Thames & Hudson transports you into a world of surreal scenes formed of surreal characters, taking us into the archives of the Hipgnosis design agency that helped form the mythologies surrounding some of the biggest names in music in the 20th Century.

  22. List

    Good lord, I haven’t OMGd this hard since…possibly since anything this big and Blur-related happened last time, maybe with the release of Under the Westway, maybe when I sweatily, heart-in-mouthedly (be cool Gosling!) met Damon Albarn in a Foyles book shop. As anyone who’s been on any form of social media in the last hour will know, during a lovely long live Facebook chat with Zane Lowe this morning it was announced that Blur have recorded a new album, called The Magic Whip (their first full-length release in 12 years) revealing the very cool artwork in The Sun of all places this morning.

  23. Collectionrevue-gif

    What could be better than six cool pals getting together to make a whopper of a comic book? Meet Collection Revue, a French sextet formed in 2010 and made up of Sammy Stein, Vanessa Dziuba, Marine Le Saout, Antoine Stevenot, Jean-Philippe Bretin and Julien Kedryna. For a year they spent their time and money putting on a bunch of small shows in Paris, exhibiting the work of cartoonists, visual and graphic artists and illustrators to what I can only imagine is a very cool and good-looking crowd. They now channel their collective obsession into very, very appealing publications.

  24. Maximleurentop-work-3-int

    Maxim Leurentop’s work balances clarity with an off-beat and knowing aesthetic. Often taking on multi-platform projects designing, art directing and photographing for brand look-books and exhibition identities, Maxim’s production values have a nice humour to them while maintaining a good dose of gloss.

  25. Danny-yourd-elgin-park-int1

    From LSD, Michael Paul Smith learned that he “didn’t have to go to foreign lands to meet foreign people.” This realisation informed what he went on to dedicate his life to – creating tiny, perfect model depictions of the 20th Century, mapped out in his miniature town Elgin Park.

  26. Studio-audience-lemon_list

    HELLO podlings. Boy has there been a lot of news in the world of art and design this week, ready to catch up? Join me, Liv Siddall, and my guests Rob Alderson and Karl Toomey to fill you in on all you need to know. In this episode we chat the new Skoda ad , The New Yorker’s 90th birthday (happy birthday, we love you), the NME (maybe) going free, London Fashion Week and the very exciting nominations for 2015’s Designs of the Year.

  27. Hattie-main-int

    Hattie Stewart never stops giggling. It’s infectious, she’s a hoot. Her current solo show at London’s KK Outlet is under way, with a whole bunch of her now notorious, collectible doodles on magazine covers and, more recently, leather jackets. A Kingston graduate, Hattie now works for the likes of Rookie, House of Holland, Pepsi, and whoever else wants a big old dose of colour and weird magic injected into their brand. Her working style is instantly recognisable, and you’d be right in thinking that the nature of her work ties in to what she wears day-to-day.

  28. Opinion-davidpearson-int-list

    Last week an interesting Twitter debate sprang up after a comment by graphic designer Andy Pressman who admitted that on a recent series he worked on it wasn’t always possible to read the books before designing the covers. So we decided to speak to a few other book cover designers and find out where they stand on this apparently quite divisive design issue; as ever you can add your thoughts using the comment thread below…

  29. Tavo-adc-int-lisst

    It’s high time we introduced the work of Tavo, a Madrid-based studio working for a broad range of agencies which specialises in digital and motion. But by specialise, we don’t mean that it can knock together a collage by editing a bunch of ready-made footage into one full-length clip, oh no. Rather, it responds to complex briefs with elaborate and aesthetically challenging concepts which it then proceeds to execute to higher standards than we might even have imagined possible.

  30. Metaflop-int-list

    I’d forgotten that I once described typography as “the least sexy design discipline” until I discovered that not only did I say it, but that Sarah Hyndman has recorded it for posterity in her excellent Type Tasting book that we featured on the site yesterday. Anyway I may have to reassess this glib pronouncement after spending some time on Metaflop, “an easy to use web application for modulating your own fonts.” Designed and developed by Swiss designers Marco Müller and Alexis Reigel, it’s a delightfully simple tool that allows you to customise fonts using a series of sliders that alter different characteristics such as cap height, aperture and contrast.

  31. Labadie-van-tour-pool-intlist

    Few things look quite as fun as floating about in a big blue pool, surrounded by those foam wiggly things right now. The moustachioed gent above, reclining in the water, was shot as part of photographic duo Labadie / Van Tour’s Pool series for a Vers Beton magazine feature about Rotterdam’s public swimming pools.

  32. Andrew-bruce-_-anna-fox_-norman-tebbitint-list

    If ever you needed a reminder of the occasionally ludicrous caricatures that have made up British politics, a new show of images of the Spitting Image puppets will be in London just before the election in May.