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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. Sm_lcc_invite_itsnicethat-list

    The days of beers in the park and ice lollies at lunchtime are nearly upon us, and with that comes degree shows, and lots of them. But who should be charged with designing the identity for a university degree show – should it be the students, or an external agency? Indeed, do degree shows need identities at all? We want to hear from you; you can add your thoughts to the comments section below.

  2. Mikhael-subotzky-_-patrick-waterhouse-l-untitled-3_-ponte-city_-johannesburg_-2008itsnicethat-list

    Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse, from South Africa and the UK respectively, were last night awarded the 2015 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for their publication Ponte City.

  3. Fons-bees-itsnicethat-list-3

    Fons Hickmann m23’s latest number is ostensibly the yellowest book we’ve ever covered on It’s Nice That. Appropriately it’s a declaration of love for one of the yellowest animals, the bee, and all the reasons we should be doing more to save them.

  4. One-more-time_-2015_-by-cornelia-parker-ra-for-terrace-wires-itsnicethat-list

    The term “public art” often elicits a few groans from art critics, but when you consider London’s key public art spaces – the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, the Serpentine Gallery, and Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall – it’s difficult to overlook the impact sculptures and installation can have in public environments where they reach millions of people each year.

  5. Nice-to-hack-you-itsnicethat-list

    What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever Googled? If it’s worse than a Phil Collins Best Of album or anything medical, you have Nice 2 Hack You to fear.

  6. Law-itsnicethat-list

    Contrary to popular belief held by traipsing tourists clutching camera phones and suits marching towards their City jobs, Britain’s identity encompasses a spirit far greater than anything red phone booths, Beefeaters, or the £20 pound note could ever encapsulate. It’s in suburban streets, overlooked gestures, quietly uttered slang and your older sister’s shoe cupboard. Or, as the magazine explains it, “for how long will 90s Umbro diamonds and Vauxhall Novas still align the streets, from bottom drawers and charity shops, through used car dealers with luminous stickers along pavements stuck in polka dots?"

  7. Crash-jacquemus-itsnicethat-list

    When Simon Porte Jacquemus won the esteemed LVMH Special prize last week, not only was his presence cemented in the hearts, minds and fashion editorials of stripe-loving fashion aficionados (fashionados?) worldwide. The occasion also marked the beginning of an exciting new era for the young French designer where financial aid will be slightly less difficult to come by, allowing him to make more, bigger, better collections. Hurrah! With any luck, Simon will soon be applying his silhouette-transforming pieces to more bodies and making more funny giant-pants-to-be-worn-as-dresses in the process.

  8. Thomas-traum-kenzo-itsnicethat-list

    If you caught our feature about the continuing collaborative culture of fashion house KENZO in the Winter issue of Printed Pages you’ll already know about Thomas Traum, the digital image-making extraordinaire who is responsible for the brand’s in-store moving graphics, among other things. He’s mastered digital technology in his own extraordinary way, creating moving, surreal, almost hallucinogenic tableaux which play continually in KENZO locations around the country, condensing the brand’s innovative approach into a series of vibrant, evolving situations.

  9. Marc-and-emma-bts-itsnicethat-list

    Clicking onto Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels’ portfolio site is something like tentatively stepping into a fantasy world inhabited by felt miniatures. Having previously concocted this magical short about woollen wrestling puppets, the Ghent-based filmmaking duo is now back with a new and equally enchanting puppet creation, and this time it’s a sweet, tiny green gorilla.

  10. I-d-35th-anniversary-itsnicethat-list

    Never one to do anything by halves, i-D magazine is feting its 35th birthday with a grand total of 18 covers, featuring the most recognisable of supermodels alongside some rising stars of fashion, music, art and film. What’s more, all 18 were shot by the inimitable Alasdair McLellan, who took every image in the issue.

  11. Lie

    In Chinese animator Lei Lei’s newest piece of work the words Missing One Player hint at something devastating – a world in which an incomplete group of Mahjong players, are waiting to find the missing person needed to play their tile-based board game as the earth hurtles towards an unnamed planet.

  12. Janbuchczik-int-list

    If Jan Buchczik were to start a fan club – one which you could enter only by correctly spelling his surname 15 times or more – we’d be first in line, happily clutching our Jan badges. And not least because we’ve got his name down. Finally.

  13. Yayoi-kusama-itsnicethat-list

    Yayoi Kusama is one of few artists who is seems to be without comparison. Her new exhibition, Give Me Love takes place at New York’s David Zwirner gallery, and features a collection of her enormous brightly coloured canvases. Their sunny dispositions are undercut with titles which reveal a more disquieting undertone for example I Who Cry in the Flowering Season, or I Am Dying Now There the Death Is. In another room a series of her bulging Pumpkin sculptures, reminiscent of decaying fruit in spite of their metallic sheen and polka dot finish, reinforces the juxtaposition of the joyous and the sinister.

  14. Mirko-borsche-itsnicethat-list-2

    Is there no end to Bureau Mirko Borsche’s brilliance? Having already produced season after season’s worth of printed collateral for long-term client the Bayerische Staatsoper, Mirko’s eponymous studio has just released its newest collection of work for the theatre. Spanning a series of events entitled Die Unmögliche Enzyklopädie, plus posters for the house orchestra Bayerisches Staatsorcheter and premiere posters too, the newest selection might even be the most diverse to date. 

  15. Qiu-yang-t-magazine-itsnicethat-list

    As editorial photography goes they don’t come much sharper or stranger than Qiu Yang, the image-maker who has been executing the strangest of situations with the cleanest of finishes for some years now. It seems this precise combination of bizarre but beautiful is working wonders for Qiu – echoing the carefully constructed still-life compositions of Dutch Renaissance artwork, he has clocked up a client list including Vogue, The Gentlewoman, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin and several series for KENZO.

  16. I-d-street-sound-itsnicethat-list

    Britain’s history is all the richer thanks to the the subcultures the country has fostered. Holding the placard for this shining reputation is i-D, the publication founded by Terry Jones and his wife Tricia in 1980 which has been celebrating youth’s weirdest and most wonderful for 30 odd years now. So it’s perfectly apt that this week the magazine launches its first ever TV series with Channel 4 looking at British style history, entitled Street Sound and Style.

  17. Nick-mattan-itsnicethat-list-2

    Dutch furniture design collective Onbetaalbaar found a rare gem in Belgium-based designer Nick Mattan. Describing itself as a “research project born out of love for objects,” Onbetaalbaar (which translates as “priceless”) is both a workshop and a kind of think-tank “where furniture makers, upholsterers, writers, philosophers, product designers, restorers and graphic designers” can get together to work on a variety of projects – and with a brief that broad, it can be hard to find a designer with the right solutions. Nick has been working on the graphic identity of the collective for some time now, creating posters for various exhibitions and events, applying a consistent, relatable but still open-ended aesthetic to both digital and printed ephemera.

  18. Secret-7-itsnicethat-hattie-stewart-8

    If you’ve passed through the hallowed halls of Somerset House at any point between 10 April and 4 May you’ve likely admired the 700 sleeves on show as part of Secret 7”, the best kept secret in London’s creative scene, and a pure, joyful celebration of illustration, photography and design. This year as always the line-up of names taking part was a star-studded bonanza, including the likes of Martin Parr, David Shrigley, Sir Peter Blake and Yoko Ono, and as of this weekend, the creators of each have now been revealed!

  19. Ordinary-people-itsnicethat-list

    Ordinary People is a design studio based in South Korea, but if you think their name implies that they create similarly run-of-the-mill, humdrum work, you’re very much mistaken. On the contrary, their portfolio is so stuffed with first-rate creative projects, from exhibition design for Seoul’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art to some utterly irresistible poster design, that we scarcely knew where to start. So we had a chat with Jin Kang of the collective to find out its story.

  20. Studio-toogood-bookshelf-itsnicethat-list

    From furniture design and a fashion line to a series of installations, Faye Toogood is a material aficionado. Her interior and environmental design work is founded in artisanship and “the irregularity of the chosen material,” meaning that no corner of the creative industries has been left untouched by her influence. We caught up with Faye to find out which five books hold the greatest sway on her bookshelf, and her inspirations – from Yohji Yamamoto to Barbara Hepworth – are evident throughout her expansive practice.

  21. Polly-brown-itsnicethat-list

    Open Little Deaths, the sweet new publication by photographer Polly Brown (the very same who photographed office plants in the world’s biggest companies), and if you’re not at home with French euphemisms you might believe you’re looking at photographs of places where a person experienced their first kiss, say, or ate a really good BLT. You’re not, of course – a “little death,” as translated from the French “petit mort” is an orgasm, and Polly is interested in those of the self-induced variety.

  22. Recens-itsnicethat-list-2

    When I was 15 years old I was getting drunk on Bacardi Breezers by the beach huts and caking myself in Impulse body sprays to try to cover up the smell of smoke from a crafty fag on the way home from school. I definitely was not launching an independent magazine, formulated in response to the oppressive perfectionism of mainstream media. But that’s because I’m not Elise By Olsen.

  23. Flickr-itsnicethat-list

    Remember the days when Flickr reigned supreme over the kingdom of image-sharing sites and photo galleries? So does Yahoo, and after spending two years working on an extensive redesign across web, iOS, Android, PC and Mac, it’s hoping to elevate the site back to its former status under the title Flickr 4.0. Among the elements included in the redesign are a new filter which allows you to view images according to colour, size and orientation, more intelligent algorithms which are better suited to search terms, and a tailored image recognition service which tags your photos for you. All hail the terabyte’s worth of online storage!

  24. Mattia-balsamini-itsnicethat-list

    For a couple of years now I’ve been compiling a list of elite clubs I dream of being a part of, and one of those is the world of country music. As if to further ignite my jealousy last week Italian photographer Mattia Balsamini sent over a zine containing a series he shot at a three-day country fair in Pordenone, Italy, and it looks absolutely glorious.

  25. Weekender-list

    Over the years The Weekender has brought you the full range of emotions; joy, heartache, anger and sadness, but most of all just good old-fashioned hilarity. This week is no exception, filled to the brim with political outrage, religious fervour, psychedelic adventure and rugs – lots of rugs. Don’t say we don’t ever do anything for you, we’re giving you the best gift of all!

  26. Bong-international-itsnicethat-list

    I’d say that as a general rule, if you click onto a web design studio’s site to be met with a haze of gold glitter drifting across your screen, disrupted by four gong-like letterforms clanging against one another with commanding sound effects, you know you’ve hit upon something good. Websites these days are a whole lot more sophisticated than they used to be, and partly responsible for that is Bong International. Ben West and Simon Sweeney, aka Bong, are the geniuses behind this masterpiece and many others like it, from clean, pared-back artist websites to Matrix-esque holding pages and gallery sites, and between them they’re giving us plenty of cool shit to play with.

  27. Toufic-beyhum-itsnicethat-list

    To say that photographer Toufic Beyhum has created an extraordinary body of work would be an understatement. Born in Beirut in the mid 70s, he moved to London when his family was exiled from the country, and developed an interest in photography at a young age. He has since photographed places from Jordan and Namibia to Syria, but most spellbinding of all is his series about Mecca.

  28. Marianne-beck-itsnicethat-list-2

    When presented with a stray piece of paper my reflex is unfailingly to attempt an origami vagina (surprisingly difficult) so I feel that Marianne Beck’s recent undertaking is especially admirable. The Danish-born, Paris-based designer was able to create an entire typeface out of neatly overlapped paper using a few scraps and some clever folds, in an uncommonly cohesive and well executed series.

  29. Sleek-itsnicethat-list

    If you’ve rummaged through the art magazines in a well-stocked bookshop of late, you’ll likely have found yourself face to face with the glossy red cover of the new issue of Sleek magazine. A quarterly publication operating out of Berlin, Sleek takes contemporary art and recontextualises it as being just one element of visual culture as a whole, all of which is interesting, it argues. So instead of warding off would-be readers with inaccessible fine art speak and conceptual ideas, Sleek looks at photography, fashion and even topics like Greek mythology and health as being one and the same with art with a capital “A,” and covers the lot. Well, why wouldn’t it?

  30. Sh_books-itsnicethat-list-2

    From googly-eyed palm trees oozing California cool to a cheeky yellow thumbs up sign against a backdrop of a bright American flag, artist and designer Steven Harrington has been wafting LA sunshine our way via his cartoonish characters for years now. His work is a staple reference for anybody making Americana-influenced illustration, and spans huge hand-screened prints to limited-edition skateboards, all of which is doused in his sunny, funny style.

  31. Lift-type-itsnicethat-list

    If you’re a young freshly launched type foundry, how do you go about demonstrating to the rest of the world how fun and cool you are? A Tumblr showing off your wares in situ is a good start, as French foundry Lift Type has learned. Their blog hosts a smattering of bright, flashy GIFs, mocked up posters, scans of printed specimens and playful headers, and it’s an irresistible invite to get involved with what they’re offering.

  32. Weekender-list

    If you’re in the UK, IT’S BANK HOLIDAY SEASON, PEOPLE. We’re downing our pens and replacing them with pints, and we’re not going to stop until it’s Monday afternoon and we’ve got tennis elbow from all the lifting.

  33. Bbdfaotw-itsnicethat-list

    Studio Johannes Bissinger’s catalogue for the Stiftung Buchkunst, a compilation of the “BEST BOOK DESIGN FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD,” is a publication I’ve had on my desk since it arrived in the post last week, and which nobody has been able to walk past without picking it up to thumb through and remark “ooh, this is nice.”

  34. Daehyun-kim-itsnicethat-list

    Artist Daehyun Kim started to create his evocative, mystical Moonassi world out of ink while studying oriental painting in Seoul, South Korea, and has continued to grow it ever since. “The series is my life-time project,” the artist explains on his website. “There is no specific background story or a theory about the drawing. Each drawing is created based on my daily thoughts and feelings. I draw to meditate on myself and others, and to be able to see the whole story of the series in the end.” Daehyun operates out of a world in which the oceans are both shallow and bottomless, light is dark and dark is light, the moon acts as a torch, an eye and a character’s inner being are one and there’s nothing to do but reflect on your own existence all day, and it’s completely spell-binding.

  35. Charlotte-molas-itsnicethat-list

    French illustrator Charlotte Molas’ work falls somewhere between the masterpieces pre-school children make with blow-pens and water-based paints, and expertly stencilled murals. She deals predominantly in texture, having developed a soft shading technique redolent of vintage luggage labels and tourism postcards of yesteryear, to build modular figures which aren’t always necessarily what they seem. Girls dancing and jumping around is one thing, but some of her pieces present couples making out masquerading as mountainous landscapes, and silhouetted trees hiding far saucier situations. Obviously we’re huge fans.

  36. Acne-studios-peter-schlesinger-collectionitsnicethat-list

    The most fascinating collaborations grow organically out of obscure details discovered through a working relationship between two creatives. In this case, that detail is sculptor Peter Schlesinger’s love of silk pyjamas, a gem which was disclosed to Acne Studios’ creative director Jonny Johansson. The pair met working on collaborations between Peter and Acne Paper, and the decision to make a book about Peter’s work in tandem with a collection of Acne pyjamas based on his prints, and in colours inspired by his ceramic glazes, seems to have grown naturally out of this bond.

  37. Yanda-itsnicethat-list

    DO NOT DESIGN is a Singapore-based creative consultancy whose portfolio directly undermines its name. Its work spans editorial design produced to accompany art, installation and performance works. What caught our eye though was DEAR, a new self-funded zine which aims to celebrate the unusual and the curious in a manner which reflects what the studio describes as “our salad-bowl of a nation, Singapore.” Including visual essays and contributions by a diverse range of artists, not to mention a sparse, pared-back layout bookended by the zine’s intriguing cut-out cover, DEAR looks set to mark the start of an eclectic, and hopefully enduring new chapter for zines created in Singapore.

  38. Nicertuesdays-technology-itsnicethat-list

    At last night’s Nicer Tuesdays we delved into a whole host of cutting-edge creativity with six speakers whose work touches on technology. First up we heard from David Sheldon Hicks and Peter Eszeny of Territory Studio who specialise in creating futuristic user interfaces for films like Prometheus and Guardians of the Galaxy – “to tell a part of the story the actors couldn’t.” They spoke about the challenges of creating visuals that “are judged in a three-second burst and are often in the background” and explained how creating work for movies set in the near future is particularly difficult because it has to be grounded in reality. The key is to find “a visual language you can tie into quite quickly” so for the new Alex Garland film Ex Machina, blueprints for a bionic skeleton were based on IKEA assembly manuals!

  39. David-hockney-perspective-should-be-reversed-itsnicethat-list

    David Hockney never fails to astound me. He’s likely the most prolific British painter, printmaker and photographer our generation will see, and rather than settle down into one comfortable style – he has entertained more than a few over the course of his 50-year and counting career – he continues to set himself new lines to cross. He pushes back on the boundaries he had set himself the last time around. 

  40. Hana-knizova-itsnicethat-list

    I know I’m not alone in my deep-rooted fascination with twins, identical or otherwise, and Czech-born, London-based photographer Hana Knizova is just one of many to help me indulge it. Her series Family Matters features ten pairs of womb-sharing siblings, shrouded in like-minded mystery and wearing similar attire, and draws upon aspects of their relationship in carefully composed and almost classical portraits. They’re beguiling and somewhat mystical to look it.