Graphic Design Archive

  1. Eloisa-perez-book-int-list

    Early school days weren’t so bad: the odd bit of colouring in, keeping up with the adventures of Billy Blue Hat, playing that game where you have to sit in a curled up in a ball being quiet when the teacher wants a rest. But they could have been even brighter, especially in the learning to write department – and graphic designer Éloïsa Pérez’ Apprendre à écrire offers a perfect solution.

  2. Mariohugo-recentlyrejected-int-list

    There was an interesting discussion on our podcast recently about why anyone would really want to watch the creative process taking place. Off the back of our visit to see what was essentially P J Harvey in a box, we’ve spent a lot of time chatting about how the creative process is slow and messy and frustrating, littered with wrong turns and dead-ends.

  3. List-la-direction_le-sucre_1-int

    A sweet, sweet identity project for you today, in the shape of Lyon-based studio La Direction’s work for venue Le Sucre. The studio is helmed by Aurélien Arnaud and Elsa Audouin, who set it up two years ago and have since worked across print, web, and interior graphic design for clients ranging from adidas to Born Bad Records to Grolsch. The one that most neatly presents the breadth of their capabilities, though, is the aforementioned Le Sucre project. The venue is a late-night party joint in Lyon, and the graphics subtly reflect its hip vibe while remaining resolutely timeless and simple. We love the restraint of the interior graphics, letting the strange architecture speak out, and the gorgeous blue of the printed materials. Elsewhere on La Direction’s site are some excellent poster designs, so we’ve popped a couple of our favourites on here for you. What’s not to love about the blue erotic market woman?

  4. Braulio-amado-nyt-int-list

    Braulio’s been a busy boy lately since he took up his full-time post art directing over at Bloomberg Businessweek. You’d think a job at one of the world’s most respected bi-weeklies would keep his time pretty well occupied, but the restless designer still finds plenty of spare hours to horse around with personal projects, sell weird ouija boards online and hand-letter for The New York Times Magazine. We wonder how he ever gets any rest? “I should indeed sleep more,” he says.

  5. Fontanel-dutch-design-talents-int-list

    Here at It’s Nice That we love discovering young creative talent – and feel a responsibility to identify and promote new artists and designers – but the challenge can sometimes feel daunting. So anything that can help point us in the right direction is hugely appreciated, such as this new book from Dutch creative site Fontanel. It has run a feature called The Fontanel Finals for the past five years, a scheme which showcases graduation shows and identifies the most interesting practitioners it finds each summer.

  6. Two-points-aamodt-plumb-int-list

    I always imagine that rebranding an architectural consultancy must be the dream gig for a design agency. There’s so much to work with in terms of structural materials, geometric forms, textures, type and slick photography. Even so it’s not every day you see an architectural rebrand executed with the kind of flair with which Two Points has created Aamodt/Plumb’s new corporate materials.

  7. Gentlewoman-bjork-list

    Whenever a new issue of The Gentlewoman is announced two questions spring to mind: what colour is it, and who’s the cover star? For the upcoming Issue 11 those all-important answers are cream, and Bjork, and it looks absolutely tantalising. Björk’s been shot by longtime Gentlewoman collaborator Alasdair McLellan and is pictured looking windswept and enigmatic (two of her strongest vibes). It’s hard to move without bumping into Björk at the moment – with a trailer just having been released for her upcoming show at MoMA in New York – but that won’t stop us counting the days until we can delve into this interview.

  8. Riposte

    The fearless mixing of disciplines in one show is one reason the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year show is so intriguing – offering up links between fields as seemingly diverse as transport and editorial design. However, sifting through more than 70 entires can be an exhausting task, so before we immerse ourselves in the multidisciplinary nature of the show when it opens next month, we thought we’d give you a run-down of the category closest to It’s Nice That’s heart, graphics.

  9. Nytmagazine-redesign-list

    While magazine redesigns often receive a great deal of attention, few are likely to be more scrutinised than the new-look New York Times Magazine which debuts on Sunday. The Times is the leading newspaper in the US and its magazine is read by nearly four million people every week. When listed, the changes design director Gail Bichler and her new art director Matt Willey have implemented sound exhaustive – redrawn fonts, a redrawn logo, a new approach to lay-outs, a new-look version of the online magazine. Add to this a raft of new features and editorial changes (such as a new weekly poem, a column that rotates between four critics and a dispatch from the frontline of internet culture) and you’d be forgiven for thinking that the new magazine will be unrecognisable.

  10. Maximleurentop-work-3-int

    Maxim Leurentop’s work balances clarity with an off-beat and knowing aesthetic. Often taking on multi-platform projects designing, art directing and photographing for brand look-books and exhibition identities, Maxim’s production values have a nice humour to them while maintaining a good dose of gloss.

  11. Metaflop-int-list

    I’d forgotten that I once described typography as “the least sexy design discipline” until I discovered that not only did I say it, but that Sarah Hyndman has recorded it for posterity in her excellent Type Tasting book that we featured on the site yesterday. Anyway I may have to reassess this glib pronouncement after spending some time on Metaflop, “an easy to use web application for modulating your own fonts.” Designed and developed by Swiss designers Marco Müller and Alexis Reigel, it’s a delightfully simple tool that allows you to customise fonts using a series of sliders that alter different characteristics such as cap height, aperture and contrast.

  12. 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.

  13. Come-de-bouchony-7-years-int-list

    We bang on a fair bit about how good documentation of creative work can be almost as important as the work itself. You might have produced the most typographically brilliant piece of print but if you’ve photographed it badly the outcome will inevitably be shit. But what about if you’ve got seven years’ worth of creative work to document; almost a decade of prolific visual communication? Well then you’re in trouble.

  14. La-tigre-arcarreda-identity-int-1

    Whether or not La Tigre named itself after Kathleen Hanna’s smashing riot grrrl band, we’re big fans of what the agency does. The Milan-based outfit’s work is clean, playful and pared-back, and we were particularly impressed by its identity for Arcarreda, a furnishings and household goods shop in Milan. The designs are based on a grid system, and take a very simple black logotype as its centre, with colourful flourishes and patterns varying across applications to make it feel lively, yet simple. This simplicity references Arcarreda’s focus on Scandinavian design, but is brought to life with the subtle, geometric jumbling of the typography.

  15. Newyorker-90th-int-list

    Here’s a piece of useless trivia you never thought you needed; what is the name of the monocle-wearing dandy who appeared on the first ever cover of The New Yorker and has gone on to become its mascot? The answer is Eustace Tilley, and for many years the magazine published his image almost unchanged when its birthday rolled around at the end of February.

  16. Shillington-int-list

    It’s easy to stereotype graphic designers as hipsters quaffing flat whites but the truth is that all sorts of people enter the industry. Shillington is one of those organisations helping train up people from a diverse range of backgrounds and giving them industry-ready technical skills and conceptual know-how.

  17. Sarah-hyndman-the-type-taster-int6

    Over the past couple of years, I’ve eaten sans serif, I’ve made huge typographic swear words with an ex, I’ve wandered Dalston taking pictures of kebab shop exteriors and I’ve seen Bodoni predict my fortune. Hell, I’ve even tried typographic dating. Why? Because of Sarah Hyndman, the one woman tour-de-force behind the Type Tasting enterprise, which takes a fun approach to typography and how it affects us emotionally.

  18. Gourmand-typesampler-int-list

    The most recent issue of The Gourmand magazine was staggeringly good; a title that’s always been impressive maturing into something very special indeed. There was so much to admire in fact that the two new typefaces – produced in collaboration with Monotype – used in Issue 05 went slightly under the radar.

  19. Jonasberthod-thebrick-3-int_copy

    Seeing design as a language in itself, Swiss-born designer Jonas Berthod makes great work that balances humour and depth, with a vast frame of reference. Jonas finds “playgrounds in both the high and low, the constructed and the natural,” noting the “bricks” of language and sound in Dada poetry as well as camo-print Foxtons Mini Coopers and the social construct of “realness,” which rose out of Jenny Livingston’s 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning.

  20. 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.

  21. Francesc-moret-vayreda-fap-fapp-int1

    In honour of the big V Day tomorrow, what could be more romantic than a celebration of the easiest kind of love – self love? Barcelona-based designer Francesc Moret Vayreda has made “having an intimate rest” or “a date with Pamela Handerson” into a tech-fuelled competitive sport, with his onanism-oriented app, Fap Fapp. The app, as Francesc explains on his site, is named from the onomatopoeia “fap fap fap” (the sound of male masturbation, he reckons), and encourages profuse phone-shaking. Unsurprisingly, the branding takes something of a phallocentric approach, using an extended “a” to form a cheeky willy graphic. The interface is black and pink, and Francesc describes the look and, er, feel as “a neutral graphic and visual code, always focussing on the elegance above the obvious.” Perhaps the sexiest part of the identity, however, lies in the straplines. “My brain? It’s my second favourite organ,” reads one. But another is perhaps the chat-up line to end all chat-up lines: “I’m such a good lover because I practise a lot on my own.”

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    Rumors makes ambitious work that utilises the potential of the internet. Through identities, apps, exhibitions and publications it seizes the opportunities of a medium in its infancy, that is flexible by nature, and an ever-changing network of production, distribution and encounters. Its work with Verso Books started with the Radical Thinkers series and has since gone on to become a long-term consultancy role, encompassing all print and online titles and content. We spoke to Andy Pressman about the collaboration with the radical publishers.

  23. Garageland-int-hero

    Villalba Lawson’s redesign of Garageland magazine takes in mind both the magazine title and its publisher, Transition Gallery’s position – surrounded by black cab garages. The design utilises the obligatory font used on all UK number plates, Mandatory, on the exterior and in titles throughout the magazine.The interior layout is nice and straight-forward, giving ample (leg)room for the variety of content in each issue. Villalba Lawson has taken a literal interpretation and applied it with (the) knowledge, vigour and humour. The magazine covers fine arts and popular culture, and each issue concentrates on a single theme be that collaboration, machines or nature.

  24. Fastfood-feature-23-int

    When Danny Meyer opened his first Shake Shack kiosk in New York’s Madison Square Garden, Pentagram’s Paula Scher designed the environmental graphics, striking an admirable balance of Coney Island scale with sophisticated letterforms. Since its expansion, Paula has designed new iterations of the identity, maintaining its clean, modern aesthetic and applying it to menu boards, tables, T-shirts, hats and watches.

  25. Christian-marclay-vinyl-factory-int-1

    In another brilliant feat of creative engineering that bridges the gap between music, art and design, a project at the White Cube gallery in London’s Bermondsey sees musicians including Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore perform a composition for Christian Marclay, which is recorded and pressed on site by The Vinyl Factory Press. The press is housed in a shipping container, and the artwork for the record – also created on site – is designed by Christian and printed by Coriander Press, in a series that feels like cottage industry, DIY ideas brought into a slick, art-world setting.

  26. Iceland-art-school-maena-int-1

    “Abstaining from glue” may sound like a 70s recovery programme, but it’s also a manifesto of the team behind Maena, the graphic design magazine published by Iceland Academy of the Arts. The school’s design and architecture visual communication department publishes Maena annually, with each issue taking a different theme.

  27. Ghazaalvojdani-work-3-int_copy

    Since we last featured Ghazaal Vojdani she’s graduated from an MFA at Yale and been making great work for the likes of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and working with designer Mark Owens on the Whitney Biennial catalogue. Having picked up a job designing for Yale’s publishing arm straight out of college, Ghazaal has now re-located to New York to work freelance.

  28. Sulkimin-poster-1-int

    Seoul-based designers Sulki and Min Choi produce bright, geometric and responsive work. Their practice is rooted in typography; its form, histories and behaviour. It’s driven by concepts that engage with the content at hand whilst managing to consistently retain legibility.

  29. Field-resonate-identity-int-list

    As a rule conference identities err on the side of blandness, encapsulating complex ideas and disciplines with typographic treatments that do nothing to capture the imagination of their attendees. In fact even the word conference fails to get the creative juices flowing. Which is why Field’s work for the 2015 edition of Serbian tech festival Resonate is such an unusual and exciting addition to the visual language of talks-based events.

  30. Glasgow-school-of-art-work-in-progress-identity-int-2

    Another day, another astounding student work in progress show identity. This time, it’s for Glasgow School of Art, created by Michael Bremner, Amy Hinchliffe, Sarah Bethan Jones, Stephanie Roden and Sam Rowe – final year students on the communication design course. The show is called Assembly, and in the spirit of the title and the nature of the show, the identity also takes the idea of process as inspiration. "This best represents the unique spirit of the course, which puts emphasis on process, concept, and the joy of making,” say the designers.

  31. Stefanthor-gsapp-2-int_copy

    Stefan Thorsteinsson’s work is like gold dust, scattered across academia, exhibition design and Halloween parties. The Copenhagen-based designer is a graduate from Yale’s graphic design MFA and produces great, socially-minded and visually arresting work. His exhibition design for Problems (h)and Solutions, a collaboration with Cecilie Nellemann, has a nice balance of clarity and humour. The exhibition conjures examples of design derived from societal problems, and solutions that have gone on to affect long-term social change.

  32. Aromagosa-studio-home-int

    Barcelona-based Albert Romagosa Design Cabinet balances tradition and play very well, producing entirely waterproof books about snow, art directing anoraks and tape sleeves covered in eyeballs. Very much responding to the physical qualities of its commissions and initiatives, the graphic design and art direction studio set up by Albert Romagosa produces great print work, and specialises in the fields of culture, music, art and fashion. Albert is also co-founder and designer of Andròmina, a magazine about hidden stories in objects, and partner of independent publishing house Entiendo. Busy guy!

  33. Gunmad-or-type-int-list

    Reykjavík/London-based design duo GUNMAD (Guðmundur Úlfarsson and Mads Freund Brunse) has been pretty damn productive the past couple of years working on commercial projects, generating typefaces and working towards a new exhibition in collaboration with Unit Editions.

  34. Paul-rand-list

    Designs that transcend time, the fripperies of fashion and taste and the brand they’re attached to are ones that ensure their place in the canon; and one man who created such work is Paul Rand.

  35. Shawnhasto-bloopers-4-int_copy

    Bloomberg Businessweek designer Shawn Hasto has gone and made a blog of bloopers, killed articles and unlucky lay-outs. The New York-based designer joined the freshly redesigned magazine in 2011 and as well as an obviously riotous compilation of great, published editorial design, Shawn had drafts of entertaining, lively work that could otherwise be left to the digital cutting room floor. Led by Rob Vargas and Tracy Ma, the title has been producing some great, experimental design and it’s interesting to see Shawn, and in turn Bloomberg Businessweek embrace such creative transparency.

  36. Hawlin-mos-list-int-1

    Nightclub behemoths have a chequered history in design terms. On one hand, these dens for the nocturnal have produced some of the most brilliant and forward-thinking printed ephemera of the last decades (think iconic rave posters). On the other, they’ve also been known to churn out some less-than-beautiful graphic works that seem to effortlessly conjure misogynistic hyperbolic physiques, sweat-dripping ceilings and gurning people who wear sunglasses like this with a sleazy slick of neon and black.

  37. Kimkyuho-main-int

    Kyuho Kim’s a graphic designer from the Republic of Korea whose work is an explosion of colour and type nerdery. He doesn’t give much away on his site, other than his clear obsession with typography in all its forms. From posters made entirely out of typewriter lettering, to layers upon layers of words forming abstract images, Kyuho’s portfolio is as fascinating as it is varied. We were first drawn in by his Dublin project, which is the kind of simple, fun poster you just don’t see enough of these days. Fun, games, typography and colours aside, Kyuho knows how to work to a brief – his Great Gatsby book cover is beautifully informed, and his Zigzag typeface is killer. Oh, and he’s only 22!

  38. Guglielmo-rossi-3-int

    You don’t have to venture far into Guglielmo Rossi’s portfolio to establish that he is a very, very talented designer. His taste for collaboration, whether at design studio Praline, with M9 Design on the Harvard University Press-published Murty Classical Library of India, or on site-specific projects with art and architecture collective The Decorators, he works with a broad and diverse selection of fellow creatives, resulting in an equally assorted selection of work. The common factor is simply the quality.

  39. Dario-gracceva-ma-show-identity-int-1

    I have to admit I’ve been late to the party on a lot of things: a sensible hotmail address, a little-known series called Twin Peaks, learning to iron clothes, for instance. Another to add to the list of recent brilliant discoveries is the work of Dario Gracceva, who recently got in touch about his identity for the London College of Communication MA Graphic Design Show 2014.

  40. Lukebrown-gd-1-int

    Describing his studio as “small and mobile,” Australia-born Luke Brown designs publications, products and paraphernalia for a breadth of clients, all with a focus on physicality and quality of finish. Luke seems to regularly collaborate with Jordan Dolheguy, with whom he art directs and designs the publication Higher Arc Magazine, a publication focussed on creativity in Australia. Their design work is nice and quiet, allowing space for the vast range in content. Luke manages to balance engaging with and reacting to the content intrinsic to each commission with consistent, top-notch style.