Ms-300

Assistant Editor Maisie joined It’s Nice That fresh out of university in the summer of 2013 and has stayed with us ever since. She has a particular interest in art, fashion and photography and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.

ms@itsnicethat.com@maisieskidmore

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  1. Intern-mag-itsnicethat-list

    Two years ago the much heralded first issue of Intern magazine landed on our desks, having been started as the product of founder Alec Dudson’s own frustration with the placement system, and powered by that of his team. It surprised us all with its bold design, excellently curated features and the sheer quality of its editorial content, creating a platform from which would-be interns can speak, and to be paid for it too.

  2. Alina-asmus-itsnicethat-list

    Photographer Alina Asmus studied and worked as a fashion designer in Israel, London and Berlin before deciding to turn her hand to fashion photography, and her rigorous training in clothing construction and the nature of textiles is clear from the off in her work. The photographer couples her clean, pared-back aesthetic with unusual artistic direction to capture unseen angles and sculptural forms, glimpsing the strange ways fabrics fall over the body.

  3. Leslie-david-itsnicethat-list

    Leslie David might be one of the busiest women working in her industry. We last checked in with her six months ago, to swoon over the identity and packaging her studio had created for Glossier, and a typeface which looked to be blowing in the breeze, among other things, but this week she’s back with no fewer than three new projects. Three! She never stops.

  4. I-d-archive-itsnicethat-list

    I can vividly remember buying my first copy of i-D magazine; I was 15 years old and on my way home from school and it was The Youth Issue, with a portrait of Flash Louis by brilliant Alasdair McLellan on the cover. I still have it, as I do every issue of i-D I’ve bought – the covers make me utterly incapable of chucking it.

  5. Juno-calypso-itsnicethat-list-2

    If your idea of a dreamy night in is to check in to a couple’s suite at the Honeymoon Hotel in Pennsylvania alone and armed with nothing but a camera, a suitcase full of wigs, a number of questionable-looking beauty devices and a can of foreign hot dogs, then you’ve found a kindred spirit in Juno Calypso. “It was awkward,” she says. The London-based photographer captured our hearts and that dark place in our minds that’s usually devoted to Stanley Kubrick and Cindy Sherman with her last series back in 2013. That was when we first met Joyce, her alter-ego.

  6. Emily-maye-itsnicethat-list

    When we caught up with Emily Maye this week, she was halfway through a mad tour of Colombia, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Switzerland, with France still to come. “Then home for some rest!” she told us. In hindsight, it’s something of a miracle we were able to catch her at all.

  7. Tumblr-tv-1

    It’s Friday afternoon, which means that if you haven’t yet searched the internet for a GIF to communicate exactly how you feel, you likely will do within the next hour or two. Fortunately for you, Tumblr has just launched Tumblr TV – an endless stream of GIFs which automatically play out, to make that process easier and more entertaining for everybody. It’s essentially Tumblr’s equivalent of Giphy TV, but with a search service which allows you to narrow down to exactly which image of Mariah Carey gently wiping away a tear you’re after, and it’s a treat for all of us internet-age aliens who can only express emotions through GIFs.

  8. Faye-moorhouse-wonky-movie-posters-itsnicethat-list

    Occasionally, when you happen across a particularly good one, looking at a series of work by an illustrator feels like glimpsing the world through their eyes for a moment, and that’s more or less how I feel looking at Faye Moorhouse’s new series Wonky Movie Poster Show. “I illustrated 20 movie posters,” she said in her email earlier this week. “They are weird and ugly and hopefully funny.” And I can testify that they are in fact all three.

  9. Song-haein-itsnicethat-list

    I’m just going to come right out and admit that there’s an inherent injustice in trying to explain how beautiful a printed book is through digital images. This is especially true in the case of Haein Song, whose painstakingly bound publications go one step beyond plain old riso-printing and saddle-stitching.

  10. Amy-lombard-itsnicethat-list

    Nail art is something of an overlooked discipline on It’s Nice That – it’s not often it really flits into our line of vision – so when Amy Lombard got in touch last week to tell us she had collaborated with nail artist Natalie Pavloski on a series of photographs featuring some spangly fingertips, we couldn’t really say no. The photographer has employed her signature bright, saturated style to capture Natalie’s work clasping at greasy burgers, fried chicken, slices of pizza and the odd corn dog, “from White Castle to Taco Bell,” as Amy says, and the resulting shots are as glorious and grotesque as they come. Match made in heaven?

  11. Elcaf-itsnicethat-list

    One weekend a year Hackney is flooded with comic-lovers clutching armfuls of printed matter between clammy hands. The reason for their being there is ELCAF, the East London Comics and Arts Festival, which is as good as a church for those who worship zines, comics, prints and books as though print were their religion and indie bookshops their altars.

  12. Benedicte-muller-itsnicethat-list-

    If you were to make a Venn diagram out of art and illustration, you could safely pop Bénédicte Muller’s beautiful work right in the middle. Executed with a painterly finesse and an admirable attention to detail, her pieces naturally straddle the two disciplines, so even commissioned work for clients like The New York Times and Vanity Fair feels like a personal project. Geometric shapes and sharp lines recur throughout her portfolio, as do silhouettes which are carefully overlapped to create double meanings wherever possible. Bénédicte’s entire body of work has a considered air about it which makes it a pleasure to peruse.

  13. Rebecca-clarke-riposte-itsnicethat-list

    Over the two years that have passed since its inception Riposte magazine has established a solid place for itself on newsstands as “a smart magazine for women.” Now that the magazine is in its fourth issue, editor-in-chief Danielle Pender was keen to avoid needless changes in favour of upholding the high standard which it has already set.

  14. Canyon-itsnicethat-list

    What do you get when you send two mates, one a photographer with camera in hand, and the other a journalist with an eye for a weird story, to LA to hang out for a week? In the case of Dan Wilton and Josh Jones, the answer is a book. More specifically, a book about the spectacularly weird collection of people you can find at the top of Runyon Canyon.

  15. Coda-itsnicethat-list

    When an animation manages to clock up more than 20 international film awards and an Oscar shortlist nomination you can be fairly sure it’s going to warrant taking nine minutes out of your busy morning – nine minutes you might have spent making coffee, or smoking, or chatting to a babe in HR – to watch. Coda is a short film by Dublin-based animation studio And Maps And Plans, which follows one lost soul’s drunken stumble home from a nightclub in the early hours of the morning. What starts as a warmly depicted story about drunk antics quickly transforms into a quiet reflection on life and mortality that will stick with you all day. At the risk of ruining the surprise I’ll stop there, but if you have them to spare, this might be the most wisely spent nine minutes you use all day.

  16. Chaz-bundick-itsnicethat-list

    We’ve gushed plenty about Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bundick in the past: whether it’s his bookshelf, his orange jumper or the expertly dispersed dry ice in his music videos. Too much is never enough of Chaz, though, and this time around the musician, illustrator, designer and founder of Company Creative has gotten together with site Yours Truly to make a neat little film explaining about how graphics and illustration meet music in his work. From sketching up cool little dog-men to screen-printing them onto T-shirts and all of the other stages that come in-between, the site is featuring Chaz’s polaroids, sketchbooks and photographs all week. It’s a Chaz-fest, and we’re all over it. 

  17. Dreamland-margate-itsnicethat-list

    It’s been a long 11-year slog for the Save Dreamland campaign, but after more than a decade of work and a £30 million regeneration, the UK’s oldest theme park reopens today under the very capable eye of Wayne Hemingway, founder of Hemingway Design. It’s a dream project for the multi-disciplinary designer, who started off selling second-hand Dr Martens boots on a stall at Camden market, as he told us at Here London in 2013. He has since founded fashion house Red or Dead, collaborated with companies including Sainsbury’s and Coca-Cola, and worked on a number of large-scale architectural redevelopments with his wife Gerardine.

  18. Production-type-itsnicethat-list

    Paris-based foundry Production Type seems to be on a self-orchestrated mission to jazz up type specimens. Following on from the neatly put-together booklet demonstrating Proto Grotesk which we posted about not long ago, the foundry is back with more printed goods, and this time around it’s to show off Gemeli Micro.

  19. Twice-itsnicethat-list

    “We have updated our website! :)” said the email which landed in my inbox yesterday morning, in 24-point type, and on referring to the bundle of new work on Twice’s site I can confirm that this proclamation is true. Paris-based art direction and design studio Twice, formed of Fanny Le Bras and Clémentine Berry, is one of my favourites – the duo delivers confidently pared-back, textural design at a consistently high standard. Their newest offerings, including a book for Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography and an identity and catalogue called Archimode are no exception to the rule.

  20. Julien-vallon-itsnicethat-list

    This week for the first time (but hopefully not the last) I was asked over email if I wanted to get my kit off. “Just an idea to supplement your article,” Julien Vallon added sweetly. “Do you want to pose for me, as part of this project?”

  21. Franccesa-jane-allen-itsnciethat-list

    If there’s one thing the UK’s art institutions are doing right, it’s their representation of the youngest, freshest art and design talent emerging from education across the country. Freshfaced + Wildeyed is The Photographers’ Gallery’s annual exhibition dedicated to supporting young, up-and-coming photographers. Established in 2008, this year is the seventh instalment, and the 2015 selection is astonishingly impressive. Here are the five we can’t get out of our heads.

  22. Arc-itsnicethat-list

    The Royal College of Art in London’s student-led magazine Arc is a cut above the rest. Following on from the resounding success of the Work-in-Progress exhibition identity earlier this year, the school brought designers Minna Sakaria and Carolina Dahl of Summer Studio on board again to design the 19th edition of the publication, of which the theme is Contagion.

  23. Sarah-vanbelle-itsnicethat-list-new

    Antwerp-based designer and illustrator Sarah Vanbelle knows her way around shapes. Take any one of her vibrant, playful images and before long you’ll have deciphered a circle, a rectangle, a host of triangles taking the form of a round head, the body of a car and the pointed collar on a shirt. There’s something of the primary school exercise book about her style in that respect, but with her developed approach Sarah picks out the minute details of her cheeky characters and uses these – the picture on a keyring or a recognisable shoe – to elevate the image. She’s also a dab hand with hand-drawn type, animated GIFs and infographics, as clients Monocle and Wall Street Journal will testify.

  24. Come-de-bouchony-itsnicethat-pienkowski-list

    We’re pretty big fans of French graphic designer Côme de Bouchony in the It’s Nice That studio – we’ve covered his work again and again and again on the site. So it comes as no great surprise that underneath all of that sharp, reference-laden work lies a Bookshelf bulging with first-rate printed matter. The ten most influential people in magazine design, illustrator Jan Pieńkowski and one very long Italian sausage all have their place. Roll up, roll up!

  25. Ni-hao-kiti-itsnicethat-list

    Fine, so she’s not a cat, she’s a girl called Kitty White – but even so, Hello Kitty is my favourite of all the brands that have survived globalisation. The sweet anthropomorphic kitten was first designed by Yuko Shimizu in 1974, produced by Japanese company Sanrio, and since her inception she has risen to the status of a global megastar. So much so that photographer Antonia Henschel saw fit to document her presence across Asia – Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, Seoul are all included – and turn the series into a book. Published as part of Frankfurt-based press Trademark Publishing’s Picnic series, the sweet collection documents Kitty’s feline presence in the form of balloons, cakes, flowers with whiskers, fancy dress costumes, teddy bears and signage, and it’s a loving and chaotic ode to her enduring presence. Long may she reign.

  26. 9.koons_tulipanes-itsnicethat-list

    There’s been a lot of conversation in the studio recently about art exhibitions that beg to be photographed, and they don’t come much more Instagrammable than the Jeff Koons retrospective. Having started out at New York’s Whitney Museum and then progressing to Paris’ Centre Pompidou, the show has just begun the final leg of its journey at the Guggenheim in Bilbao, where we attended the opening last week; to take a selfie with the balloon dog, among other things.

  27. Wong-ping-itsnicethat-list

    I’m finding more and more these days that when an email from Mr Wong Ping lands in my inbox, my day immediately becomes ten times more fun. This is partly due to Wong’s email manner, and partly due to his inimitable ability to pick up on subjects which have never before been covered in animation.

  28. Martin-parr-henry-holland-itsnicethat

    Has there ever been a photographer/fashion designer duo as perfectly paired as Martin Parr and Henry Holland? The designer showed his new menswear collection under the moniker House of Holland at London Collections: Men yesterday. The collection was heavily influenced by the Magnum photographer and photojournalist, whose love of kitsch and heavily saturated shots of archetypal British scenes are a pillar of the British photography scene. The collection is available to shop right now over on the House of Holland site – which had crashed when we last checked in. If you want to see more in the meantime, Henry is Instagramming with the hashtag #MartinFuckingParr, which gives a hint as to how excited he is.

  29. Studio-set-itsnicethat-list

    Jasio Stefanski and Lauren Thorson are Studio-Set – a creative duo who have been working together since 2012, and who now have a host of commissioned and self-initiated projects to their name. They’ve made work for the LA Art Book Fair, a Polish Film Festival in New York and a Museum of the Portuguese Language in São Paulo, and each time they switch up their style, darting from brightly coloured printed posters to animated GIFs, with some happy book design thrown in for good measure. They might still be working out in which of these styles they’re happiest, but for the time being we’re glad to be able to revel in all three, and to give credit where credit is due to the studio’s flexibility.

  30. Bjork-itsnicethat-list

    It’s been a long old wait, but three months after dropping the trailer, Bjork has finally released her Andrew Thomas Huang-directed short film for Black Lake in full on her YouTube channel. The ten minute film was commissioned by MOMA as part of her retrospective which opened this spring, and focuses on the pain of heartbreak, in accordance with the much of new album Vulnicura, which was written following her split with Matthew Barney. Created in collaboration with the 3D design firm Autodesk, the film is an ethereal but powerfully theatrical offering, and sees Björk walking barefoot through Icelandic caves, ravines and moss fields.

  31. Daily-overview-itsnicethat-list

    If you’re a person who relishes trips abroad for the opportunity to Instagram cloud photos from the airplane window, then we’ve got just the project for you. The Daily Overview is a website which provides a collection of images of the Earth’s surface, taken from up high. Up very high, in fact. But this isn’t a concept driven by aesthetics.

  32. Nick-liefhebber-itsnicethat-list

    Jack of all trades Nick Liefhebber is the Dutchman at the helm of Liefhebber Ontwerp, a Utrecht-based design studio which specialises in identity, website and typography design, films, flyers, infographics, exhibitions…you name it. And in the mix is a selection of riso-printed illustration so good that we keep on coming back to it.

  33. Hexus-itsnicethat-list

    Experimental literature publications arguably have a pretty raw deal of it when it comes to first impressions. Too often they’re immediately written off as a slew of black text crammed unthinkingly into a zine format, when in fact the very genre lends itself to something a little more thoughtful. Hexus journal takes the latter form. The first issue, subtitled The New Black, was designed by Christopher Gray, who has set out a selection of experimental texts – short stories, poems and the like – in a pared-back but concise format, with bold headers interspersed with tailor-made imagery to set the mood, with chunky black borders to differentiate between sections. The journal is almost Tristram Shandy-esque in its employment of solid black pages, broken paragraphs and the occasional music stave, resulting in a publication which demands not only to be picked up, but also to be read. Cover to cover. Potentially more than once.

  34. 8_red-with-red-1_2007_%c2%a9-2015-bridget-riley.-all-rights-reserved_-courtesy-karsten-schubert_-london-itsnicethat-list

    Bridget Riley’s work is utterly fascinating to me. Her enormous geometric canvases, ranging from illusory patterns to orderly explosions of colour have developed over the course of her career to create an extensive oeuvre exploring every dark corner of shape and form. Behind the expansive canvases lies a deeply methodical approach which, although invisible to the viewer, is the concrete foundation to her work, and in this new UK retrospective at the De La Warr Pavilion the accompanying studies will be displayed alongside the finished canvases. Spanning 50 years worth of her curve paintings and including more than 30 paintings and studies, it looks set to be a show to remember.

  35. Alessandro-apai-itsnicethat-list

    In my opinion, Alessandro Apai’s work ticks all the boxes editorial illustration should – it’s smart, it compresses often complex ideas down into easy-to-digest images and it’s really, really funny. Born in Italy but currently based in Barcelona, the illustrator seems to have kept his pencil firmly on paper over the months that have passed since we last checked in with him in September. His Tumblr is a delightful mishmash of work, from the roughly sketched out to the carefully refined. There’s a friendly nod to the work of Jan Buchczik and the prolific Jean Jullien in there as well, which suggest great things might be on the horizon for Alessandro, too.

  36. Ema-itsnicethat-list

    Musician and multi-media artist EMA has launched a call-out to members of the public to send her their “sacred objects,” which she will digitally destroy as part of a performance piece called I Wanna Destroy (Sacred Objects from Suburban Homes). The piece will take place as part of her residency in Station to Station: A Three Day Happening at the Barbican this summer, and will take the form of an immersive performance and installation featuring music, visuals, and a virtual reality environment for Oculus Rift.

  37. Evaoleary-itsnicethat-list

    Eva O’Leary’s striking photographs stand out in my mind like a bolt of colour in a black hole. I can’t entirely put my finger on what it is that makes them so extraordinary – a strange combination of hues which have been dialled up to 11, accompanied by the crisp, unwavering gaze of her subjects and the unexpected juxtaposition of scenes – but they’re phenomenal in their poignancy.

  38. David-luraschi-bookshelf-coveritsnicethat-list

    Paris-based photographer David Luraschi is as adept at photographing undulating hills as he is sprawling nudes, and he brings his unique perspective to both. You might know him best for his series of photographs of people spotted on the streets of Paris photographed from behind – a project that started on his Instagram and has since been splashed about all over the internet.

  39. Camille-walala-itsnicethat-list

    If you’ve walked around east London at any point over the past few years, the chances are you’ve come across some of Camille Walala’s work. You can’t miss it – her geometric designs are plastered across walls from Great Eastern Street to Redchurch Street, with a few popping up in New York and Paris, too. The artist and designer had always wanted to paint walls, she told us, so she started with one small space in Shoreditch, and now she’s taking over the world, one Memphis-patterned wall at a time.

  40. Mads-teglers-itsnicethat-list-2

    There’s a healthy dose of insouciance to Mads Teglers’ photographs; the kind that corporate fashion brands and advertising companies will spend their lives trying to replicate without success, and which Mads seems to generate almost effortlessly. His subjects always look like they’re having the best time, unfettered by editorial constraints and the stale atmosphere which come from working with restrictive personalities. He’s worked on commissions for clients including ZEIT Magazin, Numéro, ASOS Magazine and Nylon so his nonchalance evidently hasn’t gone unnoticed.