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    When he’s not recruiting Twitter trolls to go after his many plagiarists, Bingo is taking full advantage of the “here is a ten-minute window to buy something…GO!” technique. For a small fee, Bingo will take an old – usually quite hilarious – postcard, and on the back inscribe a brief, insulting message, often containing some sort of horrible picture which is then mailed to whoever coughs up the cash. I myself have succumbed to the charm of Bingo’s Hate Mail, and you know what? The day a postcard arrived for me calling me a “Total Bastard” kind of made my week. Now he’s made about 400 of these insulting pieces of post fodder, they have been collated in book-form in a publication that Bingo describes as “A book about telling strangers to f*ck off” and has to be the best stocking-filler ever created.

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    We’ve all been there, hurriedly scrambling to fill up the fridge before heading out somewhere more important, carelessly tossing the lettuce right to the back, thus committing the most cardinal of refrigerative sins. That lettuce is going to freeze and be utterly useless to you. Foolish. But what if you could turn that frosty iceberg into something bigger and better than a wilted cluster of leaves? What if you could turn it into art?

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    Think what you could do in five seconds, not a lot huh? But that’s exactly what makes the mighty Animade’s brand new submission project – Full Secs – quite so magnificent.

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    We’re used to seeing and showcasing rebrands for any number of companies and publications but as impressive as many of them are, it’s always great to see someone taking on something much more ambitious. As part of Icon’s excellent Rethink feature (which brought us Manual’s fascinating new proposals for US road signage), Studio Makgill took on the not insubstantial task of taking a fresh look at the one industry we’re all guaranteed to be a part of – death.

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    In the second of our new Opinion pieces, editor Rob Alderson looks at the increasing must-see culture and as ever we want your comments as well, you can join the debate under the text…

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    It’s hard to know where to begin with Dan Chehade’s work – the London-based graphic designer has such a crisp and approachable portfolio that we’d be remiss in our duties if we didn’t show you at least a couple of his projects. Equally happy designing identities for brands as he is producing engaging posters and promotional material, the former LCC student has also had the enviable task of working with the legendary Alan Fletcher’s back-catalogue to produce a children’s book with the late designer’s collages and a retrospective show of his work at Kemistry Gallery. Pretty good going for a guy who’s not even 30.

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    What strikes you when you first feast your eyes on photographer Jody Rogac’s portfolio of tremendous portraits is what a cool, exceptionally good-looking bunch it is that she photographs. Seriously, if looks could kill – with their sweeping locks and chiselled cheekbones- this bunch would be a truly terrifying lot.

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    Honesty is, as everybody knows, apparently the best policy. So straight off the bat that secures top marks for The Designers Republic (TDR) and their new book Bunch of Fives. As Ian Anderson writes in the foreword: “This in’t a book about graphic design. Maybe it’s not really a book at all. It’s a self-promotional item – if you’re still wondering where to file it.”

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    There’s nothing quite like an artist who’s managed to master one of the most basic mediums and transform it into something utterly unique. Milano Chow, whose work in the past few years has graduated from tranquil, photo-real portraits into surreally abstract works of art, is this type of creative. Coffee cups, books and other familiar life detritus litters the spaces around her characters, who have that friendly, crumpled look of being over-loved perhaps by the artist herself. Plants are also a reoccurring feature in Milano’s pictures, often just hanging out in the sun with a human being, or wilting by a rainy window. I don’t often say this, but I want to own one of these.

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    Remember the feeling when you’ve come in from the cold and your hands have got chilblains, your cheeks are red and your toes are numb, but then one bite of a crumpet or a sip of sugary tea just defrosts you in the dreamiest way ever? Well, Fumi Koike seems to have latched on to that feeling and managed to illustrate it in this wonderful series of paintings. Big wooden beds, eggs for breakfast and cold hands around hot mugs are just some of the seasonal imagery featured in her work, not forgetting the brilliant collection of dog paintings on her Flickr page. So thank you Fumi, you have come along just in time to make us genuinely excited for the imminent cold weather. Hoorah!

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    Trying to draw attention to a complex ecological issue is a pretty tough brief – for some reason people tend to turn off whenever the environment is discussed, despite it being one of the biggest problems facing humanity. We don’t want to get all preachy, and we sure as hell don’t like it when other people do, but Moth Collective’s stunning new animation for WWF deals with the issue of EU fishing regulations with a delicate touch and perfect pace, meaning you can sit back and enjoy some seriously skilful simulated movement and do a little bit of green learning at the same time. Lovely.

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    Apart from making us use some punctuation we’ve rarely had reason to explore before, Cardiff-based studio Smörgåsbord also have a nifty line in eye-catching identities. Their recent work for production company Gorilla revolves around the slogan “Big and Clever” and a custom-made typeface by Joe Burrin and the results are mighty impressive, with various iterations working in both digital and print contexts. Designed to reflect the company’s “independent spirit” it’s certainly a rebrand that communicates youth, vibrancy and confidence and it’s enjoyable to explore on Smörgåsbord’s lovely new website.

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    Few clothing collections can claim to be truly revolutionary (although many press releases will have a go) but Issey Miyake’s 1993 Pleats Please can justly be designated as such.Cut and sewn from fabric that is nearly three times bigger than the final pieces, the garments are fed into a pleats machine to combine texture and form in a beautiful way.

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    The London Design Festival is predominantly about big name product and furniture designers putting their wares on display and staking their claim to the beautifully crafted throne of design greatness. But there are a whole host of other creatives slaving away to make the event as successful as it is, and they’re often overlooked. I’m talking of course, about graphic designers and the sterling work they do creating the signage, promotional material and environments for all aspects of the festival, the poor loves.

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    It’s true that Natasha Khan, AKA Bat For Lashes doesn’t have to do too much to get your attention in a video – her beguiling looks and entrancing voice do that for her. So, the formula for the promo of her new single All Your Gold could be conceived as a cowardly one – let her dance in a catsuit on the beach and watch the hits roll in. However, the grace with which director Noel Paul conducts proceedings is something to admire; whether it’s the incredible photography, amazing choreography (thanks Jorge Crecis & Katie Lusby) or the well conceived lighting, the viewer won’t leave disappointed. To the beach!

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    Ever thought about the diversity of life on our planet, the sheer number of species that have trod, flapped, gamboled and slithered across the earth in the millions of years since its inception? We have, in a passing fashion though, because dwelling on thoughts like that is a dangerous pastime that should only be approached by academic professionals in hushed libraries.

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    Remember the Olympic opening ceremony and how the lights kind of stole the show? Well, the man responsible for those billions of LED’s that brought tears to the eyes of 27million people was Patrick Woodroffe, a lighting designer who loves a good thriller. In his 30 year career Patrick has designed show-stopping displays for The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, 10cc, Depeche Mode, and – intriguingly – “existing monarchs, hip-hop performers and desert sheiks.” He divides his time between a house in Bath and a boat in London – making sure he has his prized books, some even doubles, at both locations.

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    The beginning of October has treated us at It’s Nice That oh so very kindly with a gigantic spurge in the Things’flying through our letter box, so choosing the very very best has become like something out the judging corner at Crufts. Examined in every minute detail, scrutinised for their glossy coats and checked for good behaviour, these are the lucky few that made it through and aren’t they a lovely lot…

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    “Hey, what’s wrong with you? You’re looking kind of down to me. ’Cause things ’aint getting over. Listen to what I say.” As a bright-eyed young teen The Weekender used to rush around the playground singing those thought-provoking lyrics to all the other kids, beckoning them to gather round and listen to its wisdom. But the children used to kick The Weekender in the shins and tell it to sod off. Not anymore, not now that The Weekender has a cult international following and a harem of sexy young women hanging off it’s every word (it DOES!). Things have changed. Bring it on…

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    It’s Nice That’s Studio Audience podcast is back and we’ve changed up a few things to produce what we hope is a new and improved audio offering. Editor Rob Alderson is joined by founder/director Will Hudson and Liv Siddall of the editorial team for 23 minutes of cultural conversation which sounds kind of serious but in all honesty it really isn’t.

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    One of my favourite definitions of design came from our 2011 London Design Festival interview with Wayne Hemingway who described it as being: “just about coming with ideas that make life a little bit more enjoyable, palatable or profitable.”

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    GUNMAD is Guðmundur Ingi Úlfarsson and Mads Freund Brunse, one Icelandic and one Danish graphic designer working together between Rekjavík and London. Stylistically these guys are at the very edge of minimal, striving for typographic purity and structural perfection, with no white space disturbed by imagery or text unless absolutely necessary.

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    With the world just about recovering from a summer spent being wonderfully bombarded with Olympic mania, to mention the games yet again has to take something pretty damn good. But rather fortunately, pretty damn good describes exactly Giles Price’s aerial photographs creatively documenting the construction of the Olympic site.

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    I like to talk about the weather, after all I am English right? Stereotype it might be, but when it comes to our weather chatter we do love to indulge ourselves. So when The Barbican announced Rain Room their latest daring installation to take over The Curve space, you could almost hear the meteorological connoisseurs getting excited.

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    Bit of a weird one here, but brilliant nonetheless. Art student Sari Yamagishi has politely asked groups of tourists in Tokyo if she can photobomb their holiday snaps, making it clear to them beforehand that she wants them to act as if she’s not there. The result is a kind of invisible wall separating her from the group of people, which is kind of hilarious as they both appear to be having such a jovial time. In Tokyo, where something like one in two people are tourists, Sari’s method of interacting with them and immortalising herself in their holiday snaps is charming and funny — solid proof that you don’t need an expensive camera or editing equipment for a truly successful photography project.

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    I feel the same way about Aart-Jan Venema as I would about about finding a fiver on the floor. Well, maybe not that joyous/gloating, but very happy. He’s arrived into our lives by chance, such is the pleasing nature of the internet, and is an utter joy to behold. Friendly sci-fi, forest scenes and a healthy dose of shoot-em-ups make up this compendium of rich colours and characters. In fact, that’s kind of where Venema’s talent really lies — the expressions on the faces of the abundance of people depicted in these images is subtle yet sturdy, and clearly comes completely naturally to him. Jealous.

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    “If Desmond’s letterpress typography is worth making a fuss about (which he himself did not), it must be for both truthfulness of purpose and his vital, true eye for type and space. He picked up a 500 year-old technology in its very last working years, just before it vanished into antiquarianism, and put new life into it. At the time of his death he was looking for what might come next.”

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    Taking a look at Tom Phillips’ new Menswear book, there is no denying that when it comes to perfecting the dapper look it is our elders that are the true masters. Looking fantastic in tweed and getting away with sporting the very finest of handle-bar moustaches without being labelled as try-hard or trendy, when it comes to fashion it would be wise for us to take a leaf out of the books of those a few generations back.

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    Artist Greg Eason’s latest work addresses some pretty weighty subject matter – mortality, religion, spirituality, apocalypse and anthropocene. Fascinated by the nature of time as “abstract, unstable and ultimately void,” Greg envisaged his recent show at The Contemporary London Block Universe as a “fourth dimension” but it’s a measure of his talents that his work retains an accessibility, working on whichever level the viewer chooses to engage with it.

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    The only thing I really know about Frankfurt is that its airport is massive (we once had an interminable tour round on a German exchange trip) but now, thanks to Jan Münz I can add a second entry to my mental drawer dedicated to the city. You know how much we love we good a poster but Jan’s work is really superb. Whether he’s turning his talents to music events or a university photo congress he brings a real verve and craft to his creations, and he is equally at home working on various points of the serious-silly spectrum. Definitely one to watch, and infinitely more interesting than Frankfurt Airport.

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    Songs, books, poems and life-affirming adventures have all been inspired by these previously sub-oceanic lumps of rock that we call mountains. Such magnitude! Such weight! No wonder they continue to inspire us little humans in as many ways as possible. Photographer Kevin Kunstadt has fallen in love with one particular mountain range, the Dolomites in Northern Italy and has proceeded to document the strange relationship humans have with them. It’s a truly magnificent collection of images — highlights including the farmers field on an almost Lord of The Rings style cliff face, to the children casually swinging by a sickeningly deep valley.
    Go and immerse yourself in Kevin’s unbridled passion for the mountains, now at the Oresman Gallery in Massachusetts.

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    According to the curators: “Particle physics and illustration are about to collide in the culmination of the Jiggling Atoms project,” which is quite a big ask when you consider the disparity between those two disciplines; one a rigorous scientific practice concerned with understanding and manipulating the invisible, the other a visual discipline based on narratives and communicating ideas. But the Jiggling Atoms team have been careful in their selection of artists and made a sterling job of curating a truly coherent show.

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    Sometimes collaborations are just made in heaven. It’s a matter of personal taste but to me when Bryan Adams and Mel C collaborated to make 1998’s No.3 hit Baby When You’re Gone, my life was kind of complete. Another example of a dream-team collab is the recent video for NB Studio, animated by legendary Johnny Kelly, illustrated by James Graham and narrated by Michael Wolff of Wolff Olins fame.

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    To us Brits, Los Angeles retains a mystique learned during childhood and UK visitors often struggle to square their very defined sense of the city with the sprawling, overwhelming mass of humanity we encounter. But culturally speaking it remains one of the most significant places on earth, and what better way to engage with that culture than through a 66-year-old family-run printers.

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    If, like us, you’re pretty partial to hand-crafted objects then it’s time to hold onto the seat of your selvage pants, because we’ve just come across the magazine for you. MADE is a quarterly journal from Published by Process and Hunt Studio that deals exclusively with artisanal objects, whether they’re fashioned from steel, leather or organic cream. As we plough on further into the digital age it’s reassuring to know that there are some seriously talented folks out there doing things the old-fashioned way, and MADE’s mission is to find out why they do what they do.

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    I think we can all agree that tables, over the decades, have served humankind’s needs pretty well. From eating to meeting, scheming to preening and working to flirting they’ve been one of our most enduring furniture-friends. But you know what the blighters have hardly ever done? Hosted waterscapes, that’s what, so enter iconic Italian designer Gaetano Pesce.

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    We all know that being a full-time graphic designer can encroach upon a very large portion of your life, leaving little time for many extracurricular activities. This is why we should be especially appreciative of the photography of Ibán, one half of design studio Ibán Ramón + Dídac Ballester. Professional graphic designer by day, Ibán moonlights as a rather impressive photographer, predominantly documenting the strange, awkward way that man clashes with nature, his photographs tend to be misty and speak of deserted landscapes that have not been looked at for some time. For him to bring these kind of tender, desolate areas to our attention is something we should be very grateful for. Keep up the moonlighting, Ibán!

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    When you hear the phrases “Julius Caesar” and “opera” chances are that your first thought isn’t groundbreaking contemporary art, but the Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre are famed for their daring originality and you just have to glance at the beautiful costume designs for their upcoming English National Opera production to see why.

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    If you’re not familiar with the work of Carl Burgess then here’s the 101 – Carl Makes insanely cool 3D digital and video works in which the main inspiration is web culture. Remember those glitchy vectors that proliferated the video games of your youth? Carl loves them. And stock video and photography that you just can’t quite see the use of (why ARE all these people in suits weeping?) – he can turn that stuff into a killer music video.

  40. Fennessy-list

    There’s too much incredible photography going on in Sean Fennessy’s portfolio for me to even begin to describe his work. The Melbourne-based lens-wizard has comprehensively mastered his craft and you’d be hard-pressed to find an average photo that he’s taken – even the ones of random objects make my mouth water with excitement. As a result here’s a little peek at just one of his many excellent projects; a sun-drenched champagne-infused romp around Hamilton Island’s luxurious race week. If this isn’t quite your thing then just head on over to Shaun’s portfolio site, where you’re 100% guaranteed to find something that tickles your fancy. Promise.