For Japanese illustrator Ken Kagami, a fascination with Bart Simpson began “largely because I realised that this would be a very easy form to draw,” he tells It’s Nice That. That was 15 years ago and Ken’s love for Homer and Marge’s son has never drifted far from his heart or artistic practice. First releasing Bart Works in 2015, Ken has returned to his muse for Bart Works 2, a book comprising solely of multiple, slightly mad drawings of El Barto.
In our memories, the summer holidays of our youth often stretch out far longer than the allotted six weeks before term inevitably starts again. The sun never quite sets and there’s always more fun to be had in that apparently infinite time-off, and it’s in this heady space that photography duo Lola & Pani AKA Lola Paprocka and Pani Paul’s most recent series exists.
As an industry, graphic design is extremely susceptive to trends. At It’s Nice That, we naturally evaluate the comings and goings of in vogue iconographies; recording the waves of progression across the industry as time goes by. Meanwhile, on the other side of the UK in Glasgow, Graphic Design Festival Scotland (GDFS) similarly sees the visual trends of the year through its annual international poster exhibition. The current edition, now showing at The Lighthouse until 25 November, showcases some of the best contemporary poster design from around the world.
Since 2007, a man named John Lewis in Blacksburg, Virginia has been using the twitter handle @johnlewis. He receives around 50,000 tweets a year, peaking around this festive time of year with the release of the annually anticipated John Lewis Christmas ad.
Prague-based graphic designer Kristyna Kulíková’s work is distinctive, to say the least. Full of maximalist visuals, it combines heavy metal and Yu-Gi-Oh!-inspired typography with 3D-rendered, hyperreal objects and bold colours in a full-on aesthetic.
The last time It’s Nice That spoke to Templo, co-founder and creative director Pali Palavathanan had politics on his mind.
“My personal work is often just a series of mistakes, losing pens, creasing paper, drawing a hand wrong, that sort of stuff”, explains the illustrator Harry Wyld. With a practice focused on artfully-smudged drawings, Harry’s main intention is to create obscure images that people can find a personal connection to. His illustrations directly reference their hand-drawn medium, traces of ink and graphite are purposely left on the page to create a comforting sense of imperfection. Not all illustration these days is digitally edited to perfection and Harry’s drawings are a testament to the beauty of flaw.
Writer, artist, musician, entrepreneur and whistle-blower Rose McGowan is bringing what’s being described as an “immersive art film” to London’s multi-disciplinary media hub, the Institute of Light.
Print fanatics from across the country made their way to the Queen of Hoxton in east London last night to celebrate the very best of contemporary independent magazine publishing.
For Pa-i-ka, a graphic design studio based in Seoul, the act of designing revolves around tapping into certain themes. Noting “culture, art and social attention” as its driving forces, Pa-i-ka embeds itself within these topics, working with cultural institutions and for various exhibitions too. This process of working has led the studio to think of “design as another voice,” to artistic conversations that are already happening.