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    There’s a lot of rules surrounding bold prints in the fashion world. Don’t mix two patterns together, don’t wear bold prints on a grey day, avoid at all costs if you are over weight or over 40. This is all ABSOLUTE RUBBISH — bold prints are the best, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. One of It’s Nice That’s favourite set designers Sarah May knows what I’m talking about, and her fantastic celebration of bold-print garments for Detail Magazine is an eye-popping two fingers up to all those who think bold prints are a no-go.

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    I have 104 friends but I am not sure that any of them like me enough to come out in the middle of the night to bail me out of a shady poker game. Lucky really then I wasn’t part of this excellent stunt ad for Carlsberg by Duval Guilllaume. It’s the latest in a series of spots for the Danish beer that put ordinary people in extraordinary situations and films the results, and as ever it’s the level of commitment to the prank that really makes this stand out. I love all the weird and wonderful things they do to the participants when they turn up – from the boxers to the chickens and the really weird guy in the lift and there’s a nice uplifting message about loyalty when all’s said and done.

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    Nieves, the champion zine and artists’ books publishers based in Zurich, have just released this covetable, limited edition package bringing together all 18 of their inky numbers from the past year.

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    Feeling like you could do with a dose of inspiration? Well, our creative symposium might just do the trick. It’s shaping up to be a fantastic, fast-paced day of inspirational talks, experiments and live elements from some of the best creative folk in the UK and beyond.

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    Perhaps these only seem creepy because of the grey, grainy quality, and only seem voyeuristic when the edge of a window frame is caught in the corner of a long shot. But there’s no doubt medieval castles and topiary gardens mix the romantic and sinister like little else. And when up close they’re no more than crumbling dreamlands pruned for tourists, it’s always a bit disappointing. Still, they make great photos, as too do weirdly verdant seaside miniature golf courses. These photos are all by young architect (Mary) Katherine Spence, and were very sweetly taken on her mum’s Canon film camera dating from the year she was born.

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    From Lernert and Sander, the genii that brought you the melting chocolate bunny and the woman with a year’s worth of make-up on her face comes a rather extraordinary new venture into the world of perfume. Endorsed by celebrities and brands since, well, forever, perfume and the idea of marketing a scent that represents a brand is a continuously fascinating subject. Lernert and Sander have, like with every project they do, hit the nail firmly on the head with Everything: a potent combination of every single one of the 1400 fragrances released in 2012.

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    Do you ever want to fall down on your knees in the pouring rain and scream to the sky “Is there anything that GIFs can’t do?!” If the answer is yes, and you’re also partial to a little bit of comics every now and again, I think you’ll like this. Stephen Vuillemin is an illustrator based in London whose colourful comics and beautiful editorial illustrations are brought to life via GIF to become something pretty breathtaking indeed. This comic strip of GIFS turns into a kind of endearing short animation the more you scroll — and has brought us all a lot of joy today. Regrettably we can’t show you moving images on _our_site but you can see them in their full glory here.

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    We don’t know many illustrators from Lapland (we only know one) and for that reason (that and her beautiful work) we feel duty-bound to introduce you to the brilliant Stina Löfgren. Stina’s got a real talent fro producing smart, slow-burning editorial illustration that forces viewers to actually engage in the point she’s trying to make rather than taking it all in at a glance. She’s also got one of the most approachable illustrative styles around, developing her intuitive line work with brush and ink, lino cut and traditional print techniques alongside considered digital manipulation.

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    It took a lot of energy to not start crying at the thought of a platform game about my favourite novel, but I just about managed. After all, it’s hard to cry and control NES Nick Carraway running through Gatsby’s mansion, picking up bonus cocktails and shooting down waiters. This has to be one of the best things on the whole internet at this moment: a true work of art of a game that is so true to the novel and the NES style. Oh God it’s amazing. I’m going to go and play it again now (I haven’t got past the garden stage yet) and then I’m going to write to Charlie Hoey at The Barbarian Group, who made this incredible game, and thank him profusely. You should too.

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    Dorothy Bohm moved to England aged just 15 in 1939, and went onto become one of the country’s most significant photographic figures both through her own work and her role in the foundation of The Photographers Gallery. A new show opening in London tomorrow features some wonderful images of London in the 1960s, a time and place which repetition and cliché have rendered somewhat overdone. But Dorothy’s wonderful work goes above and beyond these jaded stereotypes – she is in interested in a city in flux rather than simplistic narrative sweep.

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    We have a meeting room here at It’s Nice That HQ. It’s nice enough – there’s a few magazines – although the temperature tends to swing between icy arctic and sweaty Sahara with little middle ground. The clever folk at The Assembly Rooms wanted their meeting spaces to be better than “nice enough” though and so commissioned London-based art director, set designer and prop stylist Jessica Dance to do something a bit different. Her response was the brilliant Knit Heads which reflects her stated desire to “create tactile and inviting solutions” to a host of interesting briefs for a range of big clients. These lambswool animal heads are really beautifully done, a combination of technical craft and bags of character and charm which are making me look for any excuse to go and meet these guys. Kind of puts our magazine rack in the shade…

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    I’ll level with you here, we’re getting pretty tired of the print vs digital debate. We love the endless scroll and unbridled sharing of the internet just as much as we love the tactility and uniquely possessive nature of books. Can’t we all just get along here guys? Still, when Gestalten get in touch with news that they’re producing a volume dedicated to the very best in book design and print innovation it IS pretty tempting to tell digital where to shove it.

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    It’s fair to say we don’t know as much as we’d like about Scout, the only thing I can dig out of the internet is that she’s based in Baltimore and is still in the process of studying photography, the craft she is clearly destined to do. In this rather erotic shoot, Scout has spelt out the garments on the model by using their impressions only. The ghostly palimpsests of the clothes are enough to make your imagination run wild, as it’s entirely left up to you to imagine what the items of clothing were like before they were taken away.

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    This week assistant editor Liv Siddall looks at the hoary issue of plagiarism and wonders whether maybe we all get a bit too het up about it. As ever you can add your thoughts using the discussion thread below.

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    It wouldn’t be right for March to come and go without having another Nice Wednesdays. Don’t worry if you missed out last month, we’ve got another cracking evening planned at Shoreditch Studios and we’d love for you to join us. 

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    You meet a lot of people in this business and – as in any walk of life – they tend to range from the sublime to the ridiculous. Fortunately though help is at hand courtesy of Sagmeister & Walsh’s new work for moo.com’s Luxe Project. The notorious design duo have created a series of seven sets of seven cards: “To be handed to anyone you meet who delights or annoys you.” Called Halftone Satifsfaction, the messages on the cards veer from the joyful, " It’s a delight to be around someone who loves what they do," to the, well, brutal, “Fuck you. Eat shit.”

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    How late are we to the Devin Troy Strother party? About two years late. Do we care? No we don’t; we’re just really glad we got here at all. We only came across Devin’s work last week thanks to photographer Brigitte Sire and her excellent behind-the-scenes photo shoots with a few of America’s most exciting creative talents. Included among them was Devin and his bold, witty mixed media creations.

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    Jack Hudson was one of our Graduates class of 2010 and in the intervening years it’s been a real pleasure watching the Brummie-born illustrator go from strength to strength. Now is the perfect time to check back in with him for three reasons: – 1) He has just relaunched his website. 2) He has just made his first foray into the world of 3D, translating his style and colour palette into a photo shoot with set designers Lord Whitney. 3) He is working towards a show next month reimagining some of the strangest record covers ever.

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    We don’t start enough of our posts with quotes from great Russian writers so let’s rectify that on this chilly Tuesday with a line from Tolstoy: “In terms of sentiments, the lack of logic is the best evidence of sincerity.” The quotation serves as the starting point for an extraordinary project by French art direction/set design duo Bonsoir Paris.  Their Substance shoot for Amusement magazine plays with the properties of a strange material which seems to flit between various states of solidity, with the models on, in and against this strange white form. Rémy Clémente and Morgan Maccari named their studio Bonsoir Paris because most of their creative work took place in the evenings after work, but with projects like this it’s no surprise that their burgeoning reputation has made the agency a full-time concern. Bravo chaps, bravo indeed!

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    It’s been a long-held belief of mine that creating graphic design for cultural and arts projects is more or less the best gig going. You’re given the freedom to push the concepts behind you’re designs to the very limit, the solutions don’t HAVE to communicate to a sprawling demographic that your client can’t quite quantify and (if you’re good at what you do) you’re always making work that promotes creative practitioners that are great at what they do. What’s not to like?

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    When you read On the Road (I assume you’ve read it) did you ever get upset that things just weren’t like the old days, and kids in this day and age – yourself included– would never have the balls to hitch hike across America with nothing but the clothes on their/your back? I did, until seeing this photo series by Mike Brodie. Armed with a camera, Mike hopped trains with this weathered group of youngsters in 2004, feverishly documenting their grubby and exhilarating existence on the roofs of freight trains and on the banks of the railroads.

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    Spanish graphic designer and illustrator Aron Vellekoop León currently lives and works in The Netherlands creating geometric, mid-century style illustrations inspired by his adopted home, with colour palettes informed by his native Spain. He’s one of a growing throng of illustrators determined to move away from digital visuals and maintain an aesthetic that draws on traditional print techniques. As a result, his images are awash with muted primary colours, hand-crafted textures and isometrically ordered perspective, lending themselves equally to editorial illustration, strong infographics and slick screen prints. Lovely stuff!

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    Whenever the issue of the under-representation of women in the creative industries rears its head, there are always voices who – for a variety of reasons – try to underplay its significance. The perfect contribution to this nuanced and emotive subject comes from The W Project, set up by Teo Connor and Loren Platt, and their new book The Journey Is The Treasure. It features 33 talented female creatives – including Rose Blake, Emmi Salonen, Morag Myserscough, Shaz Madani and Chrissie Macdonald – showcasing an early piece of work and a more up-to-date example.

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    Science doesn’t really come naturally to me. I can engage with the broad ideas but as soon as anyone adds any nuance, my brain fogs over and I drift off, considering something important like whether it’s possible to drown in goats’ cheese. That’s probably why this project from Kyle Bean, Gemma Fletcher and Mitch Payne appeals to me so much. I could reel off a list of renewable energy sources but in terms of explaining how they would actually power things in our homes, I’d be at a loss. But this trio have helpfully removed what some shampoo companies would call “the science bit” and stripped these complex processes back to the fundamentals in a series of wry, great-looking still-lifes. Take that science!

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    There aren’t many illustrators these days with so many strings to their bow as Cincinnati’s Andrew Neyer. With a website content list boasting design, art, illustration, art direction and publications, all of Andrew’s work comes under the umbrella of fun and colourful, containing illustrations of mallards, hats, boots and fruit to name but a few. Andrew is also known for his large, cartoon murals that come complete with enormous, comedy pens which the public are able to use to colour in his work — how fun is that?!

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    Rule number one of being a successful photographer is this – be nosy. You can’t be good at what you do if you’re not interested in your subject, you’ve just got to sniff out those great photos. Before you can do that though, you’ve got to identify what it is exactly that you’re interested in. For LA photographer Brigitte Sire, that interest is artists; in particular what makes them tick.

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    LA-based artist Steven Harrington has been exploring the idea of balance in his work for a while now, interested as he is in the metaphorical significance of balance in our increasingly hectic lives. But in his new foray into product design, Steven has applied these ideas to a lamp, creating a great-looking, super-fun piece covered with his trademark shifty eyes. Working with wood for the very first time, each piece is hand-carved and hand-painted to create objects of real beauty, the curious totems topped with splash-coloured shades. Steven says: " Each one represents the harmony we seek in our daily lives, an inspired and inspiring reminder of the importance of equanimity…Each lamp is a functional work of art that illuminates, literally and figuratively."

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    It’s been seven years since The Knife produced an album, 2006’s Silent Shout, and we’ve been waiting patiently for them to return. Finally they’re back. Famed for stunningly visceral live shows and collaborations with groundbreaking visual artists and directors, it’s fair to say that Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer Andersson front one of the most visually exciting bands out there today and, as you’d expect from a pairing of such considered creative output, the promo for their latest single, directed by Roxy Farhat and Kakan Hermansson, is typically magnificent. Subverting social stereotypes, mad choreography and an unlikely lead role all come together for an excellent watch, and obviously it sounds brilliant too.

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    We’re only just getting back to normal after the absolute barrage of fashion photography that’s been swarming around the internet in the last few weeks due to London and then Paris Fashion Week. Neither street-style, high-end editorial nor too trendy, this fashion photography has got a special quality to it that makes it stand out by miles from the rest. In his behind-the-scenes shots of shows, Erik Wåhlström manages to capture models pulling funny faces, chomping on bananas and just generally being normal human beings. His friendly, warmly-lit style makes him an absolute hit with some of the best magazines out there — it doesn’t hurt that he’s pretty spectacular at still-life shots too.

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    Rafaël Rozendaal hasn’t updated his portfolio of interactive web artworks for a while now, presumably because he’s been too busy coding, creating, opining at conferences and generally shaping the future of the internet. No big deal. But true to form he’s recently returned with a new site that allows you to play God with the weather. Lookingatsomething.com lets you adjust the power of rain, the chatter of birdsong and the clapping of thunder with the simplest of flicks of your cursor, transforming a perfectly pleasant day into a torrential downpour in the blink of an eye. Once again Rafaël provokes us to question our relationship with the web and, as ever, we can have terrific fun as we do it. We’re thrilled to have Rafaël talking about his work at Here 2013, our creative symposium.

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    French photographer Fabrice Fouillet came on our radar when we featured Le Creative Sweatshop’s bafflingly brilliant Jelly + Light project last year but unforgivably we let him slip away into the online ether. Thankfully though we came across him again last week and boy are we glad we did because the man’s portfolio is staggeringly good. Across a host of shoots for for a diverse set of clients, Fabrice had a clarity of vision and confidence of execution to create still-lifes up there with the best of them. Truth be told we were spoiled for choice in deciding what to showcase but we decided to go with this awesome shoot for WAD magazine with some cheeky post-dinner mayhem shots thrown in for good measure. Fabrice, to paraphrase The Foundations, now that we’ve found you we won’t let you go…

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    You’re probably always wondering about who’s the most intelligent and witty illustrator in the world. I know it’s a question that plagues me all the time and has kept me wide-eyed at night on more than one occasion. But you can relax and I can finally get some sleep because I’ve found him, and he goes by the name of Graham. Graham Roumieu is an illustrator par excellence specialising in wry, witty and acerbic doodles of technology’s dominance over our daily lives, the bane of an office job and cats suffering from terrible ennui. If you don’t find Graham’s skill for turning the simplest and most primitive line-work into pure satirical gold then we’d wager you’ve got no sense of humour at all.

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    When it comes to flicking through Canadian visual artist Sabrina Ratté’s portfolio of moving image work, you’re never quite sure where you are. The glitchy mix of analogue and digital techniques leave plenty of room for both carefully conceived and beautifully serendipitous outcomes that probably resemble the inner workings of her brain. Regardless, who cares what they look like when they’re as magic as they are? Oh yeah, the point of this article was to tell you all to watch her latest video for Suuns – sorry that took so long to get to. Enjoy!

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    We first fell in love with Japanese photographer Takeshi Suga through his Sakuramadelica project which featured hazily, sun-kissed ornamental cherry blossoms, a perfect post for the early throes of summer in May last year. The timing of his latest series is a little late given that we are just easing out of winter, but nevertheless Takeshi’s newest work is a real joy to behold. Winter Wonderland is a series of photographs in which the games the artist likes to play with focus and light are applied to a different context, namely the icy, snow-bound scenes of the Japanese winter. But the overall effect is again stunning, as Takeshi captures a certain atmosphere, the sense of becalmed silence that hangs in the sky like snow clouds.

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    We’re over the moon to have discovered Anton Van Hertbruggen. Whether illustrating adventures with giraffes in tents or star gazing in suburbia, Anton uses space beautifully, has a delicate line and the loveliest palette of blues. At only 22 the illustrator from Antwerp’s style is impressively assured.

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    Out of the straw-stuffed Things box this week emerges the sweetest ceramic pet, two brother’s black and white graphic panel show, an epic feline adventure in wild lands, stop/go/do/don’t drawings and some recycled images. Let’s get stuck in, shall we?

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    Patrick Fry is GREAT. We at It’s Nice That had the pleasure of working with Pat for most of last year, and watched him blossom from a sandwich-loving freelancer into a…well, I guess he’s still the same. One look at his portfolio will show you what he’s capable of, and the huge range of people who have commissioned him to re-brand their whole company is testament to his talents.

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    It’s Mothering Sunday this weekend (yes, it’s too late to send a card, you’ll have to send a text again like last year) so the intro to this Weekender is Mother’s day themed. What could possibly sum up the tender, relentless love of a mother and child relationship than the fascinating lyrics of The Spice Girls’ 1996 club banger Mama:

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    We came across this Tumblr via it’s sister site New York Past after we had scrolled happily, drooling, through its reams of pages of old, enormous photographs of the Big Apple. The thing is, you see, that photos of old Manhattan on the internet all the time, which is why we were overjoyed to find Chicago Past: an enormous treasure trove of old images of the underdog city of Chicago from the days of yore. I don’t know about you, but I’m big into yore. Like old photos of people who are dead now mixed with architectural gems that aren’t there any more? This Tumblr is for you also. Enjoy!

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    One thing we really love about our jobs is having the freedom to trawl the web for some of the strangest, most obsessive creative projects out there. We like it when people do great things for no good reason other than having an inexplicable passion for something niche and far too much time on their hands. Which is why we like Glasgow-based artist Adam Shield, a man with an unhealthy interest in abandoned mattresses that he’s channeled into a bizarre creative project.