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  1. Ll-list

    They say a change is as good as a rest and having recently caught up with Swedish designers Lundgren + Lindqvist we’d be very much inclined to agree. Given their undeniable talent for producing beautiful design at a remarkably consistent rate they could quite happily have continued as they were and still had commissions coming in thick and fast. But they’ve just given their website a gratuitous revamp and the results are very impressive. Add to that a plethora of new work – including this lovely piece of branding for craft ale brand O/O – and you’ve got yourself a particularly pleasing graphic design browsing experience on your hands. Nice work gents.

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    The council always stick by the fact that a lick of paint can make a world of difference to an otherwise unsightly street, and you know what, they’re not wrong. Luis Vassallo’s got the right idea, he’s been taking photos of classic street paraphernalia and accessorising them with thick, painted pastel shapes. Funny how something so ludicrously simple can completely transform things that we pass unthinkingly every day into objects of fantasy. It makes you wonder what else you could paint on…runs away from desk to nearest paint shop. While you’re still here, check out the rest of Luis’ wonderful work – he’s the kind of person that draws on and around everything and everyone with nothing but fantastic results.

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    Woah cyclists! Pull on the breaks now because this might just rock your two-wheeled world. Think of a cycling magazine minus the pedal power protein shake fixy/non-fixy adverts you normally get and you will be peddling closer to what might just be one of the best publications we have seen.

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    Given up trying to wrench paper from the clenched jowls of a printer that has greedily hoovered up too many pages at once and then choked, coughed a bit and paused, flashing a big lit-up-in-red NO at you? Well worry not as recent design graduate from Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne Mugi Yamamoto is here to take all of our printer foibles away with his incredible new design Stack.

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    For a special Bank Holiday A Week On Monday we sat down with Mike Radcliffe, founder of top design recruitment agency Represent and longtime supporters of our Graduates programme. Having just turned ten, Represent continues to go from strength to strength but we wanted to find out a bit more about the man behind the success…

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    Desmondo Ray, aged 33 years and 3/4, enjoys peeing in the rain, altering offensive graffiti, collecting memorabilia, listening to sad music while having happy thoughts and watching old family footage, while his dislikes include the smell of burnt hair and magicians. Sound like somebody you want to know? If so that works out well, as he is (cue said voice) “Lonely, with love to give.”

  7. Weekender

    HELLO! It’s a Friday and we’re spending our time reminiscing about the time Daphne and Celeste got bottles of sh*t and p*ss thrown at them at Reading Festival in the year 2000. There’s only one video of it online, and luckily it gives you exactly what you want and more. Despite being absolutely pelted with anything any grubby festival-goer could get their mitts on, Celeste (or Daphne, I don’t know which one’s which) still grinned and said it was “cool that they were throwing stuff!” Good on yer, girls. That’s just the attitude we’re looking for here at The Weekender. Onwards…

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    Brace yourself London – it’s time to get techie. For the first time ever the O2 Campus Party heads to the capital next month for a whole week of talks, events and workshops based around the idea that “the internet is not a network of computers, it’s a network of people.”

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    Hello world. Have you missed us? Course you ruddy have; you’ve had weeks where your fundamental arts and design chat needs have gone tragically uncatered for. But breathe a sigh of relief one and all because the It’s Nice That podcast is back, condensing various stories from the last week into a hands bus-journey filling 23 minutes. So sit up straight, download this week’s offering and rejoice at the glory of pod.

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    There are a lot of surreal, hybrid forms floating about in the art world; gigantic eyes are one of the most potent symptoms. Every now and then though a collagist with an eye for the absurd succeeds in creating these images in such a way that you find yourself utterly taken in by them.

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    Benedict Morgan has got his style down. His photographs tend to have an almost graphic quality to them; pure, uncluttered product shots structured by an arrangement of building blocks on a simply lit background and punctuated by strong, unrelenting colours. His clean, sharp finish will have you longing for a time when carefully staged images were preferable to portraits of scruffy girls and roads leading into the distance.

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    There’s been a lot of talk lately about misuse of the appellation “geek,” now applied and claimed far too liberally by anyone trying to make themselves more interesting. It’s refreshing then to be reminded what true, grade A, 24-carat geekery looks like thanks to Wired digital design director Tim Leong and his new book Super Graphic. Best summed up by its subtitle “A Visual Guide To the Comic Book universe” this is a brilliant collection of infographics communicating everything from “The Joker’s Favourite Questions for Batman” to “The Chris Ware Sadness Scale” and a comprehensive comparative study of the different Marvel characters’ attributes.

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    Rather than doing what most other artists and illustrators of his ilk do and put on a nice show of their work in a gallery, Ian Stevenson’s decided to mix things up a bit and splurge his work on to the streets of London. Luckily for the townsfolk, it’s hilarious and amazing and, like most of Ian’s work, this new collection is mildly insulting and delivering mockery at arm’s length to the more culturally-inclined city-dwellers. It gives you a feeling of “Why didn’t I think of that?” especially that bin asking you to follow it on Twitter. They’re probably not worth quite as much as a Banksy but, in my opinion these are a far more worthy asset to our streets.

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    Kids these days are spoilt. Not content with their televisions, laser tag, Subbuteo and Tomy products they’ve now got iPads, iPhones, miniature projectors, virtual reality headsets and each newborn child is surgically equipped with its own telescopic micro-scooter that folds out of the left leg for seamless travel to and from school. Those grinning little blighters have it all, except that last one – I made that up. Now they’ve got their grubby little hands on the very best animators around too with Cartoon Network recently commissioning some of the world’s best young talent to produce a spot for them.

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    Recent Camberwell illustration graduate Ruta Daubure has spent her time in education wisely, leaving university with a portfolio that any young creative would be proud of. She’s a dab hand at creating narrative driven editorial illustration – images that experiment with form and scale, deftly luring you into a world that seems light-hearted at first, but quickly reveals a more intricate web of emotional complexity – and extremely proficient in a variety of print processes; from litho to Riso.

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    Fantastic observational project here from Brighton Photography MA graduate Charles Morgan Smith. Charles’ work is almost entirely inspired by the cosmos and all it has to offer, and he has spent his wise MA years using photography to filter his enthusiasm. “To the planetarium!” He uttered one day and strode off to make one of the coolest photography projects we’ve seen in ages, in which he actually got to photograph the night sky at a planetarium. In Parallel Cosmologies, Charles’ other absolute banger of a project and the one we’ve chosen to feature, he’s combed his way through every sci-fi blockbuster and photographed the director’s vision of the cosmos, collating it all in a rather sublime set of images. More please Charles, more of the same.

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    Incredibly it’s been three years since we last dedicated a post to Owen Gildersleeve so a whole host of updates is the perfect excuse to check back in with a creative who we’ve long admired. Whether it’s editorial for the likes of Wallpaper*, Fast Company Magazine or Grafia, commercial work for KPMG or personal projects based around the poetry of Robert Desnos, Owen’s hand-crafted creations are meticulous, communicative and uplifting. Let’s not leave it so long next time eh Owen?

  18. Top-2

    First storming onto shelves in 2009 and sending other biannual titles flying in a cloud of mediocrity in the process, INDUSTRIE is a fashion publication that turns the lens around on an industry obsessed with its final product. Focussing not on models, shows and glossy ad campaigns but on the stylists, editors, designers, photographers and business-types who have a hand in creating them, the publication cites itself as the first about the culture of fashion, and founders Erik Torstensson and Jens Grede have made mighty sure that only the most exciting, influential and rarely-seen subjects grace its pages.

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    Larissa Kasper and Rosario Florio are back with SO much good graphic design I don’t even know where to start. Something this Swiss duo drink, or eat, or practice out of hours must contribute to the magic they turn out in their work. Their look-book (if you can call it that, it’s more like a modern manual of good fashion and graphic design) for Christian Hersche’s Summer 2014 collection is astonishingly well put-together. My favourite, however, is Foto: Jim, Zürich which “shows the photographic work of Karlheinz Weinberger, who portrayed the homophile scene in Switzerland during the 1950s and 1980s.” Delightfully interesting and seriously beautiful to look at. What more could you ask for?

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    We’ve featured Iain Graham’s work on the site a couple of times now but always in the context of collaborations with others, so it’s about ruddy time we feted the freelance chef and food stylist in his own right.

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    Few things enchanted me more as a child than identical twins. I’m sure that all schools had a set – usually split into different classes to make them distinguishable for teachers – and the hilarity which ensued when they would recognise their interchangeability in the eyes of others meant hours of fun. Not to mention my complete awe at seeing a relationship so close and completely binding that not even having to share everything could come between them.

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    It’s a graphic designer’s job to make boring stuff look interesting, right? But what happens when the content and the design are interesting together, I ask ye? Well, obviously somewhere in the world a bluebird is born, but also you basically just end up with publications as fantastic as Astrid’s. She works as a freelance designer in Vienna where she has lived since completing her typography MA in Holland. Astrid’s not afraid to use old, chopped up images and raggedy scans next to incredibly well-designed text, which makes each and every project of hers sing like the bird that was born when she made it.

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    “My tongue is not for rusting and so my words must be harsh” – from this a huge steel tongue spills rusted in place. London-based artist Sara Nunes Fernandes’ sculpture Rusty Tongue Sticking Out exists as a powerful reconstruction of a Portuguese folkloric tale told to her by her grandfather. The story tells of a farmer who while herding his master’s sheep, shoeless, is met by two policemen. The farmer’s naked feet causes the policemen to believe he is actually a thief who has stolen the sheep and take them away despite the farmer’s reasoning. Sara’s sculpture morphs the two types of tongues – the flexible, wet tongue that flies from the mouth in retort and the rusted tongue forced into compliancy.

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    “Keep well away from animation, it’s dangerous, nasty stuff, could be catching and most definitely will leave some very nasty scars, especially on those knee caps of yours.” Terry Gillam, flowing locks in tow, cardboard ventriloquist doll on his lap, speaks out from the screen of Bob Godfrey’s 1974 DIY Animation Show. The voice throwing alone was enough to win us over.

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    Impractical yet inexplicably cool and beautiful. these wooden sleeping pods are the fixed gear bikes of the furniture design world. Designed by Australian design collective SIBLING, these cosy little “transient dwellings” are the sort of place you may want to conceive a child in, or perhaps embroider a quilt. Perfect, also, if you live in one of those big trendy warehouses and you want to separate yourself from your frantically copulating or raving housemates. Great example of a nice idea being made into something real and smile-inducing.

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    I know you all probably think I’m quite a slick arts journalist type who embodies sophistication (ha!) but at heart I’m pretty simple. Maybe that explains why I am so drawn to this project On A Wednesday like a moth to a sexy lady moth. It’s the work of Dave Dawson and Bekka Palmer, who were moved to try and answer the fundamental question: “There are a lot of people out there. What are they all doing?”

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    This week editor Rob Alderson extolls the virtues of the UK’s most creative city. As ever you can add your thoughts using the thread below…

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    At the moment here in the It’s Nice That studio we are hard at work putting together the Annual 2013 featuring some of the most interesting and exciting projects we’ve featured over the past year. What’s that? Oh, it’ll be out probably early December. Sorry? Yeah it would make the perfect Christmas present, good point.

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    We’ve had a lot of smoke on the site this week, but there’s always room for more. Look at how Michał Grochowiak has set up this shot (above) so the coach looks as if it’s about to drive slowly into the dark depths of hell, how cool is that? He’s also got a brilliant series entitled Breath where he’s photographed puffs of smoke in quiet, empty rooms to create a haunting and pretty murdery atmosphere. To see that the subjects of his portraits often look faceless of in pain as well suggests that Michał’s got a bit of a dark-side, but that’s absolutely fine with us – we’ve seen enough happy, summery pool photos recently to last us a bloody lifetime.

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    Dumbbells made of mayonnaise containers, a crocodile-lilo created from empty detergent containers or a tea-bag lamp anyone? These were just some of the eye-popping pieces on show at Unilever’s recent Reform exhibition where they worked with our sister agency INT Works to challenge a host of creatives to turn everyday products into something new and inspiring.

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    We were definitely wowed the first time round by Bryan Olson’s surrealist collages, so when we clocked that he’d updated what was an already admirable collection of work, we were the first to demand a leg-up onto his bandwagon. The latest additions to his bizarre compositions are largely concerned with gems and planetary matter of all shapes and sizes and preferably with tiny little people gazing up at them, awestruck. It’s an absurd world that Bryan has fashioned, scissors in one hand, Pritt-Stick (maybe) in the other, but his excellent execution allows his images to take on a startling reality. So much so that you almost feel like you’re watching a retro 1970s science documentary…

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    It’s called CAFO or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, the process by which animals born for mass consumption are placed in confined space and fed copiously to fatten, to become a tasty morsel for human mouths.

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    Our friend-crush on illustrator extraordinaire Kyle pellet has been an enduring one and, like all good, potentially unhealthy but nevertheless self-perpetuating friend-crushes it shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.

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    Never one to follow the crowd that Miuccia Prada. On first watch, Real Fantasies, a short produced with long-term collaborator AMO to advertise the Fall Winter 2013 collection, looks like nothing short of a bad dream about a dystopian society which has been thrown into a time-warp and then emerged the other side only to be cut into tiny pieces and stuck back together again. What’s more, it’s oddly transfixing. The disjointed music, two-dimensionality and surrealist influence all come together with an absurd kind of harmony which shows the collection in its absolute best light.

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    SUCH a good Bookshelf from illustrator Ben Newman here on this wonderful Tuesday afternoon. If you know Ben’s work, you’ll immediately understand how this truly beautiful collection of books has inspired his unique visual approach to illustration. Slightly retro and meticulously skilful in the printing department, I often think Ben could have time-travelled to earth in a 1960s spaceship to bless us with his creations. Did that make sense? I hope so. Here he is.

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    Over recent months we seem to have attracted more and more readers from Sydney and Melbourne but we don’t cover an awful lot of work from Down Under. It was a pleasure then to come across these really impressive new updates from Zé Studio in Sydney, set up by Joe Tarzia in 2011. In their online blurb they pin their design approach as “leaving no excess” – and this stripped back philosophy is easy to identify across their portfolio.

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    The tote bag became big when we gave up on the idea that we’d one day get around to using all of those plastic bags that were stuffed inside one another and lodged in a drawer. Less of an eyesore, totes came swaggering onto the market to couple with illustrators, designers, artists and record labels. The tote bagged them all and we loved them for it, so much so that they began to stack up, hidden guiltily beneath coats in their plenty, savoured by their users as fashion statements, edging dangerously close to the passé.

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    These objects are so wonderfully annoying in their uselessness that you stand before them, making them functional – “If you only hit with the side of the bat, you’d miss the hole; perhaps you could smack the dough rather than roll it,” but in truth it’s just not going to happen.

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    The unlikely combination of a coastal resort in Kent and arguably the 20th Century’s most influential artist came together in spectacular fashion for a creative project like no other.

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    Predictably, the beautifully-curated visual resource Intelligent Clashing – a blog which places images together into a seemingly neverending stream of shapes, colours, textiles, patterns and prints which all share some kind of resemblance to the image which precede them – translates perfectly into an equally well-curated publication of the same name, subtitled Something Tremendous Has Happened.