For as long as we can remember, the work of Brooklyn-based photographer Bobby Doherty has made us smile. Impactful and joyful, Bobby’s work, which largely comprises of still life work of everything from wobbling jelly to burgers encasing jewels, has meant he’s carved out a unique name for himself. On seeing an image by the photographer, or even sometimes another who attempts to emulate him, we often find ourselves saying “that’s such a Bobby Doherty photograph”t.
Busy month, September 2018; the import of non-directional halogen light bulbs into the United Kingdom was made illegal, Denis Norden passed away, and life expectancy improvements officially stalled for the first time since records began. Given all that, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that leading agency Mother decided to bring Colonel Sanders back into the 21st century by hawking the old geezer’s poultry products via a good old fashioned side-serving of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (or ASMR to most us).
“I believe that art and life are synchronised, that we learn about life and its events by discovering ourselves, and that equally we learn about ourselves after having endured life,” says London born and based painter Rebecca Harper. “My works are reactions to their life sources – a reflection of the time we are living in, and a strong desire to have an argument with it, for example.”
In 2012 Ioana Cirlig and her boyfriend, Marin Raica, decided to move from Bucharest to Brad, a small town in central Romania that clings to its gold-mining recent-past. After a year in Brad, the pair upped sticks again. This time the couple ended up in the Jiu Valley, another area seemingly caught between the success of the industrial past, and the fears and anxieties of the barren present. “In 1990 15 coal mines were operating in the area,” Ioana says of the Jiu Valley. “Now there are only three working, and those are working at a reduced capacity.”
Munich-based design studio and brand strategists Melville Brand Design are known for delivering a strong sense of communication. The studio has garnered this reputation by working closely with clients to build on an individual story, paying particular attention to accessibility and sustainability. Most recently, the studio has designed a book detailing the history of the trusty Samsonite suitcase. The book is not just your regular timeline of history, it questions where a brand actually comes from and how branding forms the identity of future success, or otherwise.
The push for diversity has been increasingly part of the cultural conversation over the past few years – and with good reason. The diversity of artists – referring to artists of colour, from LGBTQ+ communities, from a range of ages, and those with a disability – has been paltry in cultural institutions across the board. It’s one of the reasons that activism in the arts via projects such as The White Pube have gained visibility, and campaigns amplifying the work of communities of colour are slowly but surely making headway. But how do these artists make sure they become embedded into institutions long-term?
“I was lucky enough to know I wanted to be a designer from a pretty young age,” says graphic designer and illustrator Steve Gavan. Having freelanced in these fields since 2011, Steve later began work at Alter, a Melbourne-based design studio, in 2015. “Alter was my favourite studio when I was studying, so it was a bit of dream come true to work for them.”
It’s Nice That had a great time when we last visited London venue The Glove that Fits. We think we did at least. There were beers, good house music, more beers, great lighting, and more beers. We swore we’d make a return, and now we’ve got the perfect excuse. Next month sees the launch of a new year-long design residency set to combine jaw-dropping visuals with boundary-pushing music in what’s set to be a feast for the senses.
We’re excited to announce Call for Collaboration – a new It’s Nice That x Dropbox Paper project connecting creatives from across the world to collaborate on fun, fully commissioned creative projects. Each month we’ll spotlight the projects on It’s Nice That and show how Dropbox Paper helps these great ideas come to life.
Though we regularly write about the Amsterdam-based design studio The Rodina, we have never written about its regular type collaborator Mateo Broillet. Originally from French Switzerland, the type designer also works with the type foundry Bold Decisions, as well as being a freelance graphic designer and typographer in Amsterdam.