Nice

The It’s Nice That byline is used on posts that relate to the site in general, specific announcements or pieces where there is no clear single author. Contact us using the email address below if you have questions, feedback or complaints.

hello@itsnicethat.com@itsnicethat

263 articles
  1. List

    The final Nicer Tuesdays of the year took place last night and we were joined by six speakers who have all had particularly interesting and exciting years.

  2. List

    At our food-themed Nicer Tuesdays, we enjoyed some left of centre culinary insight from Ken Kirton of the wonderful Hato Press, the risograph printers behind books like Studio Cookbook and the recent Cooking with Scorsese, a wonderful little publication that turns the idea of the cookbook on its head. Instead of recipes, we get stills from food-focussed films that encourage readers to look at cooking through a different, more cinematic lens. “There’s no step-by-step ingredients list – it’s all screenshots and subtitles,” said Ken.

  3. List

    It’s been a weird week. The wind down for Christmas always feels a bit like a steam train running out of…steam. One last push, one last heave through illness, emails, tidy-ups and secret santas then it’s time to get blaringly drunk, embarrass yourself in front of your colleagues and go home to let someone care for you until it all starts all over again. I don’t think that sounds too bad, do you? Here’s some brain fodder to keep you going for the final hump…

  4. List

    The It’s Nice That Annual is our way of celebrating some our favourite articles from the site over the past 12 months in printed form. You know this, right? Well this year for the first time we’ve also launched a dedicated It’s Nice that Annual website to give people a sense of what they can expect from our big, bright blue book of creative brilliance.

  5. List

    At last month’s food-themed Nicer Tuesdays our first speaker was Caroline Till from multi-disciplinary design studio FranklinTill, which curated the Sensory Suppers at London Design Festival 2011. The idea was born, Caroline said, from a reaction she was hearing among designers, journalists and visitors to LDF that they wanted “no more chairs.” She explained: “There’s a rise for intangible experiences – we wanted to redesign how you interact with food.”

  6. List

    We are every possible kind of delighted to introduce the 2014 It’s Nice That Annual which is now available to buy. It’s big, it’s blue and it’s back for the third year with more creative work than ever packed into its 300-plus pages.

  7. List

    At last month’s Nicer Tuesdays our final speakers were Lee Belcher and David McKendrick – formerly of Wallpaper* and Esquire respectively – whose new venture B.A.M. has just redesigned the magazine for art auction house Christie’s. The pair talked us through how they developed the new look and feel, mainly by immersing themselves in the Christie’s archives.

  8. List

    The It’s Nice That Annual is a celebration of 12 months’ worth of sheer creative brilliance, and so it was great to collaborate on the book with a partner who shares the same values when it comes to art and design excellence, Moreover G . F Smith has had a big year itself, with its terrific new rebrand by Made Thought unveiled back in April.

  9. Nicer_tuesdays_highlights_2014_list_image

    For the final Nicer Tuesdays of the year we’re returning with a very special evening of talks celebrating some of the creative highlights of 2014.

  10. Wee

    Here we are again, another Friday, another reason to sit back and catch up on what you may have missed from the last five days of creative gloriousness we’ve been putting before your lucky little peepers this week. Enjoy.

  11. List

    For the past couple of weeks our Behind The Screens feature has been exploring the world of online publishing, paying tribute to some of the best sites around by talking to the people that make them what they are. From Dezeen to Booooooom, Pitchfork to NOWNESS we’ve been thrilled to hear so many insights about an area we believe doesn’t get the credit it deserves.

  12. List

    In the past couple of years we’ve featured hundreds of great creative projects in our Annuals but rarely have we heard from those who’ve made an impact on the art and design world – until now. For 2014, we’ve interspersed the Annual with short Q&A interviews with 50 creatives who have impressed and inspired us over the past 12 months.

  13. List

    Some things change, while some beat on ceaselessly, boats against the current and the Studio Audience podcast falls firmly in the latter camp. This week we looked at apparent plans for new-look, hipster-fied KFC restaurants here in the UK, we discussed the final instalment of Monument Valley and we discussed Tate Modern’s extraordinary new war photography show Conflict. Time. Photography, touching on this review from The Telegraph.

  14. List

    A constant refrain when putting together the It’s Nice That Annual is to keep the creative work front and centre. This isn’t about us; it’s about the stunning, mesmerising, funny, thought-provoking, charming, painstaking and fascinating projects that we’re proud to showcase in all their glory. This year though we decided to go one better, and from the off we all agreed that it would be great if each cover carried a piece of art and design that could then be found within the book.

  15. List

    Food was on the proverbial table at last night’s Nicer Tuesdays, with four speakers who engaged in all-things-edible talking us though their work in experiential food design; print and publishing; illustration and, perhaps most obscurely, edible insects.

  16. List

    And so the week is winding down and we’re all having a little jig thinking about the wonders and delights the next two days has to offer. But before we leave y’all, check out some things what we did this week and then the usual feckless collection of the weird and wonderful bits and bobs that made it into our eyes this week. There may or may not be a crow doing winter sports (there is).

  17. List

    At last month’s Nicer Tuesdays we were joined by photographer Dan Tobin Smith who talked us through his extraordinary London Design Festival installation of colour-coded clutter called The First Law Of Kipple. “LDF is always about new things – a slightly different kind of chair – so it was interesting to extend it to things that are kind of useless,” Dan explained. He talked us through his inspirations rooted in an interest in the laws of thermodynamics, and the practical considerations such as drawing up a definitive definition of what actually constituted kipple. But at its heart the piece had very universal appeal – “We can all relate to this idea of stuff,” Dan said.

  18. List

    This week the regular pod team were scattered by a combination of illness and holidays but we managed to find some 24-carat replacements. We chatted about the Kim Kardashian Paper Magazine cover shot by Jean-Paul Goude, as well as reflecting on the event we held this week at London College of Communication to explore whether there is a gap between design educattion and the creative industries.

  19. Int1.002_list_image_01

    It’s Chrrrrrriiiiissssstttttmmmmmaaaaaasssssssss! Ok it’s not really, but there are certain milestones that begin the countdown to the festive season and in our own small way we hope the arrival of the It’s Nice That Annual is one of them. Designed this year by the excellent Studio Makgill, the Annual is back and it’s bigger and better than ever before.

  20. Nicer_tuesdays_food_list_image

    Nicer Tuesdays is back, and this month we are joined by four creatives who are exploring the world of food in unique and inspiring ways.

  21. List

    At October’s art themed Nicer Tuesdays we heard from Jessica Vaughan, programme coordinator at Studio Voltaire. She looked at the difference between commissioning and curating and explained that at Studio Voltaire, “there is a huge emphasis on risk-taking, and putting the artist at the centre of everything we do.” Focusing on their latest show with Turner Prize nominee Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Jessica explained how she helps bring this challenging and provocative work to life. “I work with artists not art objects to make things happen, she said, but conceded, “as a curator you do spend a lot of time thinking about funding.”

  22. List

    Ahead of a panel discussion we’re hosting at London College of Communication next week we’re keen to explore whether the gap between design schools and the creative industries is a problem that needs addressing. You can add your thoughts using the discussion thread below…

  23. List

    Last month we held an evening of talks at Mother London to showcase some of our favourite creative projects made possible through crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Since it launched in 2009, it’s no exaggeration to say the organisation has changed the way the creative world works and it was great to hear from some of those who had made the most of the new opportunities Kickstarter offers.

  24. List

    First up at our art-themed Nicer Tuesdays we heard from Neil Griffiths, founder of the Arts Emergency charity. Describing himself as “part uncle, part agitator, part administrator,” his organisation was born out of “ a lot of passion and lot of anger.” Its mission is to open up careers in the creative and media industries to people who don’t enjoy the privileges that often give certain people a head start. From this simple idea the charity has grown to working with thousands of young people offering one-to-one mentoring and practical help like UCAS advice and vocal coaching for auditions. “We have got a toxic situation,” Neil explained in terms of financial cuts for arts education,” so we are doing something very practical and very positive.”

  25. Weekender-list

    The Weekender is like the online equivalent of the bucket full of sweets that your mum keeps next to the front door on Halloween to hurl at the kids who come trick or treating. Except we’ve replaced the treats with art and design, so you’ll have to get your calories elsewhere. As the Criminologist says, “I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey.” Off we go then!

  26. List

    Last night’s Nicer Tuesdays was themed around art and we welcomed four speakers who looked at the topic from the perspectives of education, research, curation and publication.

  27. Weekender-list

    To stop you losing any more precious minutes when we lose an hour on Sunday, here at It’s Nice That we’ve kindly gathered all the important stuff you should be wrapping your eyes around before they’re left sadly squinting in darkness. You know because we’re nice like that. Let us be your light. Here’s The Weekender.

  28. List

    At last month’s photo-themed Nicer Tuesdays we were joined by Luke Evans, a photographer, designer and one of our 2014 Graduates. Luke gave us a funny and honest account of three of his projects, from swallowing photographic film and creating landscapes on his kitchen table to printing with 400,000 volts. Outlining the fun and the challenges of working on what he called “super low-budget stuff,” his talk confirmed the importance of following through with ideas, however daft they may initially seem. “There were tonnes and tonnes of failures,” he admitted.

  29. List

    Over recent weeks we’ve made a few ch-ch-changes here at It’s Nice That HQ and seeing as they’ve now all taken effect, we thought it made sense to bring y’all up to speed too. Rob Alderson, James Cartwright and Maisie Skidmore stay in their current roles as Editor-in-Chief, Print Editor and Assistant Editor respectively but elsewhere we’ve mixed things up a bit.

  30. Nicer_tuesdays_art_list_image

    This month’s Nicer Tuesdays will tackle the subject of art, bringing together four speakers who will each describe a different stage in the art process from education and research to curation and finally publication.

  31. List

    At last month’s photography-themed Nicer Tuesdays we were thrilled to welcome Harry Hardie, photography lecturer at the University of Westminster and founder of Here Press, whose mission he explained is “to make concept albums in book form. We like to find projects that are really problematic and try to make sense of them.”

  32. List

    Earlier this week we covered Chelsea Louise Berlin’s fantastic book Rave Art which celebrates the flyers and invites that defined the acid house era in the 1980s and 90s. The article was a huge hit, bringing back some fond (and maybe quite hazy) memories for many readers, so with that in mind it was a no-brainer when it came to choosing this week’s Friday Mixtape.

  33. List

    At last month’s Nicer Tuesdays we welcomed four speakers who explored the art and craft of photography in very different ways. Olly Lang kicked off proceedings telling us from the off that he’s very definitely not a photographer; although his 200,000 Instagram followers may beg to differ. Olly talked about how he marries the technological advantages of shooting on his smartphone – the discretion, the flexibility and the sheer number of pictures you can take – with the artistic flair of the photographers he really admires, “who manage to capture so much flavour in their images.” The power of the phone is that it allows him to switch very quickly between creating and consuming imagery, and he explained how the right composition plus the right context can create powerful pictures.

  34. Kickstarter_list_image

    Few things fundamentally change the way the creative world works, which makes the rise and rise of crowdfunding site Kickstarter all the more remarkable. Now five years in, it’s one of those brands that’s become a verb and “to Kickstarter” is an increasingly common way of launching a project.

  35. List

    In recent months the question of so-called spec work has been raised with us over social media in light of various design competitions we have helped promote. Off the back of that we have spent a lot of time discussing this thorny issue with various people so as to formulate a consistent approach, although the nature of these things is that each is best analysed on a case by case basis.

  36. List

    At last night’s Nicer Tuesdays we were treated to four varied but equally enlightening talks on different aspects of the art and craft of photography.

  37. List

    At August’s storytelling-themed Nicer Tuesdays, we were joined by founders and hosts of The Butcher’s Apron podcast, Emma Gibson and Nadine Monem. They came together after realising “that all the best stories were the ones we told and retold down the pub” and wanted to carve out a radio space in which these tales could live.

  38. Main12

    If the Weekender was a person, it’d be the kind of person you’d walk past in the street, then taken three steps backwards to get a better look at, then recoil visibly from, then reach into your pocket to take out your phone and take a selfie with. Later on at the pub you’d whip out your phone excitedly to share this uniquely memorable moment with your friends, and find that the photograph had disappeared and all that was left was a shot of you posing awkwardly with a packet of Monster Munch. That’s just the kind of guy the Weekender is. Enjoy our weekly supplement!

  39. List

    At last month’s Nicer Tuesdays the brilliant Ken Wong of ustwo gave us a terrific insight into how narrative informed and permeated the studio’s hugely popular Monument Valley game. “There is no blowing things up or high scores,” Ken explained, “just geometry and impossible architecture and forgiveness.”

  40. List

    To celebrate the launch of the Autumn issue of Printed Pages, we’ll be giving you a taster of some of the articles all this week. Below you’ll find a short excerpt from the story as well as a couple of images; for the full piece you can buy the latest Printed Pages here.