Article Archive

  1. Gareth-phillips-hiraeth-int-2

    More than 900 miles of coastline, 70 days and a restoration of faith in human nature have gone into making photographer Gareth Phillips’ stunning series, Hiraeth. Gareth came by the studio last week to show his work, and to tell us the wonderful story of how, following a vicious attack out in Cardiff, he set off alone to walk the length of the coastline of his Wales homeland. In the middle of winter. The idea, he says, was to “explore what my homeland of Wales meant to me in relation to the Welsh word hiraeth.”

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    Dan Stafford where have you been all my life? Just round the corner in east London probably, making your beautiful work and keeping yourself to yourself. But I wish I’d found you sooner; I’d have pestered you endlessly to draw me things for the magazine, or draw things for my own personal collection. We’d have talked over briefs, joked about your early sketches for the commission and then fist-bumped over that final Photoshop file. We could have been great together Dan Stafford. Hopefully we still can!

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    Alright lads and lasses! The new-look podcast is back again with 24 minutes of art and design themed chinwagging for your delectation. We kick off with a predictably leftfield opening question from illustrator, artist and former It’s Nice That Graduate Edward Monaghan about the purpose of art and its future. Yeah we went there!

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    Jesper Kouthoofd’s Teenage Engineering is one of the most technologically exciting outfits in the field of audio. The experimental design lab has only released a small run of products since its inception in 2007 but has a hard-earned reputation for incredible quality and style. It has built stunning wireless speakers and one of the world’s most sought-after synthesisers, as well as collaborating with the likes of Absolut on unusual branded products. It has just released a new edition to its line in the form of Pocket Operators, three miniature synthesisers that can fit in your jeans.

  5. Iceland-art-school-maena-int-1

    “Abstaining from glue” may sound like a 70s recovery programme, but it’s also a manifesto of the team behind Maena, the graphic design magazine published by Iceland Academy of the Arts. The school’s design and architecture visual communication department publishes Maena annually, with each issue taking a different theme.

  6. Ghazaalvojdani-work-3-int_copy

    Since we last featured Ghazaal Vojdani she’s graduated from an MFA at Yale and been making great work for the likes of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and working with designer Mark Owens on the Whitney Biennial catalogue. Having picked up a job designing for Yale’s publishing arm straight out of college, Ghazaal has now re-located to New York to work freelance.

  7. Stevie-gee-rumble-fish-list

    Illustrator and art director Stevie Gee has a pretty solid place in our hearts; his work is a glorious collection of iconic retro elements, moustachioed men, skateboarding and surfing know-how and the occasional dollop of sleaze for good measure. His Bookshelf, however, secures him in It’s Nice That history forevermore; never before have a classic skateboard, several pairs of silken panties, such a delightful collection of textiles and a cat called Olive featured. His book collection is pretty good too, jumping from vintage erotic comic books to 70s psychedelia is one fell swoop. All hail Stevie Gee!

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    It was in April last year that news broke that Bloomberg Businessweek’s much-lauded creative director Richard Turley was leaving to join MTV as its first senior vice president of visual storytelling and deputy editorial director. It was hailed as a huge coup for the network but surprised some that a man who’d been such a passionate, brilliant and at times iconoclastic part of the magazine renaissance was leaving the print industry behind.

  9. Listnice-and-serious--sex-by-numbers-15

    Ever lay back wondering how your sex life and masturbation habits compare to everyone else’s? Well wonder no more. London agency Nice and Serious has created an interactive, infographic-packed site for the Wellcome Collection, running alongside its current Institute of Sexology show.

  10. Siggi-list

    “The older I get, the more interested I become in form and beauty. Siggi Eggertsson’s new screensaver is filling some of that need in design.” As testimonials go this is pretty special, even more so when you consider it comes from Stefan Sagmeister, who knows a thing or two about visual brilliance. Saver Screensson is a screensaver for Mac OS X by Siggi and developer Hjalti Jakobsson, which “creates unique patterns on your display by randomly stacking vector stencils to create a virtually infinite, but aesthetically consistent set of possible outcomes.”

  11. Mosaert-lookbook-int-list

    If like me you were regularly dragged off to your local Olan Mills photographic studio as a child to have family portraits taken of you and your siblings looking unusually clean and composed in front of a dappled background, you might be similarly drawn to Mosaert’s new lookbook. Carefully constructed like the most stylish family pics, they feature a whole bunch of models immaculately robed in Mosaert’s bright new collection, and there’s something innately compelling about them.

  12. Sulkimin-poster-1-int

    Seoul-based designers Sulki and Min Choi produce bright, geometric and responsive work. Their practice is rooted in typography; its form, histories and behaviour. It’s driven by concepts that engage with the content at hand whilst managing to consistently retain legibility.

  13. Yoko-honda-int-list

    Although it’s a source of inspiration for a number of different creative types, Yoko Honda’s artwork channels the aesthetics of the 1980s more so than anyone else I’ve come across. Her digital paintings pay homage to the garish and the gaudy, channeling an era of affluence and excess. The self-taught artist hails from Tokyo but takes inspiration from the USA. “When anyone expresses the 80s,” she says, “there’s that element of Miami and California – you could say they’re the places that symbolise the 80s best (the place of the dream).”

  14. Showstudio-pinups-int-list

    Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio has pioneered what might be called the “photoshoot-plus” approach, combining his exceptionally-executed stills work with innovative and engaging extras that push the creative potential of his work into thrilling territory. He recently collaborated with Sophia Neophitou, editor-in-chief of 10 magazine and one of the brains behind the now legendary Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, on a series called Pin-ups which “riffs on the traditional codes and motifs of erotic imagery, from fishnets to silk.”

  15. Ryotakemasa-int-list

    We in the studio are the first to admit that if you slap a foreign script onto something it instantly becomes approximately 200% more exciting from a design point of view. In the case of Ryo Takemasa, however, the text is kind of just the cherry on the cake. Editorial illustration for newspaper and magazine covers is his bread and butter – so much so that his portfolio site looks something like the wall of a Japanese newsagents – but with his soft style and witty observations about urban life it’s little wonder he’s stacking up commissions. Based in Tokyo, Ryo works across books, magazines and advertising, producing imagery which looks born for covers but here’s a selection of proof, if any was needed, that his work speaks for itself too.

  16. Thefamilyacid-stonehengeunboundmain-int

    Books like this should be created much, much more regularly – and it’s odd that few people pick up on this. Take a spectacular photographer who’s had something of a colourful life, have a dig around in his archive and wrap the nuggets of treasure up in a profoundly beautifully designed publication. The Family Acid is a new drool-worthy book the colour of fresh orange juice, published by the cool guys of S_U_N_ over in LA. Their publishing back-catalogue is a witty library of books that transcend the olde worlde/modern divide like a big trippy rainbow – drawing on old zine formats and themes for their content, but remaining firmly enough in the present to secure tables at the coolest art fairs in the world.

  17. Field-resonate-identity-int-list

    As a rule conference identities err on the side of blandness, encapsulating complex ideas and disciplines with typographic treatments that do nothing to capture the imagination of their attendees. In fact even the word conference fails to get the creative juices flowing. Which is why Field’s work for the 2015 edition of Serbian tech festival Resonate is such an unusual and exciting addition to the visual language of talks-based events.

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    Sydney-based Miranda Lorikeet, or Lazybones, is an HR assistant by day, taking spare moments, evenings and weekends to produce gradient and island filled drawings on MS Paint. Using pictures of sunsets for colour reference, and taking a day per image – working for hours to get the mountain ridges and gradients just right, Miranda is crazy prolific. Her work has something of the “outsider” about it: it’s intuitive and strays only from seascapes, cliffs and rocky mountains to depict butts and sunglasses.

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    In the series Looking at Cars photographer Zak Arctander has shot the hosts and clientele of a suburban American car show. Zak says that he aims for a balance of “magic and dread” in his work which here is exemplified by the dully inquisitive expressions of the people attending the show. In a state of over-consumption, they are clearly focussed while being pretty much dead behind the eyes. Delightful.

  20. Malikafavre-baftas-int-list

    Last night us Brits got all razzed up about the BAFTAs, the annual UK precursor to the Oscars hosted by bona fide national treasure Stephen Fry which always exhibits a charming bias to homegrown films. This year Human After All worked with Malika Favre, one of our favourite illustrators, to create the poster for the event and five different covers for the brochure representing the Best Film nominees (Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game).

  21. Ije-nwokorie-indaba-sun

    As CEO of Wolff Olins, Ije Nwokorie is well-versed in the creative landscape; the forces that shape it and in turn how it shapes our world. Describing himself as “born in the US, bred in Nigeria and enlightened in England” he also has a global sensibility that sets him apart from many of his peers.

  22. Weekender-list

    A lot can happen in a week. Riri and Kanye can get together with Paul McCartney to make music, a man dressed as a shark can become a firm feature in hearts across the world, a man can claim intimate relations with a dolphin, etc. and we feel it’s our duty to condense all of this down into a wholesome chunk digestible for you dear reader. So we have. Here it is. Dive in!

  23. Glasgow-school-of-art-work-in-progress-identity-int-2

    Another day, another astounding student work in progress show identity. This time, it’s for Glasgow School of Art, created by Michael Bremner, Amy Hinchliffe, Sarah Bethan Jones, Stephanie Roden and Sam Rowe – final year students on the communication design course. The show is called Assembly, and in the spirit of the title and the nature of the show, the identity also takes the idea of process as inspiration. "This best represents the unique spirit of the course, which puts emphasis on process, concept, and the joy of making,” say the designers.

  24. David-oreilly-adult-swim-list

    David OReilly has always been a genius; a rare breed of provocative animator able to make us feel an extraordinary range and depth of emotion as we watch his crudely-rendered geometric characters live their lives on screen. His batshit crazy early animation Octocat Adventures won us over years ago as soon as that sad little eight-legged feline started screaming at the top of a hill. Since then he’s released two breathtakingly beautiful short films – Please Say Something and The External World – consulted on feature films like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Her and even directed and episode of Adventure Time.

  25. Stefanthor-gsapp-2-int_copy

    Stefan Thorsteinsson’s work is like gold dust, scattered across academia, exhibition design and Halloween parties. The Copenhagen-based designer is a graduate from Yale’s graphic design MFA and produces great, socially-minded and visually arresting work. His exhibition design for Problems (h)and Solutions, a collaboration with Cecilie Nellemann, has a nice balance of clarity and humour. The exhibition conjures examples of design derived from societal problems, and solutions that have gone on to affect long-term social change.

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    I very rarely struggle to start writing a post – but I have hit a bit of a wall with this. Bear with me while I try and get across the magnificence of this game. I just spent a while playing A Way To Go – a web game created by Vincent Morisset with the help of Caroline Robert, Philippe Lambert and Édouard Lanctôt-Benoit. I knew it was going to be super special before the gameplay started and it informed me that it “is an interactive experience for human beings between 5 and 105 years old. Maybe it lasts six minutes. Maybe it lasts forever.” Then it asks you to pretty much abandon your mouse. Abandon my mouse?! Are you crazy?! But you do, because you trust it. And then you’re in the forest and the game says to you: “Go on, make your way. Stop to see the smallest things. No one’s waiting, no one’s keeping score.”

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    LA-based creative Eddie O’Keefe is principally a filmmaker – he produces stunning homages to early 1960s American culture – but his photographic work is a sight to behold. Firmly rooted in the past and bubbling seductively with sun-kissed Americana, Eddie focusses his lens on subjects as mundane as car windscreens and old chairs (and of course, the odd blood-soaked cheerleader), gently persuading you that you’re viewing a record of an era when your parents were out on the razzle. Sure, the cynic in me thinks that there’s a legion of Intagrammers who think they’re making this kind of heady, nostalgic artwork on a daily basis, but Eddie’s the real deal, he’s recreating this grainy, seductive world for himself, and this is the good stuff!

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    Barcelona-based Albert Romagosa Design Cabinet balances tradition and play very well, producing entirely waterproof books about snow, art directing anoraks and tape sleeves covered in eyeballs. Very much responding to the physical qualities of its commissions and initiatives, the graphic design and art direction studio set up by Albert Romagosa produces great print work, and specialises in the fields of culture, music, art and fashion. Albert is also co-founder and designer of Andròmina, a magazine about hidden stories in objects, and partner of independent publishing house Entiendo. Busy guy!

  29. Bexday-int-list

    If you can resist a photoshoot in which two bikers who belong to the 59 Club whip their denim off and get cosy in and around London’s iconic biker spot Ace Café, then you’re a stronger person than I am. I came across this masterpiece by photographer Bex Day yesterday afternoon, and it’s so charged with hairy, sunny, smiley biker love that I’m tempted to print images out and stick them around to remind myself how great life is.

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    “Think of bayous…crawfish…sea creatures…metal…tieing shoelaces…not knowing what to do sometimes and just doing it.” This is Lynda Benglis’ bizarre monologue, with which she ends the introduction to her new show.

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    Photographer Nicolas Coulomb shoots fresh-faced ethereal babes in very cool clothes and exciting settings. There are hay-stack discos, olympic pools and what appears to be the set of Logan’s Run transported to a European spa town. We’ve posted Nicolas’ work before: he’s been producing look-books, magazine editorials and backstage explorations of taxidermy museums for the likes of Dazed, Novembre and Etudes. In this editorial for Novembre Magazine Nicolas has collaborated with editor Florence Tétier, who he often works with through the stages of concept development. In this story set amongst Corinthian columns and very dramatic steps, a pair of sun-drenched dreamboats contemplate life, pouts and neck-ties while wearing incredible 70s shirts.

  32. Tamponrun-list-int

    Remember Tampon Run, the brilliant game designed by two teenage girls at coding camp to address inequality in the tech industry AND the taboo surrounding periods at the SAME TIME? It remains one of my favourite things we’ve every posted on It’s Nice That, so you can imagine my delight when Andy Gonzales and Sophie Houser, the brainboxes behind it, got back in touch last week to announce that they’d teamed up with a tech company to develop it even further and make it available as a mobile app, so you can kiss goodbye to your bus journey boredom.