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  1. Matmaitland-list

    Phwoar, hello Mr. Maitland! The full-time creator of luxurious collage has just (well, fairly recently) completed a series of editorial pieces for HERO magazine that take high-end luxury goods and place them within a sea of garish American junk food. There’s Cartier nestled among frosted donuts and cola, Versace rubbing shoulders with some pretzels and a pair of Prada shades straying dangerously close to a Butterfinger and some Pop Tarts (never get junk food on your Pradas kids). In typical Maitland style the images are a heady visual treat, rich with garish colours and punctuated with glaring camera flash. Kraft mac and cheese has never looked so suave.

  2. Yanyan-list

    Yanayan Huang has the excellent fortune to be based between Florence, Italy and California, US of A. The inter-continental artist produces an array of craft-based work, from delicate ceramic pieces to giant works on paper and textile design. Throughout all of her portfolio however, one thing remains consistent: Yanyan’s delicate sense of tone, line and colour. She applies the same care and attention, tonal sensibilities and style of line to all of her work, using abstract drawing as a creative starting point with which to generate a whole range of concepts. Beautiful, thoughtful work from a talented young practitioner.

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    Alright you rowdy bunch, pipe down. You there, at the front, sit down and stop pushing the guy next to you. There’s room for everyone. And you there, hovering at the back, come in or get the hell out. This is a serious business. And YOU, yeah you. You seem cool for a naked chick in a booth. Let’s be pals some day. Anyway, don’t get a nosebleed, don’t get upset, we can’t be naked and famous just yet. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.

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    IT’S HERE! After an exceptional run of freshly-graduated talent, our impressive spree of competition winners has come to a natural end. Don’t fret, though – we still have our very last winner to offer up to your eyeballs before the curtain falls.

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    Personally, as soon as I hear the words 3-D printing I slip briefly into a coma. But when I heard the words 3-Bee printing, well, that’s a whole other kettle of fish. In this extraordinarily well-shot promo film for golden booze makers Dewars Whisky, the clever chaps have brought together one of the world’s best beekeepers, a sculptor and 80,000 bees to create a pretty outstanding project. Watch art and science make beautiful sculpture babies in this wait-for-the-money-shot work of genius.

  6. Type-list

    It’s been a little while since we posted this really useful design resource (two years in fact), but we’ve been massively impressed by the offerings of pay-what-you-want type foundry The Lost Type Co-Op, and their ever-increasing selection of fonts. The website offers a huge range of meticulously designed fonts that can be purchased for as much or as little as you’re prepared to pay. It’s an interesting model that encourages fairness in terms of usage and cost and, we’d hope, is rarely the victim of any abuse. It also allows budding young designers with zero budget to experiment with fonts outside of the Adobe standard package without breaking them financially.

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    Jaak Kaevats has some ludicrously interesting ideas. As part of his MA thesis which considers the way electric sensors and algorithms see the world, the interaction designer has created this Street-Scape project, a contextual visualisation of an urban environment which effectively depicts five minutes in the life of a street.

  8. Cruz-list

    In the year that’s passed since we last featured Joe Cruz he’s been flat out producing a veritable shed load of sweet illustration (that’s slang sweet not cute sweet). Armed only with found photos, photocopies and a fistful of chalk and oil pastels Joe’s been scribbling his way through a massive number of subjects, from vintage Vogue covers to simple still-life vases and a stunning selection of frantic jazz musicians amplified in their movements by his swift, scratchy lines. There’s not a picture around that couldn’t be improved by a wave of Mr Cruz’s brightly coloured hands. Lovely stuff.

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    It’s not exactly weird that Interview Magazine have done a cracking photo shoot for one of their famous Q&A’s, it happens so frequently that it’s almost taken for granted. In this particularly spectacular shoot, photographer Craig McDean has managed to get Thom Yorke into a room and capture the man himself doing what he does best — being simultaneously, effortlessly beautiful and weird. Compared to the borderline-hysterical photoshoots from the 90s which managed to capture the band’s cool, moody status, this more grown up look at Thom Yorke is a perfect series of portraits of one of the most influential men in the history of music, and it’s all down to the incredibly clever Craig McDean. Check out the rest of his star-filled portfolio over on Art + Commerce

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    When Go Itami got in touch to update us with some new work my tongue fell out of my mouth like a puppy leaning out the window on the M4. There is something absolutely magical about each and every one of his photographs. How can he make a cityscape seem utterly silent? How can he play with light in such a way that it’s almost as if he’s a puppeteer up in the clouds? I have no clue but, he does it.

  11. Schuurman-list

    There’s few people out there in the creative world who understand print quite as well as Michiel Schuurman; the man is a master at producing fiendishly complex typographic posters and then turning them into laboriously screen printed final pieces which he prints all under his own steam. Ten, 20, 30 colours, mixing colours on screen, printing rasterised images so small that the pixellation barely registers on the final print – this guy does it all, like an ink-slinging maverick. Pleasingly he also does it with phenomenal results. The vibrancy of Michiel’s posters in the flesh is nothing short of incredible and puts many a giclee-reliant illustrator to shame. It’s good to get your fingers inky, particularly when the results look this ruddy good.

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    Nicolas Feldmeyer’s photography is quiet in the same way that an ancient ruin is; uncluttered, the images seem almost to echo with an energy which has previously rushed through them, shaping the environment into what it is and then leaving Nicolas uninterrupted to capture it.

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    And so we’ve almost reached the final curtain for our Graduates class of 2013, with just two more young talents to introduce to you. But turn that frown upside down dear reader because there’s no let-up in quality, as proved by penultimate graduate Charlie Patterson. Having studied graphic design at Chelsea, Charlie has a predictably good grounding in the fundamental skills, but where he really stands out is through his playful and interesting ideas.

  14. Sangra-list

    We’ve all been there, arriving at a hotel for an every-expense-spared, luxury-free holiday bought with some newspaper coupons and a pocketful of spare change only to find that there’s no mini bar, the beds are wrapped in plastic and you can practically see through the walls into the next room. Before you know it your profanities are being overdubbed with white noise, your genitals pixellated and obscene hand gestures blurred beyond recognition. Alright, so that doesn’t happen in the actual real world, but it does in Danny Sangra’s. Watch and learn…

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    Five-finger-fountains at gigs are no new thing, back in the 60’s the girls blew chunks even at the sight of Ringo’s little face behind the drums. With that in mind, it is usually the audience who participates in the chundering, be it brought on by extreme fandom or one too many warm ciders downed before you join the queue. To see prolific stage-dwellers with neon, gunky vomit pouring out of their mouths onto their microphones is a rare thing in the flesh, so luckily here’s Pablo Iranzo with his Epic Pukes series. There’s not much to it really – he’s just drawn vomit onto photos of musical icons – but you can’t deny its simple, genius and slightly nauseating appeal.

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    Ronan Keating is a wise man. Sometimes people really do say it best when they say nothing all. Take this wordless animation about a boxer by recent Kingston graduate Joe Sparkes. It’s one of the most beautiful, affecting, quietly sad little pieces I have ever seen – the simple tale of a man at odds with the world’s expectations of him. It looks great, there’s a tautness to the storytelling and Joe steers just the right course between poignancy and sentimentality. The shoulder drop near the end absolutely did for me. I’m excited to see more from Joe in the future.

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    We last come across Belgian graphic designer Vincent Vrints last December when we were instantly sucked into his colourful world of prints and posters, and looking back over the most recent updates in his portfolio convinced us that he’s in this for the long haul. A look at his new work reveals the same trendy experimentation with form and type, but in a seemingly more grown-up fashion, playing with a more painterly technique and a pop-art half tone. What’s more, its still shows a rainbow spectrum of colour, which we’re not ashamed to admit sucks us in like moths to a halogen light bulb.

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    Great ideas are all well and good, but the creative process relies in no small part on the ability to sell those ideas to others (Stefan Sagmeister always says his mentor Tibor Kalman was a master at this). I Owe Youth is a four-person east London-based film collective who work between fashion, music and documentary and are well aware of the importance of this side of the equation.

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    Alyssa Dennis draws dream houses – the kind that pile floors and floors on top of each other and pop windows where windows would never be, in a way that makes you resent your dull old run-of-the-mill top-floor flat. Her incredibly intricate architectural drawings, created usually with graphite and ground pigment, places fantastical ideas and sold theoretical knowledge side-by-side to create the magical juxtaposition, sometimes even adding earthy foundations at the very base of her constructions to make them appear to be ethereal towers which have some how grown straight out of the ground.

  20. Akum-list

    Right now we’d be lying to you if we said we were feeling the summer vibes in the studio. We’re really not (plus we hate the word “vibes”). We love the sunshine strolls and the afternoon ice creams but we’re not too enamoured with the torrentially sweaty backs and musky body odours that have become more prevalent here of late. Sorry if that’s a buzz kill but that’s just how we’re feeling – we’d really rather just be outdoors. One guy who’s taking our mind off that at the moment however is artist Fredrik Åkum, a Swedish painter and photographer whose work is overflowing with a sunny disposition.

  21. Opinion-list

    This week the debate over interns has raised its head again with two very different contributions. Here our own (paid!) intern Maisie Skidmore looks at the new row and explains why Intern magazine offers some hope. As ever you can add your thoughts using the thread below…

  22. Twopoints-list

    While you’ve been slaving away in your stifling office, wondering where the last hour and a half of your time just went (you’ve been staring into space and wondering why you’re not on a beach somewhere) others have been turning the recent heatwave into creative inspiration. For the August edition of Novum, Barcelona studio Two Points have transformed the title’s usually static cover into an interactive reminder to take care out in those rays. The cover features a pasty, vest-wearing gentleman reclining on a blue background – but place the cover in direct sunlight and boy does that little guy burn.

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    We looked a couple of weeks ago at Emma Rios’ sexy fruit shoot for the new Bompas & Parr book Tutti Frutti and as an appetiser it was something special. Now though the book itself has launched and it will come as no surprise that Inventory Studio have done a magnificent job on its design.

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    The New York Times style magazine, T, has found a new and decidedly charming way of approaching the festival of all things luxe which is Paris Couture week. Artist and contributing editor Konstantin Kakanias has made a series of illustrations showing her alter ego, a high society dame named Mrs Tependris, indulging in the endless parade of shows and parties. “She hadn’t been for years,” according to Konstantin, “things have changed, so she was a bit confused when she arrived.” It seems she soon settled back into the the high life though.

  25. Whitton-list

    Photographer Luisa Whitton is a serious Japanophile. When she’s not walking the streets of Osaka and Tokyo capturing locals doing their thing, she’s deep within the country’s robotic research facilities cataloguing the synthetic faces, mechanical arms and cold, dead stares of the very latest in technological innovation. The robot interest has also come into play in another personal project that’s seen her hack an Xbox Kinect to make it into a rudimentary photographic device.

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    Spanish restaurant elBulli helped change the way the world thinks about food through its ceaseless innovation and experimentation. A new show at London’s Somerset House charts its remarkable story but it does much more than that – presenting one of the most insightful and inspirational studies of the creative process I have ever come across.

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    This week there was great excitement after London’s Kemistry Gallery announced details of a raft of upcoming shows. Much attention was (rightly) lavished on the celebration of Seymour Chwast and Milton Glaser’s collaborations as Pushpin Studio scheduled for September, but before that there’s another exhibition which really caught our eye.

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    I’m not sure how we’ve never come across this Tumblr before but no matter because our tardiness only means that there’s a massive archive of the ebullient Rides A Bike for us to enjoy. The brainchild of American film critic Steven Rea, it’s a collection of images of well-known faces on two wheels taken predominantly on film sets during the silver screen’s golden age. It’s also a book and an app if this fails to provide enough of a supercool-celebrity-cycle fix but as a starting point – if you’re late to the party like us – delve into this treasure trove of a blog and ponder this – nobody has ever looked as cool as David Niven on a bike (and nobody ever will).

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    Lapo is almost too charming for words. The Lisbon-based illustrator was born in Rio de Janeiro and studied at London’s Central Saint Martins before moving to Portugal, where her illustrative projects are growing rapidly. Such collections range from the ongoing Viana, in which she draws portraits of 14 residents from Viana do Castelo in Lisbon, to Pet Love, which ensures correct caring for loved animals.

  30. Mendell-list

    German-born graphic designer Pierre Mendell had a pretty turbulent early life, moving from his hometown of Essen, Germany, to the Netherlands, on to Paris, down to Marseille and eventually across to America following the liberation of France by Allied troops in 1945. Despite gaining citizenship he wasn’t long for the US either, joining the army as a German interpreter and heading straight back to his homeland in 1953. After leaving the army in 1958, Mendell enrolled at the School of Design in Basel where he learned his future trade and met a large number of people that he would go on to work with and for throughout his career.

  31. Bookshelf-list

    Although he’s still a student (with a whole year left until graduation no less) Luke Evans has produced one of the most innovative and engaging photographic projects we’ve featured on the site this year. Forge was an enigmatic series of images that appeared to be simple photographs of extraordinary landscapes. But what made the pictures truly extraordinary was that Luke had made them on his kitchen table with a variety of household objects. For such a young guy he’s clearly not short on inspiration (Forge is just one of a handful of exceptional projects) so we presumed he’d have at least a few interesting books knocking about the place to give him a creative kick. We weren’t wrong either.

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    Kingston’s graphic design course have done it once again with our next Graduate 2013, Matthew Hill. He’s a designer more than willing to clamber outside of the box and get his hands dirty coming up with new and innovative design solutions.

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    A few years back, Till Janz was in the year below me at Camberwell College of Art, although I only found this out today. I’ve known his work for some time but never linked the name to one I used to hear round and about at university. Since graduating in 2012, Till has been hard at it, building an incredible portfolio of work for some of the most respected international magazines out there. His sharp, bright style of portrait photography could not be more in vogue – inherently fashion-based in its sensibilities but still appropriate for pure editorial – and he’s already got the client base to prove it. I’m expecting great things from this guy in future, and not just because I’m being biased over our shared tastes in shabby south London universities.

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    Remember Shit Girls Say – the stomach-ache-inducingly funny web series which descended on the internet and then proceeded to stick around until it had been parodied, quoted, embedded and giggled at by every blogger in cyberspace? Well the man beneath the wig is back, with his new series Pure Breeds which premiered on Nowness this morning. And it’s great.

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    Any new release from Unit Editions (Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy’s design publishing powerhouse) is always cause for celebration here at It’s Nice That towers, but their newest offering has got us particularly excited. Type Only does what it says on the tin (cover) – celebrating the design trend for using typography unaccompanied by illustration or photography.

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    Well there is literally nothing about this not to love. In 1889 the city of Paris unveiled the Eiffel Tower, and in the true spirit of historical (and sometimes petty) intercity rivalry, London was not going to stand idly by. A public design competition was launched to come up with the British version of the landmark, The Great Tower For London and in the end 68 suggestions made the cut for this showcase catalogue. Now the Public Domain Review has made it available online and it will tickle those with a penchant for old books and/or some truly bizarre architecture.

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    In this crazy, mixed-up, modern world we live in it seems there’s a technological solution to everything. We’ve got sat nav in our phones so we never get lost, funny little sensors on the back of our cars so we don’t crash while parking and huge industries devoted to drying our hands really fast in public toilets. For cyclists however, the solution to wet shoes on a rainy day doesn’t need any high-tech solution – the folks over at Vulpine have reminded us that there’s a much simpler option available.

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    I first came across Anna Dunn’s brilliant work in last week’s Not for Rental exhibition, and the designer and illustrator’s portfolio is not one to disappoint on further investigation. Coupling vibrant colours with soft textures, her narrative illustration is as charming as it is questioning, subtly pushing at ideas of creativity, or the interchangeability of nationhood, all through the deft creation of a storyline with just a few simple images. I’m looking forward to spotting more of her recognisable style out and about, and I don’t doubt that I will. Really lovely stuff.

  39. Mugluck-list

    French-born Montreal-based illustrator Mugluck makes phenomenally stylised watercolour compositions that are blistering with fast line work and strong, decisive mark making. She’s especially gifted when it comes to creating urban landscapes and unusual topographies, capturing the rat-race of tiny people and miniature vehicles bustling about in a towering skyline. More impressively she also creates live work performing alongside musicians to create large-scale canvases of graphic systems that represent the audio soundtrack with structures not unlike a musical score. Whether it’s figurative or abstract work that really excites you, Mugluck’s got something for everyone.

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    London’s V&A has long been curating exhibitions which showcase otherwise overlooked elements of British history, and their latest offering is no exception, placing the huge outburst of creative energy which took place in London’s club scene in the 1980s at the very centre of the museum’s focus. Showing 85 outfits, from Katharine Hamnett’s slogan tees to Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s era-defining Pirate collection, the show looks at the way 1980s club culture, from New Romantic to High Camp and Goth styles all moved out of underground culture to infiltrate mainstream fashion, with London at its core.