1. Jacob-escobedo-list

    Full credit to Jacob Escobedo: For his gig posters and record covers used by the likes of Broken Bells, The Shins, Gnarls Barkley and Vampire Weekend. For creative directing Adult Swim and for taking for photographs which have character cameos from Kanye West and David Lynch (exclusively, hanging out). And finally for his contributions to The New Yorker’s June issue, illustrations with a science fiction bent, accompanying articles by the genre behemoths like Ursula k. Le Guin, Margaret Atwood and, most extraordinarily, the final published piece by Ray Bradbury, released the day before his passing.

  2. Main

    It was never going to be easy to explain what exactly happened at the current Secret Cinema – purely because we’re not allowed to disclose anything. But after confirming what exactly we can tell you, I’ll do my best to describe the immersive and exciting science-experiment of a dinner that we were invited to, courtesy of Secret Cinema, and in the venue itself.

  3. Jclist

    There are times when editorial discussions at It’s Nice That HQ can get a little longwinded, when we are split on whether we should post something and debates become like a byzantine Yalta parody (little history ref for you there). But there are other sun-kissed days when we are all as one and we can open our arms to someone’s work with fraternal (sexist) accord. This was very much the case with Joe Cruz whose work had us all at hello. The freelance artist, illustrator and textile designer makes sweetly surreal posters and he also has a brilliant eye for remixing found objects with glorious flashes of colour – the proliferation of near-misses of this kind of work proves just how tricky a skill it really is.

  4. Cg

    So it’s that time again when are super proud to introduce our new intern, so come on down Catherine Gaffney. We were once again bowled over by the quality of applicants and as ever it was a really tough decision but we are stoked that Catherine has joined up for the next ten weeks. Born in Canada, brought up in Limerick, educated in Dublin (and Santa Barbara) and now living it up here in London, we wanted to get to know her a little better. She likes granola, can’t surf and doesn’t want to be in Inception amongst other things…

  5. Cjlist

    The Milan Salone sometimes gets a bit of criticism for lack of imagination but that’s not a charge that can bevelled at Christopher Jenner’s 2012 showcase The Looking Glass House. The South African-born, London based furniture designer chose this extraordinary Yayoi Kusama-inspired installation as a means of introducing his debut collection Swell. The sound induced matrix of ever changing coloured light was not only beautifully executed, it’s also a good riposte to those who want to criticise what they see as Milan’s overly commercial bent.

  6. Main

    Jumping into mud at a festival is a commitment – you’re basically guaranteeing three days of whole-body trench-foot, but, people do it, proving it can be done, and done well. Swiss photographer Mehdi Benkler knows about commitment at festivals, in that he defies the modern world and only uses film, never digital. That’s right, metres away from Iggy Pop wielding a mike-stand and Mehdi’s there changing a roll of film. There’s something uncommonly heroic about that, no? And what results! Grainy, wet, muddy, blurry shots of some of the most passionate bands in the world, performing in front of some of the most enthusiastic (and filthy) audiences around.

  7. Curtisbaigent__list

    Curtis Baigent is doing smart things with simple visual devices and a playful reuse of old school gamer/sign painter type. His latest piece of creative that he directed, art directed and designed as part of studio Les Télécréateurs is a title sting for France 5’s new archeology show “totally randomly” titled Archéologie. Aside from a bright, smart and engaging 30 second film, Curtis provides developmental shots and individual frames that prove the work’s graphic mettle by working as well as a still as a piece of moving image.

  8. Main

    Sometimes some of the best friends are those you make on a dance floor: no conversation, you don’t know what they ‘do’ or what they’re into, you’re just enjoying what they’re doing right now. Well, considering we have little to no information on anything to do with this talented Frenchman, let’s treat him with dance floor etiquette and just admire what he’s creating. Jean André – who we’ve gathered, loves his monochrome – has a fantastic portfolio of some very cool drawings and designs. The simplicity of his work has caught the attention of new companies looking for a trendy little hand-drawn logo for their websites, some student magazines, and new bands who need some very cool artwork, stat. Fantastique!

  9. Rrstill

    We’ve long been fans of Rafael Rozendaal’s digital creations but perhaps our only frustration has been seeing his talents constrained by our computer screens. Well now that’s been addressed – and then some – by an installation in Seoul. Rafael was invited to show four of his works – Much Better Than This, Falling Falling, Like This Forever and Towards Beyond – on the world’s biggest LED screen which measures 100 metres by 80 metres (an installation produced by none other than Calvin Klein).

  10. Ptc

    It’s no use trying to hide how much we all love Tom Edwards. He was one of our 2012 Graduates, we write about him every chance we get, and when we don’t see or hear from him for a while we feel a kind of unexplained sadness. Maybe it’s his strangely crude, medieval imagination, maybe it’s his unbridled passion for cats, but it’s probably just because everything he does has a magic to it that, to this day, I’ve certainly never heard anyone deny.

  11. Ml-jm-list

    Photography and art direction duo Matthieu Lavanchy and Jonas Marguet have joined forces once again for the latest Muse issue of Verities magazine. Theirs is a visual essay which, as is their way, tells a strange fiction concocted between objects and colour and set in a hyper-surreality. The extraordinary appeal in the images lies in the close association they have with meticulously observed still life paintings and/or a noir, Lynch-ian set piece. Both of which pose cinematic intrigue about the precise meaning of their composition and sequence but, for the most part, are just spectacularly aesthetic.

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    Sometimes it’s harder to write about work that you love; with each word you want to convey how brilliant it is to do it justice. I felt this seeing Grayson Perry’s latest exhibition The Vanity of Small Differences, newly opened at the Victoria Miro. It’s everything we’ve come to expect from the flamboyant artist – a visual feast of whimsy, colour, and provocation. 

  13. Mmmv

    So the heavens have well and truly decided to open herein London (you’ll know this if you live here as you’ll be soaking and miserable) but it could be worse, at least it’s not very cold. But hang on, according to this video for the Moones single Better Energy living in Arctic conditions can be really exciting. There’s salty seaodgs, expolding fish and penguins that give you massages. This looks amazing! Director Peter Sluszka has created a fun-filled few minutes mixing animation and zany footage for a bang tidy way to kick start Monday morning.

  14. Bookshelf-list

    Margot Bowman is the type of artist that brings to life and refines what’s in our daydreams. She creates work we can’t help but be drawn to and immerses herself in her field. Her colourful hand-drawn aesthetic is inviting, charming and has this whimsy about it that ushers us to join in. Her work is diverse exploring various mediums like illustration, painting, sculpture and animated Gifs among other things, making Margot’s portfolio an exciting journey into her multi-coloured mind.

  15. Things-list

    “Let me see that Thiiiing, I like it when the beat goes, like it when the beat gooooes […] that thing thing thing thing thing.” That Sisqo song was about Things right? Regardless, in his prime that man was a delight, as is this week’s wonderous Things. Euro 2012 manages to make another sneaky appearance, an intriguing analysis of archival material digs its way in, a furry and quirky album cover, a branding mag and a little slice of New York City in black and white form all come together in chorus of such unity and birdsong a musical tear is quavering (geddit?) on my cheek. So make haste and read as you’re then invited to try and remember other songs inspired by Things – a kareoke session will follow and just a heads up, Jimi’s Wild Thing will be my pièce de résistance…

  16. Weekender-list

    Football! Football! Kick the scores! Up the boot! That’s right it’s that time of every two years when we all have to go football crazy (football mad) as another tournament appears on the international horizon to mock our cruel patriotic hopes. I for one hope Roy’s boys are up for the cup in Polkraine (never heard of it) and return to these shores without having disgraced themselves (either in sporting or a tabloid way). Also I hope nobody is racist and there are no massive punch-ups, which aren’t necessarily hopes I pin just on these few weeks. Football!

  17. Jullien-brothers

    The Jullien Brothers are forging ahead happily by doing wonderful things with winning characters, costumes, sets and animations. Their latest is a heart squeezing short for the San Francisco SPCA which features a man-puppy so unfortunate as to be bred for sale on the internet. As well as being an impossibly good feat in puppetry (the brothers’ best yet) with neat editing and canny use of smoke machines, the story is delivered in a dangerously catchy song that has me singing “what a crime, what a cryyyyyme” over and over in my head and sometimes – much to the delight of those nearby – randomly out-loud.

  18. Studio-audience-4-list

    Print is dead! Long live print! Such is the prevailing confusion swirling around the print industry that we here at It’s Nice That decided it was time to step in and sort it out once and for all. So for the fourth Studio Audience podcast we assembled a crack team of Mag Culture founder Jeremy Leslie and Wallpaper* art director Meirion Pritchard to settle it. Ok so that may have been ambitious but we still had a great discussion about this hottest of hot potatoes. This weekend, treat your ears and your grey matter…

  19. List

    There’s distinct change in the the air when it snows here in the UK. Eschewing the panic that first occurs, it’s after everything calms down and the traffic stops that I like best – when all that’s heard is a chilled, fleecy wind draping itself around the softened snow-covered cars and houses. So of course I’ve been drawn the simplicity of Hungarian photographer Akos Major’s work and more specifically his series Lumen where snow laced landscapes are shot so beautifully it makes me wish for more of those snow-capped spells.

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    Apparently Euro 2012 kicks off today with Greece and Poland running around the pitch first and while I’m evidently not the world’s biggest footy fan, I am totally into these Euro 2012 posters created by David Watson at Trebleseven. This is exactly what great graphic design should do – getting people’s attention regardless of the topic it’s presenting.

  21. Bottle

    After seeing this video, I solemnly swear I will never go to a party and ask politely for a bottle-opener again. You think because you can open one with your teeth you’re pretty tough? Well, hold the phone. Skateboarder and filmmaker Chris Sumers has made a compilation of as many different methods of opening a beer bottle as possible, and don’t just think this is footage of people using the edges of tables and mantlepieces, oh no. These guys are utilising such day to day objects as slices of pizza, drills, wheelchairs and machetes to perform the simple, yet wholly satisfying art of opening a bottle of beer. That sound as well! Now go forth, and impress everyone this weekend with skills you’ve learnt from this video, then write and thank Chris Sumers for what he has bestowed upon us.

  22. Main

    Self-titled “urban-historian and photographer” Steve Duncan has a powerful fascination with all things subterranean – particularly in cities. “I try to peel back the layers of a city to see what’s underneath,” he says. “From the tops of bridges to the depths of sewer tunnels, these explorations of the urban environment help me puzzle together the interconnected, multi-dimensional history and complexity of the world’s great cities.” Realising that beneath each city lies networks of tunnels, sewers, passages and river diversions, he decided to use his photography skills and sense of adventure and try to capture it to reveal to the rest of us above ground, with fascinating results. His photographs are now used in National Geographic, and prints of his work are available on his site.

  23. Vfalist

    Debates will always rage over the merit of creative awards and the value of pitting diverse projects against each other, but at the very least they act as interesting bellwethers of the Zeigeist. This is especially true of the Vimeo awards which has the admirable ambition of recognising the very best work uploaded on the site across 13 categories.

  24. Cwlist

    It was March 2008 when we first posted top typographer Craig Ward on these here shores and we’ve followed his skyrocketing career ever since. So when the man himself got in touch to let us know is first ever music video was about to drop we were as excited as a bag of frogs being smuggled out of France. But it was more than not being eaten (I fear I’ve killed this metaphor) it was the sheer ruddy wonder of seeing someone whose work we so admire taking on a completely new context.

  25. Mfdoom

    Yes, that’s right. Funshine. Jason Jägel’s uncompromisingly deadpan use of that word sees hip hop artists Stones Throw literally clamouring to have his artwork used on their record. Well, if it’s good enough for MF Doom, it’s good enough for us. As well as creating uplifting, chaotic paintings that can only have been made by a man inspired by literally everything around him, Jason also makes installations, sculptures and some seriously intricate diorama-esque models that wouldn’t look out of place in a Wes Anderson title sequence. Be sure to check out his collaborative work with McSweeney’s and some weird and wonderful narrative images for self-proclaimed “voice of the dog” title Bark Magazine.

  26. Nfeld_ucl_list

    Swiss architect-cum-artist Nicolas Feldmeyer re-landscapes existing buildings with diametrically aesthetic materials, working into the details of structure to create unexpected spaces and surprising elisions in form.

  27. List

    The camouflage look, outside of when it’s actually supposed be used (i.e. the army), rarely works. Memories of bad music videos in the early 2000s with gyrating army printed mini-skirts and bikinis camouflaging nothing at all have sullied the idea massively for me. But never have I seen camouflage as beautiful as this! These wonderful clothes made by Kiev-based designer Masha Reva are exquisite with flamboyant sleeves and slick cuts. They blend seamlessly against elaborate and impressive backgrounds of delicate florals, close-up insects and intricate polka dots, gracefully tip-toeing the line between fashion and art.

  28. Fishlist

    The best infographics are able to take complex, nuanced and important data and present them in a clear and memorable way – looking good and communicating clearly are equally imperative if they are to have maximum impact. German studio UHS’ animation for the Ocean2012 campaign organisation is tremendous, taking an issue most people are at least vaguely aware of and rendering it in a vivid, powerful way with some lovely creative touches along the way. A fine example of this artform at its best.

  29. List2

    You don’t have to be a cool cat to enjoy jazz – well not the promotional posters for a jazz festival anyway. Designed by Atelier Martino&Jaña these posters for last year’s Guimarães Jazz in Portugal, bring together collaged animals crooning some sweet music and mismatched cut-out type to create a lovely, jumbled visual that mimics the erratic arrangement of notes heard in jazz. Teaming up with illustrator Alexsandra Niepsui they communicate everything perfectly in a way that avoids alienating those who perhaps aren’t as familiar with the genre. The rest of Atelier Martino&Jaña’s portfolio is a diverse mix encompassing a range of styles but it’s the posters that really blow our horns.

  30. Speed-of-light

    The writer/director team Tom Jenkins and Simon Sharp aka The Theory put themselves firmly in the forward-animation spectrum with their brilliantly innovative (and viral) Address is Approximate film last year. Their latest offering Speed of Light is no less ingenious in its effort to tell a good story using unique methods, this time with projection mapping on a tiny scale. Using the smallest “pocket video projectors” and some crafty, CGI-free editing, they directed a Lilliputian jail-break and tiniest ever police car chase across a random interior that sees everyday items help and hinder the dramatic race. Lovely stuff.

  31. List

    When you walk into someone else’s house for the first time it’s an odd experience. You notice how they do things differently (shoes off straightaway, no dishes left on the drying rack), and there’s an unnerving feeling that you’re intruding despite being invited in. This is the feeling I get from Sarah Girner’s The Transience of Things, a series of photographs that delves into the suburbs of Westchester County, New York glimpsing behind the closed curtains through the estate sale – the last time before the home becomes just a house again.

  32. Dora

    Rarely has a debut publication been of such high quality that it has induced such strong desires to join the club itself. I am Dora is a “publication, online visual story and a series of film screenings that explore how women’s perceptions of themselves are affected by female characters in film.” It’s based loosely on an element of Sigmund Freud’s first case history with a young girl named Dora – about whom a film, Sigmund Freud’s Dora: A Case of Mistaken Identity was made in 1979 – who never finishes her course of treatment and whose characteristics are used as evidence by feminist writers as “evidence of psycoanalysis wielding an assumed mastery over the female psyche, and her exit from her analysis has been interpreted variously; recasting her as either a victim, or a revolutionary.”

  33. Twitterlist

    It’s the little blue bird that has come to play such a prominent part in so many of our lives, perhaps then it’s no great surprise that Twitter’s new logo has caused so much discussion. The changes themselves are fairly minor, it’s lost its little tuft of hair, lost one of the tail feathers and now faces upwards as though taking off rather than pootling along as before.

  34. Gwenola-carrerelist

    Wonderful new work by Gwénola Carrerè, the Brussels-based illustrator with a Russian folk aesthetic that uses the stylistic restraints of silkscreen printing and a colour palette reserved for children’s books. Her latest poster work is for the Festival Solstice Arts du Cirque happening next week and it is an exemplar treat from a body of work that specialises in the vibrantly engaging graphics for modern musical folklorists and the like. Gwénola is a creative whose appeal covers children and adults, traditionalists and those who appreciate a good contemporary digital craft, which is very well likely down to her impossible knack for telling a story in a single frame.

  35. List2

    When entrusted with a brand as venerable as Falcon Enamelware – a fixture in kitchens dating back to the 1920s – any redesign has to be confident enough to achieve its objectives but sensitive enough not to trample on all that heritage.

  36. Main

    You know when you can’t see any ants on the floor but then you squint at one ant and then suddenly, out the corner of your eye, you can see all the other ants? Well, coming across Rosario Florio’s work online is kind of like that. In blogs saturated with lurid graphic design that’s all clamouring to be seen, it’s only the really, truly great monochrome that shines through. Not just that, but start looking for it, and you’ll see that Rosario is responsible for about 90% of the graphic design you see on the internet. Okay, that’s a little bit of an overstatement, but you get the idea: there’s loads of it.

  37. Hwlist

    It’s been long enough since we had the pleasure of posting Hannah Waldron’s illustrations, in which time her kit-like set of structural expressions have developed, even more, into a highly tangible, woven visual language that offers up a very contemporary take on some traditional and alternative story-telling mediums. We spoke to her briefly about how her work sits now in comparison to her more conventional mark-on-paper days, and the effect this development will have on future works.

  38. List

    Typography has the wonderful ability to shape not only how we see text but also how we read it, it’s there to guide us through whatever visual experience it may be with ease. It’s a bit like the encouraging nudge you’d get from your mum to let you know that it’s okay to go and run around the playground wild with your hands flailing in the air.

  39. Klist

    We’ve been fans of Milan-based magazine Kaleidoscope since its inception in 2009 but the new issue released next week looks very special indeed. Devoted to contemporary art either produced in or related to Africa, it’s a welcome addition to the ongoing discussions about the shift away from Western socio-cultural hegemony.

  40. Nieves

    Collaborative publications – almost always great, yes? This is no exception. Michael Dumontier – one brilliant half of the recently folded Art Lodge collective – who produced epic pieces of satirical painting such as these books and these Animals with Sharpies – has been sneakily emailing artist Micah Lexier for a long time now. Sending found images to one another, each visually relating somehow to the next, the style of their work bouncing off the relative pictures is a true joy to behold. Get your hands on a book if you can, although seeing as it’s published by ludicrously in-demand and consistently brilliant Nieves, good luck.