Since It’s Nice That was launched we have supplemented our cultural musings with our regular features which bring a little order to the joyful chaos every week, month and year. Check it.
We love the weekend, you love the weekend, heck even the most grizzly of all grumpy-pants cracks a smile when Friday afternoon rolls around. To celebrate the utter brilliance of the whole Saturday/Sunday shebang, The Weekender features the best work, the most brilliant arts writing and some of the more, ahem, irreverent things that dance across our desktops in any given week. Fair enough? All hail the weekend!
Every week we’re lucky enough to get sent loads of fantastic things from all over the world (as well as a few bits and pieces we pick up ourselves). To make sure they get the credit they deserve, every Saturday we review the best of what drops through our letterbox and the colossally kind folk who sent them, from important tomes to whimsical tea towels. To join the party you can send stuff to Things, 11 &13 Bateman’s Row, London, EC2A 3HH.
Ever wondered what’s on the bookshelf of some of your favourite creatives? What books they turn to in need of inspiration or reference? Whether they’re a messy Mary or a tidy Tina? Well look no further, because every week we invite someone from the creative industries to share with us not only a rundown of their favourite five books in the whole ruddy world, but also a real-life picture of the shelf on which these esteemed titles live.
Student of the Month
With a name like It’s Nice That, we are clearly fans of titles that do exactly what they say on the tin. And so we present Student of The Month in which we showcase the very best in student talent from all over the world. Are you a ridiculously good arts student with a web portfolio? Are you ready to unleash your talent on the world? Grand – see how to apply here and you might have you name up in, um, pixels. Sweet.
Every year we scour the art schools for the very best talents they are setting loose on the world in the annual student migration known colloquially as “graduation.” Before they gallop away to their bright futures and surefire success, we pounce on them like a lion on a gazelle (but in a nice way) and bring them together for our Graduates feature. Read all about them here, feast your eyes on their work and remember their names. See the class of 2012 or view the archive: 2011 / 2010 / 2009
Review of the Year
The chill month of December is good for many things, seeing friends, eating too many potatoes and, most of all, reminiscing. So in that sprit of nostalgia for the 12 months just past, every year we too look back at the creative highs that defined that particular year. From the barmy to the beautiful, the intricate to the immense, we salute the artistic heroes who rocked our world.
View archive: 2011 / 2010 / 2009
We come across so much great creative talent here at It’s Nice That and we try and post as much amazing work as possible but sometimes when it’s someone we’ve not come across before it makes sense to slow things down a little and get to know them a little better. So we ask them some questions, snoop around their space and generally make sure that we find out a bit more about them, as well as looking at their stonking work of course…
Studio Audience Podcast
Not content with buzzing your eyeballs with all sorts of loveliness we’ve decided to treat your ears as well with our Studio Audience podcast. Special guests, news, interviews, reviews and some weirdness and whimsy to boot it’s a good way of getting a regular It’s Nice That fix through the magic pod medium. It’s kind of like we live in your brain, although a bit less creepy than that sounds. Season Two is now up and running and you can find us on Itunes.
We’re all about championing creativity and we’ll never shy away from our bread-and-butter work showcasing the best talents from across the creative disciplines. But we also feel there’s an appetite for a bit more depth and a bit more engagement with issues in and around the creative industries. So our new Opinion: pieces will do just that, but crucially they will also be open for comments from you for a week so you can help us build an argument.