1. Sjt-list

    You know what your favourite illustrator is probably missing, 100 abstract naked chicks hanging out on a beach. No? What about a paper bag-masked arsonist watching a hawk remove a pig’s entrails? Burning witch electrocuting an armless woman? We give up, maybe you’ve seen it all before but to us Simon John Thompson’s illustrated world is 100 per cent batsh*t crazy. And we freaking love it!

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    There are certain items of clothing that make a statement – turn up in a cape and people will think you’re an aristocrat with a dark past, don a feather boa and you immediately scream louche pleasure-seeker. Rock up in a bow-tie though and people will think you’re a smart guy with a twinkle in your eye, a roguish professor-type with sartorial standards and a sense of fun. Step forward then Charles Olive, a British bow-tie brand which combines traditional craftsmanship with contemporary style, so much so that some of their pieces are even designed using Excel spreadsheets. Their new look-book is a treat and if you’re anything like me you’ll just keep wondering why you don’t wear a bow-tie more often.

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    After taking 91,540 photos, driving for 66,565 miles over 365 days across all 50 American states, Theron Humphrey has created what has become a monumental project that not only tells the story of everyday American people, but also takes a fresh look at social media. After working in a commercial photography studio since 2007, Theron woke up one morning with a wild idea to take to the road with little more than his camera and a simple idea – to meet new people everyday and let them tell their story in their own words.

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    Most of the editorial illustration we feature on the site is from English-language publications so it makes a refreshing change to showcase a creative whose client list predominantly comprises German and Polish titles. But Marta Slawinska’s talents certainly cross any international divides with the Warsaw-born, Berlin-based artist adept at creating interesting, communicative and often funny visuals for a range of articles. With a portfolio also boasting book covers, paintings and graphic design work, Marta is quietly honing her talents and carving out a career where her sills and versatility dovetail to impressive effect.

  5. Leichtfried-list

    It’s not often that we show work in progress, so when we do you better believe it’s the good stuff. As part of his masters thesis in visual communication at Berlin University of the Arts, Austrian designer Paul Leichtfried undertook a redesign of The Refugee Council of Berlin’s identity in order to raise public awareness of the organisation’s work and the ongoing refugee problem in Germany.

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    Whether your work Christmas party has already been and gone (and the recriminations are in full swing) or if you’re gearing up for it this week and trying to gauge which of your colleagues may prove to be a loose canon, it’s a fine festive tradition. And it’s been captured by the talented folk over at Art & Graft who have produced a Christmas video card which shows how the most staid of office shindigs can descend into booze-fuelled mayhem. Just 45 seconds long, it nevertheless does a beautiful job of showing how a night out can take on its own momentum, and may serve either as a painful reminder or a salutary warning…

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    The Col du Tourmalet is the most notoriously tough of all the stages of the Tour de France, taking riders up to nearly 7,000 feet above sea level in some of the steepest and most severe elevations in competitive road cycling. For this reason alone it is legendary among cycling enthusiasts and remains one of the most traversed stages of the Tour – steeped in the kind of history that provokes reverence from even the most casual cycle fan.

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    Chilean artist Macarena Yañez (who goes by the name Macay) splits her time between collages and street murals but wherever she works her magic, a host of weird and wonderful scenes spring to life. It’s the former part of her portfolio I am particularly enamoured with and the artist describes her collages as focussing on “magical landscapes combined with surreal characters and repetitive patterns, all united by nature.” With a masters from Central St Martins she is clearly a serious talent but there’s a lightness to her image-making which gives it a real sense of fun and lets her create intriguing, absorbing pieces where things are not quite as they seem.

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    I’m not even going to mention what time of year it is, but needless to say I think we’ve all been bludgeoned over the head with blunt advertising objects for far too long this month. One such object that usually bores to the point of unconsciousness, slamming the senses with its mediocrisy is the trusty old brochure. Well, Studio Small weren’t drinking any of that beige juice while mixing together their exciting blend of art direction for Alfred Dunhill’s 2012 gift brochure.

  10. Rli

    If you haven’t done it already, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? I’m obviously referring to the epic quest that is purchasing a Christmas tree from what is normally a highly inconvenient location, following the age-old tradition of dressing it up in all sorts of oddities, and then spending the rest of Christmas slowly watching it die. Fair enough, that last part sounded a bit brutal, but the life of a Christmas tree is one that normally ends up in the January heap of discarded packaging, making it even more important for us to dress them up well for their final wiggle in the spotlight! And here to dress these trees in their first and last glisteningly glorious frocks are the folks from Studio Badini Createam, who have dreamt up the Pantone Christmas baubles. They are stylish, classy, arty and fun and needless to say want, want want!

  11. Jaseprnijs-list

    Jasper Nijs doesn’t muck about. The 22-year-old Dutch designer has made it his mission in life to produce household products with extreme functionality that outperform even the most demanding user’s needs. His inspiration comes from a logical place; a personal enjoyment of walnuts hampered by obsessive tidiness. “I like to eat walnuts. What keeps me from doing so in most cases is the fact that cracking a nut leaves you with a multitude of shell and nut fragments, a thing I deeply abhor.” Jasper’s solution was to produce a nutcracker that split the walnut neatly in two, without mess – an easy task for 5mm of steel plate that can apply up to eight kilos of pressure.

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    Sometimes magazines go for names which tell you exactly what you can expect inside, lest potential readers are bamboozled by some kind of titular misdirection (Good Food is a perfect example of this say-what-you-see nomenclature). But other publications revel in a kind of wilful obscurity with their names like new tome SRC783. But from first glances this new collaboration between fashion editor Christina Dietze and creative director / designer Nick Thomm looks very nice indeed. Eschewing seasonal trends for “art, style and the personalities of our subjects” it’s billing itself as a different approach to fashion magazines and by the looks of these shots it’s clearly a thing of real beauty. Welcome to the world little SRC783…

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    Groovisions is a design studio based in Tokyo, a city where adverts flash and fling their way across a multitude of billboards, buildings and shop windows which can, at times, feel like an assault on the senses. How refreshing it must be then for revellers of the wondrous tech-city of the future to come across some graphic design that doesn’t scream a message in flashing neon lights, but rather, gently entices attention with a clear visual idea that communicates its message at a glance, drawn in bold lines and set on a soft pastel colour palette. This series works on a number of levels, standing out in a crowd by its willingness to be quiet, waiting for viewers that will inevitably come for some peace and tranquility.

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    It’s been a year and a half since edition one hit our office but San Franciscan publishers Loose Leaf Editions have returned with edition number two of their beautiful unbound publication. The concept of the latest edition is the same; large image-rich pages of newly-commissioned artworks that incorporate some of the very finest practitioners working today, only this time the images are based on interpretations of landscape.

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    Here in Britain, our stiff reserve means that when it comes to the season to be jolly, we tend to need a little liquid encouragement. So booze-saturated are these Yuletide celebrations that stocking up for the festive season tends to be planned with military precision – based on complex calculations around each guest’s projected consumption, then double everything. This branch of the Weinhandlung Kreis wine shop in Stuttgart designed by Furch Gestaltung + Produktion seems to have been designed with this kind of binge-shopping in mind, showcasing as it does 12,000 bottles in just 70 square metres. The juxtaposition of horizontally-racked bottles with vertically-clipped counterparts creates a warm, fuzzy of feeling of being overwhelmed with choice and the brightly-coloured finish adds to the stylish vibe. The architects said: “This shop should consist just of wine and no furniture – similar to a spreadsheet, which is full of data without wasting any space on structure.” Amen to that!

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    In this second instalment of what was once labelled in It’s Nice That as “The most beautiful thing we have ever got the door” there is no doubt in our minds that the charm-factor is still set to high. Brendan Monroe, a painter, sculptor and storyteller from Oakland, California, is responsible for quite literally blowing us away with his two publications. Small, unassuming and exquisitely designed, these books tell silent tales of love, space, nature and creation.

  17. Wham

    So here we are, another year of weekly music videos passes, and it’d be rude not to finish on a stone-cold classic. Last year I got away with posting Bowie and Bing’s beauty and this year I’ve Whammed up the cheesy Yuletide warmth with Last Christmas.

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    We get to see swathes of photography on a weekly basis and mostly we are spoilt for choice as to what to show you all. But every now and then we stumble across a photographer that stops everyone in their tracks, and so it was with Christophe Negrel’s powerful Senegal series.

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    Well blow me we are so almost at the end of the year but there’s no rest for the wicked and with that in mind Studio Audience is here again with top art and design chat for your aural pleasure. This week we’ve got architecture, open sourcing and interactive CVs and it all kind of gets a bit smutty. So kick back, tune in and enjoy 22 minutes of prime time nonsense. Let’s do this!

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    Are you ready for a salacious Things peep show? I hope so, because this week they are dancing with that Saturday night sway, puckered up and ready for your visual grazing. So what’s waiting for you on the dance floor? SSAW is waiting in all its elegant splendor and Hound Magazine keeps giving you the eye dancing like the cool cat it is. Who and what else? Well, you’ll just have to motivate yourself, keep on reading and wait for the Prince of the Prom, Brecht Evens, to alleviate those pent-up feelings of city loneliness. Shall we? Let’s…

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    It’s been a very Jean-infused week at It’s Nice That and that is no bad thing! he’s only one of our favourite illustrators of all time! His Midas touch never fails to turn silly and sweet ideas into simple visions of beauty. In honour of his absolute smorgasbord of new work, we asked him to do a Bookshelf, so read on to find out just where this brilliant man gets his inspiration…

  22. Wtop

    The end of the week is a cause for celebration for most of us, but spare a thought for those who help make our weekends extra special. I’m talking about the bar staff, the taxi drivers, and cheery kebab vendors who help our end of week plans come to fruition. So if you’re heading out tonight maybe on a Christmas do (Martin from accounts was TOTALLY checking you out by the way) then give them a smile and help brighten up their weekend too. This is for them…

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    Erik Kessels has been working on his In Almost Every Picture series for a good old while now (he’s now on #12). It’s a series that sees his role as a curator pushed to the extreme, sampling images from a multitude of found sources and bringing them together into individual monographs. His aim is to take everyday characters going about their business and place them on a pedestal for all to see. Previous editions have focussed on a Dutch woman who shoots fairground stalls, a bunny carrying objects on its head and Fred and Valerie, a husband and wife duo obsessed with getting their expensive clothes wet in public and documenting the results.

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    Text is nice, words are interesting, but sometimes a whole blob of copy is too much for our little eyeballs to deal with. That’s why someone (don’t know who, Santa?) invented editorial illustrators to make long articles look more appealing to the aesthetically fickle human being. What better example of editorial illustration is there than the enormous portfolio of Russian-born Rodion Kitaev? His bold colours and friendly style could transform even the most boring of articles into something actually quite appealing. Check out his Flickr for pages upon pages of beautiful illustrations, you won’t be disappointed!

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    For anyone unfamiliar with the work of Mirko Ilić here’s a swift biopic. He was born in Bijeljina in Bosnia and Herzegovina and graduated from the School of Applied Arts in Zagreb. From there he began an illustrious career creating radical political comics and illustration, moved to New York, art directed Time International, became art director of The New York Times’ op-eds section and created the animated title-sequence to 1998 smash-hit comedy You’ve Got Mail.

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    When somebody with the extraordinary talents of Emily Kai Bock recommends a bunch of creative film-makers to you, describing them as a MUST to check out, ears prick up, hairs stand on end and the follow up begins quick march style. And what a pleasure it was finding What Matters Most, and particularly Kahlil Joseph’s short film set to three sampled tracks from Flying Lotus’ latest album, Until The Quiet Comes.

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    I don’t know Alicia Meseguer but based on her work I really wish I did because it’s cool, interesting and unusual. The Murcia-based creative who studied at the Orihuela art school boasts a portfolio which takes in art, photography and graphic design but whatever she turns her talents to the ability to pique the viewer’s interest remains. I like her stripped back identities for hip clients like DJs, indie groups and digital art magazines which reflect a less-is-more confidence in the power of monochrome.

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    Due to the speedy nature of Jean’s work, the amount of times he updates his website, lets us know, and we all simultaneously cheer, is not a rare event. “How does he do it?” You may cry, “How does he consistently wow us with his face-achingly simple illustrations?” Well, to be honest, I have no idea, none of us do. He’s just a kind of demi-God in the world of aesthetics, and that’s all there is to it. So, without further ado, feast your eyes on his latest works: A beautiful, rowing-boat-blue series of illustrations for Colette, a kind of crazy murder mystery installation and a mural of 21st century icons. Unbelievable. Want more? There is more, go to his website, now!

  29. Glist

    The sensual connection between food and sex is a well-established idea, manifested particularly in aphrodisiacs, those edibles believed to be imbued with some sort of direct line to the erogenous zones. For the new issue of Dave Lane and Marina Tweed’s food magazine The Gourmand, Swedish photographer Gustav Almestål has produced a series called O Gluttony! Divine gluttony! which fixates on various foodstuffs – including papaya, brie and renowned aphrodisiac oysters – with almost pornographic relish. With the help of Niklas Hansen’s exceptional styling, these pictures wallow in the colours and textures of their subjects with an intense but not overt eroticism based on their oozing, glistening, vibrancy. It’s all kind of confusing I suppose, but it certainly suggests The Gourmand is picking up where it left off with its impressive inaugural issue. Tasty indeed!

  30. Toro-list

    Maybe it’s the fact that Chaz Bundick is like an adorable little pop-bear alternately dressed like Shaft and a 1980s Wall Street broker on the weekend, the exceptional cinematography, the jaw-dropping beauty of his female counterpart or just the irony with which it’s been approached but The Harrys latest video for Toro Y Moi is one of my favourites of the year. It pokes fun at a myriad music video and fashion clichés without ever being heavy-handed and somehow manages to hook you in from the very start. Add to that a soundtrack that’s like having your ears filled with some kind of delicious syrup and then licked clean, this is perhaps the finest way to wile away a few minutes of your afternoon. Beautiful, beautiful stuff.

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    For my money there’s few things quite as gut-wrenching as the idea of the sad clown – a trope which has fascinated creatives from rococo painter Antoine Watteau (whose picture of Pierrot remains one of the most tragic scenes in art) right up to David Brent in The Office forced to lark around in a giant bird costume shortly after being fired. It is though something of a cliche and so any new takes on it need to steer clear of heavy-handed sentimentality, which Dave Brown navigates skillfully in his new project Tough Crowd.

  32. Treelist

    Now I know what you’re thinking – the Tree Council sounds like something from a Tolkein fantasy involving hoary old oaks debating whether to topple an evil wizard, and I admit that until this week I’d never heard of it either. But that’s all changed thanks to some great new work from Marc&Anna, which was exactly the idea. The London-based duo were asked to help promote the work of the arboreal organisation which helps plant trees in playgrounds and other public spaces and monitors the health of tress across the country.

  33. Blom-list

    Now that we’ve produced a hardback book all of our own we can say with some authority that it takes ages to get it right. But it’s taken Daniel Blom 10 whole years of hard slog to get his first one out there. As a photographer specialising in surf and snowboard photography, Daniel’s been commissioned by every extreme sports lifestyle brand under the sun, travelling the length and breadth of the globe to capture sun-kissed beaches and pure white glaciers. His passion for the sports he shoots also extends into personal work and he’s built up an enormous body of exceptional snowboarding photographs that make up the body of Drifting Decade, a 240-page beast of a book.

  34. Laaaarge-list

    A trip to French/Belgian design studio Large’s website might convince you that here are a group of four guys just having a good time with pretty colours and pictures – there’s such an enormous variety of material displayed in a fairly erratic fashion. But there’s more to it than that. Much more in fact.

  35. Wnlist

    I once boldly proclaimed to my colleagues that I didn’t rate any publication that you couldn’t read comfortably on the train (I hadn’t thought it through truth be told) but if I really did believe that then I’d happily make an exception for the new issue of design agency Fivefootsix’s 56+1 magazine. For their third publication they’ve collaborated with Beach London and ten really talented young illustrators taking their first tentative steps into the professional world. Kicking off with the simple question “what next?”, first creative James Jessiman has provided an image and then set the question for the next illustrator and so on throughout the series taking in inspiration, motivation and post-project celebration among other themes.

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    It’s been a few years since we last checked in with Berlin-based illustrator Elisabeth Moch which actually borders on the scandalous. But fortunately the launch of her new website this week gave us the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves why we’ve always rated Elisabeth so highly. First there’s her versatility which makes her so sought-after by clients who are keen for something high-quality but original – nobody likes to feel they are getting something that’s been churned out by a creative content to stick with what they know. Secondly, and crucially, in whatever medium she is working from pencil to watercolour, the work is full of soul, crackling with emotion in an exciting rather than overwrought way.

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    Aside from proving to us, once more, that to be an artist living and working in France would be a dream come true, what this fantastic set of personable photographs also shows us is that portraits of well-known people do not have to be pretentious or necessarily high budget. The disarming thing about this series is how you can almost sense the kind of relationship self-professed-illustrator Jean-Marc has with his subjects, whether it be in their relaxed manner having a cigarette at a local cafe, or the way they are openly reclined in front of him in their sun-lit studios. What he is showing us is that if you want to make a photography series, just go and do it, and you can worry about the rest later. Inspirational!

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    Foreign Policy is a design bureau and thinktank based in Singapore who “craft, realise and evolve brands with a creative and strategic development of ideas.” And nobody could argue with that description while looking at their latest brand identity project for Sifang Art Museum. Taking inspiration from the gentle terrain surrounding the museum as well as its elegant, yet harsh architectural angularity, Foreign Policy created an identity of strength and applied it with graceful subtlety. This point in itself underpins the brand of the Sifang Art museum which was constructed with the Chinese saying “strength within gentleness” in mind.

  39. Davidortiz-list

    Recent graphic design graduate David Ortiz produces work that focusses heavily on the communication of complex information and the visualisation of data in the simplest way possible. For his research thesis he put together this beautiful series of pamphlets that explore the effect of education budget cuts in The Netherlands.

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    You know you’re on to a winner when you come across an artist whose portfolio consists almost entirely of spaceship attacks, tigers, and police chases. So onwards into the strange, yet brilliant mind of Matias Santa Maria, a Chilean artist with a particular knack for inventing new, video game-like worlds of oils and gouache like a total pro. Matias has honed his skill of depicting the perfect UFO laser beam to perfection, and his picture of a guy in shades playing pool against a tiger? Oh, yeah, that, no big deal, it’s only one of the best things I’ve seen all year. Go Matias.