1. Mark-wallinger-1

    Order, chaos, and chance play out throughout Site, Mark Wallinger’s new exhibition, which has just opened at the BALTIC Gateshead (22 June to 14 October 2012).

  2. Ir

    Um, is that world-famous model Isabella Rossellini in a distinctly home-crafted paper beard? I swear last time I saw her she was in a soft focus, autumnal Vogue shoot in the early 1990s. Times have clearly changed, and now it seems Isabella is spending her days making really quite endearing educational films about bees for schoolchildren, in association with Burt’s Bees. “Different waggles means different directions, we wag our ass and we talk to one another” chirps Rossellini, dressed in a fairly modest bee costume standing alongside two other women who, together, explain common bee-related misconceptions in an enchanting, school-play-esque advert/awareness campaign.

  3. Shop_cover-small_list_copy

    As far as I can tell there are three seriously great things about Paul X Johnson. Number one, he lives by the sea (the ocean’s great people). Number two, his middle initial is X. Number three, he’s a Bladerunner fan and his portrait of famously-stunning android Rachael is about one of the finest pieces of fan-art I’ve laid eyes on. Add to that a portfolio of consistently stunning work (ok so technically that’s four things) and you’re on to a total winner of an illustrator.

  4. Hrclist

    The British predilection for binge drinking has long been obsessed over by the national media with thunderingly judgmental editorials over our unhealthy relationship with the demon drink accompanied by lurid pictures of youngsters passed out amid the chip wrappers of a major British city (which we’re led to believe could be anywhere in the country, but for some reason is almost always Cardiff).

  5. Sound-dictionary-list

    The Sound Word Index might just be the best idea you’ll hear about all week, nay, month. It has been brilliantly realised by two Royal College of Art grads, Blanche de Lasa and Stina Gromark, in an easily navigable site with the familiar, communication-happy graphics of a trusty dictionary. But this is no Queen’s English, “aardvark” to “zyzzyva” affair. This is the ultimate reference for a new onomatopoeic and emotive vocabulary that infuses our digital messages with “an expressive and resonating language.”

  6. List

    The final Cannes Lions were handed out over the weekend with some familiar campaigns scooping the final Grand Prix gongs. Jonny Kelly’s brilliant animation for Chipotle (above) took the plaudits in both the Branded and Film categories – a perfect example of why brands should let brilliant creatives produce something tremendous and let the internet do the rest with it amassing 11 million Twitter impressions in nine days.

  7. Parkslist

    For the couple of days a year that London is treated to some summer sun, its inhabitants rush headlong to the city’s many green spaces to eat, drink, play and ogle. They become little communities of their own for those few hours, ecosystems of enjoyment that clearly play an important socio-cultural part in our lives.

  8. Tc

    You don’t get much more era-defining than someone finding 88 rolls of 35mm black and white film that have been undeveloped for over a decade and getting them printed. This is especially true when said photos are of a group of wanderers in the late 1990ss in California and New York, doing not much more than smoking and enjoying what the world has to offer, with some very sweet children in tow.

  9. Norse

    If you happened to peruse my video music blogging history, you’ll understand I’m a sucker for videos with dancing men in them. So, when my eyes caught a glimpse of this absolute beauty from Kristoffer Borgli for Todd Terje’s excellent new track Inspector Norse I had to hold on to the slippery little fellows. Importantly, the video is merely a teaser of an extract from Kristoffer’s beautifully titled upcoming short film Whateverest which I’m not sure I can wait another minute for. Come on already Kristoffer!

  10. We-are-pi-list

    This weeks Bookshelf comes from the collective mind of WE ARE Pi; a creative agency responsible for more than enough (and yet they keep coming) integrated creative solutions – notably for the likes of TEDx which, just yesterday, they won a Cannes Lion for – and who can be satisfyingly surmised by a maxim: “Ideas worth doing.”

  11. Things-list

    All of this week’s Things are publications of various shapes and sizes _ but don’t let that fool you; they contain a huge range of subject material from modernist architectural photography to Raspberry Ripples, and pretty much everything in between. Everybody ready? Then we’ll begin…

  12. Weekenderlist

    The Weekender is painfully aware of the awfulness of the humble brag – an insidious attempt by a person (often on social media) to prove that their life is better than yours (they can teach you, but they’ll have to charge) usually cloaked in some thin veneer of modesty. There’s even a Twitter account set up to collate the best examples, such as: “Why is it that every time I have a softball game someone walks up to me and says , are you on roids ! Hahaha dude I don’t even lift weights.” Quite.

  13. Main2

    David Shrigley called Amanda Vähämäki his ‘favourite Finnish illustrator’ in a recent tweet, which is high praise indeed and completely deserved. After only minutes looking through her work it is easy to become completely absorbed in Amanda’s unique world of shy humans, nature and happenstance.

  14. List

    Naples-based architect Cherubino Gambardella’s illustrations for his projects are beautifully rendered. In an age where the development of architectural ideas is largely carried out using digital technology, it’s lovely to see something so textured, layered, and varied. Mixing a variety of media, Gambardella’s images conjure up visualisations that evoke, not only the built shapes, but the atmospheres, materials, air-quality, traffic, and weather patterns of these urban environments. You get a strong sense of space and the interactions between structures, and there is also a slightly dark, sinister quality that intrigues as much as it engages.

  15. List

    I am struggling to think of a single image I have seen in 2012 that I have enjoyed more than Linda Forsell’s amazing shot of a man and a sheep on a Gaza beach. Digging a little deeper I found that it was one of several thoroughly engaging pictures from her new book Life’s A Blast which which documents her trip to Israel and Palestine in 2010. The pictures range in how explicit the political overtones are but you feel that they are never too far from the surface even when the subject seems to be something entirely prosaic. It is testament to Linda’s skill and sensitivity that she imbues this difficult subject with humanity and, at appropriate times, humour creating a series with a narrative power way beyond the sum of its parts.

  16. Jrlist

    The nature of my job here means I spend a lot of time exploring work online, perusing projects that have been sent in or jumping from blogroll to blogroll in the quest to discover something that floats my creative boat. But sometimes the laws of concentration (and optometry) require me to get away from the computer for a few minutes and it was an impulsive visit to the White Cube Hoxton Square gallery just round the corner from It’s Nice That HQ that brought me face-to-face with Jessica Rankin’s extraordinary work.

  17. Duck

    After watching some of the entries on the LoopdeLoop website I’m pretty sure you’ll never need to watch a full length film ever again after they prove to you that yes, a 15-second animation on loop can be enough to satisfy your viewing needs. LoopdeLoop is an online Australian “animation challenge” which publishes a theme – this month is “play” – and invites animators from all over the world to submit very short shorts to their site to be judged accordingly. The best one then aired to a live audience in Loop, an arty Melbourne bar.

  18. Nasalist

    I became pretty obsessed with the idea of working at NASA after visiting the Kennedy Space Center as a kid and being treated to astronaut’s ice cream (like real ice cream but in small round balls). Then various dream-spoilers (parents, careers advisors and the like) dissuaded me by pointing out that it was all very science-y and quite serious and I was utterly unsuited to this kind of lifestyle, tiny-balled ice cream or not.

  19. Zoran-pungercar-list

    Ljubljana-based Zoran Pungerčar first started designing posters as a teenager for various punk shows his friends were involved in. Since then, he has cultivated a career as a graphic designer and developed a huge interest in illustration – and, thankfully for us, posters for music gigs and festivals have remained a staple.

  20. Till-hafenbrak-1

    Cheers to Till Hafenbrak. Detailed, very well worked, and full of fun, the Berlin-based illustrator refreshes the traditional visual languages and processes of graphic design and reminds us of their extraordinary illustrative power.

  21. Marriane

    Marriane is Benoît Bohuin’s (aka BenBenWorld) newest and neatest typeface. This lovely little video will say more than I can about how great it looks in it’s infinite potential for bold, slogan-like graphics. Indeed, that is the inspiration: “headline lineal and protest writing (caps only), made of tape modules joined by drawing a typical notch.” The zeitgeist for pithy protests is ever-present and now they can have some serious design kudos. Kudos, Benoît!

  22. Khlist

    We’re huge fans of quirky side projects here at It’s Nice That and Kyle Hilton has ticked all sorts of boxes with his Paper Dolls series. When he’s not producing excellent illustrations for the likes of The New York Times he creates these brilliant templates of cool characters from his favourite films and TV shows – think Girls, Drive, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Pulp Fiction etc etc. I think they’re a clever deconstruction of the composite nature of character creation and….oh who I am I kidding you’re probably not even reading this are you? You got too excited about the pictures below…

  23. Robert-fresson-list

    This time of year makes me feel pretty festive in a way the official holidays never do. Graduate season is upon us and as we at It’s Nice That gear-up for our annual graduate showcase, it’s near impossible to ignore the abundance of post-graduate glory surfacing from the masters courses. And why would we?! Especially if their body of work is anything like the Royal College of Art illustrator Robert G. Fresson.

  24. Mvm-1

    Magnus Voll Mathiassen, having co-founded the design studio Grandpeople in 2005, left to set up his own independent practice, MVM, in 2009 and in the years since we published this news on our website, the Norwegian graphic designer and illustrator has been producing all sorts of fascinating work. He has just launched his new website with a host of great new projects including his recent Granimator app that allows you to create custom wallpapers for your iPad, producing vistas that are both engaging and abstracted. Indeed, much of his work emphasises abstraction, to varying degrees; I particularly like the variously arranged striped scarves on the Fra Lippo Lippi packaging, and take a look at his Objectified series, in which he employs an occasionally Mondrian-esque style to make abstractions of everyday objects; think of it as a quiz, and try to identify every single one!

  25. Hogan

    I can’t really explain what this animation Hogan is about beyond the obvious: 1990s fancy-dress stalwart Hulk Hogan appears to be labouring (enjoyably) under an acid-like morphing – at times a many-headed hydra that imbibes itself, at others giving the viewer a singular, relentlessly bleak stare. Its animator is Peter Millard who has been studying at the Royal College of Art and has potentially been troubled by the image of Hogan for some time – it’s the only way I can explain it.

  26. Pplist

    Nobody likes a bandwagon-jumper (and if you’ve sent the kind of “It’s Euro 2012 – help support England by buying our mousetraps!” type press release then SHAME ON YOU. Luckily the lovely folk over at Mother London realised that if they were going to do a special Euro 2012 fanzine it had to be a thing of beauty, depth and wit – and that’s exactly what they’ve produced.

  27. Canneslist

    A solar-powered graphic design project only visible in sunlight and one of the most talked about press campaigns of 2011 featuring world leaders snogging were among the second batch of winners in this year’s Cannes Lions. The newest batch of Grand Prix selections were an eclectic bunch with five projects from five different countries

  28. Omicron-list

    The Hala Stulecia (Centennial Hall) in Wroclaw, Poland, was aptly named as a celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Leipzig (thanks Wikipedia). Now, as its own centennial rolls around in 2013, AntiVJ have been commissioned to install a permeant projection map in its extraordinary, very modern concrete dome.

  29. Main

    The fact that someone producing such brilliant, varied, detailed illustrations for unexpected publications like The Globe and Mail, Canadian Business and Runner’s World could restore the faith of anyone who thinks that such magazines wouldn’t be interested in commissioning work described by its creator as “silly, gross, drippy, grungey and clean.”

  30. Ablist

    When It’s Nice That directors Alex Bec and Will Hudson were invited out to Sao Paulo to run a workshop on curation with local creatives, they were following in some pretty hefty footsteps. A few months before Anthony Burrill had been out as part of the Mesa&Cadeira programme and he had inspired his group to create a series of posters inspired by vernacular street typography. Now these posters are being exhibited at London’s Kemistry Gallery bringing the results of this unique collaboration to a UK audience.

  31. Km

    At my school there was a dark corridor that was fitted with a motion sensor which triggered a symphony of flickering lights as a welcoming ceremony to anyone who stepped on to its carpeted floors. I had forgotten about the joy of triggering this motion sensor until yesterday until this new video for Simian Mobile Disco’s track Your Love Ain’t Fair shot by Laurence Stephens and edited by Kate Moross and Hans Lo for ISO Studio. Watch like a happy moth as hundreds of clips of lights, ranging from streetlights, to Anglepoises, to faded 1970’s monstrosities switch on and off in time to the music, which probably not coincidentally has a sort of electronic current sound to it. The money shot? About 50 lights stuttering to attention in a small prayer room – beautiful.

  32. Julie-chen-1

    Julie Chen, book artist and book arts educator, founded Flying Fish Press in 1987 in Berkeley, California, and has been producing unbelievably amazing bookworks ever since. Exploring the sculptural and interactive potential of the book form, she challenges and literally re-shapes our notion of what a “book” can be, both writing and illustrating her projects, endowing both textual and visual elements with further layers of meaning by the way in which they are physically assembled.

  33. Owen-gatley-1

    Last week, our Things section featured the latest publication from YCN, Ideas Illustrated, and examining the magazine’s beautiful pages our eyes were particularly drawn to the maps of New York, London, Copenhagen and Paris, as illustrated by Owen Gatley.

  34. Kapu

    What do you get if you combine the talents of five, young, happy men in one big friendly studio in Helsinki in the very year that it has been awarded the world capital of design? Well, probably quite a lot of things, but these guys have decided to form a collective called Kapu, specialising in creating apps for children. Ah yeah, apps for children – the very words can often make people run for the hills, but that’s kind of why Kapu Forest (their debut game) has been produced. Rather than exposing children to hidden advertising and mind numbing screens, Kapu Forest teaches children about nature whilst exposing them to some 1950s-inspired illustration and a very nice jazz soundtrack. When was the last time you caught flies sitting on a lilypad listening to jazz? hmm? Thought not.

  35. Saullist

    Creative endeavour is famously said to be 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. Never perhaps has that phrase been more true than when applied to filmmaker Tomas Leach’s upcoming documentary about legendary New York street photographer Saul Leiter – made possible only after a three-year wooing of Saul and his gallery.

  36. Nathalie-sims-list

    Natalie Sims’ design deals with a whole tonne of content, placing it in interesting arrangements based on a notion, theory or even a bilateral cipher system developed by Francis Bacon. Far from being random, the effect is unexpected, aesthetically referring to online image searches and offline heavy reference.

  37. Menno-aden-list

    The effect is as immediate as the idea is simple – rooms from above, a point of view shared with the innocuous lightbulb. Not only does the lack of human occupants confuse the scale of the rooms making it hard to gauge the size/reality of the spaces, but without people these images are more would-be than out and out voyeuristic. Slickly executed, they are a fascinating, abstractly geometric set of portraits of people by way of the space they fill, from elevators and photobooths to shops and bedrooms.

  38. Aolist

    As much as we pride ourselves on our ability to uncover amazing creative talent, we’re not adverse to being pointed in the right direction and we have Twitter follower Rhys Dando to thank for flagging up the talents of Aldis Ozolins.

  39. Canneslist

    The advertising industry’s annual Cannes shindig is well under way now and with the coveted Lions now being handed out. The first couple of days have thrown up an interesting array of campaigns and creative projects to scoop the Grand Prix awards.

  40. Joseph

    Duncan Jones, Ridley Scott, David Bowie – the list could go on. Missions to outer space have inspired countless artists of the 21st Century, especially in recent years – and there seems to be be no signs of that stopping. Joseph Popper, a design interactions student of the Royal College of Art has designed and built a set simulating a spacecraft that would, theoretically, take just one person on a solo venture into outer space.