It’s been a busy few years for Finnish illustrator Annu Kilpeläinen or maybe, as she admits, it’s just a factor of living in London. “It’s the third house and the third studio I have been in two years, but now I have found the perfect combination and although I like being on the move, it feels good to have a solid base and really focus on work,” she tells It’s Nice That.
Emerging out of an entirely new space dedicated to the freedom of expression within art and fashion, King Kong is a fashion magazine that organically includes elements of pure art; designed by its co-founder Mikel Benhaim. The aim of the publication is to “provide a fearless platform for artists to push themselves beyond what is featured in most magazines today,” Mikel tells It’s Nice That.
For German graphic designer, Lino Santo, the attraction of his chosen medium lies in its ability to morph and change. Perhaps less prescriptive in its output compared to other creative outlets, graphic design fascinates Lino as an “intermediate between different media”. Embodying this philosophy to the full, Lino’s portfolio is one packed full to brim with everything from print and web design, to film.
Who says music marketing is running out of ideas? Back in April, Bristolian trip-hip icons Massive Attack announced that they’d encoded their album Mezzanine into DNA. Was this a stunt? A prank? Nope. It was real – and now you can buy it in a spray can.
“What I love most about fashion is its power — as costume — to signify elements of someone’s life,” photographer Andrea Artemisio tells It’s Nice That. His photography work, though, isn’t as straightforward as model dress-up and point-and-shoot. Andrea creates imagery that makes the viewer feel slightly off-kilter, and fully immersed in a kind of alternative reality.
If you’ve stepped foot in London in the past five years or so, you’ll have noticed that the place has a tendency to change, often and quickly. Few places have changed as quickly or as often as Kings Cross. Once a slightly seedy point of entry for a vast range of visitors from the UK and mainland Europe, it is now a sparkling, shop-heavy destination that positively buzzes at weekends. There’s even a Waitrose.
Deep Throat Studio is a Prague-based graphic design studio founded by Jozef Ondrik and Zdenek Kvasnica. We’ve long admired the studio’s output across print and web design, creating a broad output for a range of clients from large firms to non-profit organisations since they started out five years ago. Despite the fact that Deep Throat Studio have several brilliant projects to highlight, the studio was actually borne out of a “total fail from start to finish” when the pair were first commissioned to design a visual identity for a fashion house in LA. Although the project deteriorated, Jozef and Zdenek explain how “funnily enough it made us stronger and brought us closer together and that’s how it all began.”
If you’ve spent any time deep in forum holes discussing the events of Oct 5, you’ll know that the internet is still raging on about whether or not Banksy really meant to shred Girl and Balloon. Now, Banksy has posted a video that might serve at least one answer to the question that conspiracy theorists have been asking. Did he mean to shred the whole thing?
We’re big fans of British filmmaker and photographer Nadia Lee Cohen here at It’s Nice That. Inspired by 50s and 60s American cinema, her over-saturated worlds never fail to entice us in. Whereas her theatrical worlds often feature glamorous female protagonists, a large part of Nadia’s practice includes self-portraiture, and it’s this skill that she has employed for a recent project for Dazed Beauty.
Designer and lecturer Adam Griffiths became interested in adopting a “non-space” for a public gallery. The term non-place was coined by the French anthropologist Marc Augé to refer to human spaces of transience where people remain anonymous, where the spaces do not hold enough importance to be deemed real “places”. As a result, Adam has developed transient_space, a digital, projected gallery housed within Manchester School of Art’s vast atrium space that “explores the concepts of time, space and culture of the transient screen”.
Natalia Poniatowska employs photography to convey the emotions, truths and challenges of modern reality