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    Nicer Tuesdays is back, and this month we’re joined by four creatives who are each exploring the world of books in wonderful and unique ways.

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    Scorchio!” is the word of the week for the Weekender. It’s been a joy to have the sun beaming down on us so perpetually, and to avoid wishing that heat away the Weekender is adopting a sensible summer regimen to get through it. This includes a daily dose of ice cream of your choice, the right to say “God it’s hot!” up to eight times a day and a uniform of loose-fitting bits of material that we can get away with calling “clothes.” If you want the same prescription as the Weekender read on ahead and come see us after – we’ll be melting in the park dreaming of paddling pools.

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    Year on year we’re astounded by the number and the quality of applications to the It’s Nice That Graduates, but this time around – when we were faced with the mammoth task of whittling down 900 applicants to only 16 talented people – we knew had our work cut out.
    We’ve had some brow-mopping and no small amount of heated debates to get to this point, but the final 16 graduates, whose work ranges from graphic design and illustration to fine art and photography, are a truly talented, driven bunch, and we’re very excited to be championing them for the year ahead.

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    If the Weekender was to create a soundtrack it wouldn’t have any of those cool jams the kids listen to these days. It would be filled with the songs and artists that remind us of a time when you had to ring someone’s house phone to talk to them. With bangerz from Craig David, Blazin’ Squad and Billie Piper, it would be like an old episode of Top of the Pops, and then we’d all go out for a Pizza Hut buffet. So while the Weekender drifts off into a carb-fuelled, cheese-laden food coma, have a little peek at what we’ve been seeing and reading this week.

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    If the Weekender were to contribute to the “lonely hearts” column in a crumpled, thoroughly thumbed tabloid, it would probably read “fun-loving, outgoing, heavily bearded older guy, WLTM likeminded pals for weird GIF exchanges, bad jokes, all-you-can-drink Bloody Mary brunches and all that accompanies them.” If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you’re in the wrong place. Enjoy!

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    Did you miss our Technology-themed instalment of Nicer Tuesdays at the end of April? Feeling a bit glum at having eschewed the opportunity to hear the founders of Territory Studio, animator Doug Hindson, the chaps behind Technology Will Save Us and the inventor of Sugru divulge fascinating tidbits of wisdom?

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    The only event the Weekender is interested in this weekend is the Queen’s birthday. Yes it’s our Majesty’s official birthday this Saturday and as well as the standard parade, the Weekender has been invited to the saucy after-party to tear it up Windsor-style with the Royals. Champagne and strawberries will flow, everyone will do the cancan and the morning-after fry-up will be delicious. So consider this edition of the Weekender as the warm-up, the canapé to the main dinner party if you will.

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    Portuguese graphic designer and illustrator Braulio Amado – who we interviewed here and who currently works for Bloomberg Businessweek – recently got in touch about the huge expense of entering (and winning) design awards. Here he is on the confusing reality of it costing more than $400 to receive awards from the Type Directors Club.

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    This month’s Nicer Tuesdays is on the subject of public art, bringing together four talks from creatives who approach the subject in their own unique way. 

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    Oh weekend, how you bewitch us with your siren song. Those two days of utter bliss, where we brunch together and laugh lazily while watching the clouds go by. But lately weekend, you’ve not been your sweetest. You get ratty when we don’t “favourite” what you’ve tweeted, shrug when we ask your opinion and you insist on talking about the Sundays you’ve spent with other people. Enter the Weekender, the relationship equivalent of getting a puppy to pave over the cracks. Excitable, distracting and full of unconditional love, we’re buying a lead and taking the Weekender for a walk on this humid afternoon. Join us, won’t you?

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    Back in the mists of the pre-internet era, the end of the week was a somewhat muted affair. Brunches went un-Instagrammed, plans could be boasted about only to a select few and everyone just had to do what was directly in front of them rather than tracking down an exciting pop-up yak milk yurt in deepest Clapton. But no more – the weekend is now in our hands and this very weekly round-up is proof that there’s a new world order. Bend your knee yeah, it’s The Weekender…

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    Gather round, charge your glasses and pin back those ears, the pod is back with an elongated episode in which we touch on all manner of art and design extravagance. In the first section we talk about the sumptuous new Seymour Chwast archive, the success of this kind of Photoshop project and i-D’s 18-cover 35th anniversary issue.

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    We love our favourite illustrators so much we want to tell the world about them, and we want you to be able to show the world what great taste you have in both illustration and garments too. So what better way to do that than to wear their images on your sleeve, or to be exact, on your chest. Printed Pages has teamed up with Japanese fashion brand Beams to release a limited-edition run of T-shirts from a trio of our very fave illustrators: Kyle Platts, Oscar Bolton Green and Dan Stafford, the man behind the lovely nudes images that graced the spreads of our SS15 Printed Pages.

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    Few figures have had more of an impact on contemporary British television than Graham Linehan. As the creator of Father Ted, Black Books and The IT Crowd, he helped redefine the sitcom landscape and won five BAFTAS in the process.

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    Certain things signal that we’ve broken the back of the week – the intensification of social plans, the sing-song siren call of the weekend and the arrival of our Studio Audience podcast. This week we’re taking on all the big issues (in a specific art and design context) – including Grayson Perry’s Dream House project, Airbnb floating a 70-tonne house down the Thames (plus backlash!) and this year’s Designs of the Year category winners.

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    STUDENTS! Peel your foreheads from your desks, put down your Sharpies, and press pause on the printers – it’s time to enter your work for the chance to be one of It’s Nice That’s Graduates of 2015.

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    Ben Tallon’s new book explores the difficult transition to going freelance which many in the creative world make, and by which many more are tempted. To mark the publication of Champagne and Wax Crayons Ben has written a piece about how he found taking that giant leap. You can add your thoughts below…

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    Remember what fantastic fun our childhood-themed Nicer Tuesdays was? There were balloons and everything. If you want to relive that evening, or if you couldn’t make it, then you’re in for a treat – we’ve got films of each of the speakers below for you. They were Science Museum curator Toby Parkin, comics artist Kev F. Sutherland, Play-o-logy co-founder Katie Johnston and Lawrence Zeegen, university professor and author of Penguin by Design. And gosh, they were good. Enjoy!

  19. Weekender-list

    This week has been a whirlwind, one minute it’s sunny, the next it’s raining. It’s an emotional weather-coaster as they say. BUT fear not, because the one thing that will never let you down is the Weekender. That’s right, no matter what, we’ll be there. Huzzah! So pop on your comfiest trousers and crack open the beers, it’s Friday and it’s time for The Weekender.

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    Ready your ears, engage your brains and assume the brace position – the new episode of Studio Audience is right here. In it we discuss Tate Modern turning 15, Assemble’s inclusion on the Turner Prize shortlist, Jeremy Deller’s Venice jukebox and a new show for the world’s best art forger. We also discuss Cass Bird shooting in the Met Gala toilets and the Design Museum’s Camper show.

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    While we career into spring, it’s hard to remember what was good about those colder months, like February. That’s because there wasn’t much really, just heinous people talking about heinous detoxes, Christmas-battered bank balances and very cold toes. However, one very good thing was our Publishing-themed Nicer Tuesdays! On the night we had a stellar cast of publishing world hotshots including Tim Noakes, editor-in-chief of Dazed; fashion features editor at PORT David Hellqvist; Anna Bates and Elizabeth Glickfeld, co-founders and editors of crowdfunded biannual design magazine Dirty Furniture and Stack Magazine founder Steve Watson.

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    This month’s Nicer Tuesdays is on the subject of nature, bringing together four talks from creatives who approach the subject in their own unique way.

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    The It’s Nice That podcast spins around each week with alarming regularity but lo and behold it’s back again with a special twist. With two Studio Audience stalwarts Liv Siddall and James Cartwright leaving us this week we took the chance to look back at some of the creative highlights of their time here. We also take a quick spin through the art and design news, touching on The Onion’s recent redesign and its brilliant explanatory essay, plus the new-look Esquire, David Hockney’s take on Twitter, the brilliant new Christoph Niemann show of pencil drawings and our Graduates scheme 2015!

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    They say a picture is worth a thousand words but where the It’s Nice That podcast is concerned, it’s the words that are doing all the leg work. Come with us into the thicket of this week’s offering and see what art and design treats we have in store. We look at JR’s cover for The New York Times Magazine plus Anorak’s new venture and an interesting project from Vangardist Magazine to tackle HIV stigma.

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    You can tell that Here 2015 is almost upon us as we present our final speakers, photographic duo Blommers Schumm. When it comes to client lists, few photographers can boast the breadth or quality of commissions that Anuschka Blommers and Niels Schumm have worked on. The Dutch duo started out working on still-­life and portrait projects before branching out into fashion.

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    It’s design award season (like the film world equivalent but fewer red carpets and more pictures of people staring at posters) and as ever the winners will be much discussed across the creative industries. But genuinely useful advice for those who enter has been thin on the ground, until now. Having relaunched her website, the brilliant Marian Bantjes has also started a new blog (huzzah!) and recently wrote a series of tips for those designers putting their work up for awards, based on her extensive experience as a judge. You can add comments below, or just soak up the wisdom…

  27. Karlssonwilker-here-itsnicethat-list

    Here 2015 draws ever nearer and we’re reaching the home stretch in our profiles of some of the great creative talents taking to the stage. Next up is karlssonwilker’s Hjalti Karlsson. Hjalti met Jan Wilker while working for graphic design superstar Stefan Sagmeister and they founded their own New York studio, karlssonwilker, at the turn of the millennium.

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    The countdown to Here continues apace and today we’re turning our attention to Jordy van den Nieuwendijk. The past few years have seen a dizzying rise for the Dutch artist and illustrator. In an astonishingly short space of time he’s emerged as one of the most exciting, prolific practitioners working today, clocking up a client list which includes the likes of The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Lacoste and Vogue.

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    We are now just eight weeks from Here 2015 on Friday 12 June and we’re continuing our look at our brilliant speakers with Charlotte Heal. When it comes to discussing young design talent, Charlotte’s name invariably crops up as someone whose work is going from strength to strength. The graphic designer and art director has a wealth of impressive experience on her CV, from glossy magazines LOVE and Lula, to studios like Spring Creative and Suburbia, and publishers such as the V&A and Random House.

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    It has taken a little time but we’re finally ready to unveil the videos from our brilliant humour-themed Nicer Tuesdays held earlier this year. In an attempt to banish any lingering January blues we asked artist Wilfrid Wood, illustrator Matilda Tristram, the inimitable Mr Bingo and our very own INT Works art director Karl Toomey to explore how being funny inspires and affects the way they work.

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    If you’re a person who loves It’s Nice That, is super-passionate about the art and design world, knows how to write about it wants to be part of a busy, buzzing and beautiful (ahem) team, then this could be the role for you.

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    As the countdown to Here on Friday 12 June continues, we’re profiling the speakers who’ll be joining us on the day, focussing today on Scott King. Scott has one of the UK’s most restless creative minds. As a graphic designer his work on i-D and Sleazenation gave free rein to his relentlessly inventive visual talents. Now as an artist – particularly preoccupied with how modern society is warped by culture and the media – his idea-driven practice demands a reaction. Modern Britain with its smoothed edges and sanitised smugness seems to baffle him and anger him, and much of his work seems intent on shaking us out of this complacency.

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    This month’s Nicer Tuesdays is on the subject of technology, bringing together four creatives who each approach the subject in their own unique way.

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    In the run-up to Here on Friday 12 June we’re profiling the amazing creative talents who will take to the stage and today we’re looking at Anna Lomax. Submerging herself in pop culture, folk art and junk shops, the art director and set designer creates complex and idiosyncratic structures for photo shoots and ad campaigns, from neon lights and window displays to props and backdrops. Her clients include Nike, Selfridges and Converse, alongside some of the best magazines you’ve ever heard of, and probably a few you haven’t.

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    In the run-up to Here on 12 June we’re profiling the brilliant creatives who’ll be taking to the stage. Next up is founder and creative director of ManvsMachine, Mike Alderson.

  36. Paulsmith-instagram-itsnicethat-list

    “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” The line is Marcel Proust’s, quoted by Paul Smith at an Instagram event in London last week in which the fashion designer and bona fide national treasure spoke about his love of the photo-sharing platform, his longstanding passion for photography and his incredulity at how many people look, but don’t see. It’s not a problem for Paul, who finds inspiration in all manner of things and takes the opportunity to absorb what he encounters in his day-to-day life.

    Paul was bitten by the photography bug after his dad – himself a keen amateur photographer – gave him a Kodak Retinette when he was just 11. His dad had converted the attic into a dark room and Paul remembers with relish the hours spent developing pictures, superimposing one visual over another and “holding back” the image. “I thought it was magical,” he says. He has taken photographs for years and at his offices, his designers can delve into huge folders of thousands of his pictures collected down the decades. “They are pretty well organised,” Paul says. “If you came in and said ‘Has he been to Greece?’ they’d be able to say yeah in June 2013 or whatever…”

  37. Hawlin-here-itsnicethat-list

    Haw­-lin has been the name on the lips of tastemakers since 2011, when Nathan Cowen and Jacob Klein first met at Berlin­ based studio HORT. They assumed the moniker for both their creative studio Haw-­lin Services, and for their online moodboard. Through the former they’ve executed intelligent and engaging projects for a super­cool client list including Adidas, Opening Ceremony, ZEITmagazin and Ministry of Sound, while their online mood­board – which started life as a simple image­ share site between the two designers – has redefined digital curation and cultural inspiration throughout the industry.

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    There is an awful lot of discussion around starting a new magazine and for many creatively inclined people it remains one of their foremost ambitions. Last week Makeshift founder Steve Daniels wrote an excellent blog about the things to consider when planning a new publication, and in doing so summed up many things we too feel are important. Steve’s now become an advisor to the title he founded, a move which maybe gives him a little extra distance to write “not a guide to the nuts and bolts of finding a printer and selling subscriptions but a contemplation of the major elements that will set you up for success.”

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    In the run-up to our summer creative symposium Here, which takes place in London on 12 June, we’ll be profiling the amazing creatives who’ll be taking to the stage. Today we’re looking at SHOWstudio’s Lou Stoppard.

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    Over the next few weeks we’ll be profiling the super-talented creatives taking to the stage at this year’s Here conference on Friday 12 June, and today we’re turning the spotlight on Iain Tait.