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. On-creativity

    These genuinely inspiring and deftly handled films that feature the heavy-going likes of George Lois and Milton Glaser, do exactly what they say on the tin. On Creativity, a süperfad project, introduces/reintroduces us to some valuable creative doers whose refractive takes on the subject provide an illuminating spectrum of opinion.

  2. Andrew-duncan-list

    “I enjoy baffling people to see how far I can abstract an idea while still delivering its message” says Andrew Duncan, and by both counts the University of the West of England graphics graduate can declare his work as a delight and a success. Using widely unfathomable scientific notions as his subject matter, this designer utilises a universal language of “fun” and “funny” to create bold, graphic pieces of communication that the take form of posters, book works and animations.

  3. Prix-pictet-list

    The Rencontres d’Arles festival, a definite stop-off place for those with an eye out for the truly new and extraordinary in the photographic world, has just announced the shortlist for the fourth Prix Pictet.

  4. Carl-kleiner-list

    Even if you live under bedrock, it’s very likely Carl Kleiner’s impossibly bright, sharply cast still-life’s have penetrated the darkness of your existence (and you are all the better for it). In the past few years, his eye for golden-ratio compositions that set inanimate objects in dramatic contrast to block colours, light and each other have elevated these random items to sculptural status.

  5. Ben-woodeson

    The monopoly “controversial” art holds on being the most reactionary and evocative is well over, just look at the extraordinarily tense artworks of Ben Woodeson and tell me your hands don’t start to claw and your neck itch or however it is you unconsciously react to some impending doom.

  6. Grace-helmer-list

    There is nothing “still life” about Grace Helmer’s paintings. The Camberwell College of Arts illustrator adopted oil paints over traditional drawing modes as her narrative vehicle of impossibly rich, dimensional scenes and abstractions. The permanence of the paint compliments the nature of text – especially the likes of Primo Levi – whose stories frequently reach beyond literal interpretation but are wonderfully figurative nonetheless.

  7. Ikhoor-list

    If you say you design things then the level of ambiguity and intuitiveness fine artists enjoy doesn’t apply to you, right? In the case of Daniel Kent, aka Ikhoor, you’d be wrong. Embarrassingly so, and I can prove it. Aside from some well-conceived, content-led graphic design full of high cultural stuff, just rest your eyeballs on his abstract graphic poster-like illustrations which play with elemental forms and graphic gestures in an intriguing, somehow tribal way, and ask yourself: What is a designer? Joke, don’t do that – just look at more of this Pennsylvania-based creatives work which relies on the “importance of process, art and reason,” it’s great.

  8. Luke-rudolph-list

    The party of portraits that Luke Rudolph is currently exhibiting at the Kate MacGarry gallery pack quite an expressive punch. Ranging, according to the gallery, from the “convivial to the furious” the likes of which I personally identified as “obnoxious”, “suspiciously curious” and “politely oblivious” in the emotive mix – such is the pareidolic power of these works that they’re bound to evoke something different from everyone.

  9. Iaah-list

    Positioning themselves as neither specialists or general practitioners, New Orleans-based IAAH/iamalwayshungry occupy an enviable creative space where exploration is as important as the product with a firm belief in “cross-pollination of methodologies”. Such is the model for contemporary design studios and the sheer volume of variegated projects on IAAH’s site that I’m having trouble nailing their work in classical terms.

  10. Drumlines

    Battle of the Drumlines is a great story, a niche piece of human interest that would otherwise stay close to its source and only inspire those fortunate enough to witness its players in action. Peter Crosby’s documentary, produced by Show Love, follows the entrants to the Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band’s annual Battle of the Drumline event, bringing to light the engaging, rhythm heavy scene that is largely played out in the US South.

  11. Sam-weller-list

    Sam Weller does interesting things with old craft technologies creating design solutions that use the simplicity of their forms and functions with new contexts and a new aesthetic appreciation. Such treatment raises them up to sculptural and even, strangely, musical status in his immediately pleasing furniture and product designs. Like his Holdfast shelving and tables that use deceptively humble clamping elements that support themselves using tension, or the quite brilliant Public Resonance. A project, also using clamps, that can be attached to street furniture and existing architecture of the everyday, channelling its vibrations and the literal resonance of a public space, and was inspired by “the spontaneity of street performers and the busking community.” Inventive, wonderful stuff (with lots of insightful makings-of insights to enjoy).

  12. Joshua-checkley-list

    So here it is, the first profile of The Graduates 2012 and we think Joshua Checkley will get the ball rolling nicely. A straight-up illustrator with a sideline in furniture, Joshua hails from Camberwell College of Arts with a portfolio bent on engagingly simplistic, expertly coloured graphics.

  13. Sam-asbhy-list

    This week’s Bookshelf is a cinematic crop of alternative texts from designer and editor, Sam Ashby. We are well familiar with his creative consultancy especially when it comes to poster design for some of the coolest films from the last few years. As do we know about Little Joe, a regular magazine published from Sam’s studio about “queers and cinema, mostly” – what we don’t know is what he would save from the flames of the rapture (when it comes), that is, until now…

  14. The-human-type-list

    TED Talks are free and pretty bloody good if you didn’t already know and, over the last few years, this goodness has widened its free gamut to include the TED brand, methods and formats. As TEDGlobal’s director Bruno Giussani puts it: “The more you give away the more you get back.”

  15. Carlo-van-de-roer-list

    And for his next trick, Carlo Van de Roer will photograph your aura. But this is no tepid magic show, lamely investing an illusion with about as much art as Paul Daniels (UK ref only I’m afraid).

  16. Strelka-press-list

    Strelka Press is a new, digital-first publishing initiative from the Strelka Institute in Russia publishing concrete (literal, figurative) notions to do with architecture and design and the city (all tenets of the institutes educational programme). In an interview with Design Observer, the editor of the press and design critic for The Guardian, Justin McGuirk emphasised the radical nature of their output as being “something more experimental, something potentially disruptive.” Being digital allows them an immediacy with their messages, free from the costly burden of a printed vehicle, “we’re much lighter on our feet,” he says.

  17. Sharmila-banerjee-list

    Pleasantly surreal, textural comics and illustrations from Berlin-based image maker Sharmila Banerjee include the unexpected likes of Grace Jones, anthropomorphic characters, jungle-cum-duvet patterns, The Numskulls inspired portraits and pineapple party scenes. Sharmila is a prolific maker in these sorts of works and, as member of comics collective “The Treasure Fleet”: and small press publisher of Salmiak Comics (with “Martin Ernstsen”: ), hers is a name that I have successfully (finally) triangulated between the Tumblr-sphere, anthologies and comics festivals. I couldn’t be happier.

  18. Jessica-backhaus-2list

    Foam – the internationally reaching publishing and exhibiting platform that recognises the best photography, like, ever – has gone one more step for the collective good of all photo lovers with their online initiative, Foam For You. As well as an educational challenge about the principles of photography in Stop… Look… Click!, they have also been releasing “inspiration movies” that focus on one particular image-makers oeuvre by way of a single, descriptive term.

  19. Wimbledon-list

    How topical! Wimbledon is with us once more and in spite of whether the mercurial Gods will rain down their displeasure onto us or not, tennis will played.

  20. Sound-dictionary-list

    The Sound Word Index might just be the best idea you’ll hear about all week, nay, month. It has been brilliantly realised by two Royal College of Art grads, Blanche de Lasa and Stina Gromark, in an easily navigable site with the familiar, communication-happy graphics of a trusty dictionary. But this is no Queen’s English, “aardvark” to “zyzzyva” affair. This is the ultimate reference for a new onomatopoeic and emotive vocabulary that infuses our digital messages with “an expressive and resonating language.”

  21. We-are-pi-list

    This weeks Bookshelf comes from the collective mind of WE ARE Pi; a creative agency responsible for more than enough (and yet they keep coming) integrated creative solutions – notably for the likes of TEDx which, just yesterday, they won a Cannes Lion for – and who can be satisfyingly surmised by a maxim: “Ideas worth doing.”

  22. Marriane

    Marriane is Benoît Bohuin’s (aka BenBenWorld) newest and neatest typeface. This lovely little video will say more than I can about how great it looks in it’s infinite potential for bold, slogan-like graphics. Indeed, that is the inspiration: “headline lineal and protest writing (caps only), made of tape modules joined by drawing a typical notch.” The zeitgeist for pithy protests is ever-present and now they can have some serious design kudos. Kudos, Benoît!

  23. Robert-fresson-list

    This time of year makes me feel pretty festive in a way the official holidays never do. Graduate season is upon us and as we at It’s Nice That gear-up for our annual graduate showcase, it’s near impossible to ignore the abundance of post-graduate glory surfacing from the masters courses. And why would we?! Especially if their body of work is anything like the Royal College of Art illustrator Robert G. Fresson.

  24. Hogan

    I can’t really explain what this animation Hogan is about beyond the obvious: 1990s fancy-dress stalwart Hulk Hogan appears to be labouring (enjoyably) under an acid-like morphing – at times a many-headed hydra that imbibes itself, at others giving the viewer a singular, relentlessly bleak stare. Its animator is Peter Millard who has been studying at the Royal College of Art and has potentially been troubled by the image of Hogan for some time – it’s the only way I can explain it.

  25. Omicron-list

    The Hala Stulecia (Centennial Hall) in Wroclaw, Poland, was aptly named as a celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Leipzig (thanks Wikipedia). Now, as its own centennial rolls around in 2013, AntiVJ have been commissioned to install a permeant projection map in its extraordinary, very modern concrete dome.

  26. Nathalie-sims-list

    Natalie Sims’ design deals with a whole tonne of content, placing it in interesting arrangements based on a notion, theory or even a bilateral cipher system developed by Francis Bacon. Far from being random, the effect is unexpected, aesthetically referring to online image searches and offline heavy reference.

  27. Menno-aden-list

    The effect is as immediate as the idea is simple – rooms from above, a point of view shared with the innocuous lightbulb. Not only does the lack of human occupants confuse the scale of the rooms making it hard to gauge the size/reality of the spaces, but without people these images are more would-be than out and out voyeuristic. Slickly executed, they are a fascinating, abstractly geometric set of portraits of people by way of the space they fill, from elevators and photobooths to shops and bedrooms.

  28. Domitille-collardey-list

    After reading her comic in the latest NoBrow compilation (No.7), I’ve got it bad for Domitille Collardey. In multifarious styles the French cartoonist and illustrator (based in Brooklyn) tells stories with a strange wit and little consolation for her characters. In one particular comicstrip series, Bureau of Indisputed Truths, Alfred Hitchcock sports a range of toupees, the unfortunate fate(s) of old-time cultural figures like Nicolas de Stael and Max Linder and Virginia Woolf are played out relatively close to their historical recordings and other four-five panel streams of consciousness cover such disparate and entertaining subjects as lesser known (unrealised) artworks from the greats. Many cartoonists adopt different styles to communicate a story in a different way – most recently Daniel Clowes’ Wilson stands out – and Domitille nails it by working holistically in brush-and-ink with spot on colour and brevity of text.

  29. Rodina-list

    Nothing says fun design like cartoon appendages being used as graphic devices, so that would make The Rodina (made up by Vit Musil, Radim Petruška and Tereza Rullerová) very fun indeed. Unapologetically aesthetic glitches and textures with a graphic vernacular that sounds/looks like – without taking itself too seriously – more art than design, but still equally as communicative.

  30. Gneborg-list

    I’m not sure where to start. These might just be the most satisfying sets of images that I’ve had the pleasure of being out-witted by. Photo-duo Geoffrey Cottenceau and Romain Rousset (collectively Gneborg) use no trickery to make these clever-clever and strange (brilliantly so) one-liner photos that betray something close to genius. There is real theatre and sculptural brio to the work that has convinced me that theirs is surely the funnest job ever. Why make a den out of studio furniture when you can make a damn fine camel?

  31. Inventory-lead

    Currently showing at the Southbank’s Hayward Gallery is an extraordinary group show of works of art that are, for all intents and purposes, invisible. Such art has raised the collective hackles of red-top papers with contentious cries of “can’t see what all the fuss is about modern art?” A sentiment echoed in some of the best comments I have ever had the pleasure of reading, i.e., direct quote: “Art it isn’t i hate that if a normal people does it its nothing but if an art critic says its art its art i say these art critics know nothing.”

  32. Gdlist

    Assertive and bright, Hats & Tales is the dynamic studio partnership between Rotterdam-based designers Hanneke Minten and Saskia Pouwels. Much of the confidence of the work arrives from a solution-based rethink of the initial question and shape of the projects. The collaborative outcomes include many worthy self-initiated projects like The Right to Answer which allows responses to a poster slogan to be worked directly onto the graphic or cultural designs for institutes and magazines, like the identity and print collateral for B-Side Festival. Strong work from a conscientious studio with a mind for education as well as execution of design.

  33. This-is-not-real

    After a year of worldwide screenings and festivals, Gergely Wootsch’s delightful This is Not Real, his graduating animation from the Royal College of Art, is now available to watch online in full. The story follows a small boy on his “chimerical journey” from despondent reality to something altogether brighter and dreamily disconnected, depicted with devices unique to the high quality of digital craft Gergely employs.

  34. Julian-germain-list

    Now showing at Nederlands Fotomuseum is the ongoing series Classroom Portraits, 2004-2012 from social recorder Julian Germain. In each oddly familiar environment, your perspective is that of the teacher but at “child height”; you have the class’ full (largely uninterested, expressionless) attention and it is a strange, almost disconcerting thing to be looked at in such a way.

  35. Theo_int_bookshelf-list

    To extend the pithy “God damn it that’s a good idea” with untold superlatives as to James Théophane’s mode for work – forward thinking, intelligently digital with a stake in the “real world” – would only divert you from his excellent selection for this weeks Bookshelf.

  36. Elcaf-list

    Perhaps it’s easier to explain what not to expect at the first East London Comics & Arts Festival (ELCAF) hosted by NoBrow this weekend. Most importantly, it is definitely not exclusive to the comic and cartoon hangouts; if you know what is good and good for you then you’ll know that a room full of independent publishers and image-makers with original work, limited editions and small-run presses going for mere, mere moneys is worth your while.

  37. Lorenze-klingebiel-list

    There’s great appeal to the contemporary-nod-at-those-before design portfolio of Lorenz Klingebiel – it’s inclusive and full of social graphics projects that range from an in-college Copy Shop with a trusty black and white copier to a rather great poster series that uses Zukunft a typeface of Lorenz’s making (a combination of opposing faces Garabond and Grotesque in a contemporary “re-interpretation of the typographic view on the future in the tradition of Futura”!) which was then applied by 11 designers of various standing onto a classic poster work. Lorenz’s portfolio is full of curatorial endeavours that react directly with current affairs and yes, trends, but all the better for it.

  38. Paul-herbst-list

    Paul Herbst takes some curious photos. The chicken is in the tank and we don’t know why, though someone in the studio is convinced there is a snake in there with it. The flash gives them an uncanny look of all the detail, all at once so that the content of the image is not necessarily immediate, and so (as with the “snake”) they are easy to read into. It happens that the strangeness of these images allow for theories that are stranger still. With a new book pending with Morel Books, we spoke briefly to Paul about why things are, how they could be and what it is…

  39. Raw-color-list

    It’s a relief to put names to projects and right now I’m feeling the same sense of euphoria as yesterday when the change in my pocket matched the price of a white chocolate kitkat exactly. Raw Color, an Eindhoven-based studio consisting of one Daniera ter Haar and one Christoph Brach, are responsible for a number of impossibly great projects and collaborations that I’ve seen spread out across the ether in a beguiling one-image-wins-prizes sort of way.

  40. These-americans-list

    While the debate continues about what infinite-scrolling image aggregation is doing to our cultural landscape, there are still destination sites to which an extraordinary amount of people subscribe where they know they will garner rare insight and context. One such stopping off place is American Suburb X which, since 2008, has archived the “massively relevant oats, dramatically sifting present and rapidly unfolding future” in photographs, and it is quite something.