Things

Every week we review the best of what drops through our letterbox and the colossally kind folk who sent them. Join the fun via Things, It’s Nice That, 21 Downham Road, London, N1 5AA.

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    This week Things has gone 3D. Well, sort of. In our treasure trove of postal gold we found those little red and green glasses which can only mean fun is on the way, making a FANTASTIC student’s portfolio a treat for the eyes. One new magazine puts the class back into cat and a photographer takes us on a trip back in time to a pebbly shore where seagulls swoop in the sky.

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    Another week, another tidalwave of amazing stuff that comes flying through our letterbox faster than we can spring up from our chairs to catch it. And another slight exaggeration to describe how popular we think we are. Regardless, here’s some more cool stuff we’ve been sent this week, including books, totes, zines and books!

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    It’s my last week here at It’s Nice That! So I decided to curate a list of some of my favourite Things that I’ve spotted or noticed during my time here. And after this week, Things will never be the same again…

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    In this week’s edition of your favourite It’s Nice That regular, we have things that will take you on a journey. We have things that will take you on a journey into a land of nightmares, and things that will take you all the way to the highest peaks of the Northumbrian mountains. We have things that have come all the way from Los Angeles and Vancouver, things from France, and some other things from just a stones throw away down the road in London. This week’s things are from around the world, and some of the things are from other worlds entirely.

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    “How’re things going this week?” You ask. Very well, thank you, especially since this week we’ve been sent yet another wonderful collection of Things. Included in the bundle is a plastic-bound zine dedicated to contemporary female artists and issues, ten bright and bold birthday prints, and a publication of photographs documenting the transformation process of the new Design Museum in Kensington. If that’s not enough for you, we’ve also got some heartbreaking photographs, and an extremely wacky and surreal collection of illustrative stories. They say all good things must come to an end, but judging by all the great things that we keep receiving, it looks like we’ll be writing this post for years to come.

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    Five things that are true of all of our Things this week:
    1. They’re tactile: Included in the bunch are pompoms and unbound pages and striking architectural shapes.
    2. They advise: Whether you’re a 17-year-old about to leave for University, or an artist clinging onto your part-time job, these things will advise you on exactly what you should be doing next.
    3. They’re subtly designed: Lots of lovely, simple lay-outs in grays and blacks and pinks and cream colours.
    4. They arrived in envelopes: There is still something that gladdens the heart about opening an envelope to find such surprising and innovative Things inside.
    5. They’re things. You always need things. So enjoy!

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    Warning: This may be the worst football piece you read this week. Or ever. My friends are going to be in stitches when they learn that I’m curating something football-related. In my defence, I was the first girl on my primary school football team until I dropped out after a couple weeks because they wouldn’t let me play wearing yellow tights. My mum’s German, and they often win the World Cup, and my dad’s a massive Manchester City fan, which he never stops talking about, so maybe I do have a tiny bit of authority on the subject.

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    In the great words of Ovid “all things change, nothing is extinguished,” and in this week’s things extraordinary transformations happen right before your very eyes. Within the metamorphic cluster, you’ll see the Trellick Tower transformed into a cautionary tale; paper transformed into a leisurely, labyrinthine garden; geometric shapes transformed into gleeful personifications; and aeroplanes transformed into wasps and arrows and even surrealist sleep. One thing’s for sure, after flicking through these kaleidoscopic enigmas, things will never be the same again.

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    We’ve got a a lot of good things going this week. To combat the cloudy skies and descending chilly winds, we’ve been sent an assortment of wonderful zines and posters, all of which seem to be made out of the colour of sunshine. This multi-coloured assortment of pinks and blues and subtle purples has been shining and sparkling in the corner of our office, reminding us that the sun will be back again soon. So get ready for all your favourite summer-time activities, from skateboarding in the park to cooling off on a water-slide, by feasting your eyes on this week’s luminous bundle.

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    They say a thing of beauty is a joy forever, an expression which is definitely applicable to all of the lovely things that we’ve been sent in the post this week. This monochromatic bundle will take you on a variety of adventures: from the forgotten worlds of Nintendo, to architectural oddities in Tempico, to colourful, bull-themed nooks and crevices in Barcelona. And if you like striking typographical experiments, intriguing interviews with the very best, and images that have great stories to tell, then these are definitely the things for you!

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    Does anyone remember Thing One and Thing Two, the mischievous companions of the Cat in the Hat? Well, this weekend we have Five Things to keep you company and to trump Dr. Seuss’ two, and unlike the identical dynamic duo, our Things come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes.

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    This week we have things that will make you smile, things that will make you think, things that will make you hungry, things that will massively improve your wardrobe, things that will inspire you to design your own typeface, things that will brighten your day, things that will make you feel warm inside, and things that might even inspire you to start making and sending us your own wonderful things.

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    The rain is quite literally lashing down like something out of the Bible as I write this so it only seems appropriate that we counteract the miserable weather with bright, insightful and inspiring creative efforts from a few of the industry’s bests. The Protein Journal, as fronted by Es Devlin, is keeping good company with issue #2 of One of my Kind, a female-focused zine devoted to the wonders of printing, with a selection of delightful postcards, monographs of three incredibly well-known artists and one Australian photographer’s glossy new book in the mix. To be read with the curtains closed, with the intention of keeping them that way until July is here. Good luck with that.

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    This week’s Things is brought to you from our glorious brand new studio! Not only does this mean that we now have far more places to put them, but we also have a new address, which is It’s Nice That, 21 Downham Road, London N1 5AA, so please be sure not to send any of your nice stuff to our old one!

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    It’s Easter weekend! That magical, once in a year religious occasion which grants you not one but two Bank Holidays, and an anything-goes pass to bask in all the sugary confectionary your body will allow you to consume! It’s a happy time of year, and we’re celebrating with a collection of stuff that we’ve been sent that we think is awesome and that we think you’ll like too. This week’s Things include a catalogue of Studio 75B’s lesser known projects, a story which does crazy things with type, a souvenir from a trip, an adventure beneath the sea and last but not least a book that turns into a lamp. A LAMP! I know. Enjoy!

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    This week we’ve gathered a very random collection of goodies. Not only have we got the newest issue of Library Paper to dive into, but also seeds to plant and socks to wear; proof that the world of design isn’t constrained by boundaries. (Except personal space boundaries, those are important.) There’s also an unusual pack of playing cards and a beautiful book. We’ve really hit the jackpot!

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    This week’s Things feature is, as ever, full to the brim with some of the super-cool stuff that’s been sent to us in the studio over the past week or two. Including a publication of drawings, a German design magazine, an exhibition catalogue from an upcoming typography exhibition and a beautiful children’s book about the world’s most impressive buildings. Oh yeah, and a giant pink fluffy stuffed blob-fish. We’ve heard it’s been called the world’s ugliest animal so we decided it was time for the humble psychrolutes marcidus to make its slippery way into a article all of its own.

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    While it would be an exaggeration to claim that we were buried under a barrage of books, magazines, posters, prints, and various other cool stuff this week, it wouldn’t be a huge one – it came up to about knee height. We succeeded in whittling it down to five Things though, including among them a sunny photographic project, an arts and queer culture magazine called Muff, a story illustrated with etchings, some T-shirts designed by Jiro Bevis and a super nice paper.

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    This week’s Things is a wild publication frenzy, between the new issues of Little White Lies, So Young, The Ride and a lovely one from design collective Dalziel & Pow. We’ve also got illustrator Lo Parkin’s gorge panorama of London Fashion Week to share with you, so if you fancy lying out in the park with the sun (yes, the sun!) on your face and some well tended-to paper clasped firmly in your sweaty hands this weekend, you simply have no excuse not to.

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    The sun is shining! Bus drivers are smiling! We’ve got a bunch of cool stuff to show you! Among this week’s offerings is a teaser for the illustrated children’s book about a sartorially-inclined giant, a dictionary of British slang for Americans, a peek at a conceptual artist’s sketchbook, a book of beautifully-drawn yet horrendous jokes and some kitchen bling from Rob Ryan. Y’all ready for this?

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    Our famed Things feature is back this week, and like the 35 year old man who has finally decided to move out of his mum’s house and into a bedsit all of his own, it’s shuffled uneasily out of the Weekender and now has a whole post to itself! On a Thursday, no less!

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    Finding it hard to care much about life these days? Let this round-up selection of life-affirmingly creative links and projects bring you back to your old, happy self. Okay, so “life-affirmingly creative” is maybe an exaggeration, but it’s Friday and everyone exaggerates on Friday! Like your mate Craig who said he had fifteen pints that time. He didn’t, Craig’s a liar. Sort your shit life out, Craig.

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    ….and lo, Friday afternoon arrives and we crest it together like a well-built schooner cutting through the waves on a rolling (but NOT stormy) ocean. Back slaps all round gang! And our gift to you is the new look Weekender with Things, the usual nonsense and six articles you really should have read this week.

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    The weekend, eh? It’s pretty darn perfect what with its social engagements and its long lazy mornings and its flagrant disregard for the mores of the working world (wear shoes? Don’t think so mate). But here at It’s Nice That we wondered whether there was a way to improve the weekend even just a little bit,. And so we are thrilled to introduce to you to our new Weekender section. It takesThe Weekender’s rakish sense of web-based nonsense and merges it with our popular weekly look at the lovely lovely things we get sent to the studio each and every day. Then we add in some top content from the site over the past seven days, plus a few extras to boot.

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    A shout out to the people who send us in stuff everyday, whether its their own work, or championing the hard graft of others, we salute you, without you Things wouldn’t exist and that would suck. Big time. So on that note, here is this week’s lovely collection of our favourite things.

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    We know that Things conjures strange, yet wonderful, feelings inside you. Don’t suppress them, you know it’s best for you and to give you a better reason, this week is especially full of marvellous items. What are you waiting for?

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    We know it’s been tough going back to a five-day week, so to help you celebrate getting through it we’ve picked the most exciting things that made its way to us this week. So, with a brew (tea, not special) in hand, scroll down and prepare to be amazed…

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    I bet you’re thinking we get some weird stuff through the post, we do, but it’s our favourite kind of stuff. So in true It’s Nice That style, give a big welcome to our five fave postal picks of the week.

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    I will apologise in advance that Things this weekend is not Easter themed, but it does include graffiti, lovely publications and a chance to satisfy your stationery needs. So that’s ok, right? RIGHT GUYS?

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    The last five days have brought us a lovely collection of things, with hints of rock and roll, cardboard boxes and punctuation. It’s going to be a tasty one.

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    This week Things finds it’s form shooting other things from the treetops of it’s Beano-reading youth, loves illustrated haikus about disappointing sex, finds fun in a girls’ mag and likes three lovely, very different, well-printed posters. Go on, have a gander.

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    Out of the straw-stuffed Things box this week emerges the sweetest ceramic pet, two brother’s black and white graphic panel show, an epic feline adventure in wild lands, stop/go/do/don’t drawings and some recycled images. Let’s get stuck in, shall we?

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    Good week for the It’s Nice That post mat – Things got stuck into the beautiful game, made a glorious music cover, nabbed a superhero couple with flying colours, admired what the Latvians are building and looked at pop stars staring into sunsets. Let’s see how this played out…

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    This week Things brings: a wonderful fanzine about professional wrestling, an impressive newspaper from students in Sweden, a zine full of great photographs to keep you young, a book full of great photographs to make you look again and a showcase of brilliant illustrators to look out for.

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    This week Things celebrates street press comics makers, procrastinates with some excellent illustration, enjoys a squat book of briefs, cops a load of British style and looks at wishful wheat-pasting around the streets of Edinburgh.

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    Here are some of the Things that dropped into It’s Nice That’s hands this week. From the deepest, bluest oceans to activists in Australia, from Kingston fabric to Portland paper to Dutch illustration, Things went to great lengths to deliver these goods. Go on, have a look.

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    Through the letter box this week we received Southampton’s industrial infrastructure, a comprehensive guide to contemporary typography, evolving brand identities, a young invalid’s visitors and a white porcelain conversation piece. Go on, get stuck into this week’s Things.

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    This week – like most weeks – a myriad of terrific things came through the door of It’s Nice That. Scroll below to discover well packaged queer cinema, mauled hands and apple cores, cosplay, clean planners and a very sweet orange and blue intro.

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    This week the Things sack gave us an intoxicating magazine about cider, seven beautiful zines, drawn dreams, global graphics and a book of washed out photographs. Enjoy!

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    This week Things falls down London’s coal holes, wanders through the woodland of Berlin and ends up on the beaches of Melbourne plus ironic word games and perforated pink philosophy.