Author Archive: Rebecca Fulleylove

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Rebecca returned to It’s Nice That as editorial assistant in May 2015. She originally joined as an editorial intern in 2012 after graduating from Norwich University of the Arts.

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  1. Karine_laval_the_pool_int_list

    There’s nothing quite like the first dip of summer in an outdoor swimming pool with the undulating waves lapping against your shins as you sit anchored to the tiled side. Capturing this shared experience is French photographer Karine Laval with her series The Pool, taken at swimming pools throughout Europe. The initial draw for Karine was the idea that swimming pools and beach resorts are a combination of the natural and the artificial: “They represent a dominant theme of modern life in our culture and mix the natural element of water with the culture and social element of a manmade environment,” she explains.

  2. Alina_negoita_int_list

    Alina Negoita has been commissioned by AnOther, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and i-D, and one scroll through her website makes it clear why. Powerful black and white images of faces, movements and exchanges work together to create a captivating blend of fashion photography and documentary photography. “Although my background is in fashion photography – my goal is to subtly use a fashion approach in my work but with a much stronger sociopolitical impact drawn from human rights and subjects I am passionate about,” Alina explains.

  3. John_dower_ronald_int_list

    In America, land of the free and home of the mascot, Ronald McDonald was and still is a revered flame-haired icon. Even in the UK, he’s a recognisable, albeit terrifying, beacon of our past where happy meals and smooth-bunned burgers were a rare Friday night treat.

  4. Mouni_feddag_itsnicethat_list

    The charming illustrations of Mouni Feddag are fantastically colourful and richly detailed. Full of personality with a lovely scratchy quality, these illustrations could easily drift into the twee, but it’s Mouni’s clever observations and witty nuances found within her large drawings that pull it away from the mawkish.

  5. Herburg_weiland_itsnicethat_list

    Munich-based agency Herburg Weiland’s portfolio of editorial design and branding is sophisticated, refined and cooly bold. This is reflected perfectly in the posters, identities and covers they’ve created for numerous galleries and magazines.

  6. Jun_cen_itsnicethat_list

    There’s a wonderful serenity and peace to Chinese illustrator Jun Cen’s work, as washed-out pastels waft and simple shapes sweep across the page. Currently working in New York, his illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Nobrow, and ELLE MEN China. Jun’s diverse client list means his portfolio is a mix of everyday scenes and figures, combined with grander, more mythical imagery. It’s this ethereal work that I’m drawn to more as Jun interprets the world in his own way, giving lightness and delicacy to heavy sumo wrestlers and Grecian fighters.

  7. We_want_more_itsnicethat_list

    The relationship between music and photography is a giddy and restless union, like a wild friendship where all the greatest adventures happen. The glamour, electricity and the emotion music photography can elicit is powerful and it’s why it resonates with so many of us. With the dawn of the digital age, the way we see these images has changed slightly and closed the gap between us and the stars we admire and it’s this progression that curator Diane Symth was keen to dissect when putting together We Want More: Image-making and music in the 21st Century, on now at The Photographers’ Gallery.

  8. Blair_thomson_bookshelf_list

    Creative director Blair Thomson founded brand design agency Believe In back in 1996, and since then he and his team have worked hard to deliver provocative and engaging work. But there’s another string to Blair’s creative bow, which is his passion for stamps. Having developed a love for them at a young age Blair has set up the aptly named Graphilately, a beautifully curated Instagram account that houses his personal collection, which he told us all about back in April.

  9. Joe_cruz_itsnicethat_list

    The work of London-based illustrator Joe Cruz never ceases to excite with his signature oil pastel markings adorning black and white photographs to create a wonderful communion. His personal work is as bold as ever, but it’s great to see more of Joe’s creations in a commercial context. Most recently his images graced The Sunday Times Magazine in their feature on Harper Lee’s new novel Go Set A Watchman and Whistles has also cottoned on to his magic.

  10. Klas_ernflo_trax_itsnicethat_list

    Swedish artist Klas Ernflo hasn’t graced our site since 2011, and while he’s been steadily creating work over the years it’s his latest work which takes the form of simple, methodical figures on boards that caught our eye. Like tidy hieroglyphics, Klas’ abstract forms seemingly focus on the environment with a pair of peachy legs and a delicate silhouette of a cow in the mass of paintings. But it’s the addition of the scientific-looking instruments and wiggly, wavy symbols that add an ambiguity to the world Klas is documenting.

  11. Gosia_herba_itsnicethat_list

    We featured Polish illustrator Gosia Herba this time last year, so it felt right to delve back into her portfolio to see what she’s been up to. Busy as ever with commissions from clients including The Washington Post and Bloomberg Businessweek Polska, her editorial illustrations really stand out. Full of brilliant texture and wonderfully proportioned characters with small angular heads and oversized limbs, it’s clear there’s still a Cubist nod within Gosia’s style. But it’s the velvety sheen she’s cast over her images, blending sumptuous tones with softer shades that makes her work so beautiful and elegant. 

  12. Marta_veludo_itsnicethat_list

    Marta Veludo’s design work is bright, fun and happy. Just one look at her website and it’s like walking into a toyshop of vibrant projects that beg to be picked up and played with. Inspired by pop culture, folk art, pound shops and Tumblr, it’s this abundance of references that make the Amsterdam-based designer’s work so interesting.

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    Looking through Jeff Östberg’s portfolio is like looking at the world with a veil of warm sunshine over your eyes. Jeff lives and works in Stockholm, and the separation of colour in his work is lovely as creamy tones wash over scenes and people in simple landscapes. Creating a mix of commercial and personal work it’s great to see how Jeff’s style translates into different briefs with his soft lines and shapes managing to make an impact despite their mellowness. This roundness to his work gives the narratives within his illustrations a familiarity that only enhances their clarity and beauty.

  14. Bryan_sheffield_itsnicethat_list

    Photographer Bryan Sheffield’s portfolio is a glorious mix of music bigwigs, careful observations and elevating the everyday. Working professionally since 2006, Bryan first got interested in the field “by photographing friend’s bands, and bands that I was a fan of,” he explains. 

  15. Erin_armstrong_itsnicethat_list

    There’s a wonderful dreaminess to Toronto-based Erin Armstrong’s paintings, as she adds an ethereal slant to the everyday with her characters existing in a haze of colour and brushstrokes. Keen to create her own reality in which her silhouettes can exist, Erin’s work is best when she abandons clean lines and bravely swooshes paint across the canvas. A lovely briskness is created in these loose figures and the beautiful jewel-like shades blending with subdued pastels adds to the whimsical atmosphere. Calming and graceful, I love how Erin adds natural elements like plants or water to her acrylic paintings to give them some sort of grounding in the real world.

  16. Matteo_berton_itsnicthat_list

    Italy-based illustrator Matteo Berton has created a series of wonderful illustrations for Anna Foa’s children’s book, Portico d’Ottavia, which was the heart of Rome’s Jewish ghetto for half a millennium. The book travels back to October 16 1943 and details the Nazi raid of the Jewish community that took place there.

  17. Klaus_frahm_4th_wall_int_list

    Watching the grace and effortless-seeming style of a play, it’s intriguing to consider the flurry and bustle that happens behind the dark red curtain. For the last few years, Hamburg-born photographer Klaus Frahm has been stripping back Europe’s stages to take incredible shots of theatres from the other side. His photographs reveal cascades of seats framed by the structures that house the lights and mechanics of the show. 

  18. Steve_frykholm_picnicposters_itsnicethat_list

    Having worked at Herman Miller for 45 years, the vice president of creative design Steve Frykholm was taken on as the furniture company’s first in-house graphic designer. In the beautifully made short film created by Dress Code specifically for Herman Miller, Steve talks us through some of his most celebrated work – the posters he created for the brand’s annual picnic.

  19. Snask_washingtonpost_itsnicethat_list2

    Swedish design studio Snask is always going the extra mile in their work, and their latest project to create the cover for The Washington Post’s Readers’ Favourites issue looks like their most complex yet. The brief was to create something fun so Snask decided to create the cover and all editorial images by hand. The result is nine different letters that make up the word “Favorite” in glorious technicolour and a multitude of materials. 

  20. Dameon_wardhang_itsnicethat_list

    With ambiguous titles such as Chemistry, Estate and The Figures, illustrator Dämeon Wardhang leaves his lively work to speak for itself. The London-based artist creates orderly clusters of colour that look like a modern take on ancient drawings.

  21. Nina_kazanova_token_itsnicethat_list

    Nina Kazanova captures the virtual world perfectly in the identity she’s created for Token, a virtual reality festival of the arts that focuses on new technologies and how they manifest themselves in our environment. While I’ve had trouble working out whether this Moscow-based festival even exists in the real world, it’s a great project that references the kind of futuristic imagery seen in the 80s and 90s with a fluorescently tropical palette of pinks, purples and greens.

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    Spanish studio Tres Tipos Gráficos has created these simple posters for plays that ran last season at Teatro de La Abadía, a theatre and performing arts facility in Madrid. The studio has represented each production with a photograph that encapsulates the general feeling and atmosphere of the play as opposed to a specific scene or character to encourage the audience to create their own interpretations.

  23. Raymond_cauchetier_itsnicethat_list

    During the 60s Raymond Cauchetier was a film set photographer on some of the most important films of the French New Wave. From À Bout de Souffle to Jules et Jim, Raymond was among the stars and directors that made this period of time so remarkable including Jean Seberg, Anna Karina, Francois Truffant and Jean Luc Godard. His photos were originally intended for continuity and sometimes publicity, but Raymond saw himself as more of a photojournalist and captured images that showed all of the set: shooting on handheld cameras, the unplanned scenes and the initial conversations between the actors and directors.

  24. Helena_hauss_itsnicethat_list

    While elegant fountain pens and carefully crafted pencils are a joy to write and doodle with, there’s something familiar and comforting about casting lines of biro onto a clean sheet of paper. With the infinite motion of the ball point beneath your fingertips, there’s a level of control that other tools just can’t give you. Someone who shares my biro love is Paris-based illustrator Helena Hauss, who creates fantastically intricate biro drawings.

  25. Sophie-list

    Fashion communication and styling student and It’s Nice That Graduate Sophie Mayanne has an incredibly strong portfolio of images that play with the notions of self-expression. To Sophie, London seemed the obvious choice when deciding which university to go to. “I was living in a small countryside village and had this big idea that London was the place I needed to be,” she says. “So I scoured university courses for something that could be my indefinite route there.” During her time there, she saw it as a period of growing up: “Time at university matures you,” she says. “You learn, you’re tested, but still smiling at the end.”

  26. Ellen-list

    Ellen Syrjala’s work manages to capture the beauty in the everyday, and that’s part of the reason why photography student is one of our It’s Nice That Graduates this year. Studying at London College of Communication, it’s been a personal mission of hers to see beyond the commercialism of photography. “I chose to go to art school because a photographer once told me at the age of 17 that ‘you cannot succeed as an artist,’” she says. “It’s bollocks. I wanted to prove her wrong, and that there was more to photography than pillow adverts.”

  27. Anna-list

    With careful composition and a beautiful colour palette, it’s hard to resist illustration student and It’s Nice That Graduate Anna Skeels’ wonderful work. Finding her stride while studying at Camberwell College of Arts, Anna, like many of us, felt the stresses and pressures of university but has come out smiling: “I’ve met some of my favourite people there and am finally happy with the work I’m producing, so it’s definitely been worth it,” Anna explains.

  28. Anton-list

    Graphic designer and It’s Nice That Graduate Anton Hjertstedt creates the kind of unexpected work we dream of finding. His website had us rubbing our eyes with joy, with 3D renders of the rude, the abstract and the plain bizarre.

  29. Tilly-list

    The portfolio of graphic design student and It’s Nice That Graduate Tilly Thompson is sophisticated, beautifully presented and contains projects of real depth. While Tilly stood out to us, it’s taken some time for the student to find what she was good at and get recognition. “When I was younger I was never especially good at anything. It was only halfway through secondary school that I started going to life drawing classes and realised I could draw,” Tilly explains. “I had some great art teachers who helped me to ditch biology and join their class. There were seven of us from that same class who got onto the foundation course at Kingston, so they were definitely a bit of a powerhouse.”

  30. Foreign_policy_brandguidesingapore_itsnicethat_list

    Foreign Policy Design Group, who we featured on the site last year, has nailed the art of collating diverse and sometimes complex ideas into a beautiful, cohesive publication. The first book in its new series, Brand Guide: Singapore Edition is like a beautifully arranged scrapbook of your dreams, rounding up “iconic homegrown brands that attest to the current golden age of design in Singapore,” the studio explains on their Behance page.

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    The opera isn’t a staple on my cultural calendar but its alluring arias and ostentatious costumes seem so exotic and intriguing that perhaps I should let the dramatic melodies permeate my ear drums more often. Especially when institutions like the Scottish Opera seem keen on engaging people of all ages by enlisting the illustrative talents of London-based Sarah Tanat-Jones.

  32. Mariette_pathy_allen_itsnicethat_list

    Mariette Pathy Allen’s photographs are striking because they’re unlike any series about the transgender community I’ve seen before. Rather than focusing on the the theatrics and glamour often presented to us, Mariette wanted to capture the everyday life of a community who were choosing to live in the gender that felt most comfortable to them. Mariette’s photographed the transgendered community for 30 years now but that first photograph was completely by luck. “In 1978 I was in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. I stayed in the same hotel as a group of cross-dressers who invited me to join them for breakfast on the last morning,” Mariette explains. “When I took a group picture, I was moved by looking into the eyes of one of the people in the group. I felt as though I was looking at the essence of a human being, rather than a man or woman.”

  33. Studio_storz_itsnicethat_list

    Berlin-based Studio Storz has a portfolio chock-full of visual identities, editorial design and book design that’s varied in style. What differentiates Studio Storz from other design practices is its collaborative approach to design. As part of Spector Bureau, a collection of designers, artists and publishers, it actively works with other professionals in the field. It sees the role of designers as ever expanding and one that can manifest itself as researcher, engineer, craftsman and communicator; and the studio’s relationship with the Heidelberger Kunstverein has been ongoing since 2012.

  34. Animade-itsnicethat-list

    Tennis season is definitely in full swing now with the first game of Wimbledon kicking off (or whatever the tennis equivalent is) today. What better way to usher in the quintessentially British tournament than with some animation from our favourites Animade. Originally created for last month’s 2015 French Open as part of IBM’s interactive campaign for the tournament, eight animations and illustrations were displayed via large-scale advertisements around Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport and the Roland-Garros tennis stadium.

  35. Camilla_perkins_itsnicethat_list

    Camilla Perkins is based in Brighton, and her illustrations use only the brightest hues which I hope are influenced by her seaside surroundings. We’ve not featured Camilla’s pictures since 2013, and it’s great to see how her style has developed since then. Shying away from collections of objects, it seems Camilla’s been perfecting her skills in illustrating the human form and the result is wonderful. Her figures are mainly surrounded by basic props and shapes, but the faces and features of her characters are marked out carefully in scratchy lines. In some images bold expanses of pattern applied as floors or walls are a lovely addition to all the brightness and it’s these details that really make Camilla’s work stand out.

  36. Alexander_short_selfie_stick_itsnicethat_list

    Probably the number one stocking filler of Christmas 2014, the selfie stick has only heightened the narcissism epidemic and further perpetuated the social media notion that if you don’t document your face at a place then you were never there. In Alexander Short’s series Take a Good Look at Yourself, he perfectly encapsulates how hilarious these selfie stick portraits look to the people around them. Like the technological equivalent of shouting that you’re having a great time, it’s hilarious to see people on their own, in couples or big groups so determined to get these perfect self-portraits.

  37. Lust_typedynamic_itsnicethat_list

    LUST not only has a great name, but is a studio covering a huge range of disciplines in an extraordinary way. Based in The Hague, Netherlands, it’s this project the studio did last year at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam that demonstrates the studio’s unique and varied approach. An interactive installation for the exhibition Type/Dynamics, the show aimed to comment on the work of experimental graphic designer Jurriaan Schrofer.

  38. Mads_berg_itsnicethat_list

    Danish illustrator Mads Berg’s modern take on the classic poster has seen him clock up an international client list including Wired, Monocle, Legoland and Carlsberg. His portfolio is filled with gloriously soft colours that emphasise his bold brushstrokes and simply constructed figures.

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    Mannnu AKA Manu Rodriguez’s website is simple and considered with only a handful of projects included, but it’s ample opportunity to get a sense of how this art director and designer works. Based in Barcelona, the two projects created in collaboration with Spanish photographer Jose Perroche caught our eye.

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    Isabel Magowan’s series Cygnets is a magnificent portrayal of youth in all its forms. It’s the baby swans’ temperament that inspired Isabel, with their graceful and delicate appearance often undercut by their fierce tendencies. “All the individuals in my images are young, their perspective and attitude towards life only just forming,” New York-based Isabel explains. “There is a period where innocence is chipped away as one becomes self-aware, increasingly meeting societal expectations and ideas.”