Archive

  1. Opinion-list

    This week assistant editor James Cartwright suggests that the reason for Google’s logo redesign success is that people trust them as a brand and respect the service they provide. But is he wrong? As ever we welcome your comments below…

  2. Itsnicethatnewyork2

    On Friday 27 September, myself and Alex are heading over to New York for nine days to catch-up with some familiar faces as well as meet a number of new ones. While we’re there we will also be speaking at Parsons for AIGA on the theme of “International Perspectives”. We’ll cover how It’s Nice That started and grew alongside our sister agency INT Works as well as discuss some broader thoughts on the relationship between the two and the challenges and opportunities we have. There’s more information on the link below as well as details of tickets, we’ll also be going for some drinks after if you want to say hello, more details to follow (most likely through Twitter, follow us here – @itsnicethat)
    www.aigany.org/events/its-nice-that

  3. Main

    Everyone thinks they know how to make the perfect bacon sandwich, right? (tiger bread, salted butter and HP sauce, OBVIOUSLY) but who better than to shed light on such a hotly debated conundrum than cheeky lad and food guru Jamie Oliver and 80s actor Kevin Bacon? This video, courtesy of Poke London, has a lot of great features (predominantly bacon-related) including tips on how to cook bacon (dip the bread in the fat!) and how eggs are a crucial, crucial sidekick. Before, like me, you start dribbling and thinking about what to have for lunch, it’s best noting that this is an advert for super fast new internet provider 4GEE, which is made clearer when you get to the bit about the buffering. Clever!

  4. By-list

    Oslo-based design consultancy Bielke and Yang are a pretty solid pairing when it comes to branding and graphics. The Norwegian duo are responsible for an incredibly polished body of work that includes clients in the cultural and creative sectors as well as food and lifestyle brands. They’ve recently taken on the visual identity and promotional material for Klubben – an international organisation that aims to promote Norwegian design across the world, with representatives in Oslo, Copenhagen, London, Berlin and New York – designing websites, printed matter and exhibition spaces for the project’s ventures. As a promotional tool for others they’ve done a remarkable job with the work, as a promotional tool for themselves, we think it’s working equally well.

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    You might remember Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich from his spectacular installation Dalston House earlier in the year, where visitors hung from windows, skated window sills and scaled the facade of a house that laid horizontally in front of the foundations of a Victorian house destroyed by bombing in the Second World War. Or perhaps you know him for his illusory corridors, lift shafts or his swimming pool galleries where art-goers are permanently submerged beneath the surface.

  6. List

    If you’re finding the midweek morning a little too much to bear it might well be worth you stopping off for a healthy dose of Claire Softley’s charm. The illustrator works in a unique blend of collage, ink, geometric shapes and paint to create pastel-led images which are striking for their mixed media appearance as much as for their underworked simplicity. Her series of motel rooms feature an especially gorgeous array of fabrics and textiles rendered in ink, and if it is charm that you’re after, don’t miss the cats. Everybody loves a cat.

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    In 2011, investigating the possibility of authenticity in the staged moment photographer Dominic Hawgood set out on a six month long residency deep within the Texan desert with the hope of meeting people believed to be experiencing the biblical phenomenon of speaking in tongues. And after posting an advert in the local newspaper, a group of women responded, inviting Dominic to stay with them to observe and capture them in prayer as they experienced the mysterious phenomena. Sharing such intimate moments with the women, Dominic’s position was sensitive. But his attention to the privacy of the moment he was within and his wish to avoid being simply an onlooker allowed him to focus on performance. And he captures this perfectly; the lighting, set-like staging and framing of the photographs juxtapose with the intensity of experience expressed upon the women’s faces. So we are left somewhere between the cinematic and the authentic experience captured.

  8. Mainb

    We’ve long been subscribers to Kyle Pellet’s Pellet factory, his online store of his joy-crammed collages, paintings and musings. Kyle’s an artist from San Jose whose work keeps getting put on the site because it brings everyone so much glee. As well as making cool pictures and listening to an incredible amount of pop music dating between 1998 and 2003 (you can check out his incomparable Spotify playlists here) Kyle moonlights as a designer for San Francisco’s Suitor’s Club Records. Coolest guy ever? I know. Here’s his top five books.

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    There’s something fascinating about artwork which transcends its own medium to masquerade as another, and artist Mathilde Roussel has perfected the mastery of making paper look like anything but. Using graphite (lots of it) and a well-loved scalpel, Mathilde transforms large pieces of paper into what appears to be rubber, causing them to behave almost like organic forms draped over walls. Appropriately, then, and instead of being exhibited in frames, the final pieces are then hung from hooks and left to fall naturally. Droopy ears, abandoned socks, butterfly chrysalises – they look like any number of things, but paper is certainly not one of them.

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    Prepare yourself for some serious desk-time dancing, unless you are the sort of person who doesn’t like dancing in which case look away now because this will happen to you when watching Basement Jaxx’s new video What a Difference Your Love Makes and it is so great my face is hurts from smiling.

  11. List

    Two years after he was killed whilst covering the Libyan Civil War, Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery pays tribute to documentary photographer Tim Hetherington with an exhibition of both his photographs and film work. The images Tim produced as a photo-reporter resituated the boundaries of war photography by depicting soldiers and the reality they lived, from the hours of tense waiting and boredom to the brotherly relationships built over the period of a year in camp.

  12. Nathalielist

    The lovely Nathalie du Pasquier (I say that like I know her, though tragically I don’t) has just released a new book through Nieves, collecting together a selection of her still life paintings made between 2001 and 2012. The aptly-titled Square Paintings demonstrates beyond reasonable doubt why so many people revere this magnificent woman; she founded Memphis, one of the most respected collectives of its day, then sacked it off to have an equally successful career in painting. There\s not many out there who can boast the same.

  13. Pixin-list

    Pixin Weng is a comic book artist based in Singapore producing beautifully scrappy, frenetic images that leap from the page with their colourful energy. Her panels are created in a fashion that suggests a hasty working process with windows bleeding into one another and colours sometimes varying wildly from one frame to the next, but the heavyweight content of the narratives themselves is enough to confirm that Pixin plans her work meticulously before putting brush to paper, creating stories that deal with loveless relationships, surreal dreams and family tragedy with skilful tenderness.

  14. List

    There’s space for the strange, the absurd and the surreal on It’s Nice That, so we couldn’t help but nod our assent when faced with the incredible miniature photography of (brilliantly-named) Alber Napoleon Wildner. Alber’s model making is eye-wateringly accurate – every image is created using 1:100 scale diorama models which he builds himself and then photographed with unbelievable precision to simulate domestic and urban environments. These images, from a series entitled The Infinite Green of Paper Lawns, address the daily crossovers which occur between reality and the glamorous fiction of Hollywood film scripts.

  15. Sigrid-list

    Inspired by the stitched patterns of embroidery, Sigrid Calon has created To The Extend Of / \ | & - a volume of 120 unique designs all based on the horizontals and diagonals of a piece of aida cloth. Using set of simple rules – lines can be repeated or combined to form a longer line, lines may be displayed with or without an outline, lines can be used both as a shape and form as rest, lines and residual shapes can be placed over each other as layers – she then introduces eight colours and complex gradients available in Risography to add depth and volume to these extraordinary grids.

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    Few things in life inspire as much obsession as typography and football. So surely designer Rick Banks’ decision to bring them together in his new book Football Type makes perfect sense. It’s a limited edition title which explores some of the weird and wonderful ways in which fonts and footy have intersected down the decades; from Gaudi’s influence on Barcelona’s shirt numbers to Maradona’s famous “10” (and all that it evokes in any still-bitter Englishman.) And with all the proceeds going to The Football Foundation charity, there’s simply no excuse not to make this the next addition to your bookshelf, in whichever of the five different covers you can get your mitts on. Football!

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    “Childhood is a place I long to return – a place of safety and comfort, where I exist happy; careless; fearless; unencumbered by adult experience.” Through her explorations of fear, loss and the unknown, shown through her wistful sculptures, artist Alex Simpson leaves us in limbo, uncertain whether we are taken by her works’ complete beauty or haunted by the ominous air that cloaks it. Yet it is hard not to be drawn in by their delicacy, the sculpture’s sunken eyes and curious features luring us into a menacing world where creatures of nightmares exist.

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    Just when we were getting used to editorial fashion shoots being filled with the refined bodies of models clad in expensive materials moodily shot, Brighton based photographer Joseph Ford appeared, throwing aerial landscape shots into the mix. And it is here that we see great talent meet a great idea and witness just how brilliant it can become.

  19. Brinker-list

    KesselsKramer have been handling the promotional material for Amsterdam’s Hans Brinker Budget Hotel for over a decade now; in fact they were one of the agency’s first clients. The hotel prides itself on being one of the city’s plainest, dirtiest and budget-est available, offering no more than the bare minimum to their guests. That means broken showers, doors that don’t close and bunk beds without ladders according to TripAdvisor. Nice!

  20. Awom-list

    Isabel Greenberg first came to our attention when she won the Observer Jonathan Cape Graphic short story prize in 2011 and since then we’ve witnessed the London-based illustrator go from strength to strength. With her super new book The Encyclopedia of Early Earth officially launched this week, we thought it was high time we sat down with her to find out what the next seven days holds for her…

  21. List

    This year’s London Design Festival drew to a close over the weekend and although I left it late I eventually made it down to Tate Modern to check out the landmark project for 2013 – Endless Stair. Created by dRMM Architects and engineering firm Arup, the piece consisted of 15 interlocking tulipwood staircases that came together to lead nowhere, inspired by the paintings of M.C. Escher.

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    It was London Design Festival last week and so creative stores city-wide joined in the excitement; perhaps none more so than Darkroom. The design accessories store launched a season of products based on the work of Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass using themes he introduced during his time with the legendary Memphis group.

  23. List

    Illustration is one of those wonderfully versatile forms of mark-making which comes in every different guise imaginable – from dynamic, fast-paced and full of action, to slow, deliberate and painstakingly detailed – so it’s more or less a given that the very best illustrators out there will have mastered as many different styles as possible. This is where Josh Cochran comes in.

  24. List

    Like many of you I fight a constantly unsuccessful battle against the emails that pile into my inbox and so it’s hard to overestimate the importance of an eye-catching subject line. Those few short words have the power to hone in my scatty attention on the contents within and something like new updates from creative powerhouse the Bread Collective have me at hello. As ever the east London studio don’t disappoint; the identity work for online store Such & Such is smart and stylish but it’s the amazing murals for the Hayward Gallery on London’s South Bank that really stand out. They were created as part of the gallery’s Festival of Neighbourhood and bring the poetry of Cheryl Moskowitz to life on huge 35ft long concrete walkways which stretch 22 metres above the ground. These bright hand-painted pieces juxtapose with the brutalist surroundings and prove once again that Bread’s emails are a great source of inspiration.

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    Here’s a little bit of a confession; until last week my copy of Don Quixote was sitting quite nicely on my bookshelf, sandwiched between the other classics, unread, waiting. And then Visual Editions’ new Kickstarter campaign happened, and, let’s just say Don Quixote suddenly got a lot more appealing.

  26. List

    At first I couldn’t quite work out whether Tom Kenney’s new music video for Shit Robot was a too-easy-to-be-good stylistic cop-out, or a beautifully simple accompaniment to a great track. I’ve erred on the side of the latter, and ladies and gents, here it is – a guy who’s skin has turned into space. Have a great week.

  27. Weekender-list

    Picture this. It’s Friday afternoon, you’re buried beneath the mountain of shredding and photocopying and proofreading and accounts that you have yet to get through before you can officially crack open the Bacardi Breezers and get the party started. The end of the week is the troubled water. Let the Weekender be your bridge. We’ll carry you through, just like Simon and Garfunkel, if Simon and Garfunkel spoke nonsense and sung all their songs through a mouthful of hula hoops and were obsessed with Youtube clips of animals falling off things. Are you ready?

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    We’ve almost reached the end of our week of London Design Festival podcast coverage and what a week it’s been! I ventured out for one final time and met Tony Quinn, a designer on a mission to save the QR code and spoke to Alex Bettler of DesignMarketo about his show inspired by the fragrant properties of pepper.

  29. Pod-list

    This week’s pod plays fast and loose with our traditional formula in that it has a new (temporary) host. Rob Alderson is no more and in his place is a more youthful, cultured, man of the people. The king is dead, long live the king! (Don’t worry, he might be back next week).

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    “When I draw people in profile, it’s like sitting down to a favourite meal” writer and illustrator Leanne Shapton says. Her drawings, paintings and prints are infused with so much happiness and affection, leafing through them is like eating the meal and then sitting back with a hot chocolate, shortbread on the side, smiling to yourself. Her new book Sunday Night Movies is filled with beautifully painted profiles, two-shot, capturing those romantic eye-gazing moments between couples in films – a collection of so much beauty.

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    If image bank Haw-lin were an American football team we would be pressed up against the barrier, pompoms in hand, wildly screaming our support in between shovelling huge mouthfuls of popcorn into our faces. We’ve long been writing adoring articles about their collaborative work – of which there is no small amount, as they provide their aesthetic prowess to create exciting new projects with brands and creatives alike – so when they got in touch to announce the launch of their new website we expected great things.

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    Photographer Jason Nocito is just one of those people who sees things other people move away from too quickly; the apples resting perfectly as eyes in a shadow, the carpets in old hotels that look like undergrowth beneath potted plants, the writing scrawled over the back of a denim jacket. His photographs are snatched moments that could only be captured by someone not searching for but simply seeing them as they happen – they are the photographs of a patient voyager. And it is a skill that has clearly crept into his still life photography too; the model shoots and posed objects inflected with a peculiarity that sets them far apart from the norm.

  33. Donwood-list

    As someone who spent all of their formative years in the city of Oxford, I feel that Radiohead are much more than just a band. They’re part of my history, my childhood and the childhood of pretty much everyone I grew up with. They are my band. Back off! As a result I’ve always been pretty keen on the artistic products of their honorary sixth member, Stanley Donwood, who, from his Somerset studio has produced the artwork for almost every Radiohead release, developing his own visual language as the band developed their sound.

  34. Lwl-list

    You might have heard the rumours but unless you live next door to them, you might not know that The Church Of London, the guys responsible for _Huck _ and Little White Lies have undergone something of a reshuffle of late with a gang of them heading off to from a new creative studio, Human After All, and the rest staying behind to focus more completely on the publishing side of things. This means a new creative steer for Little White Lies, which for long term fans might be a little bit of a concern.

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    Inspired by the testing task of piecing together archaeological remains within a museum context, Matthew Craven’s new exhibition Oblivious Path has a fun time of recreating the opaqueness which its title suggests. The works included in the show are collages composed of drawings, relics, and images from lost cultures, and to see them gathered together in a collective seems to recreate the sensation one has when walking around a haughty museum with impenetrable captions. The pieces are all there – it’s just the act of placing them in a comprehensible order which proves tricky.

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    We all remember the first-day-at-big-school feeling. The chafingly starched collar, the intermingling of nerves and excitement, the slew of things to get your head round; the who, the where, the what, the why. You’d think this would go away as you get older but it doesn’t really and with that in mind, the famous cultural research centre Fabrica has produced a beautiful handbook for new arrivals, or “Fabricanti” as they are known.

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    Dan Singer burst fresh from the seams of Kingston’s Illustration and Animation BA in May, and he has wasted no time about getting his work into the world. He’s currently relying on friends with comfy sofas and goodwill to keep him away from his hometown Kent, so we were all the more chuffed when he popped in last week to show us what he’s been up to.

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    Finally it has arrived! Manga camouflage! Don’t know what it is? Well you definitely will before the month is out as descending on the European fashion market are these spectacularly designed outfits lined with quite possibly the brightest prints you will have seen in a long while. Working in collaboration with the Japanese government to promote Japanese creatives, internationally acclaimed textile compant Komatsu Seiren and leading art director/illustrator Fantasia Utamaro are setting up pop-up shops across Europe to display and sell their collaborative textile garments, products limited edition goods. Launched on Tuesday at the Premier Vision textile fair in Paris, the project is already off to a strong start and we cannot wait for them to arrive at 39.39 shop, London at the end of the month!

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    Reminiscent of those dreams that leave you feeling discombobulated Swedish artist Camilla Engman’s paintings are eery, slightly haunting yet so beautiful that you can’t help but want to spend time in front of them. Perhaps it is her neutral pastille palette or the greys and mustard yellows; or maybe it is the animals or the curious situations she creates where people walk through empty swimming pools or humans walk as animals, masked on all fours, they are fascinating.

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    We were calling out to London-based creatives last week about the Cutty Cargo Showcase, an utterly unique evening of multi-disciplinary creative treats, from music, theatre and light installations to food, art and design. So now that the event has been and gone leaving an enormous crate-shaped absence in east London where the revelry took place, we thought it was only fair to show you exactly what went on.