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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. Grilli-type-int-list

    It wasn’t long ago that we were singing the praises of Grilli Type, a foundry looking into new and innovative ways to show off the new typefaces that their designers produce, and coming up with fun and playful mini-sites in the process. Now we’re back to let you know that it has done it again for GT Cinetype, a font designed by Mauro Paolozzi and Rafael Koch, which was inspired by cinematic subtitles.

  2. Jessica-brilli-int-17

    If when you close your eyes at night you dream of tying a silk kerchief over your carefully curled ’do and hopping in a classic Chevy to sail down the West Coast, you might find yourself as enamoured as I do with the work of painter Jessica Brilli. She favours endless-seeming roads and vintage cars for her expressive oil paintings, and she’s got recreating them on canvas down to a fine art. Her landscapes are dream-like in their expansiveness and colour palette, while her portraits seems to hark back to an era when a Chevy was still commonplace and kerchiefs were still pretty cool. And a little picturesque fantasy never hurt anybody, eh?

  3. Elanaschlenker-half-wild-list

    Is there anything better than when two talented creatives get together to collaborate on a project which funnels their combined skills into something really brilliant? Take a look at Half Wild, the new photobook by photographer Peter Happel Christian and designer Elana Schlenker, which is so good it was named one of the Best Photobooks of 2014 by Humble Arts.

  4. Caitoppermann-bangkok-int-list-2

    Sifting through holiday snaps is generally a pleasure – all that sniggering at old men in questionable swimming trunks and cooing over exotic birdlife – but this enjoyment is at least 80% greater when the traveller is a photographer, and 10% more again when it’s Cait Oppermann. The Brooklyn-based image-maker has an observing eye which allows her to pick up on the details others might miss – like odd happenings at a US sex convention, for example, or a mirrored ceiling in a derelict shopping mall and she found Bangkok to be in no short supply of such interesting corners.

  5. Eric-yahnker-int-1list-

    Our fourth annual Here symposium takes place in the summer and in the run-up to the event we’ll be looking at some of the stellar speakers who’ve graced the stage in previous years. Here is all about insight and inspiration, through accessible and enlightening talks from an international array of artists and designers, from big names to cutting-edge practitioners. Over the next few weeks the It’s Nice That team will be flagging up some of their favourite talks from the past three years, and next up is Maisie Skidmore singing the praises of Eric Yahnker…

  6. Just_kids_cover-list-int

    How best to describe the enduring and ubiquitous influence of COS? The brand has become almost cult-like in its appeal since it was founded a mere eight years ago, creating designs which are somehow timeless and classic and simultaneously innovative.

  7. Beyondthewildheart-int-list

    I think I might never have seen two illustrators as well paired as Faye Coral Johnson and Mike Redmond, the duo behind this charming new book Behind the Wild Heart. Faye’s work – sketchy, sweet and imperfect – seems to slot right in with Mike’s dynamic cartoony characters, and the two work together so often that it’s difficult to tell where one’s work ends and the other’s begins.

  8. Timcolmant-list-gif

    Illustration portfolios don’t come much more joyful than this one by Tim Colmant, a Belgian illustrator with a knack for Memphis-inspired patterns, cheery colours and entertaining ideas. Looking around his diverse work feels like strolling into the fantasy land of Ettore Sottsass, decked out as it is in bright purple and yellow, swirling shapes and repetitive geometric patterns, and it’s more or less impossible to leave feeing anything less than happy. Feel free to try this out for yourselves.

  9. Invitation-strictly-personal-list-int

    Fashion show invites might be among the most highly revered of all printed ephemera – they serve a purpose which goes far beyond simply specifying a time and a place for a designer to show a collection. Invites are the key into a hallowed space reserved for those who have been selected, they present the first magical glimpse at what radical new direction a designer might be taking in the new season’s collection, they take every form imaginable – marked pill bottles, origami peacocks, bags, mock credit cards – and they are incredibly collectible. And one man who has taken stock of all these factors is Iain R. Webb. 

  10. Dominic-wilcox-bookshelf-list-int

    There aren’t many designers out there who can count a pair of shoes with GPS tracking, a race against a 3D printer and a stained glass driverless car among their recent projects, but Dominic Wilcox isn’t just any old designer. In fact, the job title “inventor” seems to be more appropriate, given that he spends his days identifying gaps in the objects we use, and experimenting with materials to develop new and intriguing ways to fill them.

  11. Yenertorun-int-list

    Yener Torun is a 32 year-old architect who has turned Istanbul into the geographical equivalent of Aladdin’s cave of wonders. Tucked away among the beautiful Ottoman and Byzantine architecture and the blue Bosphorus are a wealth of impossibly bright buildings dominated by geometric patterns, rainbow hues and funny architectural idiosyncrasies. And through his Instagram account, Yener has been slowly but steadily documenting it all.

  12. Bethwalrond-chint-int-list

    Despite only having graduated from Falmouth University last summer illustrator Beth Walrond already has an admirable portfolio of work to show for herself. This is probably due to the warmth and relatable nature of her style – she builds textural, expressive characters out of geometric shapes and soft lines to create identifiable narratives, condensing complex messages down into sweet, two-dimensional form. Now working out of Berlin, her newest projects include work for Hunger Magazine, The Ride Journal, Wired UK and The Debrief, leading us to believe she’s got a hell of a lot more ideas to get down on paper yet.

  13. Weekender-list

    After this week’s relentless onslaught of creative goings-on, we’re pooped. Happy, but pooped. Luckily it’s the weekend, and – what’s that you say? You’re cracking open a beer, but want to catch up on the best of the art and design world’s news and inspiration from the last week? Great! We’ve just the thing for you to cast your weary eyes across. It’s called The Weekender, and it’s hella refreshing.

  14. Posters-of-berlin-int-list

    Berlin is awash with incredible posters – in places pasted one on top of the other to the point where thick layers of colourful paper come peeling from lampposts and temporary walls – so it was really only a matter of time before a graphic design aficionado based there started photographing them to share with the rest of the world. Enter Posters of Berlin, a simple but effective blog designed to proclaim the design capabilities of the German city from the rooftops, placing the good, the brilliant and the very very bad all next to one another in a delightfully rich juxtaposition of aesthetics.

  15. Jack-white-int-list-3

    “But I don’t WANT one music video!” I can imagine a sulky Jack exclaiming as he brought his fists down upon the mixing desk, “I want THREE!” Or perhaps he was just looking to bring a more varied viewing experience to his dedicated fans with the visual accompaniment to new track The Black Bat Licorice. Either way, the interactive video he finally came up with, which offers three full music videos simultaneously, is more than enough to keep us satisfied.

  16. Drake-whybray-int-1

    It took Simon Whybray and Rik Lomas all of 30 seconds (might be an exaggeration, but who’s counting?) to pick up on the freshly released mixtape that Drake dropped at midnight on Thursday, whose cover artwork was a scribbled “If You’re Reading This Its Too Late,” and to turn it into an interactive website which allows you to create your own Drizzy meme. And in accordance with with grammatical errors in the album’s title – Drake has no time for apostrophes – the site won’t allow you to use any, either. Cue whole Tumblrs full of slurs, chat-up lines and jokes in we’re assuming is his handwriting.

  17. Tavo-adc-int-lisst

    It’s high time we introduced the work of Tavo, a Madrid-based studio working for a broad range of agencies which specialises in digital and motion. But by specialise, we don’t mean that it can knock together a collage by editing a bunch of ready-made footage into one full-length clip, oh no. Rather, it responds to complex briefs with elaborate and aesthetically challenging concepts which it then proceeds to execute to higher standards than we might even have imagined possible.

  18. Bgm-int-list

    Blair Getz Mezibov is the photographer responsible for taking men, mere mortal men, and transforming them into what are essenetially demi-gods. Case in point, here’s some of his refined editorial work for glossy magazines like GQ Style, Rollacoaster magazine and Out magazine, elevating models to immaculately poised and dapper gents caught mid-swing in a game of tennis, or perhaps leaning nonchalantly over the back of a director’s chair, looking like they’ve been carved from marble.

  19. 4_int_bookshelf_americasfav2-list

    Brooklyn-based graphic designer Elana Schlenker is not only the creator of “occasional pamphlet of typographic smut” Gratuituous Type, she’s also a freelancer with a magnificent array of colourful projects on her (frankly quite beautiful) website, a very good speaker, an exhibitor at exhibitions in Edinburgh and at London’s own KK Outlet. And she’s won a bunch of awards, too. Her aesthetic is pastel coloured without being sickly, innovative without feeling audacious and involves the kinds of books which just seem to make life nicer.

  20. Skoda-int-list

    I can’t remember the last time that an online ad left me open-mouthed and staring blankly at my computer screen, but this from 18 Feet and Rising for Skoda managed it. Easily. The campaign, called Fight For Attention, uses pupil-tracking technology to measure the way the viewer interacts with a 90 second-long split-screen film in which two cars, a white and a blue Skoda, literally vie for your attention. It then creates a personalised infographic to show you which held your attention for longer, identifying the details you missed and creating a percentage measure of which won. It’s space-ace in its accuracy.

  21. Neil_kenlock_untitled_young_woman_seated_on_the_floor_at_home_in_front_of_her_television_set_c-_type_print_london_1972__neil_kenlock_victoria_and_albert_london-int-list

    The new exhibition at London’s V&A Museum, Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s -1960s came as the result of a conscious decision by the organisation to broaden and enrich its collection, curator Marta Weiss explained at the opening yesterday. “Over the last seven years the V&A has been working with Black Cultural Archives to acquire photographs either by black photographers or which document the lives of black people in Britain,” Marta says, “a previously under-represented area in the V&A’s photographs collection.”

  22. Dream_antoine-list-int

    Step aside Freud with your tedious dream analysis and your dirty mind, Photoshop Your Dreams is here with an altogether more entertaining alternative. 26 year-old Margaux Espinasse is web project manager based in Berlin, and she’s just set up the site, which asks readers to submit their dreams in order for her to recreate them in Photoshop.

  23. Closeyoureyes-list-1

    Close Your Eyes, the newest publication from Northern Ireland-born and London-based photographer Gareth McConnell, is one of those books which seems to boil history down and to present it for inspection. Gareth describes it as a “frenzied reworking” of his accumulated archive; it brings together over ten years worth of photographs of rave culture, of civil gatherings and of riots, all of which is placed side-by-side with found imagery from the internet, shots from historical moments and personal and political perspectives. 

  24. Michaeldeforge-list-int

    If you were to pick up Michael DeForge’s First Year Healthy struck by a wave of naive curiosity, you’d be making a grave mistake. Pink and sweet-looking though it may be, it couldn’t be further from a children’s story: rather, the newest publication by the Toronto-based cartoonist is a bizarre and mysterious tale about mental health, magic cats and very big hair.

  25. Weekender-list

    “Mmmm,” she moaned, her eyes eating up the delectable design news across the It’s Nice That homepage. “I still want more…,” she purred. “Now.” Sorry love, you can’t have any more this week – it’s ruddy Friday, and we’ve only got eyes for the pub, stone cold mashup merchants that we are. But whatever you’re up to this weekend, be it romantic, be it Ikea or be it watching people say things as erudite as “I gasp, and I’m Eve in the Garden of Eden, and he’s the serpent, and I cannot resist” in Fifty Shades of Grey, have a blast, and treat yourself to this VERY SEXY INDEED digest of what we’ve been into in the art and design world this week.

  26. Studio-moross-opening_film_storyboards-list-int

    How exactly do you go about measuring the success of a band like One Direction, who have been the source of underwear-throwing and diary-doodling since they came upon success in The X Factor in 2010? They’ve got a cool 22 million Twitter followers for starters, which goes some way to demonstrating the enormity of the job Studio Moross had on its hands when it started art directing their tour last Autumn.

  27. Prada-int-list-4

    Large-scale luxury brands tend to be fairly guarded when it comes to their extensive archives, guarding them under the technological equivalent of those two cheeky goblins in Labyrinth. Not Prada. Recognising the truth in the notion that sharing is caring, the house has just published the whole of its archive online, in a carefully tailored site which makes it entertaining AND easily navigable.

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    I’ve always been quite partial to bric-a-brac, but it’s never been more compelling to me than while I was wandering around the Barbican’s new exhibition Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector yesterday. The show is effectively a paean to the idea that you are the stuff you keep, and as such it’s a hoarder’s dream.

  29. Penguin-int-list

    Publishers are almost unique in that when it comes to their birthdays they give everybody else a gift, rather than demanding one themselves. Kind eh? Especially in the case of Penguin, which has announced that to celebrate its 80th birthday it will be launching a new range of 80 books, entitled Little Black Classics, to be sold for a mere 80p each. 80p, you cry! That’s madness! Well yes. And even more excitingly for some, the series is accompanied by a fun little interactive website, designed by freelance designer Mathieu Triay, which invites readers either to shake their phones or to drag the penguin across their screens in order to discover the titles and quotations from the books included. Whoever claimed that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” evidently has much to learn from the publishing house, which appears to be getting progressively more exciting with each passing year.

  30. Stevie-gee-rumble-fish-list

    Illustrator and art director Stevie Gee has a pretty solid place in our hearts; his work is a glorious collection of iconic retro elements, moustachioed men, skateboarding and surfing know-how and the occasional dollop of sleaze for good measure. His Bookshelf, however, secures him in It’s Nice That history forevermore; never before have a classic skateboard, several pairs of silken panties, such a delightful collection of textiles and a cat called Olive featured. His book collection is pretty good too, jumping from vintage erotic comic books to 70s psychedelia is one fell swoop. All hail Stevie Gee!

  31. Mosaert-lookbook-int-list

    If like me you were regularly dragged off to your local Olan Mills photographic studio as a child to have family portraits taken of you and your siblings looking unusually clean and composed in front of a dappled background, you might be similarly drawn to Mosaert’s new lookbook. Carefully constructed like the most stylish family pics, they feature a whole bunch of models immaculately robed in Mosaert’s bright new collection, and there’s something innately compelling about them.

  32. Ryotakemasa-int-list

    We in the studio are the first to admit that if you slap a foreign script onto something it instantly becomes approximately 200% more exciting from a design point of view. In the case of Ryo Takemasa, however, the text is kind of just the cherry on the cake. Editorial illustration for newspaper and magazine covers is his bread and butter – so much so that his portfolio site looks something like the wall of a Japanese newsagents – but with his soft style and witty observations about urban life it’s little wonder he’s stacking up commissions. Based in Tokyo, Ryo works across books, magazines and advertising, producing imagery which looks born for covers but here’s a selection of proof, if any was needed, that his work speaks for itself too.

  33. Weekender-list

    A lot can happen in a week. Riri and Kanye can get together with Paul McCartney to make music, a man dressed as a shark can become a firm feature in hearts across the world, a man can claim intimate relations with a dolphin, etc. and we feel it’s our duty to condense all of this down into a wholesome chunk digestible for you dear reader. So we have. Here it is. Dive in!

  34. Bexday-int-list

    If you can resist a photoshoot in which two bikers who belong to the 59 Club whip their denim off and get cosy in and around London’s iconic biker spot Ace Café, then you’re a stronger person than I am. I came across this masterpiece by photographer Bex Day yesterday afternoon, and it’s so charged with hairy, sunny, smiley biker love that I’m tempted to print images out and stick them around to remind myself how great life is.

  35. Brucegilden-womenofwallstreet-int-list

    “I’m known for taking pictures very close,” photographer Bruce Gilden’s website proclaims, “and the older I get, the closer I get.” He’s not lying – famous for street photography made using a flashgun, his work is unashamedly intrusive, searingly honest, and incredibly effective. Which made him a perfect selection by Vice to shoot the Women of Wall Street series for their Wall Street issue. The photographs he took of New York’s most powerful women show up every pore, every burst capillary, every clump of mascara and every split end, and they’re oddly vilifying for it. No matter how much you want to root for the under-represented women holding their own in an environment where 80% of executives are running almost entirely on caffeine and testosterone, Bruce manages to depict them as alien warriors about to step into battle.

  36. Tamponrun-list-int

    Remember Tampon Run, the brilliant game designed by two teenage girls at coding camp to address inequality in the tech industry AND the taboo surrounding periods at the SAME TIME? It remains one of my favourite things we’ve every posted on It’s Nice That, so you can imagine my delight when Andy Gonzales and Sophie Houser, the brainboxes behind it, got back in touch last week to announce that they’d teamed up with a tech company to develop it even further and make it available as a mobile app, so you can kiss goodbye to your bus journey boredom.

  37. Gracewilson-list-nt

    These days Twitter allows everybody, from your great uncle George to an alien who’s still getting his head around language share their opinions about contemporary culture. The trouble with this, of course, is that not everybody has something interesting to say, which makes finding new ways of participating in this discussion a challenge in itself. 

  38. All-list

    We love stuff! We love stuff so much that we actively encourage you to send it to us, and when you do, we tear the packaging from it and send it whirling to the floor while dancing around clutching your stuff with joy. (Not a euphemism.) Contrary to popular belief, January is a pretty good month for creative endeavours, or so our bulging supply of cool new stuff would lead us to believe. Here are ten of the best ones from January!

  39. Vivianesassen-pinkinslee-int-list

    Very few photographers straddle art and fashion photography as successfully as Viviane Sassen, a fact London’s galleries are very much aware of at the moment. The Dutch photographer has only just seen the end of In and Out of Fashion, an experimental show at The Photographers’ Gallery which used large-scale projected slideshows moving quickly across large, temporary walls in the dark space to the accompaniment of a melodious and hypnotic soundtrack. Yet today the ICA is opening another show of Viviane’s work, entitled Pikin Slee.

  40. Nobrow-app-list-int

    “Oh my god! Nobrow has made an app!” was the excited squawk that echoed across the editorial desk when we first found out about the publisher’s expansion into digital; so surprised were we that a brand formerly so print-focussed was branching out onto screens. The exclamation was swiftly followed by cooing admiration, however, as one by one we watched the accompanying demo video and realised just what the new move entailed.