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    It would be ridiculous for us to post every meme we come across (bear in mind, if you will, that we prowl the internet for content literally all day) but sometimes it’s just the right thing to do. People get cross sometimes if you refer to photoshopping as an “artform” but can you really deny the sheer craftsmanship in these celebrity face-swaps? Watch gleefully as all your favourite (or most hated) male celebrities have their nice faces ’shopped onto the bodies of their female counterparts. Hats off to you meme makers, not just for carrying this feat out with such care, but also for choosing the most perfect, feminine facial expressions for each one.

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    People watching is ok isn’t it? Good clean fun, the kind of thing you’d find in a Lonely Planet guide book (“the cafe is a great place for people-watching…”). But voyeurism? Yuck. You disgust me. How dare you snoop into other people’s lives like that. It’s a tricky line to negotiate but thanks to the brilliant illustrator Emiliano Ponzi we can all indulge our nosey sides at an exhibition in Rome.

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    Get. Out. Of. Town. How does this man exist? Why has Sweden been hiding him from us for all of these years? If you ever watched films such as Flight of the Navigator or The Dark Crystal then this will most likely be right up your sci-fi street. Mirrored palaces at twilight, infinite skylines and tropical forest covered planets are the kind of settings you can expect from this absolute dreamweaver of an illustrator, and lots of it. There’s such a copious amount of work just spilling out of his brain, it’s like his portfolio is one of those streamers that once you start unravelling just keeps on going until eternity.

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    Spanish photographer Adrián Zorzano has created one of the simplest, most poetic pieces of narrative photography we’ve seen in a long time. The Sleeping Man, a collection of 16 black and white photographs, documents four hours of cross-country bus journey sat next to a slumbering passenger. As the hours pass, the scenery changes outside but the man sleeps on, with only the height of the sun on his body suggesting the passage of time. It’s a simple idea immaculately executed. Top marks Adrián.

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    There’s good and bad points about finding a mystery artist on Flickr. On the one hand we know absolutely nothing about the artist , but at the same time we can happily roll around in the enigma that is J.P. Acuña and his brilliant, nostalgic paintings. Primarily depicting a very particular, and familiar, type of suburban family life, Acuña gives us strange snapshots into homely, and often quite odd scenarios. The murky, better-seen-from-far-away paintings looks as if they have been copied from various old family snaps, but perhaps not the ones saved for the top of the television. These are the images that are left in boxes for generations featuring people doing relatively mundane things, with ordinary people you don’t quite recognise. Beautiful.

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    Even though the onset of winter is more about log fires and thermal undies than the gorgeous, brain-flippingly sweet sensation of biting into an ice cream, London’s V&A museum is paying homage to this humble frozen delicacy.

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    In this strange old world it is often the case that we owe a ridiculous amount to chance. After all, Cornflakes were discovered purely by accident (true story) and as my trusty staple to the daily trauma that is getting up, it doesn’t even bear to imagine a world without them.

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    Amateur photographer Don Hudson has been chronicling the day-to-day happenings of Michigan natives since the early 1970s, pointing and clicking at the gradual decline of a former automotive powerhouse. In the spirit of amateur photography, his vast archives of American Midwest photographs have remained unpublished and unedited for over 30 years.

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    Welcome to the best old man you’ll ever meet in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Gisbert is a German native who dug out his home with his bare hands over 42 years ago. Living a hermetic life on a Sicilian island that he likes to call Paradisola he’s had plenty of time to reflect on the way he sees the world and the part he plays in it. The fourth in a series of new documentaries from We Cross The Line this is a beautifully filmed and edited piece of documentary film-making, and arguably one of the most engaging shorts we’ve ever seen.

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    We’ve had a jam-packed year of It’s Nice That events, and we’ve got one more treat in store. Building on last year’s sellout success, we’ve been busy preparing for this year’s In Progress which will take place once again at the Barbican this December. 

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    Ed Phillips is a man of many talents for not only has he managed to produce some beautiful photographs at the ripe old age of just 19 but he also possesses the mightily rare ability to make hedges interesting. Yes you heard right – Ed’s photographs give those green prickly things a whole new lease of life thanks to his stunning eye for composition.

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    Just because you’re an artist doesn’t mean your muse has to be a person, smell or sound, it can be anything! Kimiaki Yaegashi has totally got the right idea, as she draws her inspiration from the best food in the world – pizza! Taking the inspiring pizza she then drapes it over a beautiful girl and makes her carry it around interacting with various kindly looking monsters and creatures. Sometimes the girl in question takes photos of the creatures on her phone, sometimes she sticks pizza down the back of her underwear. Sounds a little crazy I know, but have you seen how cute these pictures are? Kimiaki, make a cartoon, we beg you, a cartoon, please!

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    Vancouver-based painter Fiona Ackerman has been honing her craft for over a decade, creating playful, engaging paintings and portraits that entice their viewer with atmosphere and skill. Creating work that spans abstracts, portraits and borderline photo-real renderings of her surroundings we think it’s fair to say that Fiona has mastered her medium, and yet she’s still prepared to adapt and diversify her practice rather than resting on her laurels.

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    A bad workman blames his tools, or so the saying goes, but if you flip that round can great tools maketh the man? That’s the premise behind Samsung’s new campaign for the NX1000 camera which they have given a group of ordinary men called David Bailey in a bid to prove its skills. And with the first entries now on show on the campaign’s Facebook page, it’s time to see whether this collection of amateur photographers ranging from civil servants to teachers, hypnotherapists to something called a “stress engineer” can live up to their famous namesake.

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    There’s something tremendously fun about romping through a portfolio unsure about what you’re going to stumble across next, and Valencia-based illustrators Cachetejack are masters of this kind of misdirection. Nuria Bellver and Raquel Fanjul’s work switches from super-charming children’s books to a fabulous sex manual which spells out some of the harsh realities of the procreation process. Throughout it all their humour and excellent colour selection remain consistent. It’s clear from their site Cachetejack don’t take themselves too seriously, but the slew of impressive commissions proves that others very much do.

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    We are all a bit peculiar when it comes to our individual food habits (bite-size pieces may only enter my mouth and roast chicken must come with a helping of mint sauce, no matter how unconventional) so when David Stewart set about photographing young women and their relationships with both food and the environment that surrounds them for his series entitled Intension/Indecision the result really could have been anyone’s guess!

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    Illustrator and designer Thomas Danthony has only been working in London for a year having moved over from Toulon, France. Before embarking upon a full-time design career on British soil he’s pursued many, varied types of education and training, including furniture design, climbing rope manufacture and lighting. We’re sure he excelled at all of these disciplines, but it’s his illustration we’re really interested in.

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    Here at It’s Nice That we hardly ever get to use the phrase “mathematical and geometric treatise” but hold on to your hats because paper sculptor Helen Friel has just given us the perfect opportunity to do just that. She has collaborated with Moo’s Luxe Project to create an extraordinary set of 3D versions of mathematician Oliver Byrne’s famous illustrations of Euclid’s Elements.

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    This little 20 second short from animator Alexander Pettersson is pure visual gold. A disembodied head spins round, getting progressively more wounded while various characters and objects float past to a tuneful vocal soundtrack. We can’t really think of a reason for its creation, nor a message Alexander might be trying to convey, but let us assure you it’s an absolute delight.

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    Yeah ok so it’s a bit dark and drizzly outside but that just means we’re going to have to work extra hard to brighten up your lives for the next few months and we’re going to start right ruddy here. We’re on the hunt for our October Student of the Month, an exciting, original and engaging young creative working anywhere in the world. So why not send us your work and we’ll select the person who most floats our boat. The closing date is midnight on Wednesday October 31 – good luck!

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    Imagine you had a dream in which some of your favourite designers were all at a party. You’d be wandering around, glass of wine in one hand, vol au vent in the other and you wouldn’t really know where to start would you? A quick chinwag with Michael Bierut? Corner Wim Crouwel by the buffet? Maybe try and interpose between George Hardie and Angus Hyland to put the world to rights?

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    It’s pretty rare that you come across something and decide on the spot that it is your favourite of its kind (barring, perhaps, your first taste of a strawberry fromage frais) but it does happen. Even though a top three of anything is likely to change every now and again, it’s nice to know who or what’s in it, from sandwiches, to pubs, to dream dinner party guests. Rob Pybus has arrived firmly into our lives and has settled comfortably in the temporary top-three of our brains with his bubblegum-coloured, crowded illustrations. A recent Brighton graduate, Rob is now doing what he does best for big companies who want a slice of his very enviable and almost mystical talent.

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    Adrià Cañameras is a Barcelonian (it’s a thing!) with a typically cool French heritage. Currently in his early twenties he spends his days taking tremendously stunning photographs in the Spanish sunshine, and probably sipping the odd sangria as he goes about it.

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    There are two things you should know about Patrick Leger. Number one –Patrick Leger is an incredible illustrator. Number two – Patrick Leger spends his days musing away in North Carolina. But whereas the latter does a good job of feeding my fantasies of eloping to sunnier skies fact number one (the illustration stuff) is more than worthy of five minutes of your precious appreciation.

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    As if you’ve not already been spoilt for stunning books today we’ve got yet another fine example of printed, bound matter to get your juices flowing. This time it comes in the form of a beautiful cloth-bound hardback catalogue for fine artist Arik Levy’s Absent Nature collection. Exquisitely designed by Chicago-based Bud Rodecker, the volume affords Arik’s simplistic natural forms the space they need to translate onto a printed surface while the typographic treatments throughout the book echo the broken organic forms in the physical works. Don’t even get us started on the deboss on the front cover. Catalogues don’t get much better than this!

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    We like to think that we bring you the most up-to-date and exciting creative content out there. That you’re always being shown the very latest work available. And about 90% of the time that’s probably true. But for now, let’s just enjoy some incredible work from two whole years ago (seems like a long time ago now right?) that has particular potency now in the midst of a US presidential race.

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    When I was about thirteen I had a bright yellow record bag that I’d lovingly (and laboriously) decorated with all the logos of my favourite bands. I worked on its design for months, building on it in class, at home and whenever else I could spare the time to paint on another slogan. Needless to say I can still render Rage Against the Machine in acrylic with swift and accurate precision to this day. In short, I was always a lover of customisation.

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    This week Rob Alderson calls for a proper discussion about what creative courses need to do in order to justify the rocketing fees, and as ever we want to hear from you via the comment thread below…

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    In an increasingly crowded marketplace and with everyone feeling the pinch financially, charities are having to work harder than ever to get their messages across (although note to charities, people with clipboards being overlay matey in the street are not the way forward!).

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    Put The Times, The Olympics, Harper Collins and two of the industry’s finest graphic designers into a giant mixing bowl and it’s no surprise that the end result is pretty tasty. Commissioned by the newspaper to put together a publication documenting the very best of the newspaper’s coverage of this year’s Olympic Games, Steve Fenn and Tom Pollard’s take on the somewhat dreamy brief – The Games – is simply stunning.

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    Anyone with eyes will tell you that cycling has enjoyed something of a resurgence in the UK (the US too it seems) of late. Whether it’s the health benefits, the surge in British cycling successes at the previous two Olympic games or just the fact that it’s a hell of a lot of fun, people are taking to bicycles in their droves to navigate city streets and country lanes – although there was hardly another two-wheeler to be seen on my commute this morning.

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    You’d be forgiven for thinking that we’ve got a penchant for quirky illustrators from far-flung parts of Europe that specialise in making woodcuts depicting folk tales, screen prints of men tramping through forests and drawings of whimsical women with rosy cheeks – because we do. Sometimes a woodcut of a man sailing over a blackened sea can soothe your soul like nothing else. Honest.

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    If you’re not into football, then I can see why the whole charade of trudging off week in week out to watch a group of overpaid, overhyped prima donnas can seem downright daft. But if you are one of the many who buy into the game on a spiritual level, then you’ll love Steve Welsh’s new project Homesick. One of the by-products of the rampant modernisation of the game in recent years is that many clubs have given up their historic, much loved grounds for brash, shiny and sadly often identikit upgrades.

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    Dubai is a strange old place, where the coming together of wealth and space has led to its inhabitants embracing any architectural vernacular which takes their fancy. The resulting houses are a mishmash of styles, ranging from art deco to mock Tudor and most things in between. Photographer Hala Al-Ani has captured these stylistic quirks in her project A Typology of Houses which cleverly raises questions about the ways in which societies project their identities through their buildings, and what happens if the usual constraints of historical and structural heritage are removed.

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    As design commissions go, being asked to produce the limited edition two volume book documenting the career of one of America’s most iconic photographers must be both exhilarating and a bit terrifying. But London-based Studio Baer have more than risen to the challenge with this beautiful Joel Meyerowitz retrospective for Phaidon.

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    Ideas around urban development and social interaction can easily get bogged down in impenetrable jargon and dry intellectual pontificating but we can’t help feel that it all rather misses the point. Cities are living, breathing collections of people and what makes them work (and what makes them great) has little to do with something you can codify in a textbook.
     
    A new contest launched by Philips seems to acknowledge this truth, asking people to create Pinterest boards which demonstrate what makes their city livable and indeed lovable. It’s Nice That is sitting on the “expert judging panel” (I know, get us!) and we particularly like the  way it leaves the interpretation of a city’s values down to the actual people who make it what it is.
     
    And you can already see in the entries a wonderful diversity, of ideas and places ranging from the utterly specific to the brilliantly broadbrush, but crucially all rooted in the realities of those who should know.
     
    To enter you can create your own Pinterest board with the tag #pinyourcity in the name and add your voice to the mix. Good luck!

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    Yeah yeah, the 1960s and 1970s were great: The Beatles making every teenage girl across the nation swoon and the hippy movement making sure that rainbow colours were firmly “in” but I tell you what else was pretty great; the front covers of the Swiss typography journal Typographische Monatsblätter which are archived in their hundreds across their ridiculously stunning and all pretty comprehensive website.

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    We’re still reeling from meeting one man behind indie-cartoon favourite Adventure Time, so to keep up the theme of surreal US cartoon comedy, allow me to introduce you to yet another of the dextrous hands behind Finn and Jake’s adventures, Micheal DeForge. Michael’s been a gun-for-hire for the Cartoon Network for some time now, but in his spare hours he puts his skills to use on a whole host of other projects, from designing record sleeves to inking a slew of his own comics.

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    I think we can all agree that robots are pretty ruddy cool but this video takes the proverbial biscuit. Think about the extraordinary feat of skill and balance it takes for a person to walk across a tightrope and then imagine having to recreate that in a robot. Exactly. You’ll need to get beyond the slightly panic-inducing trance soundtrack, and as ever the YouTube comments remind us that some people are NEVER impressed (i.e. “I thought you said walk not slide”) but this is sure to be one of the most extraordinary tinges you’ll see today.

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    What may look like a clever trick repeated here in this series of photos is actually anything but. Hold your preconceptions for one second while we inform you that Daniel Kukla, the photographer, spent a solid month in a tiny cabin in the notoriously lonely Joshua Tree desert in America in order to get this project just right.