Author Archive: Bryony Quinn

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Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.

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  1. Saskia-pomeroy-list

    Working largely with printed and painted textile patterns, paper cut surfaces and abstract shapes, London-based Saskia Pomeroy’s practice is a playful and applicable creative kit of parts for illustration, fashion and design. All at once dynamic and still life, her compositions are built with reduced forms that work their way into seamlessly aesthetic groupings on the page and very successful collaborations in the real world. With a lovely body of work behind her and a recent exhibition under her belt, we asked thought her a great choice for an Introducing… feature.

  2. Golden-cosmos-list

    Since coming across Golden Cosmos – the dream team combination of illustrator-designers, Doris Freigofas and Daniel Dolz – earlier "this year:http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/golden-cosmos, we’ve never looked back. The Berlin-based duo produce an extraordinary and prolific output of primary-coloured, screenprint-style works that draw from their shared love in a carefully balanced world they’ve created for themselves.

  3. Nils-petter-elkwall-list

    There’s a fascinating level of detail to Swedish illustrator Nils-Petter Ekwall’s work. Making excellent use of disproportionate scale and infographic-ky, byzantine metropolis and landscape scenes, the illustrator is responsible for a particularly sharp style that has a real diversity in its application without straying onto disparate ground. From record covers to editorial spreads, Nils’ very established portfolio, which owes as much to graphic design as to illustration, is a real treat for the eyes and plays very well to the contemporary digital trend for information-heavy imagery.

  4. Jon-rafman-list

    Jon Rafman is an artist widely-known for his 9-Eyes project (currently exhibiting at London’s Saatchi Gallery) that sees him digitally traverse the byways and highways of Google Street View, capturing images with the incidental eye of a street photographer. This is his medium: utilising existing imagery and software, which is accessible to anyone near the internet, and presenting it in new and unexpected contexts. With that in mind, in none of his series are the web tools at his disposal more successfully manipulated than the ongoing Brand New Paint Job.

  5. Image-atlas-list

    Taryn Simon, an artist and photographer now synonymous with her indexing of human and cultural genealogies and experience has teamed up with Aaron Schwartz, an author, analyst and tech creator of some of the most forward-thinking and open platforms for discussion and exchange of information.

  6. Chris-ware-list

    It’s been a very long time since comics widened their scope beyond superheroes and science fiction for anyone to dismiss them as the creative property for only those interested in such stuff.

  7. Max-fenton-list

    Max Fenton is stalwart of and evangelist for all sorts of reading and writing experiences, both on and off screen (particularly A Book Apart and Reading.am). He is also the online editor of The Believer magazine – a literary vehicle for very long essays and book reviews, a length absolutely justified by the overwhelming goodness of the content.

  8. Metamorphoses-list

    This isn’t the first cinematic trailer/featurette a top gallery has produced for their “blockbuster” exhibition – for a while now, institutes have doubtless realised the potential viral power of such films for garnering interest from an audience who may not be in the same country, let alone the same city, as the gallery. The latest big-time show at London’s National Gallery is particularly well suited to a cineaste tastes as they present three definitive works by the Italian master Titian; his Metamorphosis paintings of Ovid’s Acteon and Diana.

  9. Javascript-review-list

    What I know about javascript wouldn’t fit on a pixel. In my small mind, programming is an abstract concept occupying the digital commons of an elite, highly trained, breed of humanoid whose hands are prosthetic illusions as they type meaninglessly on the keyboard, distracting us from the fact that their thoughts have a direct line to the ubiquitous Web lord.

  10. Daniel-potential-list

    Oh boy, we love Daniel Brereton (aka Dan has Potential), everything he draws or paints or embroiders, as is the case of these wall-hanging wonders for Urban Outfitters, is a vivid illustrative delight.

  11. Kai-nodlund-list

    Kai Nodland’s illustrations are of the mystic persuasion. They have no little amount of charm with their intensively detailed, symbol-rich, cosmic-like compositions. They are also wonderful feats in mark making and exploration of media – from sketches to paintings the level of detail is a signifier of the artist’s evanescent imagination and wonder.

  12. Steve-miller-list

    Will x-ray pictures ever not be fascinating? Steve Miller takes familiar high-fashion items and subjects them to this trusted mode of invasive scrutiny, revealing some uncommon contents that make curious and aesthetic arrangements. These images, part of a series called Fashion Animals that also looks through the bodies of Brazilian creatures therefore comparing them to the exotic contrivance of a handbag or shoes, asks abstract questions about the superficiality of manufactured objects in graphically iconic fashion (no pun intended).

  13. Lilli-carre-list

    Lilli Carré has all bases covered with her hugely applicable illustrative stylings. From editorial spots for top US magazines and papers (The Believer, The New Yorker, Best American Nonrequired Reading… you get my drift) to works on paper that begin to leave the page (literally) and a panoply of mini-narratives, from ten second loops of moving drawings to ingeniously crafted cartoons and animations, comics and graphic novels.

  14. Spencer-wilton-list

    It is one big universal truth that our immediate environments and those we share breathing space with will inform what we do and make. Not everyone can pick themselves up and transplant everything they know with foreign architecture, questionable cuisine and/or whole other languages, but Spencer Wilton has. For this travelling graphic designer, new landscapes brought out a different sort of work from him and, for some time now, he has been photographing his way about the place, producing images that appear to hold all the studied attention of his original occupation…

  15. Summertimes-blues-list

    What is happiness, good people? Adam Buxton, dressed like an angry stick of rock with a beard and swimming cap, being directed by Garth Jennings to point at and avoid exploding sand moles in perfect synchronicity to music that sounds “like a cross between Rammstein and The Muppets.”

  16. Maya-wild-list

    Loving the excellent colour pencil stylings of musicians from illustrator Maya Wild. Her tribally motifs and deliberate 1990s party vibes have an almost fan art quality (only Maya happens to have a draftsmanship above and beyond the regular requirements of a fan artist) and she seems happily self aware of the familiar references and fashions that the style honours, using contemporary musicians and jazzy typography to bring it bang up to date – a quality that has been recognised by all sorts of brands and magazines (like Adidas, Dazed & Confused and Nylon) who all want a piece of her undoubtedly positive pop acumen.

  17. Eyal-gever-list-01

    In the meeting point between technology and art, Eyal Gever is holding fort. He is both developer of extraordinary digital systems that produce sublime hypothetical models, and sculptor of these simulations made real.

  18. Gourmand-list-01

    The Gourmand is a new magazine about food and the culture thereof. It is not gourmet; it isn’t precious or on-trend or uninteresting (in the way only those people tasked with trying to eat tiny leaning-tower-of-Pisa-style plates of food might find it interesting). A gourmand is a person who “takes pleasure and interest in food of all kinds” and the contents of this publication reflect that.

  19. Road-and-rail-links-list

    Road and Rail Links Between Sheffield and Manchester is the latest book from Theo Simpson of Mass Observation and Adam Murray of Preston is my Paris. The duo, both concerned with the character and construction of our built landscape, have created a document of the distance between two cities that is “intent on encouraging discovery and investigation of the infrastructure and landscape it traverses.”

  20. Jens-ulrich-list

    Berlin-based artist Jens Ullrich creates large-scale collages that make the careful elision between frozen-moment drama in sports photography and the inertia of classical looking sculptures.

  21. Maadonna-list

    We stumbled on to the Maadonna website not long ago and I for one was baffled and entertained by it in equal measure. It has the sort of random graphics and obscure responsive actions to your cursor that comes from some clever coding that I/we will not be able to name or understand anytime soon and, in short, we were intrigued.

  22. Charles-atlas-bookshelf-list

    In August, Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons) is directing the Meltdown festival at London’s Sountbank Centre. His 12 day line-up of music, performance art, talks and films includes the likes of Marina Abramović, Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed – so clearly excellent taste. Also billed is a truly extraordinary film by director/video artist Charles Atlas who collaborated with Antony in 2006 for a live concert, TURNING, which starred 13 unique New York women as they rotated on a platform as Charles created “intimate and hypnotic video portraits which are then captured, processed and projected on a giant screen.”

  23. List

    African super graphics, Peruvian guinea pigs, distasteful jokes and a Peckham bakery; with subject matter like this, no one can accuse graphic design graduate Isabel Gibson of following the tired student tropes of a tea pantone or some triangles.

  24. Maciek-pozoga-list

    Maciek Pozoga’s portraits of people are some of my total favourites. On one hand he can take on all the banality of a studio photograph (à la family portrait) and make it absolutely extraordinary with green-screen over exposures or a raw yet luxurious, painting-like sittings – which all make for great, unlikely fashion stories and editorial.

  25. Etienne-gros-list

    Etienne Gros pulls and tucks dense foam to take the form of a shapely lady minus head and legs (very like a squidgy Venus de Milo) – the result, Les Mousses, is so simple and so effective (though undoubtedly takes some skill to realise) that I’m only able to muster the singular thought of “brilliant”.

  26. Timothy-lapointe-cascade-list

    If I had a finite number of screen-grabs left in me – in the same way that I know I can only play Allesi Brothers’ Seabird a few more times before it will cease to be enjoyable – I’d use most of them up on this one-minute-20 wonder animation, Cascade, by Timothy LaPointe.

  27. 01-alex-walker-list

    Good ideas, especially the technical ones, aren’t always easy to explain with words and that is where Alex Walker comes in. With his precision illustration and the sensibility of a graphic designer, his all-things-considered approach means that this Nottingham Trent graduate is well placed to both display and portray information.

  28. Corbusier-1

    Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret 125 years ago, Le Corbusier’s legacy as a designer, architect and writer is one of the most influential in the history of modernist architecture. So what then, would you give as a worthy birthday present to such a man?!

  29. William-selden-list-1

    Fashion and editorial photographer William Selden’s latest collaborative series with set designer Gary Card for Ponystep Magazine turns their combined alien eye for tone and depth on two seemingly random things; a kitten and iridescent plastic.

  30. Yerina-cha-list

    Here’s a portfolio of consistently strong graphic design, with thoughtfully measured information that doesn’t clutter or clump the poster layout or billboard or app or however its designer applies it. It’s is nice then that Yerina Cha, the individual responsible, studied fine art before design – it suggests that her experience with conceptual content means that there is that much more emphasis on the aesthetic experience of data, or typographic message.

  31. Jean-de-wet-list

    Look! Lovely clear line illustration with an incredible surface quality from South Africa-based Jean de Wet. In a reserved palate of one or two colours, Jean depicts epic jungle scenes, teenage prophets and mystical mud swamps in large-scale, one pager, byzantine narratives. They are a wonderful feat of foliage, architecture, imagination and characters who blend seamlessly into their environments and, for the reader, they’re a total trip.

  32. Eric-kessels-list

    Erik Kessels is renowned for his photographic collections as well as, of course, his part in operating KesselsKramer advertising agency. One of his previous exhibitions at the FOAM Gallery in Amsterdam involved him printing out every photo uploaded onto Flickr in just one day; the resulting avalanche-threatening installation inspired an extraordinary awe from the sheer physical volume that would be impossible to communicate with mere statistics on a screen.

  33. James-hines-list

    James Hines is someone who strikes me as creating a world in his work that he’d quite happily live in. Bold, bright (mercilessly so) and full of the sort of geometric-happy iterations that recall 1960s Penguin poetry books or jazzy records. All in all, it’s a confident and delightfully aesthetic body of work that uses his innate talent for a pattern in collections of poster, surface and experimental drawn works. James’ portfolio = a very positive start to the day.

  34. Eckart-hahn-list

    Hyping up a perfect painting to the point of abstraction, Eckart Hahns has realistically unreal down to a tee. On one easy level, we can appreciate the extraordinary ability it takes to paint the tangible quality of folding fabric and (what appears to be) cascading, coloured plastics – painted to such vivid, dimensional effect. Simultaneously, Eckart affords us plenty to read into with deliberate hints at familiar, old-master motifs and symbolic compositions, albeit with what appears to be strategically arranged carrier bags, duvets, a white pony and a monkey.

  35. Krads_stodin-list

    For 65 years, Iceland played host to a large American army base and it’s this cultural influence that has influenced the Stöðin roadside stop, designed by Icelandic and Danish architects, KRADS.

  36. Lorna-scobie-list

    Even if you don’t have children, or know any humanoid under the age of nine, you are no longer excused for your lack of interest in children’s book illustration. Lorna Scobie, one of Kingston University’s finest illustration graduates, will knock your jaded skulls together with her particularly acerbic knack for characterising animals in a style that frequently leaves her up to the elbows in ink and glue.

  37. Dark-knight-rises

    We’re officially no stranger to the teaser/featurette style of cinematic promotion – just look at the wonderful David film by Johnny Hardstaff for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus or Alfred Hitchcock creeping out audiences on all levels with his jowly premonitions.

  38. Wayne-hemingway-design-list

    In a few weeks, Vintage Festival will be underway in Oxfordshire and its founder, Wayne Hemingway, will be presenting for purchase and perusal, an epic cross-section of fashion from the last century. No stranger to bold design initiatives, Wayne is the chair of Building for Life and founder of Red or Dead and HemingwayDesign and, if his accomplishments were not enough already, he’s only gone and contributed to our weekly Bookshelf…

  39. Chengguo-list

    Up until now the mouth has merely been a cavity into which one places cake and, occasionally, mutter a sonnet. Finally, we can put it to good use with the various instruments from Cheng Guo’s Mouth Factory.

  40. Karel-martens

    “Evoking meaning rather than boldly presenting truth is the essence of typographer Karel Martens work” says the disembodied voice of this eight-and-a-half minute profile film following the Dutch pedagogic graphic designer, created by the Submarine Channel. What Martens has achieved in his extraordinary career would not fit into a film 100 times as long but what this short does do is shed a renewing light on the importance of play as a mode for thought.