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.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Lucy-williams-itsnicethat--list

    The last time we wrote about papercutting extraordinaire Lucy Williams’ work, it was to bemoan the fact that we hadn’t already come across her work – elaborate and intricate papercut artworks which redefine the limits of the medium. This time around that issue has been rectified, as publishing house Roads has just released a monograph of her work – and it’s a beauty of an artist’s book – so here we are, singing her praises from the rooftops once again.

  11. Sven-lindhorst-emme-itsnicethat-list-2

    When you come across a graphic designer who spent a full ten years learning about and working with lithograph printing, you can more or less put your money on the assumption that he’s going to be pretty good. Fortunately in Sven Lindhorst-Emme’s case we don’t have to assume at all, as the graphic designer has a bulging portfolio of work on his site, including more great poster design than we’re accustomed to finding in one place. 

  12. Sebastian-schwamm-itsnicethat-list

    Many of us spend our lives bemoaning our unfortunate surnames (who, me?) but Sebastian Schwamm, whose family name is German for “sponge,” is embracing his with admirable zest. “That’s how I roll!” he says on his website, “absorbing anything that life throws at me and wringing it out on the paper.”

  13. Makoto-itsnicethat-list

    Do you remember when brilliant Tokyo-based artist Makoto Azuma sent a bunch of flowers and a pine white bonsai into space to see what might happen? The whole world seemed to watch with bated breath as they slowly started to disintegrate, scattering petals and leaves across the Earth’s stratosphere. The project won a Yellow Pencil at this year’s D&AD awards, prompting us to take a deeper look at Makoto’s practice, and we’re awfully glad we did.

  14. V2-obama-selfie-itsnicethat-list

    Did you know that there are more images published every day now than there were in the whole of the 19th Century? Nicholas Mirzoeff has written a brilliant book about this fact, entitled How to See the World. Here’s Nicholas on the myriad ways in which this mass of visual information impacts our perception and creativity, and the “exciting, inspiring and anarchic” effect it might have.

  15. Mcdarrah-itsnicethat-list-2

    Fred W. McDarrah is the kind of man I would give my right arm to have a pint and a chat with. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1926, he first started photographing artists at the age of 23 when he met painter William Littlefield, who inducted him into a heady world of informal artist get-togethers named The Club in Greenwich Village in the early 1950s.

  16. Googel-jacquard-itsnicethat-list

    “What I find fascinating about textiles is that their structure is the same as that of the touchscreens that we’re using in everyday mobile devices and tablets,” the founder of Project Jacquard Ivan Poupyrev explains at the beginning of this film from Google ATAP, shortly before he blows our minds. “That means that if you replace some of the threads in textiles with conductive threads, you should be able to weave a textile which can recognise a variety of simple touch gestures, just like any normal touch panel you have on a mobile phone.”

  17. Discoverers-alliance-itsnicethat-new-list

    There’s nothing like a visual project which makes you question your own eyes, and the Discoverer’s Alliance, a series and exhibition made as a result of a collaboration between set designer Owen Gildersleeve and photographer Benedict Morgan, certainly does that.

  18. Antti-kalevi-art-show-itsnicethat-list

    The illustration world would be a gloomier place without Antti Kalevi; his bright nursery school colour palettes, his characters’ consistently bold sartorial choices, their sweet googly eyes. The Finnish illustrator had us with his last series but Art Show takes our admiration of his work one step further – depicting familiar scenes from art galleries in his signature colourful style, with a wink and a cheeky grin.

  19. Charlotte-mei-list

    Now I’m not saying that the Bookshelf feature should act as a barometer of how much we want to be friends with the people we feature, but if you can’t identify niche interests in a kindred spirit by way of their favourite publications, when the bloody hell can you?

  20. Mcknight-kauffer-itsnicethat-list

    How’s this for some poster porn to brighten up a gloomy day? A collection of posters by American-born, Britain-based advertising poster artist Edward McKnight Kauffer is to go on sale at auction Christie’s this week, giving us as good an excuse as ever to revisit his fascinating archive of work. Living from 1890 until 1954, the artist’s career spanned a pivotal period in the advertising industry in Britain, allowing him to apply abstract, Futurist, Cubist, Impressionist influences to the designs he created for clients including Shell Mex and the London Underground, among others. Find out more about Christies’ penchant for poster design here.

  21. Pylot-itsnicethat-list

    I’m all for a glossy mag that’s chock-a-block with larger-than-life studio shots of models in surreal situations (I’m looking at you, Annie Leibovitz), but there’s a raw beauty to analogue photographs that haven’t been retouched, and this is what PYLOT magazine is all about.

  22. Kia-tas-peace-itsnicethat-list-

    Just over a week ago, graphic designer Kia Tasbihgou was finishing up a ten-week freelance stint with us at It’s Nice That, during which time he designed the identity for the Graduates 2015 competition, among a bunch of other stuff. So we knew he had some skills under his belt – bespoke typefaces, lettering, web design, etc. What we didn’t know until his last day was the the Kingston graduate had just finished off a personal project called Peace, a fully-formed Neo-Grotesk typeface, which Kia manipulated so that its first letter can also tell the time.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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?"

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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. 

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

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    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!