Web Archive

  1. Northlist

    This is a stunning and innovative example of interactive storytelling, which focuses on the town of Thule – a municipality in Northern Greenland that was overtaken by the U.S military during the Cold War. The web-documentary by Anrick Bergman uses a combination of beautiful graphic maps, the personal memories of those who were relocated, and a stunning array of moving pictures to tell Thule’s tale.

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    Raise an earthenware mug of ale to the Nous Vous boys, as it’s time to celebrate the launch of their fantastic new website. As with all of their lovely work, this concept of this new site seems to have been approached wisely and with tactile, gentle care. As you enter, a smiling figure encourages you to use your keys to navigate your way around slowly to take in all their wonderful work, old and new.

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    We like to think we don’t watch all that much TV here at It’s Nice That. We’re too cultured to be slumping down in front of the box and watching whatever’s on. But the reality is we’re terrible consumers of TV shows, we just do it with box-sets in three-day sessions over a bank holiday; in bed, blinds down, takeaway pizzas on speed-dial. Which means we’re not even slightly immune to this fantastic project from Kevin Wu, that cropped up on Wired yesterday.

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    It’s one of the big challenges of the internet age; how does a business or organisation which is inherently defined by real-world products do digital? Well, this is how. Just under a year ago we hailed Made Thought’s GF Smith Colorplan swatch book, a drool-inducing piece of print perfection. At the time there was an impressive website to enjoy as well, but recently the studio has updated the online offering and it’s a thing of beauty and joy (which is NEVER something I thought I’d say about a paper company’s website…).

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    What better way to spend your Friday than on Rafaël Rozendaal’s latest creation, Fill This Up. Rafaël is one of the very few people that uses the World Wide Web productively, and he spends his time making websites for us proles to click around open-mouthed like those pigs those scientists convinced to play basic computer games. His latest venture sees him turn the boring browser into a canvas upon which we can drag our cursor around to make pastel shapes unfold like origami in quick succession. Drag to fill the page, click to reverse it back to white. Just like a lot of Rafaël’s work, this is simple, alluring and strangely brilliant.

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    Interactive artist and conceptual maverick Rajeev Basu’s been involved in some unusual projects in the past, from illustrated commercial drones to a Facebook hack that turns your personal page into a mighty hawk. His latest offering is as tedious as it gets though, an anti-epic piece of computer-generated purgatory that sees you stuck in an endless queue with nothing but your own will to keep you going. Like Doom and its many derivatives you can jump and strafe to avoid your foes, but this time your foes really couldn’t give less of a toss about you and the only weapon you have to stave off trouble is your own fist… which you have to use to punch ourself in the face…repeatedly. Good old-fashioned fun to get you going on a Monday morning!

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    Lurking in the depths of the internet is a place where time has no meaning, where the very concept of progress or gentrification is null. I’m referring of course, to the official Space Jam website which lies dormant on the dark floor of the bottomless pit that is the world wide web. To internet archaeologists (that is a thing) having a play around on this site is like coming across an abandoned but fully preserved tube station with the ticket machines still working – a preserved, long forgotten nugget of history and design. What’s so interesting about the Space Jam website is the staggering difference in it’s aesthetic and the force at which it propels you back to the days when you first saw the internet, and the only thing you knew how to do was go on Hamster Dance. May it remain active for many more years to come.

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    It’s always interesting to see online editorial platforms trying new and interesting ways of presenting their content to make full use of the digital experience, and we’ve written before about Pitchfork’s particular penchant for impressive visual journeys. In a slightly different media space, The New York Times is also keenly exploring different ways of bringing articles to life in the multimedia age, with their Snow-fall piece on the Tunnel Creek avalanche often cited as one of the best examples.

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    In 100 years, people studying our society are likely to be baffled by certain things. Combing through our cultural debris, historians and archaeologists will have to try and piece together what twerking was, or what a Jedward was used for. Chief among those cultural obsessions likely to stump them will be the apparent worship of a tiny Italian plumber, which will make no sense to anyone. Still in for a penny in for a pound we say and so perk up your Monday morning no end by spending some time at the Museum of Mario.

  10. Digestingscience-list

    There’s disappointingly few great interactive websites out on the world wide web, fewer still that communicate something truly meaningful, so it’s an extraordinary pleasure to write about one that does both. Digesting Science is an interactive site created by the Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma at Barts Hospital, London that’s designed to explain MS to children with parents that suffer from the condition. It discusses, with a refreshingly un-patronising tone, the causes and effects of the disease as well as the possible treatments.

  11. Lso-list

    This latest collaboration between the London Symphony Orchestra and interactive design studio Sennep has been specifically directed towards schools and students as an educational tool to teach kids about the make-up of a classical orchestra. Which I guess means we’re just a bunch of big kids over here as we’ve spent a fair bit of time playing with it and getting to know the orchestra that little bit better.

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    I’ll level with you gang, I don’t spend an awful lot of time on architects’ websites (judge me if you must) but this new portal for Dutch-Danish firm Powerhouse Company is a real delight. Designed by Present Plus – the Amsterdam-based agency which helped build the new WeTransfer and has worked with the likes of Stella McCartney, adidas and National Geographic in the past – it’s a really nice combination of web design and embedded film which bring the firm’s projects to life in a way that sets a new standard. Great stuff all round.

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    We brought news to you a couple of weeks ago about Wallpaper* magazine’s redesign and said that the website was set to follow suit. Well now it has, designed built in consultation with Nicolas Roope of Poke London and Marc Kremers and the results prove that the online offering was no afterthought.

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    I know you all probably think I’m quite a slick arts journalist type who embodies sophistication (ha!) but at heart I’m pretty simple. Maybe that explains why I am so drawn to this project On A Wednesday like a moth to a sexy lady moth. It’s the work of Dave Dawson and Bekka Palmer, who were moved to try and answer the fundamental question: “There are a lot of people out there. What are they all doing?”

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    Earlier this month It’s Nice That director Will Hudson went on a week-long coding course with our friends at Steer. Here’s how he got on…

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    I’m not sure how we’ve never come across this Tumblr before but no matter because our tardiness only means that there’s a massive archive of the ebullient Rides A Bike for us to enjoy. The brainchild of American film critic Steven Rea, it’s a collection of images of well-known faces on two wheels taken predominantly on film sets during the silver screen’s golden age. It’s also a book and an app if this fails to provide enough of a supercool-celebrity-cycle fix but as a starting point – if you’re late to the party like us – delve into this treasure trove of a blog and ponder this – nobody has ever looked as cool as David Niven on a bike (and nobody ever will).

  17. Arc-list

    Royal College of Art mega-zine (better than a magazine but zine-sized) ARC has just treated itself to a brand spanking new website. The student-run publication exists to provide a platform for the RCA’s top talent to engage in exciting theoretical debate, dip their toes in the waters of journalism and continually refresh and reinterpret the format of printed matter. As an inherently physical work it’s not essential for ARC to have an online presence to ensure its ongoing success, but the small but growing archive is a wonderful reminder of the rich history of this prestigious publication and all the remarkable names responsible for the earlier issues. We’re looking forward to seeing this resource grow and discovering more about the illustrious history of ARC.

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    The debate over originality has long been an obsession in the cultural sphere– from finding out that your mate in Year 2 is using the same colouring pencils as you right through to Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans and Brillo Pad Boxes, and Shakespeare allegedly “borrowing” his play ideas from Christopher Marlowe. So a blog that takes these ideas of re-appropriation and semblance is more or less timeless in its relevance. Who Wore It Best might well be in it for the long haul, then, with their ongoing visual research project which considers common practices in art and design.

  19. Zawada-list

    Jonathan Zawada’s a ruddy genius – just look at what he’s done now! Not content simply making sensational graphic design and illustration with the occasional flourish of fine art thrown in for good measure, he’s now set his sights on the internet, making it an altogether more exciting place to spend time. His latest project sees him screwing about with Google Maps, taking that all-too familiar interface we rely on pretty much every day and turning it into a futuristic battleground by overlaying video game graphics on top of Street View. So you can march about the various landscapes of planet Earth and make like you’re a mechanised demon of destruction. If you need me, I’ll be in my battle-bot waging war on downtown Beijing.

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    This is the kind of Tumblr that really floats my boat. Devastatingly I can’t find the genius behind it to give him/her due credit, but there may be a reason why they want to remain anonymous. In essence they have taken some of the ridiculous emails that are sent to all the staff in their company and collated them on a blog with appropriate visual representation. We all know how strange people can be, and this can be accentuated in the workplace; this blog is a celebration of our bizarre at-work behaviours.

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    For this of us passionate about print media, it’s sometimes useful to look to the past to help contextualise what might play out in the future. For that reason, moves by The Spectator – the oldest continuously-published magazine in the English-speaking world – to digitise its 185-year archive will be of interest to many. It’s a work-in-progress at the moment, but the opportunity to delve back to the very first issue launched in 1828, and to chart over the ensuing decades the changes in content, tone and of course design makes for a real treasure trove for those of us still fighting the good print fight here in 2013.

  22. Sapper-list

    For a man with no formal design education, Richard Sapper has managed to make an indelible mark on the face of global industrial design. Since the 1950s his innovative approach to product design has led to some of the most forward-thinking, technically complex and strikingly-beautiful objects of use. From his early days at Daimler Benz to latter years at IBM, Sapper’s vision of the industrial world has come to be more or less our own; from the kettles we boil our water in, to the units from which we send emails.

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    Hey gang – you know what we haven’t done for what feels like ages? Give you something to fritter away your Friday afternoon to the chargrin of your employers, that’s what. So join us in sticking it to “The Man” with the help of the simple yet utterly addictive GeoGuessr. Anton Waller’s creation has been doing the rounds on social media for a few weeks now and we tried to resist, we really did. But the combination of detective work, geographical nous and the opportunity to compare scores with your friends, your co-workers or even that most worthy adversary – yourself – all proved too much. So if you’ve already seen this take some to rediscover it; if you haven’t then take the blue pill and I’ll show you how deep the rabbit hole goes…

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    I’m worried that the frequency with which I proclaim things “my new favourite Tumblr ever” is undermining the level of such praise but this time, this time, I really mean it. My Dad Was In A Band seems to be a promo for a new film called A Band Called Death described as “equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story” (you can see the trailer below).

  25. Nyctype-list

    Since 2007 NYC Type has offered a huge user-generated resource of imagery to lovers of vintage typography and general New York enthusiasts alike. The site aggregates an image feed comprised of photographs tagged with the #nyctype hashtag providing a constant, live stream of rough and ready typographic content (predominantly old signage, hand-painted lettering and the occasional road sign). This kind of archive is all well and good in theory, but in practise, many are tricky to navigate and poorly designed. NYC Type is neither, and offers a satisfyingly user-friendly experience. The NYC Type team are also planning an expansion later in the year, to include SLR-generated imagery, video content and traditional editorial pieces too. Keep your eyes on these guys, exciting things are afoot!

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    It’s easy to forget that Alan Fletcher was one of the founding fathers of Pentagram. Since the release of his 2001 treatise on visual language, The Art of Looking Sideways, he’s risen to the ranks of art and design deity, lauded for his experimental approach to design and consistently playful imagery. Right up until his death in 2006, Alan worked prolifically from his west London studio, producing personal and commercial work in his inimitable style that traded in traditional design standards for something altogether more approachable. As a result it’s hard to picture him suited and booted, going to and from client meetings to present himself commercially.

  27. Ikea-list

    We’ve all been there, cruising through Ikea’s giant field of homeware dreams only to find that the geometric patterned rug you’ve travelled for hours to purchase isn’t available on the shop floor. Off you go to find the nearest assistant to fetch you one from out back, and then you freeze. How do you even pronounce the name of the thing? “Hall-knop,” you mutter apologetically. “Haller-um…” the disdainful look from the yellow-clad employee is enough to send you scurrying away so that no other customers can overhear your linguistic failings. You head straight for the door and return to your woefully spartan flat empty-handed.

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    I find this completely bewitching and I’m not sure I can fully explain why. Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi have created this real-time map showing which Wikipedia entries are being edited and roughly where the user is located. In reality the notifications only account for about 15 per cent of the changes to the site as it only traces IP addresses of unregistered users, but it’s still oddly fascinating to sit and watch these random flashes, from this huge diverse mass of information, pop up around the globe. Settle down and watch it all unfold here.

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    I’ve never experienced such joy as when I began exploring the website of Al Que Quiere, an extraordinary collection of furniture you’ve only ever seen in your dreams and in that bit in the 1985 film Return to Oz. We’ve already gushed about them on our site so now we’re going to gush about their blog, which is a cohesive collection of every image that has inspired the pieces they create. The best bit? You can actually see the items that have directly inspired their work. Love that.

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    London-based painter Clare Chapman produces work that finds beguiling beauty in the dark and disturbing. Some of her subjects resemble the pus-filled pods or cocoons from which aliens and other horror film staples burst forth, others are more abstract, uncertain outlines in fleshy colours that unnerve without us quite knowing why. The ever-brilliant Brighten The Corners have just redesigned Clare’s website and by keeping the navigation nicely simple they have done a tremendous job at letting us viewers chart and enjoy Clare’s evolution as an artist over the past few years.

  31. Maad-list

    There’s a number of reasons why ECAL in Lausanne is such a popular destination for the world’s brightest and best visual communicators. For starters it’s got a hard-won reputation for turning raw talent into serious skill, then there’s all the visiting lecturers chosen for their excellence in their own particular field, not to mention the impressive facilities on offer to all students. But for us, one of the biggest factors in ECAL’s success is the way they promote their talent.

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    Memo to your boss – this afternoon may reach new heights of unproductiveness. Heck, you might as well stick an out-of-office on your emails as well because this Google Street View Hyperlapse tool is about to take over your day. Developed by Toronto-based digital studio Teehan + Lax, it draws on Street View’s vast resources of imagery to create supercool “films,” described as as a combination of “time-lapse and sweeping camera movements typically focused on a point-of-interest.” Simply by dropping pins into Google maps you can create your own version (which the universal human impulse dictates will focus on your house) but be aware you really need Google Chrome and a good wifi connection. Check out what the Teehan + Lax guys did above but then get cracking yourself right here.

  33. Agi-list

    As you’d expect from an event that promises to “unite the world’s leading graphic designers in a professional gathering of common interest and intent” the AGI Open website is pretty nicely put together. Simple to navigate, clear in its communication and perfectly pitched to attract interest in this year’s September conference (themed around dialogue) it’s a classically composed piece of design. We’re big fans of the way they’ve laid out their speaker profiles too (a list that includes Jeremy Leslie, Margaret Calvert, Marion Deuchars and Henrik Kubel); a large grid of squares showing a thumbnail of each practitioner’s work alongside their name. Simple, obvious and completely effective.

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    The fine fellows at one of our favourite digital design agencies ustwo™ have always thrilled us with their willingness to mix client work with self-initiated projects that take their fancy. The latest fruits of their labours is rando, an app which they describe as “an experimental photo exchange platform for people who like photography.”

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    At last week’s LSN Global trend briefing, the Future Laboratory team spoke about Generation I, the current under-10s who have grown up with technology and who expect to be able to hack and reform their products to their own needs. For a large majority of the rest of us, we’re playing catch-up with things like coding, but that’s where initiatives like Steer come in.

  36. Rafael-list

    Rafaël Rozendaal hasn’t updated his portfolio of interactive web artworks for a while now, presumably because he’s been too busy coding, creating, opining at conferences and generally shaping the future of the internet. No big deal. But true to form he’s recently returned with a new site that allows you to play God with the weather. Lookingatsomething.com lets you adjust the power of rain, the chatter of birdsong and the clapping of thunder with the simplest of flicks of your cursor, transforming a perfectly pleasant day into a torrential downpour in the blink of an eye. Once again Rafaël provokes us to question our relationship with the web and, as ever, we can have terrific fun as we do it. We’re thrilled to have Rafaël talking about his work at Here 2013, our creative symposium.

  37. Sleeping-patterns-list

    One thing we really love about our jobs is having the freedom to trawl the web for some of the strangest, most obsessive creative projects out there. We like it when people do great things for no good reason other than having an inexplicable passion for something niche and far too much time on their hands. Which is why we like Glasgow-based artist Adam Shield, a man with an unhealthy interest in abandoned mattresses that he’s channeled into a bizarre creative project.

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    We were lucky enough to work with the talented folk at Hyperkit on our recent hunt for the Ideal Studio and so it was a pleasure to see they’ve just redesigned their own website. With big, bold, full-screen images of recent projects, a pleasingly straightforward swipe system and a journal where they can go into a bit more detail on their newest work, it’s a site befitting of a studio with such a big reputation.Content to let the visual quality of their work do most of the talking, it’s a refreshing change from the over-explained design statements we sometimes come across.

  39. Trendlist-list

    If you thought graphic design was a load of old formulaic nonsense that could be put together by a chimp, a small child or just a simple algorithm then consider yourself proved right courtesy of Trend List and their trendy design generator. Choose between a variety of trendy fonts, colours and graphic flourishes to create a striking image of communicative brilliance that’s sure to look ultra-cool on the wall of your squat, bedsit or in the canteen of your respective art college. Only kidding. Graphic design is a hideously complex beast, as we’re all fully aware, but we’ve got to hand it to Trend List for creating a fun piece of web genius that reminds us all not to take ourselves too seriously.

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    Zine lovers of the world rejoice, your insatiable appetite for limited-run, cheaply produced publications is about to be sated by a unique and unusual online service. Anonymous Press is a small publishing platform that allows you to select an online database of your choice, pick a subject you’re interested in and produce an image-based zine that’s available to print on demand. Each one only costs three dollars and is permanently stored in an online archive, ready for re-printing whenever there’s demand. Think of it as the online photocopier you never had, just waiting for you to churn out fanzines on John Ruskin, inter-dimensional travel or whatever else your niche interests require. And they keep saying print is dead…..