Jc

James started out as an intern in 2011 and came back in summer of 2012 to work online and latterly as Print Editor, before leaving in May 2015.

jc@itsnicethat.com@jdmcartwright

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  1. Htmlflowers-virtualcandle-spaceface-itsnicethat-list

    We’ve been quietly stalking HTMLflowers (aka Grant Gronewold) these past few years since we found him through Simon Hanselmann’s Girl Mountain tumblr. The pair are housemates, living and working together in a most intense fashion – drawing, eating, sleeping and dabbling with chemicals together – but that’s something we’ve explored here if you want to find out more.

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    I’ve not been in touch with Maddison Graphic since I discussed their collaboration with the Methodist Church in Printed Pages Autumn 2014, but they’re carrying on their good work with religious establishments with this beautiful commemoration of the victims of World War One in Corpusty and Saxthorpe, two villages in Norfolk. Set in Albertus and Plantin it demonstrates tidy typesetting and a considered use of archival imagery. As ever it’s the rare marriage of great design and religious subject matter that makes Alfie and Edward’s work stand out from their peers.

  3. Studiosmall-margarethowell-itsnicethat-list

    Studio Small has just celebrated its tenth year working with fashion brand Margaret Howell, which is cause for celebration. Over the years they’ve helped define the look and feel of the brand through store signage and packaging, digital platforms and all print collateral for their shows, producing pared-back designs for this revered brand. Of course ten years of visual output is pretty hard to sum up with a few words and a couple of images, but hopefully this gives you a sense of the scale of Small’s involvement.

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    Most of you probably have an inkling of who Tuesday Bassen is; she’s a powerful LA illustrator, brand consultant, public speaker and all-out entrepreneurial maverick who can already count folks like Playboy, Lucky Peach, The New Yorker and The New York Times as clients. She’s doing pretty well for herself. But somehow – SOMEHOW – we’ve never given her portfolio a good airing on the site. I feel just awful about this because I spend at least half an hour a week watching her compelling process videos on Instagram that demonstrate the deftness of her brushwork as she inks images of gnarly skate chicks and stony-faced punks. So without further ado; Tuesday, everyone, everyone, Tuesday. I’m sure you’re all going to get on famously!

  5. Mucho-bulo-itsnicethat-list

    If you’re based in the UK then today is a pretty big day for you. The General Election is finally here! And what better way to acknowledge that from a design perspective than to explore Mucho’s politically motivated work for type foundry Tipografies.

  6. Kentandreassen-casablanca-itsnicethat-list

    24-year-old South African photographer Kent Andreasen is on the up. His polished portfolio has won him huge support from all manner of international fashion brands and it’s not hard to see why. Kent’s a natural photographer as far as we’re concerned, with a shrewd eye for captivating colour and composition.

  7. Ping-zhu-sketches-itsnicethat-list

    Right now somebody’s beavering away coding up the latest iteration of illustrator Ping Zhu’s portfolio website. I’m jealous. I’d love to see what images she’s selected to showcase on there. Doubtless they’re all pretty damn lovely. While I’ve been waiting for this new site to arrive I’ve accidentally come across a selection of her sketches that she’s less than proud of. Who knows why; they’re brilliant! A flying penis, a dirty man trying to lick something, a blob with limbs bouncing on a trampoline and a whole host of weird cats are all rendered in sketchy form on this unusual archive. They might not be Ping’s best work – they’re definitely not – but it’s nice to know that even Ping is capable of some pretty weird sketches.

  8. Jakegreen-thecelestials-itsnicethat-list

    More at home with coffee roasters then men of the cloth, rollerskaters than religious rabble rousers, Jake Green has found himself breaking new ground with his latest personal project, setting himself down in the heart of one of Leytonstone’s Nigerian Evangelical churches. There he met Samuel, the pastor of The Palace of Liberty, who invited him to join in the daily life of his ministry and document it with extraordinary candour.

  9. Things-05-05-2015-itsnicethat-list

    The last time I wrote a Things round-up was back in December 2011 so please forgive me if I’m out of practice. Of course I’ve been furiously tearing into the post on a daily basis since my last instalment, but I’ve not been able to wax lyrical about it as regularly as I’d like. I’m going to relish this opportunity. So without further ado here’s my top ten tasty treats from the plentiful pile of post this month. Somebody stop me!

  10. Radimpesko-fugue-itsnicethat-list

    Since we launched the new issue of Printed Pages a number of people have been in touch to ask what font we’ve been using on the promotional materials surrounding the mag – the lovely serif that’s been featured on our banner ads and Instagram. Rather than just get back to those people we thought it would be better to let everyone know, and blow the trumpet for the designer who created it too.

  11. Nike-pacquiao-itsnicethat-list

    Did you watch it Saturday night? The Big Fight? The Fight of the Century no less? Personally, I didn’t; it was very expensive and a man in the pub persuaded me that watching people take punches to the head was morally wrong. But however you feel about the fight itself it’s impossible to deny the thrill of an event that’s captured imaginations worldwide.

  12. Manvsmachine-itsnicethat-list

    In 2014 ManvsMachine were never far from our thoughts what with their rebrand of Channel 4’s Film4 service, and their frankly breathtaking work for Nike’s Mercurial Superfly. This year they’ve already produced some sterling work for the likes of Honda and Xbox, so to celebrate this blooming portfolio of digital branding they’ve updated their website to better showcase their practice.

  13. Black-yaya-comic-list

    You know Jeffrey Lewis draws don’t you? Of course you do. He’s been making merchandise for his own musical output since he first put audio on wax. You also might know that he’s a dab hand at telling surreal stories, both in musical and comic form. But what you perhaps don’t know is that Jeffrey’s a gun for hire (for the right bands) and can put together a hilarious, sci-fi inspired comics series for your latest release. That’s what he’s done for Black Yaya, the solo project of David Ivar. In it David battles various demonic beasts with his superior experience in the music industry, quashing their nefarious plans with anti-folk anecdotes. Take that!

  14. Mobydigg-aandp-itsnicethat-list

    Say the words “management consultancy” and you’re likely to see the colour drain from the face of whatever poor unfortunate you’re talking to. The same’s probably true when a management consultancy calls up and requests that you take care of their branding. Aside from the packets of cash there’s unlikely to be many perks to the work ahead. Refreshing then that Moby Digg’s approach to the branding of M&P management consultants turns this idea of creative tedium on its head. Aside from the simple serif word mark and logotype they’ve given each member of staff their own painterly mark and accent colour by which they can be distinguished. It’s uncomplicated conceptually but brushes off the stuffiness with which this particular profession is typically associated.

  15. Oddwood-itsnicethat-list

    Since we last checked in Anders Bollman’s Oddwood project has flourished from a simple selection of hand-carved spoons into a whole range of salvaged and re-purposed products. The Swedish creative is a graphic designer by day and busies himself with whittling in his spare time, making benches, chairs, vases and cutting boards for anyone with an interest in timber.

  16. Kristoffersonsanpablo-itsnicethat-list

    If you like Eric Yahnker – and let’s face it, who doesn’t? – then you’re really going to enjoy the work of Kristofferson San Pablo, a Filipino artist now based in Los Angeles. His work takes an ironic look at popular culture, lampooning it for its absurdity, but also acknowledging its utter infectiousness. Kristofferson’s strange pencil drawings and luxurious paintings eroticise Simpsons characters, destroy our lust for celebrities and ridicule the stars of reality television, making sure that when surveying the modern world our tongues are kept firmly in cheek.

  17. Jeremyliebman-gailbichler-printedpages-itsnicethat-list

    The New York Times Magazine has undergone a dramatic transformation recently under the guidance of design director Gail Bichler and with the recent assistance of master of editorial design Mr Matt Willey. Together they’ve reinvigorated the United States’ best-loved weekend supplement and received huge critical acclaim in the process.

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    When you’re best-known for following LCD Soundsystem around on tour it must be a relief to shake off the screaming mayhem of rock’n’roll life on the road and focus your energies on a project that’s slower. Ruvan Wijesooriya has felt that relief in his latest work, trading pop music in the USA for education in Afghanistan. Yearbook: Afghanistan follows a journey Ruvan made to Kabul, where he immersed himself in life at the Roots of Peace School, photographing pupils and teachers as they went about their daily business. He also gave disposable cameras to the people he encountered, encouraging them to document themselves at home and in the classroom.

  19. Danstafford-printedpages-itsnicethat-list

    You may remember back in late 2014 we held a life drawing show with the lovely Mike Perry in which some of our more adventurous readers shed their clothes to be drawn by a panel of pro illustrators. Well the whole experience got us thinking about life drawing in general and its evolution in the art world. So we went about researching and interviewing people on both sides of the easel to find out why life drawing matters and what both camps get out of it.

  20. Lostmagazine-itsnicethat-list

    Modern urban living must be having a strange effect on society if the swelling number of independent travel magazines is anything to go by. The concrete confines of our respective metropoles are inspiring a wanderlust within us, sparking wave after wave of print publications with their sights set on adventure. If we’re being brutally honest there are only a few that bring anything new to the table so it’s exciting to discover a title that offers more than jet-setting anecdotes from the one percent.

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    The pre-orders have closed kids which can mean only one thing, Printed Pages SS15 has launched OFFICIALLY! Please, no more rapturous applause, we’ve got a lot to tell you about the contents of this new issue and so little time to do it. So without further ado…

  22. New-dps-itsnicethat-list

    It probably won’t be of much interest to you, but I wrote my dissertation on the intersection between digital platforms and physical publishing and the interesting ways people are finding to merge the two. For me it was fascinating, for some of you it’s probably exceptionally tedious. But for those of you with a similarly perverse interest in these curiously anachronistic forms of publishing there’s an interesting online archive that brings them all together. P-DPA (the Post-Digital Publishing Archive) is an impressive resource created by Silvio Lorusso dedicated to documenting projects at the forefront of modern publishing. It’s far from comprehensive, but the user-generated archive offers up some exciting examples of progressive publishing. I could go on, but I’ve probably already bored some of you to tears.

  23. Jonjones-itsnicethat-list

    You know what we really love apart from great illustration? Seeing how that great illustration was made. Jonathan Jones is a South African illustrator who flits between countries making his beautiful work, but what sets him apart from most of the rest of his freelance counterparts is the way he documents that work online. It’s lovely of course to see the final product of his endeavours, but to see layers of red, yellow and blue build up into a singular image allows a kind of eureka moment where you instantly understand the practitioner’s skill and wish you’d spent more time learning about colour separations at university.

  24. Artandgraft-thewalk-itsnicethat-list

    I sometimes feel like animators have things pretty tough. There they are, working slavishly away until the wee hours of the morning making still imagery appear to move naturally and by the end of the day what do they have to show for it? About five seconds worth of footage. Gruelling stuff!

  25. Dinakelberman-imgoogle-itsnicethat-list

    This is an oldie but a goodie that’s been floating round the hive mind of the internet for some time. Dina Kelberman is an artist from Baltimore with a wide-ranging practice that encompasses all manner of online, IRL, video and installation experiments. The most accessible of her projects is I’m Google and consists of a vast archive of images culled from many hours of search engine experimentation. Dina arranges her scavenged imagery in an ever-evolving grid system in which each new image bears some slight reference to the last. In this way a visual game of Chinese Whispers is played out as squash courts evolve into egg yolks, which somehow transform into silly putty by way of orbs of smouldering metal. Very cool!

  26. Schooloflife-love-itsnicethat-list

    The School of Life’s raison d’etre is to develop emotional intelligence in its audience, meaning they’re experienced in being confrontational with philosophical thought. But their latest short film is even more challenging than we’ve come to expect. In it we’re told repeatedly that love is an illusion and we’re all painfully and unavoidably alone. Then just as the weight of this message sinks in we’re asked to forget about the whole thing and get on with our lives as we were. Emotional rollercoaster!

  27. Teaserlist

    Week one of pre-orders is over, but you’ve still got time to get your hands on a copy of the latest Printed Pages before it’s available anywhere else – and if you’re really speedy you’ll be able to get one of the last few Alan Fletcher screen prints too. So if you’ve been holding out for the right moment to get your order in, seize it, that moment is now! If you’ve been waiting to find out more about the features in this issue then read on and we’ll show you some of the gems in SS15.

  28. Emptyfilmposters-itsnicethat-list

    Sure this isn’t the kind of thing we usually post, but the sun’s all blazing and glorious outside our windows today, so we thought we’d be kind and give you something to stare at for the next few hours until it’s time to make your way to the closest beer garden available. You know what these images are don’t you? They’re iconic film posters with all traces of branding and characters removed – the bench without Forrest, a sunset with Simba removed and a deep blue sub-aquatic fade that’s one shark short of of a multi-million dollar blockbuster franchise. These posters are the result of hours of hard photoshopping by French art director Madani Bendjellal, and for making our afternoon pass that little bit faster we owe him our thanks. Thanks!

  29. Karenelson-timwalker-itsnicethat-list

    As It’s Nice That’s resident fashion expert (ahem) I know a strong editorial shoot when I see one, and this one for Vogue’s May edition is as good as they get. In it you’ll see Karen Elson wearing all manner of clothing by various clothes-makers – all of which look stunning. But stuff the outfits, this is all about the locations and the luxurious referencing of south Asian iconography. Tim, Samantha Bryant and Duffy travelled all the way to Bhutan to shoot Karen in the Himalayas alongside a supporting cast of masked imps and Bhutanese locals, weaving a surreal narrative of pagan mysticism and evoking an atmosphere akin to the hippie trail.

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    Have you ever wondered what the world might have looked like after the great Old Testament flood? What bizarre events might have followed such a freak occurrence in weather? Me neither. It’s honestly never crossed my mind. But illustrator Samuel Branton has been fixating on the idea, imagining the strange fusion of land and sea that a tumultuous rise in water levels might effect. He’s gone one step further and illustrated these fictional scenarios in miniature, taking this Regency medium and making it weird. Witness crabs beating up a wild boar, monkeys tossing an elephant in the air and a sad old sperm whale incapacitated in a tree. And Deluge is available in book form too!

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    We all know the housing situation in London is shit. For the price of my south-of-the-river flat I could get a fully refurbished, three-bedroom, end-of-terrace on the seafront in any one of the country’s beautiful coastal towns. But I’m a sucker so here I stay. Thankfully a growing number of organisations are seeking to protest this financial absurdity and the latest to do so is Shelter.

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    If there’s one thing New York design studio High Tide knows well, it’s how to brand a luxury startup. Danny Miller and his team have worked with brands like Warby Parker since they were just a glint in the lens of their founder’s spectacles, then subsequently with all manner of high-flying fashion brands. As a rule they opt for effortless minimalism, but the selection of work below demonstrates the studio’s tailored approach to every new client they take on, whether it’s footwear or fragrance they’re peddling.

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    This isn’t our usual type of post; there’s nothing fun, colourful or inherently “nice” about these images, but Jonny Seymour’s shots of an Easter tradition in the Philippines are truly astounding, so apologies if they make your stomach turn. Jonny travelled to Manilla to witness this brutal Good Friday tradition in which three men are nailed to crosses in a reenactment of the crucifixion. Other penances carried out on the day include self-flagellation, crawling on the rough ground and carrying giant crosses. Jonny has captured these events with care and sensitivity, and though the impact of these painful pictures is hard to deny there’s nothing gratuitous about his portrayal of this devout practice.

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    Most of us have favourite bands; artists we love irrationally, inexplicably and would kill to get tickets for their shows. But there are very few fans out there with the commitment of George Salisbury, whose dedication to The Flaming Lips goes beyond simple fandom – it’s more like a life-long obsession. He met them age 16, harassed them into giving him a job and has been part of their entourage ever since, working on album covers, tour visuals, T-shirts, films and a whole range of weird objects that the band once produced on a whim.

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    Illustrator S.Y. Gold is one of growing number of young illustrators making a virtue of the limitations of digital software. His imagery makes clear its origins – Illustrator line tools and Photoshop’s airbrush can – in its exuberant final results. What’s the purpose of his unusual images? Hard to say but they display the beginnings of some great character design as well as the potential for interesting editorial applications.

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    It’s been a good few months since we released the Winter 2014 issue of Printed Pages, but we’ve been busy little bees in that time making a magazine that’s bigger and better. It feels nicer in your hands, appears prettier to your eyes and is still unfathomably cheap. It towers at a whopping 156 pages of art and design-related goodness; that’s over 20 pages more than we’ve given you before.

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    Sunny graphic design for a bright Monday morning? Consider it done. Atelier 25 are a Parisian pair of designers – Capucine Merkenbrack and Chloe Tercé – making work for cultural institutes, festivals, record labels and publishers; always with an emphasis on strong conceptual foundations. The duo take a hands-on approach to their practice, often working in physical media instead of heading straight to the computer. This leads to some seriously tactile results and projects often bear the marks of the process that spawned them. This is particularly true in their work for Vagamondes festival, where a moiré of intersecting diagonals is layered colour by colour, highlighting the physical process of lithographic printing.

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    You’ve already seen Sir Peter Blake’s contribution to this year’s Liverpool Biennial; a giant dazzle ship in pop-art colours sailing down the Mersey. But why should Peter have all the fun creating technicolour tug-boats? Well that doesn’t have to be the case anymore. The inspired folks over at Studio Hato have busied themselves recently working with the Biennial curators to create an online resource where maritime enthusiasts can make your own dazzle ship. It’s not a real ship obviously – just a digital one for the internet – but the joy of building it online is just as good.

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    If you’re a luddite like me you’ll find that most technology needs careful and thorough explanation – ideally some kind of video infomercial that leads me step-by-step through the device at hand. Now that I think about it I’d also like the instructions to be given by an attractive female presenter with an overdubbed male voice; she should be smoking occasionally and if possible exude an air of insouciance. The guys at Impossible and Stark Films have been kind enough to meet all these stringent requirements in their latest promotion for Instant Lab, a product which prints polaroids directly from your phone, showing off all the gadget’s new features. They’re also offering 10% off the Instant Lab to our readers by using the discount code “itsnicethat” in their online shop. What a friendly bunch!

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    South Korean creative Bohuy Kim splits his time between filmmaking and graphic design. Having trained in film, TV and media at the Sungkyunkwan university in Seoul he’s now the proprietor of his own studio, Printlab where he produces visually arresting work for the likes of Samsung, KIA and local creative enterprises. His impressive portfolio is the result of “rigorous creative exploration,” and, let’s face it, a great sense of colour.