Miscellaneous Archive

  1. November-list

    November? Get outta here you crazy mo-fo, nobody’s ready for you yet. We were just getting into autumn and now you and your wintry ways are upon us. Ok fine, make yourself comfortable then but only because us It’s Nice That types have some jolly exciting end-of-year fun up our sleeves.

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    Well 2012 has positively flown by here at It’s Nice That HQ, so much so that it’s time to introduce our final intern of 2012. But last certainly doesn’t mean least and we’re delighted to welcome Ross Bryant into our editorial team for the next eight weeks. He’s published his own magazines, written for many others and once had what sounds like quite a serious industrial accident. Read on to find out more about him…

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    A bad workman blames his tools, or so the saying goes, but if you flip that round can great tools maketh the man? That’s the premise behind Samsung’s new campaign for the NX1000 camera which they have given a group of ordinary men called David Bailey in a bid to prove its skills. And with the first entries now on show on the campaign’s Facebook page, it’s time to see whether this collection of amateur photographers ranging from civil servants to teachers, hypnotherapists to something called a “stress engineer” can live up to their famous namesake.

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    Yeah ok so it’s a bit dark and drizzly outside but that just means we’re going to have to work extra hard to brighten up your lives for the next few months and we’re going to start right ruddy here. We’re on the hunt for our October Student of the Month, an exciting, original and engaging young creative working anywhere in the world. So why not send us your work and we’ll select the person who most floats our boat. The closing date is midnight on Wednesday October 31 – good luck!

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    Ideas around urban development and social interaction can easily get bogged down in impenetrable jargon and dry intellectual pontificating but we can’t help feel that it all rather misses the point. Cities are living, breathing collections of people and what makes them work (and what makes them great) has little to do with something you can codify in a textbook.
     
    A new contest launched by Philips seems to acknowledge this truth, asking people to create Pinterest boards which demonstrate what makes their city livable and indeed lovable. It’s Nice That is sitting on the “expert judging panel” (I know, get us!) and we particularly like the  way it leaves the interpretation of a city’s values down to the actual people who make it what it is.
     
    And you can already see in the entries a wonderful diversity, of ideas and places ranging from the utterly specific to the brilliantly broadbrush, but crucially all rooted in the realities of those who should know.
     
    To enter you can create your own Pinterest board with the tag #pinyourcity in the name and add your voice to the mix. Good luck!

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    I think we can all agree that robots are pretty ruddy cool but this video takes the proverbial biscuit. Think about the extraordinary feat of skill and balance it takes for a person to walk across a tightrope and then imagine having to recreate that in a robot. Exactly. You’ll need to get beyond the slightly panic-inducing trance soundtrack, and as ever the YouTube comments remind us that some people are NEVER impressed (i.e. “I thought you said walk not slide”) but this is sure to be one of the most extraordinary tinges you’ll see today.

  7. Weekenderlist

    With winter drawing in, The Weekender has decided it’s about time it got a mate, a fellow whimsical culture round-up with whom to share days out, nights in and sushi binges. To this end The Weekender has been to see a flirting expert and is going to try out some of its new tricks on our dear readers if that’s ok (which we’re sure it is!). So here goes – Hello. I’m The Weekender (points at your shoes with whole arm) I like your shoes. Do you like days out, nights in and sushi binges? (Points at your hair with both arms) I like your hair. Do you want to see my room? – and scene! Money well spent I’m sure you’d agree. Bring on the nonsense!

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    Visitors to Istanbul are so overwhelmed with well-meaning but intimidatingly numerous hints and tips (go here! eat this!) that navigating the city’s many sights can be slightly overwhelming. But The Museum of Innocence whispers where others shout and yet it’s undoubtedly one of the most energising, intriguing museum experiences imaginable.

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    In the second of our new Opinion pieces, editor Rob Alderson looks at the increasing must-see culture and as ever we want your comments as well, you can join the debate under the text…

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    I’m not going to try and pretend that I know a thing about skating. I don’t. In fact the one time I foolishly attempted clambering upon a skateboard I ended up in A&E all a little worse for wear. But while me and skating are obviously not quite the match made in heaven that I might have once optimistically hoped, when it comes to brand collaboration, creative agency Brinkworth fortunately do skating and skate parks very, very well.

  11. Editorsletter-list

    Come on then October – let’s be having you. That’s right we’re not messing about now the chilly depths of autumn are rushing towards us faster than an angry cat rushes towards a delicious fish supper.

  12. Weekender-list

    There’s no denying it any longer. It’s time for The Weekender just to put this out there and be who it really is. Tired of living a lie, of conforming to the “norms” of “society” it is time to reclaim myself and hang the consequences. Ready? My name is The Weekender and I prefer mandarins to clementines. Take that The Man! Here goes nothing…

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    “Can I put this in your pocket?…You have really nice handwriting…Can you pass me that blanket?…Can I steal one of your fries?” These are just a few quotes taken from the 800 or so Tweets compiled by Kyle Humphries and Graydon Sheppard under the Twitter handle Shit Girls Say.

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    As marketing hooks go it’s a humdinger – Samsung are so convinced that their new NX1000 camera can turn anyone into a world-class photographer that they’ve launched an unusual hunt to prove it. Their team is on the look out for 200 namesakes of iconic photo legend David Bailey from across the UK to take part in a host of photography projects and the results will then be displayed on the brand’s Facebook page.

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    And so The Weekender sent down some tablets onto which were scribed the Ten Commandments of Weekenderism. 1. Be nice. 2. Be creative. 3. Make coffee sometimes. 4. Do exercise. 5. Don’t be a ruddy idiot. 6. Smile. 7. Sing. 8. Laugh until you snort. 9. Laugh at other people for snorting thus exacerbating their laughter.10. Read The Weekender EVERY Friday and tell your pals about it. And the people rejoiced and made a massive statue out of fudge in celebration. here ends the lesson. Boom!

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    With only 24 hours to go until Here, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at some of the treats we have lined up for the day. As well as providing a show-stopping schedule of talks from world-renowned creative practitioners, the Royal Geographical Society will be playing host to a number of live elements curated by us throughout the day.

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    So what do ice skaters, chefs, architects, and Marta Długołęcka all have in common? Well, they all possess the enviable skill of managing to make what they do look absolutely effortless. Yes these exquisite portraits of recognisable faces such as Frida Kahlo and Hendrix are made of what looks like Fimo but I’d like to see any of you try to squidge a bit of clay into something that looks remotely like anyone, or even make it look vaguely attractive. After honing this skill in the art of moulding and shaping, Warsaw-born Marta has proceeded to apply it to a number of briefs that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with the craft itself. Examples of this include her Dazed & Confused cover and the absolutely inspired selection of famous baddies from history.

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    It’s Friday, the sun’s out and the weekend is peeping round the corner like a flirty maiden at a country show. So what better way to celebrate than by watching the UK Cup Stacking Champion. It was recorded by our chums at The Future Laboratory as an example of so-called faction marketing (fact/fiction) which they think will be one of the emerging trends of the next few months. Let’s hope so, because any excuse to watch this kind of thing and call it work and we’re so on board!

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    Libraries have been in the news a lot this year because as many come under threat of closure, community groups have issued use-it-or-lose-it pleas to remind people why these are such significant facilities.

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    There’s a neat symmetry going on in Bompas and Parr’s new piece in collaboration with photographer Rebecca Andrews as both fast food and extreme body building tend to excite fairly polarised opinions. You could say they’re both ultimate extrapolations of modern society’s obsessions albeit in different ways – body consciousness and unreal expectations of beauty in one direction, convenience and speed and greed in the other.

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    As the more savvy brands cotton onto the self-evident truth that there’s no substitute for interesting, engaging content, no gimmick that skips the need to actually make things people want to read or watch, car manufacturer smart has gone one better.

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    You may remember a joint project between the BBC and the British Museum to chart the history of the world in 100 objects which create a fascinating redux of the human experience. Well never backwards in coming forwards, New York now has its own list (although the team at the New York Times were modest enough to limit it to 50). The famous paper invited curators and historians to compile the selection which features everything from ticker tape to artichokes and ranges from a mastodon tusk from 11,000 BC to a contemporary election sign. The list charts the city’s historical, social, and cultural development and as you might expect there’s oodles of great design in there from taxi cabs to subway tickets to the bagel. It’s a really interesting take on this beautifully simple idea.

  23. Editorsletter-list

    September? Already? Oh come on that’s ridiculous. Alright fine, we’ll accept the increasingly rapid march of time but only because as ever the onset of autumn is an exciting time for all of us here at It’s Nice That.

  24. Weekender-list

    Outgoing, professional (ha!) weekly nonsense round-up WLTM readers for fun and frolics. Enjoys silly Tumblrs, picnics where all the food is one colour and bear-baiting. Looking for a vivacious, saucy partner with own teeth (negotiable) and segway (non-negotiable). Willing to travel (if you cover reasonable expenses for bus fares, Fishermen’s Friends and paper). No timewasters or vertigo sufferers (I have my reasons). Call me!

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    There’s a special seated area in heaven reserved for the unsung heroes of internet hilarity. On one of those seats, on the right hand of the throne of Cassetteboy is Chris Lohr, who has brought us Youtube sensation remixes such as best cry ever – sad autotune mix, Gingers have soul autotune music and now, his pièce de résistance, Breaking Bad Remix seasons 1 & 2 which is surely one of the greatest examples of what happens when pop culture gets fed through the sweaty clutches of the internet and spat out as something much funnier and cooler.

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    When Jenny Sealey the director of the Paralympic Opening Ceremony was interviewed recently, she said: “This is our chance not to be hidden anymore. And a chance to be naughty." Last night in east London she lived up to her word, and then some.

  27. Weekender-list

    The Weekender is no prude, it enjoys a bawdy limerick as much as the next weekly irreverence round-up. But I don’t mind admitting the constant discussion of Prince Harry’s crown jewels has all got a bit much. Amid all the discussion about the press being muzzled (love that verb) in not printing the pictures, there’s one thing NOBODY is talking about. Well The Weekender will not be cowed and is just going to come right out and say it. What on earth is strip billiards? Of all the strip-based games who picks billiards? What Las Vegas hotel suite has a billiards table? I’m going to get to the bottom of this if it kills me. Ever onwards…

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    If you’re a fan of the incredible timber net houses in Hastings or you’ve been to Dungeness then the architecture of this temporary experimental spa and bar will be right up your street. And even if you haven’t seen any of the above, but you DO like relaxing and drinking then the Barking Bathhouse is for you.

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    You know what it’s like, even if you’re not armed, you packed your bags yourself and you are entering a country purely for a holiday – sometimes those grumps at passport control can still make you feel guilty of something or other. While these cheeky passport stamps from International Courage are likely to get you frisked and probed faster than you can say “nothing to declare,” it’s probably worth stamping them in your passport for a laugh anyway. Apply for some stamps through their Twitter account (@InternationalCourage) and then tell them your stories of how you actually managed to make those passport control guys crack a smile.

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    BibliOdyssey ain’t no ordinary blog. As well as posting some of the most sparklingly intelligent visual content around, they also provide an almost holy list of resources and books to keep you going for the rest of your days. Their latest post is a good example of their ability to completely amalgamate a healthy dose of science and art together in this mind-boggling series of 16th century, yes that’s 16th century, images by Jean François Niceron designed to help artists get to grips with perspective.

  31. Intern

    When I left university I spent the summer mainly eating peanut butter and coming up with grandiose titles for my possible novel (Recompense was a particular favourite). But nowadays these kids have drive and ambition right off the bat and they’re ready to get up and get on asap, and so we’re delighted to welcome our shiny new intern Anya Lawrence, who’s joined us straight from Cardiff University’s excellent journalism school. Here’s her introducing herself in her own words, touching on coffees, cafes and the difficulties of negotiating south east Asian borders with would-be rudeboys…

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    One of the best things about Twitter (apart from celebrities having their punctuation corrected by hundreds of grammar sticklers simultaneously) is the way in which it gives certain content a second life. Weeks or months after something first does the rounds, back it comes to re-tickle our collective fancy and that’s exactly what’s happened with Cabin Porn.

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    Jerry Seinfeld’s eponymous sitcom was famously broadcast by the BBC in a spectacularly anti-social late night slot meaning many Brits don’t quite realise just how significant it was. His latest project has no such worries though as it’s a web-first series of shorts accessible to anyone at any time of day – and that’s great news. The premise is very straightforward – Jerry calls up one of his comedy pals and takes them out in a (usually classic) car to get coffee. But in reality Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is much more than that as these stellar figures – guests so far have included Ricky Gervais, Larry David and Alec Baldwin – riff not just on the nature of their creative craft (which is fascinating), but on all manner of stuff and nonsense (which is really funny.) There’ve only been four so far but at a little over ten minutes each, it’s a perfect way to to spend your lunch hour by my reckoning (factoring in sandwich-buying time as well).

  34. Weekenderlist

    Hang out the bunting and uncork the cava (I’m not made of money)– we’re celebrating! It’s one year since The Weekender first came into the world and it’s fair to say we’ve had 12 months of super-fun silliness. It’s been a joy and an honour filling your Friday afternoons with the finest stuff and nonsense we come across and we hope you’ve enjoyed it too. Three cheers for bizarre videos, ridiculous Tumblrs and crazy-good creative work! Let’s make some magic, birthday style…

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    It sounds like the dream combination – a big client and a very open brief – but more companies may follow suit based on this spot by Fred & Eric. The studio was asked by Channel 4 to come up with a creative way of plugging their new competition and they made a long-held ambition a reality – a live action, one-take coming together of handmade objects and perfectly-timed human interaction.

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    How awesome are NASA? They seem to have been quite quiet over the past few years and then all of a sudden they pop up and tell us that they’ve landed a little camera-explorer thing (technical term) on Mars. The photos they beamed back were pretty cool but it strikes me that someone in Team Curiosity missed an absolute belter of a prank opportunity (prankortunity) by not superimposing a tiny Welsh flag or a box of Pringles in one corner. Hang on, what if Mars sees this as an invasion? What if this is seen as Earth’s hubristic highpoint after which we are all enslaved by Martian overlords? The Weekender is taking no chances. So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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    We all know not to judge a book by its cover, but we’re all guilty of judging people by the cover of the book they are reading. This is especially true on public transport where confined for a set period of time our minds are free to run wild – how often have you mentally mapped out a possible love affair based on spotting a much-loved title among the armpits of fellow commuters.

  38. Guys

    One look at this photo and I bet you’ll be on the phone/email to your closest friends (providing you have some, and that they’re willing) and persuading them to do the same thing as these guys. In 1982 these five champs posed for a photo by Copko Lake in California and continued doing so in the same ritual every 5 years for the next 30 years. “For some reason, we all chose to have dark and mysterious expressions on our faces,” said one of them, “I’m sure we all thought we were being really cool.”

  39. Weekenderlist

    Something odd is happening in London. After weeks of frothing at the mouth about transport meltdown and everyone being sued for doing anything marginally Olympics related (“I heard their going to sue frogs for JUMPING!!”) the British media has had to grudgingly concede that it’s actually been kind of great. The transport seems ok, frogs are legally unmolested and we’re winning a few medals (admittedly in sports where you sit down but still..). So, happy to jump on the passing bandwagon of Games-based bliss, The Weekender is, like Sanka in Cool Runnings, feeling very Olympic today…

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    Image aggregators are nothing new and it’s fair to say we’re literally inundated with personal photos shared online, whether through social media, email or just posted on websites. Today alone I’ve witnessed about 100 different images of people’s lunchtime snacks. Personal digital photography is here to stay and the increasing quality of cameras in phones is doing nothing to halt its worldwide progression. But isn’t it all getting a bit boring?