For the fifth consecutive year, It’s Nice That media partnered with Design Indaba delivering news, interviews and insight from the three-day conference in Cape Town. Although Design Indaba is over for another year, we are continuing our conversations with the exciting individuals who presented their work there.
The portfolio of Mikey Joyce shows how sometimes, not following the traditional route into graphic design can provide a more eclectic output. With just an Instagram account displaying his design flair, Mikey’s work jumps between the silly and the serious as he nestles his way into the design world, adopting the title of a designer, creative director and artist.
Aldo, the affordable Canadian footwear giant, has launched a new visual identity which has been conceptualised and executed by Collins, a New York and San Francisco-based independent design company. The creative agency, which has previously worked with big names like Airbnb and Nike Jordan, sought to push Aldo away from “discount retail and into a more premium position and expression.”
“The seed of the idea for Heart Chakra came in the summer of 2015 when I went out to the desert for an art show,” explains Los Angeles-based animator, Angela Stempel. “At the event, there were two [separate] performance art pieces in which artists pulled out crystals from their vaginas.” Completely stunned that two artists had independently come up with this same idea – and fascinated by the allure and mysticism that surrounds them in her new home of L.A. – Angela decided to explore the concept for her graduation film from the Experimental Animation MFA at CalArts.
Those of you who spend your waking hours clicking ever deeper into internet-based worm holes will know that Jim Carrey, the man behind Ace Ventura, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber and pretty much every childhood-defining, 90s comedy ever, has in recent years remodelled himself as an artist-cum-political cartoonist.
When it comes to innovative, experimental type design, Belgium-based Benoit Bodhuin is pretty far ahead in the race. In a previous article about Benoit, we described him as a “progressive designer” and “one to keep an eye on for sure.” Five years later and we are happy to have followed our own advice.
The British Council in Russia has been forced to close in the wake of a diplomatic row between the two countries. It coincides with the news that 23 British diplomats have been asked to leave Russia in tit-for-tat expulsions following the attack on former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the UK. The pair, who became ill in Salisbury on 4 March, were poisoned with Russian-made nerve agent Novichok. The Russian government denies involvement.