Publication Archive

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    A couple of weeks ago over on Creative Review, Jim Sutherland wrote a really interesting post about designers’ predilection for making children’s books. He suggested it was a way to let one’s visual imagination run wild in contrast with the daily grist of tightly prescribed identity work.

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    If you ever paused the video player at the bit where they show Cecilia Lisbon’s diary in The Virgin Suicides, or if you ever slept over at someone’s house with a belly full of Doritos, muffling laughter into a Care Bears pillow, or really if the dice of fate were rolled in your favour and you were born a girl then this book is for YOU. The second in a hopefully infinite series, this publication is the annual “best-of” from Tavi Gevinson’s hugely successful online magazine,Rookie.

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    I distinctly remember being absolutely horrified when first learning the alphabet, that “M” (for Maisie) was represented in Letterland by “Munching Mike”, who not only had a boy’s name, but was also a giant, mechanical monster who ate a lot. Naturally, I wanted to be “Talking Tess”. Alas, I didn’t have the very talented and super nice Anna Kövecses to create my very own alphabet book, customised so that each letter corresponded to something I liked.

    It’s a beautiful book, too. Designed and illustrated by Anna as a personal project to teach a four year old girl the 44 letters of the Hungarian alphabet on her summer holiday, it boasts a whole selection of sumptuous illustrations, in the kinds of colours which recall years at primary school as seen through a haze of warm nostalgia. Characters and landscapes alike are illustrated with bucket-loads of charm. Now then, to learning Hungarian…

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    This is Fantastic Man‘s naughty cousin, and he’s got a really fast car. But then, it’s not really surprising that the brainchild of Henrik Purienne, Rocholl and Neira Zahirovic is a weighty tome hiding some of the most beautiful and exciting objects and people who grace the earth. Mirage is a magazine that celebrates wild beauty and carefree hedonism through jaw dropping photography. Be it a car, a certain beach, a band or a muse, this is an archive of hedonism that fully encourages jetsetting, sunbathing, drinking, splurging cash and partying all night.

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    Everyone’s talking about going to visit Mars now that the option is now sort of available. To be honest, there are actually some people I would happily wave off as they careered off to an uninhabitable planet that can be up to 250 million miles away. For those of us who prefer a simple life on watery, flowery earth, here is a truly exciting book to be released this year by Aperture.

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    Weirdly (because we’re green-fingered and like well-designed things) we’ve never featured Wilder Quarterly before and it’s already seven issues into its career. The premise is a simple one; take strolls around the gardens of the rich and famous, break bread with cutting edge chefs and drink fine liquors from the cellars of organic distilleries. Not for you? Well there’s recipes, entire features dedicated to wild mushrooms and the constant pursuit of the great outdoors in there too, so it’s both practical AND entertaining. Get hold of one and have a look for yourself.

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    Hooray for small press! Huzzah! Here’s a really super new issue of Library Paper, the opening party of which was held a few weeks back in the HQ of trendy clothes-curators Goodhood. A lot of magazines don’t get past issue one these days due to nasty things such as the economy and internet, so it’s encouraging to see something as fantastic as this make it to a whopping three issues with no sign of stopping. Perhaps it’s something to do with the incredible contents which, in this issue, includes work by Hort, HelloMe, Raphael Garnier, Bureau Mirko Borsche and many, many more. Grab yourself a copy on their site now before they go!

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    It was almost 12 months ago that we hailed Australian graphic design magazine Process Journal and so it was with great interest we received news that Issue Nine represented a complete re-design. In order to live up to its ambition to be a journal rather than a magazine each issue will now be themed and they’ve stripped back the number of features as well to provide more insight on their chosen subjects.

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    It’s a kind-of-funny and actually-quite-scary universal truth that modern society has become so desensitised to the appropriation of sexuality to endorse products that we scarcely even notice the scantilly-clad women excitedly clutching utensils in homeware ads anymore, not to mention commercials about bare-chested blokes driving enormous cars which seem to run on testosterone instead of fuel. Having sat back and observed the same sexually-charged undertones in advertising in mainstream lesbian magazines, queer arts and culture publication Muff Magazine decided it was high time somebody spoke up about the massive vibrating elephant in the room.


    The result? Creative director Bukanova and photographer Emma Ercolani teamed up to shoot Toy Story, an ironic take on this very idea, and a marvellous job they’ve done too! The shoot is a tongue in cheek parody of the eroticism which lies at every turn in contemporary culture, gently mocking the advertising industry without bringing it to its (carpet-burned) knees. Plus, it’s super funny. I’ll be damned if you can differentiate between the vibrator and the aubergine without a second glance.

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    It’s hard to process just how good this collaborative project between painter Elizabeth Peyton and joy-bringing publishing house Nieves is. Peyton has carved out a very comfortable niche for herself in the art world, with stark, romantic paintings of iconic figures of pop culture. Her works suggest late nights, frank discussions and hedonistic lifestyles of the kind of people that have fantastic dance moves and record collections as big as their drinking habits. Cool people. So with her work plus a generous spoonful of sincere loveliness on Nieves’ part, this publication is pretty much the best thing you can get your hands on in the world today. The book, entitled The Age of Innocence is a homage to Edith Wharton’s novel of the same name, and a reminder that whatever era you reside in there will always be love, and kissing.

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    It seems fitting that graphic designer FHK Henrion was born in 1914, the same year that war broke out between the two countries that would come to define his life. The German born creative moved to the UK in 1936 after a stint as a textile designer in Paris and initially found commercial success as a poster artist, but he also excelled in product, exhibition, publication, jewellery and interior design.

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    You can spot some pretty interesting things if, when walking around a museum, you take your eye off the exhibits for a moment and instead focus on the environment they’re shown in. Sometimes even the Mona Lisa or Michelangelo’s David can pale next to the semi-audible chatter of camera-clad tourists and locals, glances between invigilators, shopkeepers, waiters in museum cafés, ticket sellers…

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    The lovely Nathalie du Pasquier (I say that like I know her, though tragically I don’t) has just released a new book through Nieves, collecting together a selection of her still life paintings made between 2001 and 2012. The aptly-titled Square Paintings demonstrates beyond reasonable doubt why so many people revere this magnificent woman; she founded Memphis, one of the most respected collectives of its day, then sacked it off to have an equally successful career in painting. There\s not many out there who can boast the same.

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    Inspired by the stitched patterns of embroidery, Sigrid Calon has created To The Extend Of / \ | & - a volume of 120 unique designs all based on the horizontals and diagonals of a piece of aida cloth. Using set of simple rules – lines can be repeated or combined to form a longer line, lines may be displayed with or without an outline, lines can be used both as a shape and form as rest, lines and residual shapes can be placed over each other as layers – she then introduces eight colours and complex gradients available in Risography to add depth and volume to these extraordinary grids.

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    Few things in life inspire as much obsession as typography and football. So surely designer Rick Banks’ decision to bring them together in his new book Football Type makes perfect sense. It’s a limited edition title which explores some of the weird and wonderful ways in which fonts and footy have intersected down the decades; from Gaudi’s influence on Barcelona’s shirt numbers to Maradona’s famous “10” (and all that it evokes in any still-bitter Englishman.) And with all the proceeds going to The Football Foundation charity, there’s simply no excuse not to make this the next addition to your bookshelf, in whichever of the five different covers you can get your mitts on. Football!

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    You might have heard the rumours but unless you live next door to them, you might not know that The Church Of London, the guys responsible for _Huck _ and Little White Lies have undergone something of a reshuffle of late with a gang of them heading off to from a new creative studio, Human After All, and the rest staying behind to focus more completely on the publishing side of things. This means a new creative steer for Little White Lies, which for long term fans might be a little bit of a concern.

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    We all remember the first-day-at-big-school feeling. The chafingly starched collar, the intermingling of nerves and excitement, the slew of things to get your head round; the who, the where, the what, the why. You’d think this would go away as you get older but it doesn’t really and with that in mind, the famous cultural research centre Fabrica has produced a beautiful handbook for new arrivals, or “Fabricanti” as they are known.

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    Today’s offerings from The London Design Festival centre around the launch of the stunning new book celebrating Danish textile firm Kvadrat. Much respected among the creative community but sometimes little known in the wider world, the beautiful book designed by Graphic Thought Facility and overseen by the legendary Peter Saville shows just why the firm is so highly regarded, by dint of their excellent collaborations with the likes of Tord Boontje, the Bouroullec Brothers and Olafur Eliasson. Below you can here an extended interview with Peter Saville and with several of those who have contributed.

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    You can always trust the guys at Colophon to produce a delicious piece of print each time they release a new typeface, and the launch of ARCHIVE is no exception. The Brighton-based font foundry have just produced this beautiful specimen package that brings together their timeless type in a set of books and posters that are as lovingly designed as the type itself. Stocks of this tasty package are good a the moment, but as with everything Colophon print on paper, we don’t think they’ll last long.

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    Now that summer’s done and dusted you probably need something to look forward that’s not Christmas. While we can’t offer you a beach break in the Antibes or a North American road trip, we do have the next best thing; the Autumn issue of Printed Pages! Actually, you don’t need to put a date in the diary either because it’s arrived this very minute and you can buy it in shops RIGHT NOW. We’re pretty excited about this little guy, not just because of the delicious cover stock and exemplary choice of spot colours within, but because of the brilliant people we got to work with and speak to while we were putting it together.

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    The world of work can be a minefield. What’s the acceptable number of kisses on a professional email? How many of your workmates are you obliged to make tea for at any given time? When do I have to wear trousers? Luckily though Sausalito-based ad agency Division of Labor are riding to their rescue with their series of, um, alternative advisory maxims. At first they used to hang the posters in the windows of their offices but now they have collected some of the best together in a handy little tome with the blunt but brilliant title Stop Tweeting Boring Sh*t.

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    It’s September! The month of new school shoes, new stationery and, it would seem, new websites. Like the cool older brother it is, Fantastic Man today ushered its sister magazine, The Gentlewoman, into the spotlight. And to accompany the new issue of the magazine followed the launch of The Gentlewoman’s website, which has just been given an incredibly elegant makeover by designer Denny Backhaus.

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    Though it saddens us to say it, there’s not really a whole lot of satire going on in the world of graphic design. The design community tend to take themselves reasonably seriously, which means we don’t often get to have a good old laugh due to a designer’s witty observations or humorously-minded project.

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    Inspiration can come from many sources – a curiously shaped cloud or a whimsical juxtaposition thrown up by urban life. But sometimes the whole process can be slightly more deliberate, which is where this great new book comes in. New Graphic Design: The 100 Best Contemporary Graphic Designers does exactly what it says on the cover and is a magnificent resource for anyone interested in visual communication. Where it excels is in its breadth; the authors Charlotte and Peter Fiell are determined to recognise the excellent work of very big name studios (like Sagmeister & Walsh, Build and Barnbrook) but they are equally keen to flag up the next generation of design stars like Josh King, Alberto Hernandez and Finnish studio Tsto.

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    The solidity of liquid jelly. Have you ever considered it? Try and you will find that jelly in all its slippery, gelatinous ways, is the ideal state of matter. Just think you would have “gelatinous morality, gelatinous value systems, gelatinous rhetoric.” Sound good? We thought so, and this is only one of the fantastic insights of the Hungarian based publication Zug magazine.

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    I can’t work out whether it’s galling or incredibly exciting to discover that some of your absolute favourite book covers were created by the same man. Perhaps it’s just a bit of both; galling because it demonstrates an ignorance of an industry you thought you knew inside out (and this guy is a big name in the design world) and exciting because now that you’ve worked out who he is, more beautiful book covers must surely follow. And that’s always a good thing.

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    Sometimes theories and ideas get spread so quickly, adopted so unquestioningly and recycled so often that people don’t stop to question their veracity. Ever since the loud and persistent “print is dead” era of a few years ago, a new narrative has grown up which suggests that although rocked by the digital revolution, increasingly magazines have found ways of adapting to the new media landscape and marrying content and design to re-imagine the print experience. PORT magazine went as far as to proclaim a new “golden age” of magazine publishing.

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    With a heritage spanning more than 60 years and a roll call of contributors that includes Matisse and J.G. Ballard, a redesign of a title like Art Review cannot be undertaken lightly. The magazine’s design team have worked with John Morgan Studio to ensure that the new look and feel, which made its bow in the recent September issue, lived up to its illustrious pedigree.

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    Driving Performance is the kind of magazine title that makes my brain want to curl up by a fire and quietly, peacefully die. I understand as much about torque and horsepower as I do about transfer windows and the offside rule – no I’m kidding, I get the offside rule, but to me it’s a useless piece of knowledge. Even so I can appreciate the design of a publication whose contents I might find interminably dull, and Tom Ising at Herburg Weiland’s layout for the Mercedes AMG in-house magazine has done a wonderful job of piquing my interest in dirty great motor vehicles; more so than that Jeremy Clarkson fellow ever has. Also I’m desperate to know what Mark Mahoney, tattoo artist to the stars, has got to say about driving. Best get my hands on one I guess.

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    Do you remember how hard it was to keep girl/boyfriends a secret from the family; how many elusive trips to the cinema with your best friend had to be made or those two long hours spent walking the dog? Imagine how much harder it would then be if they were girlfriends not of the living, breathing type, but hand crafted and made from papier maché, balloons and string. Might be a bit awkward. But this is the case for Richard, the main character in Illustrator Gareth Brookes’ award-winning graphic novel The Black Project which sees us stumbling down a trail of obsession right into the heart of 1990s British suburbia. Reality slips and friendships and family relationships are brushed aside for his all-consuming passion for girl-creating.

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    We have been a fan of the publications produced by Café Royal Books for a while now, following the initiative with intrigue since it first appeared in the studio as a Thing in 2009. Set up seven years ago by publisher Craig Atkinson from his UK based studio, he works with photographers documenting everything notoriously British from pigeon racing to the Underground to that age-old craft of coconut-dancing.

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    Legendary comic book artist Art Spiegelman has been on the move since May 2012 in a world-touring retrospective that began in Angoulême when he was awarded the Grand Prix for lifetime achievement in illustration – a title that’s richly deserved. Co-Mix: A Retrospective arrives at The Jewish Museum this November and to mark the event Drawn & Quarterly are publishing a beauty of a book that brings together a mind-bogglingly diverse range of work from each stage of Art’s 60-year career.

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    They’re sneaky little devils, rocks; lodging under toes, hiding in the soil for unsuspecting spades or jamming between the ruts in your shoes making you tap dance as you walk. But we seem to love them at the It’s Nice That studio, as the last year confirms, we have seen rocks balanced on scanners, rocks with faces, rocks being laid on and even hand made, hand painted rocks. But this new publication from Your Mind Bookshop, Kyoungtae Kim’s On The Rocks takes it back to the basics, back to the metaphorical earth or sand, if you will, appreciating these pebbly beauties for just that, for being rocks.

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    Great news for the epicureans among you, there’s a new magazine in town that’s got its lips wrapped around some of the finest beverages available to man. Alquimie is a new title from the design team that produced Process Journal and focusses on the “periodic research and analysis of wine and beverage culture.” That might sound a bit dry to all but the most die-hard viticulture fan, but the content and tone of the magazine aims to be much more accessible than the strap-line makes out. Alquimie is all about the stories behind the drinks we love to quaff; the roasters, brewers, distillers and fermenters that make it all possible – not to mention the foods you should wash down with their produce.

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    And so to Dusselfdorf, one of the most pleasingly named places on the planet, where the Morphoria design collective have tickled everyone of our print-loving fancies with their work on loslegen. It’s a magazine about “social projects and social organisations in Germany” which could sound a little dry but regardless of whether the content is up your strasse, the publication looks superb. Clearly aware of contemporary design trends but confident enough to put their own spin on them, the Morphoria folk combine striking layouts with exceptional use of imagery to create something really eye-catching.

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    Woah cyclists! Pull on the breaks now because this might just rock your two-wheeled world. Think of a cycling magazine minus the pedal power protein shake fixy/non-fixy adverts you normally get and you will be peddling closer to what might just be one of the best publications we have seen.

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    There’s been a lot of talk lately about misuse of the appellation “geek,” now applied and claimed far too liberally by anyone trying to make themselves more interesting. It’s refreshing then to be reminded what true, grade A, 24-carat geekery looks like thanks to Wired digital design director Tim Leong and his new book Super Graphic. Best summed up by its subtitle “A Visual Guide To the Comic Book universe” this is a brilliant collection of infographics communicating everything from “The Joker’s Favourite Questions for Batman” to “The Chris Ware Sadness Scale” and a comprehensive comparative study of the different Marvel characters’ attributes.

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    First storming onto shelves in 2009 and sending other biannual titles flying in a cloud of mediocrity in the process, INDUSTRIE is a fashion publication that turns the lens around on an industry obsessed with its final product. Focussing not on models, shows and glossy ad campaigns but on the stylists, editors, designers, photographers and business-types who have a hand in creating them, the publication cites itself as the first about the culture of fashion, and founders Erik Torstensson and Jens Grede have made mighty sure that only the most exciting, influential and rarely-seen subjects grace its pages.

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    At the moment here in the It’s Nice That studio we are hard at work putting together the Annual 2013 featuring some of the most interesting and exciting projects we’ve featured over the past year. What’s that? Oh, it’ll be out probably early December. Sorry? Yeah it would make the perfect Christmas present, good point.

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    Predictably, the beautifully-curated visual resource Intelligent Clashing – a blog which places images together into a seemingly neverending stream of shapes, colours, textiles, patterns and prints which all share some kind of resemblance to the image which precede them – translates perfectly into an equally well-curated publication of the same name, subtitled Something Tremendous Has Happened.