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  1. Dmlist

    Picture the scene – It’s early afternoon in an LA film producer’s office, all glass tabletops and modern art prints. A struggling screenwriter, dressed shabbily, is casting about for any ideas to engage the bored executive with. “So, err, everyone says print is dead but what about a film set in the near-future where magazines get their revenge on the human race, taking over the world Day of the Triffids style. Revenge for all the recycling and iPad love?” The executive stubs out his cigar slowly. “Name your price.”

  2. In1

    Years ago I dragged a picture of Devendra Banhart into my “babes” folder, then had a change of heart and made it into my desktop background, If only I had known then that this photograph was by one of the most unique and in-demand photographers working today then I probably would have bought his book Pulp Art Vol.I immediately and drooled over the psychedelic, babe-adorned pages.

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    Piotr Buczkowski was always going to be an interesting one, partly because we, for no reason I can think of, don’t seem to feature much Polish graphic design and partly because he’s got this crazy Michael Gilette-style ability to produce both illustration and graphic design to a high standard. Of course, what drew us in was the Loyal Outlaws series, which are such cool images made better only by his ability to smash hand-drawn type out like there’s no tomorrow. Piotr now runs Heroes Design, which provides clients with “solid and eye-catchy graphic design.” Well, that’s right, but I’m not sure you’re doing yourself justice there Piotr – you’re providing much more than that.

  4. Benedictredgrove-list

    If you’ve ever harboured secret desires to become a spy then you’re in for a treat care of Benedict Redgrove’s espionage-inspired photographs. The international man of mystery (how does he take those aerial shots?) has been amassing a large body of images that evoke the thrill of cold-war plots and international missile crises. The combination of panoramic aerial photographs of US suburbia sat alongside similarly lofty desert-scapes seem to drag those decades-old narratives into a modern context, echoing the east-west tensions with which we’ve all become so familiar.

  5. Major_lazer

    As this weekend’s Notting Hill Carnival enters its final day, what better music video to celebrate with than Major Lazer’s clammy new promo for Get Free. Risque dancing, colourful t-shirts, hazy evenings, and a hefty drenching of sweat all encased in a brilliant four minutes from the constantly excellent So Me. Can every weekend be a three day long street party please?

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    Saturated colours, thick swathes of acrylic and bug-eyed characters all feature heavily in the work of Ha Young Kim. Her vast pop-art inspired canvases take visual cues from the likes of Takashi Murakami, Roy Lichtenstein and the late, great Andy Warhol. Like her pop-art predecessors, HaYoung’s work is heavy on recurring motifs, regularly interspersed with vacant genderless faces, chaotic cloud formations and bulging dismembered eyes. She also shares a penchant for thick black line work filled with vibrant colour.

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    Wow, what an honour this is! Jamie-James Medina, portrait photographer of all manner of greats and apparent boxing enthusiast has kindly taken us on an in-depth journey into his unsurprisingly photography-laden bookshelf. From Gilbert & George to 50 Cent, from Christopher Hitchens to Lady Gaga, Medina has shot some of the most revolutionary icons of our time in a polite, sombre style that is utterly his own.

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    Things again! Brilliant. Always room for more Things, that’s what we say. Well, then again, that’s exactly what that man who filled his house with newspapers said, until they put him away. Anyway! This week we’ve had many a gem come through the door of It’s Nice That HQ including a very smart cycling newspaper, a publication that puts all other ring-bound publications to shame, a tantalisingly text-free example of print, and something that looks like it fell out of an accountant’s briefcase (in a good way). Read on!

  9. 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…

  10. Heresonya

    We’re obviously not saying that frieze magazine was poorly designed before, but have you seen it since Sonya got her clever hands and eyes on it? That ever-anticipated publication is like the Dyson Airblade of magazines – practical, timely and an absolute inspiration to all other designers. We actually interviewed Russian-born Sonya back in April about the complete re-design she did for Frieze magazine (“To put it crudely, I wanted for the magazine to be ‘hot’ in the grown-up way”) and her tactile attitudes to design and print. What we got from speaking to her was a feeling of absolute dedication and tradition to her work process.

  11. Couv-list

    Whether you love them or hate them, fashion magazines never fail to spark controversy. On the one hand they’re inherently elitist and raise alarming questions about our attitudes towards women, body image and economic inequality that some consider to be the very worst aspects of western culture. On the other hand isn’t their key purpose quite a simple one; to show off beautiful sartorial creations in the most flattering way possible – and don’t they do it rather well? Whichever side of the fence you sit on it’s probably a debate you’ve grown weary of.

  12. Akashn-11

    What’s that you say? You’re a huge fan of art that plays fast and loose with your sense of depth? Who isn’t. And you’re also partial to the liberal use of neon vinyl tape? Well consider your niche tastes catered for by the mind-bending work of Aakash Nihalani.

  13. Bbhlist

    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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    If there’s product designers on more of a roll than Japanese studio Torafu right now then we’d love to see their stuff because these guys are absolutely on fire (not literally). Whether it;s installing 800 wind chimes in a Tokyo department store or producing a shelf that doubles as a secret hiding place drawer, they have amazingly good ideas which they execute with that often-elusive combination of style and charm.

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    Antiquarian book catalogues is not an area we often associate with gorgeous graphic design but Purpose saw an opportunity to shake up this stuffy industry when dealer Simon Beattie approached them in 2010.

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    Growing up with an older sister, scrunchies were an ever-present if slightly mystifying presence in the house. They would turn up everywhere, in different colours and patterns, and were oddly satisfying to try and bend out of shape. The otherworldly oddness has been compounded by this brilliant, absurd project from photographer Catherine Losing and set designer Kate Fotis which sees them arrange said-hair ties around various foodstuffs – spaghetti, broccoli and a pineapple for example. Simple, stupid, splendid stuff.

  18. Mkmain

    Once you get past the wonderfully colourful aesthetic of Misaki’s installations, paintings, drawings, clothes, statues and films, what really hits you is the sheer quantity of it all. In the same way that you may have up-ended your toy box when you were a little younger, it’s as if someone’s tipped Misaki upside-down and these fantastical creations have just come rolling out and bouncing around all over the world.

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    Upon seeing that this furniture is the brainchild of photographer Fien Muller and artist Hannes Van Severen you are instantly reminded that when mega-creatives combine their skills, the results can be unexpected and marvellous. Maybe it’s the way these ludicrously elegant resting-devices are shot (in dusty studios on chilly mornings) or perhaps it’s because it puts our own furniture to shame, but there’s definitely something super special about these.

  20. Kkmain

    Make sure that if you’re in London you check out another cracker of a show at London’s KK Outlet, this time showcasing the underground illustrations of Jamaican dancehalls. Curated by music aficionados Suze Webb and Al Fingers, the show (which opens tonight) is a selection of some of the artwork created in the 1980s by some of the go-to artists of the time, to those still standing strong and keeping it alive today.

  21. Bodiamlist

    Michael Bodiam is the complete photographer – he cannot take a dud photo. Whether cleverly arranging objects from the comfort of his studio or trekking through rugged landscapes to capture instances of natural compositional beauty, his lens is continually faultless.

  22. Ah-list

    A big pat on the back to the phenomenally talented illustrator Adam Hancher whose newly-updated website proves that the ability to illustrate wondrously can make even the most mundane things dreamy, serene and beautiful. With his use of bright colours and instantly likeable characters, Adam miraculously strips banking of its stereotypically dull exterior, brings colour to otherwise deep articlesfor the likes of Link Magazine and best of all sends you into floaty daydreams just imagining the possibilities of the perfect world in which each illustration represents.

  23. Threadlist

    Who’s your favourite Azerbajani artist? What none at all? Wow, good job we’re here then – or rather good job Faig Ahmed’s here – with his insanely good thread pieces. He makes some pretty mind-bending carpets but it was his Thread Installation that absolutely blew us way.

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    Marcel Duchamp once said that “while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists” and a new show at London’s Saatchi Gallery will explore this connection between creativity and the Game of Kings. It features16 specially-commissioned chess sets from a ridiculous roster of proper artistic big- hitters – think Damian Hirst, Rachel Whiteread, Gavin Turk and Yayoi Kusama – this promise to be a fascinating exhibition. Tom Freidman’s set takes the form of a mini retrospective of his work, Barbra Kruger’s pieces are programmed to talk and Tim Noble and Sue Webster have taken inspiration from their collection of mummified animals.

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    Okay hands up, we know that over these past few weeks we (and the whole of the UK for that matter) have sort of bombarded you with Olympics, Olympics and more Olympics but we couldn’t resist just one more, especially when that one more comes in the shape of John Glynn-Smith’s intimate Olympic portraits.

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    Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away with modern life, perched happily on the apogee of human innovation in a tech-savvy world of comfort and convenience. What that kind of flabby mindset needs is a reality check, and Colors magazine has just the thing. The latest issue in its ongoing survival series is a guide to the big-one – apocalypse and how best to get through one.

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    The only thing more terrifying than actually being in the centre of one of these cataclysmic explosions is how cool these photos are. Now before you get too excited, I will warn you that these images aren’t real– they are in fact Photoshopped collages created using found images off the good old internet. But, to be honest, who cares if these babies aren’t real? Artist Ueli Alder, who gets his inspiration from war-themed video games, is interested in the romantic nature of these images and how we will, in the future, react to images of real explosions when we are used to being exposed to such extravagant falsity in the games.

  28. Fouolist

    New York design studio For Office Use Only are right at the top of the design food chain. They’re BIG. Working across print, branding and digital development they’ve produced work for more or less every big business client you can name, from MTV and the Art Director’s Club to Microsoft and Volvo. So what is it that makes them the go-to guys for clients with impressive budgets?

  29. Nju-list

    Anyone who consumes magazines with the voracity that we do will, at some point, have encountered the problem of what to do with your subscriptions once you’ve read them. You can’t throw them away of course – suppose you suddenly need to lay hands on a vital piece of information that’s long been shredded and mulched? Unacceptable! But you can’t just leave them hanging around the house either, taking up valuable space that should really be full of potted plants and stylish furniture.

  30. Ain

    Ben Smith’s design is so on the money that if you’re thinking of putting on a trendy event and not even considering ripping off some of his designs for the promotional visuals (or commissioning him if you’ve got the funds) then you’re out of your mind. Currently lending his design-trained eyeballs to “Colville-Walker Studio”"http://www.colville-walker.com/ who we posted about a while back, Ben is churning out distorted, warped text faster than you can say pastel palette. Chuck a few beautiful girls in the designs (tastefully) and you’ve got some really rather marvellous visuals. Very nice!

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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.

  32. Af-list

    As you potter your way around a gallery chances are that all your attention is directed straight at the artwork. That’s all a bit obvious right? But that’s where photographer Andy Freeberg’s latest project, Guardians comes in. Photographing the gallery assistants in an array of Russian galleries, Andy cleverly takes the emphasis off the art itself and instead focuses your attention upon the dedicated women stood in front of it. And this is no mean feat considering their all too frequent tendency to otherwise go unnoticed, and their apparent ability to camouflage themselves into the background.

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    There’s something about the 8-bit aesthetic that strikes a chord with everyone of a certain generation, calling to mind those halcyon days when everyone had the same games console and a tablet was something you took for hay fever. Shanghai-based designer Sabine Ducasse has mastered that look in her award-winning Melting Pot collection, which fuses perler beads together into wearable garments that definitely take you back to the future.

  34. Yflist

    Norwegian graphic design studio Your Friends have got such a vast amount of great work going on their beautiful new website that we’ve struggled to decide how to show you the work. Is it snapshots of numerous different projects – like the comprehensive identity design for Arts and Business, a membership organisation dedicated to fostering partnerships between the corporate and creative sectors? A snapshot of numerous different projects – they span everything from beautifully type-set events posters to websites for Norway’s only illustration agency? Or do we just show you one, really wonderful project?

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    The words “annual report” conjure up images of grey men in grey suits compiling charts and graphs on grey paper ready to be distributed to grey clients in a decidedly grey world. Pretty darned grey – and I can’t be the only one that thinks this. There must be thousands of offices worldwide churning out these drab documents every year.

  36. Kb-list

    We all like a good old jukebox – that nostalgia, the inevitable ridiculous dancing and the old-fashioned cliche that is sounds SO much better than the modern day equivalent. But photographer Ken Brown can really make you appreciate the beauty of these wonderful retro contraptions.

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    It’s perfectly acceptable to become dangerously obsessed with a face in a painting – countless viewers have been knocked sideways by the gaze of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, not to mention the many in-head love affairs people have had with Manet’s bar girl in the last century. The same feeling hit me when flicking through Stephan’s portfolio and coming face to face with the boy in the picture below (bottom left, hand on chin) who turns out to be just one of the many of Stephan’s characters you can fall in love with.

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    One day in 2002, after a feud with a former Big Brother contestant, Giles Duley walked off the set of a shoot and turned his back on music and fashion photography forever. Having worked at the forefront of the fashion and music press for the best part of a decade this was no small event – Duley had made his career photographing the likes of Pulp, Oasis and The Prodigy at the height of their fame. But he had other plans for his photographic talents, ones that would take him far from the London studios in which he spent his days.

  39. Kyclist

    When we first posted Kyuhyung Cho late last year it was to celebrate his Pictograph Fonts project so it’s nice to revisit his portfolio by way of something a little more straightforward. The designer, who splits his time between Stockholm and Seoul, was asked by the Nova Design Award to create the diplomas and by combining the creatives’ initials with their country of origin his work is both communicative and cool. Great work.

  40. Pklist

    Wowee Zonk #1 is a stunning bit of zine action that has sat on my desk at home for about two years now. I love it dearly but for some reason I have no idea how I acquired it and, until today didn’t have a clue who was responsible for it. Perhaps it was a gift, maybe I stole it – we’ll just never know. This harrowing personal journey would be of little consequence to anyone reading this except that it lead me to discover the work of Patrick Kyle, an illustrator with a keen eye for bubblegum colours and grotesque, but charming, characters – and also the man responsible for Wowee Zonk issues one to four.