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    In August, Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons) is directing the Meltdown festival at London’s Sountbank Centre. His 12 day line-up of music, performance art, talks and films includes the likes of Marina Abramović, Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed – so clearly excellent taste. Also billed is a truly extraordinary film by director/video artist Charles Atlas who collaborated with Antony in 2006 for a live concert, TURNING, which starred 13 unique New York women as they rotated on a platform as Charles created “intimate and hypnotic video portraits which are then captured, processed and projected on a giant screen.”

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    As you may know from the marvellous graduate work being showcased on It’s Nice That for the past two weeks (see in full The Graduates 2012 here), it’s that time of year again when we have amazing work blasting through our letterbox as creatives everywhere are breaking free from the shackles and security of student-hood.

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    African super graphics, Peruvian guinea pigs, distasteful jokes and a Peckham bakery; with subject matter like this, no one can accuse graphic design graduate Isabel Gibson of following the tired student tropes of a tea pantone or some triangles.

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    Turn up the volume, pump up the jams, lights out, gorilla radio, come with us, I’ve got the poison, I’ve got the remedy, but no sympathy for the devil. Yeah you heard me, I’m coming at you with musical references you probably don’t even understand. Deal with it. What’s that, you’re completely, unashamedly confused by what’s going on right now? That can only mean one thing. The Weekender.

  5. Pictoplasma

    Inhabiting the digital age is sometimes a bit perplexing. We’ve long since moved away from a time when verbal communication was king and instead we have become accustomed to less direct ways of staying in touch with each other. As a result we frequently use :-) ;-) and :-( to express how we feel to others, which is a peculiar phenomenon. Nevertheless there’s something pretty universal about those few figurative dots that allow us to easily communicate an emotion that would require a far greater number of words. There’s just something about a tiny little face that does the job better.

  6. Maciek-pozoga-list

    Maciek Pozoga’s portraits of people are some of my total favourites. On one hand he can take on all the banality of a studio photograph (à la family portrait) and make it absolutely extraordinary with green-screen over exposures or a raw yet luxurious, painting-like sittings – which all make for great, unlikely fashion stories and editorial.

  7. Etienne-gros-list

    Etienne Gros pulls and tucks dense foam to take the form of a shapely lady minus head and legs (very like a squidgy Venus de Milo) – the result, Les Mousses, is so simple and so effective (though undoubtedly takes some skill to realise) that I’m only able to muster the singular thought of “brilliant”.

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    The northwestern European compulsion to discuss the weather perhaps arises from the fact that, in these parts, you can rarely predict it; oh, to live in a place without four seasons in one day! But it does mean that there’s always a guaranteed topic for small-talk, and Troika is generating further discussion with their tongue-in-cheek outdoor installation, The Weather Yesterday, on London’s Hoxton Square.

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    Jarred goods have never looked so, well, good. Astrid Stavro Studio, in collaboration with Grafica, has designed the labeling for these jars of Son Brusque olive oil, almonds, chillies and other delicious food ideally eaten by a pool in a shaded olive grove, but equally acceptable in a rainy kitchen.

  10. Timothy-lapointe-cascade-list

    If I had a finite number of screen-grabs left in me – in the same way that I know I can only play Allesi Brothers’ Seabird a few more times before it will cease to be enjoyable – I’d use most of them up on this one-minute-20 wonder animation, Cascade, by Timothy LaPointe.

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    We have got a lovely giveaway for the readers of It’s Nice That for today only. Our long-time friend and supporter Paul Smith has recently completed a set of seven stamps in honour of the Olympic Games in collaboration with the Isle of Man Post Office. We think they’re pretty lovely, so to celebrate we’ve got 50 sets of first day covers to give away.

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    Good ideas, especially the technical ones, aren’t always easy to explain with words and that is where Alex Walker comes in. With his precision illustration and the sensibility of a graphic designer, his all-things-considered approach means that this Nottingham Trent graduate is well placed to both display and portray information.

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    As everybody should know by now, bees have been in a spot of bother lately. They’re really not having the best time of things, either because of global warming (probably) or because we’ve stopped loving them like we used to (less likely). Sadly if they die out, so will an enormous amount of the native flora that decorates the landscapes we inhabit – not to mention we’d have no honey, effectively rendering crumpets obsolete.

  14. Journey-to-greatness-collection-list

    The most exciting thing to come out of the Journey To Greatness event, a product of six months worth of passion and process, insight and inspiration from four groups of talented graduates plucked from the University of the Arts institutions is this: The journey is not over.

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    Born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret 125 years ago, Le Corbusier’s legacy as a designer, architect and writer is one of the most influential in the history of modernist architecture. So what then, would you give as a worthy birthday present to such a man?!

  16. Deutche-borse-list

    This year’s Deutche Börse Photography Prize exhibition opens tommorrow – July 13 – at London’s Photographers’ Gallery. The annual competition was was founded in 1996 by the gallery and since 2005 had run in collaboration with the Deutche Börse Group (hence the name). It aims to reward £30,000 to a contemporary photographer of any nationality who has made the most significant contribution to photography this past year – either in the contexts of publication or exhibition.

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    I can never decide whether I find people’s photographs of food on social media sites incredibly interesting or completely infuriating. On the one hand I like a nice meal, and it’s always a pleasure to see a well-photographed plate of grub, but then there seems to be something inherently smug about people showing off their culinary skills (or their financial means if they’re in a restaurant) to the poor, unassuming people of the internet.

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    Somehow in our five-year lifespan we’ve neglected to feature the work of Harriman Steel, a design agency with a huge body of strong commercial work. They’re also (nearly) our neighbours, with their studio just round the corner from our own. Sorry about that guys; hopefully this will make amends. Suffice to say we have some catching up to do so, in order to do these lovely folks and their excellent work justice, here’s a whistle-stop tour of some of their best work to date:

  19. Maggie-li-list

    We love Maggie Li’s work. A lot. Producing illustrations on all sorts of topics – everything from geography and textile production to digital narcotics – she ensures that the content is beautifully laid out, often using soft palettes and arresting, considered colourisation. Her editorial work is particularly compelling, as complex subjects are often literally mapped out for our benefit; an awesome illustration portfolio that also teaches about sustainable architecture? Win.

  20. Vanessa-lam

    Vanessa Lam’s conceptual identity for the Center for Land Use Interpretation presents an incredibly thorough and engaging piece of branding albeit for an organisation that never commissioned her work. If they had perhaps the client would have inhibited her impressive designs, but let’s ignore that notion for the time being.

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    Toast-loving Brighton graduate Jake Evans has spent the last three years studying illustration, though for the final year of his studies he’s not really produced a whole lot of work that can simply be dubbed as such. What he has done, however, is a music video, an infomercial, a gargantuan physical blog (I believe we used to call that a diary), some exquisite pastel-coloured drawings and a few incredibly tasty pieces of graphic design.

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    There arent’ enough expletives in the world for me to describe how *************ing excellent the video for New Lands by Justice is. It’s incredible. And here’s why: The song is great, it’s directed by CANADA (who have yet to make a video that we don’t love), the special effects are more or less exactly the same as those featured in Quantum Leap and the story centres around a hybrid sport that’s an amalgamation of baseball, football, lacrosse, rollerskating, motocross, Rollerball and the grid from Tron. My words and these stills won’t even come close to doing it justice, so up the volume and watch this thing at once. BOOM!

  23. Yuko

    Quite why we’ve never featured the work of Yuko Shimizu on the site before is beyond me. The Japanese-born, New York-based illustrator has been freelancing for almost ten years now, following a drastic career change from PR to illustration in her thirties, and has worked with a dream list of clients, from big name editorial institutions like the New York Times and Playboy, to huge global brands like Tiger Beer and VISA.

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    Fashion and editorial photographer William Selden’s latest collaborative series with set designer Gary Card for Ponystep Magazine turns their combined alien eye for tone and depth on two seemingly random things; a kitten and iridescent plastic.

  25. Lcf-list

    The fourth and final profile of a UAL group of graduates to interpret the Nike set brief, Journey To Greatness, is the London College of Fashion (LCF)…

  26. Yerina-cha-list

    Here’s a portfolio of consistently strong graphic design, with thoughtfully measured information that doesn’t clutter or clump the poster layout or billboard or app or however its designer applies it. It’s is nice then that Yerina Cha, the individual responsible, studied fine art before design – it suggests that her experience with conceptual content means that there is that much more emphasis on the aesthetic experience of data, or typographic message.

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    Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (CCW) are third up in our profiles of the exciting University of the Arts London graduates to interpret the unique brief Journey To Greatness brief set by Nike. Here’s how they got on…

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    It’s a pretty bizarre sensation to experience nostalgia for something you’ve never actually experienced; how is it even possible to relate to events that are entirely alien? But that’s exactly the feeling conveyed by Ben Pier’s Teenage Teeth. A catalogue of almost a decade of documenting American youth, (and some pretty youthful geriatric characters) the series harnesses the cinematic immediacy of blue-collar America. Featuring snapshot after snapshot of events and experiences that we understand purely from the standpoint of a movie-goer (any US nationals reading this, we envy your cinematic youth), from high-school lunch halls to low-rise whitewashed homes.

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    Let me introduce Henrik Vibskov – he seems like a very cool guy, a modern day polymath, if you will. I recently came across his menswear spring summer 2013 collection, a mixture of sharp tailored pieces and jazzy day wear having a love affair with polka dots.

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    See up there, north of where the Gherkin is – that’s where we are! Well, not really… kind of. Japanese artist Sohei Nishoso’s diaroma’s aren’t quite accurate in a technical, cartographical sense, but rather represent his own wanderings around the world’s major cities. He explores these vast urban spaces, taking thousands and thousands of photos as he goes. Then, he edits them down to “just” a few thousand, hand-prints them, and cuts and collages to produce massive composite representations of the city as he experienced it.

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    Wilfred van der Weide and Timo Demollin are a young pair of designers working together under the moniker of wilfredtimo, producing beautifully bold, achingly cool, graphic design. With an approach that’s undeniably playful these young Dutchmen are building a portfolio of incredibly engaging work that makes deft use of both analogue and digital techniques.

  32. Ellie-andrews-list

    Camberwell Graduate Ellie Andrews’ Portfolio is awash with vibrant colours, powerful fades and angular characters, all neatly aligned with obsessive precision. Ellie’s striking dioramas explore inherently masculine subjects like the off-side rule and hanging about at the bookies, yet the incongruous addition of pastel shades renders these activities instantly approachable and strips them of their gender-specific connotations.

  33. Nest-list

    We last featured Jean Jullien’s work in May, but when stuff like this project comes through, in all its egg-soaked glory, we can’t not tell you about it! The London-based French designer has just completed Le Nid (The Nest) for a space in Nantes, his hometown.

  34. Jean-de-wet-list

    Look! Lovely clear line illustration with an incredible surface quality from South Africa-based Jean de Wet. In a reserved palate of one or two colours, Jean depicts epic jungle scenes, teenage prophets and mystical mud swamps in large-scale, one pager, byzantine narratives. They are a wonderful feat of foliage, architecture, imagination and characters who blend seamlessly into their environments and, for the reader, they’re a total trip.

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    Second up on today’s profiles of UAL graduates taking up the challenge set by Nike to interpret the their design brief, Journey To Greatness, is the reputable Central St Martins…

  36. Yelena-bryksenkova-list

    Yelena Bryksenkova’s illustrations are wonderful. Using pen, watercolour, and gouache, she creates detailed and beautifully rendered spaces for her characters who often appear to exist in states of meditation or relaxation. Russian-born and US-raised, Bryksenkova completed her BFA in illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010, and has since produced work for the likes of Orla Kiely, Urban Outfitters, and Random House UK.

  37. Eric-kessels-list

    Erik Kessels is renowned for his photographic collections as well as, of course, his part in operating KesselsKramer advertising agency. One of his previous exhibitions at the FOAM Gallery in Amsterdam involved him printing out every photo uploaded onto Flickr in just one day; the resulting avalanche-threatening installation inspired an extraordinary awe from the sheer physical volume that would be impossible to communicate with mere statistics on a screen.

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    Browsing through the portfolio of intercontinental design consultancy Left Loft is something of a daunting experience. Not only have they worked with more clients than you can feasibly imagine, they’ve also produced a vast body of work (and I really do mean vast) in 2012 alone.

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    This summer, Nike challenged four teams of University of the Arts London graduates to come up with a T-shirt inspired by the journeys athletes must endure to get to the very top. Here’s how the London College of Communication grads got on…

  40. Basket-tree-list

    What did the tree say when it looked in the mirror? “Geometry!” (“Gee, I’m a tree!” Geddit?) That is my all-time favourite joke – I saw it in a Zig & Zag annual in the mid 1990s and it’s been firmly rooted in my repertoire ever since.