“Materials exist everywhere and make up our world, everything is made of something,” outlines founder and director of Ma-tt-er – and former It’s Nice That One to Watch – Seetal Solanki. A research design studio that explores the past, present and future of materials, last night (20 September) Seetal launched Ma-tt-er’s first book, Why Materials Matter, which questions what it means to live in a material world, and how materials of the past and present hold the keys to our future.
A new book titled Portrait Positive is the latest project shot by Rankin in collaboration with the charity, Changing Faces and designer Steven Tai. Rankin photographed 16 women with medical conditions that exhibit physically such as scars, in order to promote a diversity of beautiful faces.
We love Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared here at It’s Nice That. So much so that we featured the series’ protagonists – Duck, Red Guy and Yellow Guy – on the cover of the SS16 issue of Printed Pages. So it’s needless to say when we saw the announcement the shorts are being turned into a television show, we’ve gotten very excited.
Back once again on the last Tuesday of September, it’s Nicer Tuesdays! This month’s edition sees a stellar line-up grace the stage at Oval Space as we’ll be hearing from renowned Scottish photographer Dougie Wallace, creative director and filmmaker Margot Bowman, independent creative agency Superimpose and illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli will be joining us from her home in Milan.
The brightly coloured creations that Italian illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli whizzes up have graced the pages of It’s Nice That countless times. With a talent for pairing colours and shapes that bounce off screens and magazines alike, Olimpia’s work is instantly noticeable and explains why clients and illustration lovers fall for her time and time again. Recently releasing a new series Cuore di Panna, Olimpia used her style to evoke childhood memories of late 1980s Italian culture and will be taking us through the lip-licking drawings included in the series. Dougie Wallace is a name that will ring a bell with photography fanatics and eager people watchers. Internationally recognised for his ability to capture anyone – from the wealthy shoppers in Harrods to barking dogs – Dougie captures life as he sees it using his high-flash social documentarian eye. The photographer will be joining us to talk through how he’s developed this approach and the projects that have followed.
Most people reading this will have experience of writing essays, and anyone who has experience of writing essays also has experience of the unique hell of trying to hit a word count that simply refuses to be hit. There is, it turns out, only so much that hungover 19 year old you has to say about Foucault’s The Birth of the Clinic.
When Lucas Reis was a kid growing up in Brazil, he had a Japanese friend. That friend was Lucas’ link to a country that has gone on to fascinate him ever since. The illustrator — who is also a creative at Mother — absorbed as much as he could from his playground pal. “As my taste began to develop in music, art, and design, I was always very aware of what was happening in Japan,” he tells It’s Nice That. “I tried to really understand what such a different mindset to my own could produce.”
Picture the scene. The year is 1988, and you’re a photographer, or illustrator, or writer, with brilliant ideas. You know exactly what it is you have to offer the world — a touching portrait of vegetable growing competitions in Todmorden, say, or the Great North Norfolk Novel, perhaps — but you’re not sure how best to get it out there. Letters to publishers go unsent, and the idea of picking up the phone to Martin Parr’s office and seeing if he’d be interested in flicking through a set of negatives over a cup of tea is understandably daunting. You don’t write the novel, and the photos remain forever sheathed in PVC and stuffed in a chest of drawers.
Ghoulish silhouettes, jittering zombie eyes and blood-red dripping slime. This is what the I Saw John First directed title sequence for b-movie homage, Slice, is made of.
Pentagram has brought a truly dazzling installation to the V&A as part of London Design Festival, presently running until 23 September 2018. Commissioned for the First World War centenary by 14-18 Now, the exhibition commemorates one of the most intriguing design features that came out of the war. Dazzle is inspired by a type of camouflage used during the First World War, known as dazzle camouflage where abstract shapes and angles were painted onto the surface of war ships in an experimental, protective method pioneered by British artist Norman Wilkinson.
New-York based graphic designer and type designer, Jackson Green mainly works with musical artists and clothing brands to create an effective “tone of voice” through his designs. His designs are bold and colourful, influenced by the futuristic ideas of Wim Crouwel which strive towards a sense of chronological ambiguity in the design’s make-up. Speaking to It’s Nice That, Jackson explains, “a huge part of my reason for design is to explore the Explanatory Gap”, a philosophical idea coined by Joseph Levine investigating how physical properties give rise to the way things feel when they are experienced.
Natalia Poniatowska employs photography to convey the emotions, truths and challenges of modern reality