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  1. Rookie

    Oh wow, oh wow, oh W-O-W! The moment the Rookie Yearbook came through the door of It’s Nice That it created an absolute squeal-fest. For any of you out there who haven’t heard of Rookie, please read the interview with some of its creators, then go to the website and gorge (gorge!) on some of the most interesting, intelligent, hilarious articles and features written by girls about being a girl.

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    Recent Chelsea graduate Nathalie Guinamard is interested in how our memories and identities are shaped by the physical spaces we live in and the tangible objects with which we surround ourselves. Her work has evolved over the past few years but her fantastic latest updates see her add blocks of gouache to images of interiors from the 1950s and 1960s.

  3. Nolayoutlist

    We like supporting things that are great, in fact that’s pretty much what we’re all about. So we’re absolutely loving the effort that No Layout have gone to in promoting the very best of independent magazines and publications in the fine art and fashion fields. The website showcases and sells a huge variety of output from the independent printed press, from the numerous publications of It’s Nice That favourites Nieves to lesser-known titles like Slasher fanzine, Daddy, Cold War Zine and Contemporary Dude Theory (one of the best titles of any magazine we’ve come across). The whole enterprise is 100% not-for-profit meaning the publishers take all the proceeds for their work and the No Layout team get to feel incredibly good about themselves and their wonderful labour of love.

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    Oooooh isn’t this a treat for your bleary Monday afternoon eyeballs? Stop wanting to die for just a minute and literally gorge on this outstanding installation and painting work from Katharina Trudzinski. We’ve talked in the past about wondrously positive effect a parquet floor can have on artwork in a room, but I think in this case it’s safe to say that Katharina’s work is stealing the show. With an extraordinary knack for a palette and a wild technique at producing 3D collages like absolutely no one else, if you ever get the chance to see her work in the flesh, don’t miss out.

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    If you, along with pretty much the entirety of the human population, think Beyonce is the epitome of cool, then take a moment to consider Beyonce embroidered. Yes embroidered. For whilst we can all appreciate Beyonce’s goddess-like attributes, her mane of glossy hair and those oh-so-slightly risque dance moves, it is artist Inge Jacobsen’s woollen additions that make Beyonce’s aura of cool enter a whole new level.

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    As marketing hooks go it’s a humdinger – Samsung are so convinced that their new NX1000 camera can turn anyone into a world-class photographer that they’ve launched an unusual hunt to prove it. Their team is on the look out for 200 namesakes of iconic photo legend David Bailey from across the UK to take part in a host of photography projects and the results will then be displayed on the brand’s Facebook page.

  7. Hvs

    The wardrobe is a tool often used in fiction to convey a sense of magic (Narnia), terror (The Others) or even a time travelling portal (Time Bandits). Artist and sculptor Hannes Van Severen is joining the ranks of creatives who have been inspired by this ubiquitous bedroom object, and has transformed a collection of wooden wardrobes into fantasy objects. Hannes says of his work that he “deprives the object of its original functionality and allows its aesthetic value to prevail.” In order to really feel what he’s making, you’ve got to let your mind go and allow him to reintroduce this object we know so well as something entirely different.

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    The “back to the land movement” families and communities of modern America are some of the least-documented elements in the make-up of modern capitalism’s heartland. Their rejection of contemporary technologies and lifestyles in favour of a more natural, perhaps primitive, existence is so at odds with the USA’s ideals and objectives that you’d struggle not to be fascinated by the manner in which these extraordinary folks choose to live.

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    Time can be a tricky concept for creatives – too much of it and it suggests you’re underemployed, too little and it’s a race against the clock to make your difficult deadline. To promote the launch of their new range of watches, Uniform Wares commissioned 12 graphic artists to produce a print inspired by a certain hour that has a significant place in their work.

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    There’s something about boxing that has long beguiled creatives – maybe it’s the purity of the sport, the complex and hard-to-relate-to reasons that draw people into the ring and the balletic rhythms so paradoxically present in such a brutal context. For its new issue, Port magazine has commissioned filmmaker Anthony Austin to create this beautiful, moving and moody film on the Fitzroy Lodge boxing gym under Waterloo station. Made in conjunction with Mother, it’s a visual feast of a five minutes, shot with a care and precision that make it really stand out.

  11. Eftlist

    A few Monday morning blues around? Need something playful, fun and great-looking, to lift your spirits? Well, look no further than the Hvass & Hannibal. We’ve been huge fans of Nan Na and Sofie’s work for a while and we love how the Copenhagen-based duo are able to produce top quality work across a range of mediums.

  12. Sufjan

    There are many reasons to crave the wonder of New York City, and thanks to acclaimed singer songwriter Sufjan Stevens there’s now one more. Not content with being hailed as one of his generation’s finest, Sufjan has more recently taken it upon himself to pen some music for Opera Year of the Rabbit, being shown at the New York City Ballet from October. In celebration, Yoonha Park has made this beautiful little promo that both makes me want to feel sand between my toes, and ballet in my eyes. Get there if you can.

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    Barcelona-born, Berlin-based illustrator Alba Vilardebò certainly knows the way to our hearts. Her portfolio is bright, playful and at time disarmingly silly but none of that should mask her talents, built on sublime confidence with colour and composition. I really like her weird map work but it’s the Welcome to the Carnival series featuring a skipping flamingo and a penguin on a scooter that really floats my boat.

  14. Kev

    Could this be one of our coolest bookshelves yet? Here we have Kev F Sutherland, the man behind some of our most loved comic strips including The Beano’s _ Bash Street Kids_ and Roger the Dodger, not to mention his work for Red Dwarf’s Smegazine, Marvel comics and the Funday Times. As well as having one of the coolest back-stories in comic book career history, Kev has since been touring the country teaching youngsters how to create their own characters and strips in his Comic Art Masterclasses. As well as all of that, he’s also a pretty well known comedian! So what has Kevin got on his rather beautiful bookshelf? War and Peace? A to Z of barcodes? Nope, you guessed it, it’s a lot of very good comics.

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    Roll up roll up, Things is here and this week, oh my isn’t it a mighty one!? With little yellow zines, fantastic magazines, paper posters, huge posters and one lovely paper, grab yourself a coffee, sit back and get ready to be wowed….

  16. Weekenderlist

    And so The Weekender sent down some tablets onto which were scribed the Ten Commandments of Weekenderism. 1. Be nice. 2. Be creative. 3. Make coffee sometimes. 4. Do exercise. 5. Don’t be a ruddy idiot. 6. Smile. 7. Sing. 8. Laugh until you snort. 9. Laugh at other people for snorting thus exacerbating their laughter.10. Read The Weekender EVERY Friday and tell your pals about it. And the people rejoiced and made a massive statue out of fudge in celebration. here ends the lesson. Boom!

  17. Bflist

    When things get political in the art world sometimes it can get uncomfortable – the work is so drenched in hidden messages that it’s like playing hide and seek with a mountain. So it’s a relief to gaze upon the work of Akram Zaatari who manages to pass comment but deal with it in such an intimate and close way, you feel much more informed about the world.

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    Architect Akihisa Hirata was part of the Japanese pavilion that just won the top prize at the Venice Architecture Biennale, but rather than shoot off on a champagne-fuelled celebratory speedboat tour harassing gondolas, he’s headed to London for his first international solo show.

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    There’s always a project like this at The London Design Festival but it’s rare the names involved are this fantastic, and the results so good. Bench Years at The V&A is a series of one-off benches designed by the likes of Barber Osgerby, Martino Gamper, Konstantin Gric and Felix de Pass, one for each year LDF has been running.

  20. Pnylist

    Paris and New York, New York and Paris – a tale of two cities, of two sets of values and two manifestations of the city spirit. You may remember back in April when we featured Vahram Muratyan’s stunning book of illustrations setting the city’s sights, sounds and smells against each other, well now Tony Miotto has created this fantastic animated version of this trans-Atlantic head-to-head. If you see a finer abstract illustration of a hot-dog this week then you’re probably wasting your life.

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    While you might well consider yourself inventive when it comes to food I bet you anything you have never considered turning cauliflower into a bobble hat or indeed broccoli into a handbag. But then again that is where you and artist Fulvio Bonavia probably differ.

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    If you’ve ever whiled away time (in a coffee shop or solicitor’s office say) by trying to draw the perfect circle you’ll know how ruddy frustrating it can be (damn you last minute bump!). But hang on, it turns out there’s a theory that it’s an impossible task to even create the perfect circle in this world as some outside influence will always distort it however minutely.

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    I once saw a lady drinking beer on the street in the sunshine with no shoes on, having a laugh to herself and the occasional sing-song. Crack addiction aside, that lady was pretty happy and free to do whatever she pleased on that sunny day and I’m not afraid to admit I was jealous. This feeling swept over me once more when I was reintroduced to Brecht Vandenbroucke and his hilarious, gaudy pictures that I would give my right arm to be able to draw all day. Yes you big shot painter, you may be making thousands of pounds on portraits of the rich and famous, but have you seen what Brecht’s doing? Oh, only drawing wolves’ heads in the sky, cars doing wheelies, fat people pushing gym equipment up escalators, and people crying with joy over naked ladies. Something about the quality and the content of Brecht’s work reminds you that you can literally do whatever you want, as long as you do it well.

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    European Union border agreements might not be the most obvious starting point for a design showcase but when you think about it they have been integral to the new generation’s creative education. With such free movement between European countries, designers have been able to absorb different cultures and approaches far more easily than their predecessors, boosted by exchange programmes like Erasmus.

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    Before John Delaney launched himself at full force into taking phootgraphs, he spent the best part of 15 years working as master printer for photography icon Richard Avedon. No biggie.

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    As a statement of design intent, Teo Connor Studio’s is as pure as they come: “We produce good-natured, useful design so that the world around looks better.”

  27. Veralist

    Amid the more traditional offerings at the London Design Festival there are always more intriguing options for those willing to seek them out. At last year’s festival Kirsty Minns and Érika Muller hosted a show in which they invited a group of artists to respond to 31 photographs of an unknown girl and her family found in a Brighton junk shop. What they developed was a beautiful and oddly nuanced biography of the mysterious Vera.

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    Upon visiting Liverpool, artistic group Superflex were struck by the enormous amount of To Let signs draped all over the buildings. In a city where constant regeneration is contrasted with a huge amount of available space and a lack of demand, the To Let signs have become a staple aesthetic of a city caught in quite a strange phase – Liverpool is balancing social difficulties with real cultural clout. Superflex’s hand-painted To-Let signs speak of hard-work in the city’s industrial history and of logos and letting agents’ signs that have become a part of day-to-day life. Shown in the fascinating space of the Cunard Building, one of the historic Three Graces of Liverpool, the works are given a spacious context in which to be rethought.

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    With only 24 hours to go until Here, we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at some of the treats we have lined up for the day. As well as providing a show-stopping schedule of talks from world-renowned creative practitioners, the Royal Geographical Society will be playing host to a number of live elements curated by us throughout the day.

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    When it comes to collaborations, London Design Festival tends to attract the best of them. And with Seven Dials, Dezeen and Covent Garden’s shopping village coming together to showcase the work of seven talented designers as part of LDF, this mighty collaborative effort is well work a look.

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    Queuing up for Bompas & Parr’s much talked about new adventure (project doesn’t ever quite do them justice) it seemed odd to be watching the cast of Made in Chelsea plus many other not-quite-recognisable celebrities being chauffeured in before the rest of the baying crowd. What used to be two men on a mission to blow the minds of the unwitting public using large quantities of jelly and booze are now some of the most sought-after food artists on the planet (which may explain the arrival of the celebs).

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    In a world so cluttered with chaos, sometimes a little bit of simplicity does us all a bit of good. Luckily that’s exactly what graphic designer Elana Schlanker does best and with her portfolio practically bursting at the seams with stripped back, clever designs, it is clear that she is an exceptionally talented lady.

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    The London Underground map is often held up as one of the pinnacles of beautiful, accessible, urban graphic design but spare a thought for the Tube’s other ubiquitous visual symbol, the Roundel (the blue line bisecting the red circle to you and me). Long has it been overshadowed by its mappy cousin but maybe no more as a new book has challenged 100 artists to re-imagine the Roundel.

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    One of the lesser-mentioned aspects of social media is its tendency to bring out people’s puerile side – you only have to see the hilariously juvenile status updates people feel duty-bound to add if their friend leaves a Facebook account open.

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    Last night D&AD held its glitzy 50th birthday celebration in London where some of the biggest names from design and advertising came together to celebrate their craft. It’s fair to say that the organisation can split opinion but with a collection of design sirs among the luminaries present – Frank Smith, Jonny Ive and Paul Smith – as well as Lord Puttnam there’s little doubt that it has a place in the UK’s creative heritage.

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    Glancing your eye over new artwork it is almost second nature to categorise it into a mental folder – there’s a drawer for illustration, a drawer for painting, and a little drawer in the corner for really really weird stuff right? But what makes artist Koen Taselaar extraordinarily cool is try as you might you can’t possibly put one single label on his work. Creating drawings, illustrations, collages, sculpture AND beautiful typography, Koen Taselaar can only be described as a master of all things creative and if you thought quality would inevitably differ between medium you couldn’t be more wrong.

  37. Damain

    Hailed as the highlight of the Liverpool 2012 Biennial, Doug Aitken’s latest venture into the depths of interviewing is one of the most magnificent acts of cinema the artist has ever produced. No stranger to the act of conversation (see his past projects Patterns & Repetition and Broken Screen: 26 Conversations with Doug Aitken) Doug has hand-picked a selection of who he feels are some of the most important creatives working today and asked them: “What is the source of a creative idea? Where does it start and how is it realised?”

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    If there’s one thing we love more than really beautiful poster design, it’s really beautiful retro poster design. And we are able to feed our insatiable appetite for this kind of graphic design thanks to a fascinating project celebrating an east London legend. Chats Palace in Homerton, Hackney, was originally a library but after that closed it was claimed by the local community as a social and cultural hub that supported music, comedy, theatre, dance, carnival, disability arts, photography and other programmes.

  39. Mdlist

    Anyone mediating a major international conflict should just give illustrator Marion Deuchars a call because her work is so ruddy charming I’m confident it could disarm even the best of enemies. In last week’s Things we praised to the high heavens her new book Let’s Make Some Great Fingerprint Art but the treats just keep on coming thanks to this beautiful short trailer.

  40. Oplist

    It may be at the second time of asking as this has been around before but there was literally no way we couldn’t post this amazing Ostrich Pillow by Key Portilla-Kawamura and Ali Ganjavian. I am blessed in that I can fall asleep literally anywhere thanks to a teenage holiday when I learned to sleep in essentially nightclub conditions in the caravan we were staying in, but if you aren’t so lucky then this is definitely the product for you. Shut out ambient noise and light and joy 40 winks anywhere, all the while looking both cuddly and futuristic – what more could you ask for?