After graduating from architecture school in New York City during the peak of the 2009 recession, Heath West, the now full-time artist based in California, knew that this was one of the worst times to be an architect. But this wasn’t the only reason he transitioned into painting.
Over the past few weeks, our focus has been fully on the graduating class of 2019. With just a few short days to submit your portfolio for the chance to be one of The Graduates this year (you can apply here until midnight on 24 June), we’re really keen to hear from any creatives finishing their course this year!
A graduate of ECAL, for designer Alice Franchetti, graphic design is the sweet spot where maths and intuition meet. “You have to find a good solution with the help of logical rules but at the same time, there is an intuitive dimension that clicks into place when you know that everything works visually. You are constantly exercising your eye by building a project and I love to see myself evolve,” she tells us. Now based in Geneva, Alice runs her own studio practice while also teaching at ECAL and EAA.
For the past few years now, designer Anthony Burrill has been jetting off to Barcelona to lead an early summer workshop at Elisava, one of the city’s most prominent design schools.
For Lucy Sherston, one of the most exciting things about being an illustrator is the constant learning and development. “I see illustration as being like a walk through a dense, overgrown forest” she tells It’s Nice That. “Each job allows me to cut through the overgrowth and see my direction more clearly, but the path is never completely clear, which can be frustrating but ultimately exciting.”
It’s that time again. At a ceremony held last night, Penguin Random House revealed the trio of students who’ve got their hands on the highly-coveted and ever-prestigious student design awards.
While his mother baked “absurd but very beautiful” pastries all day in her house, Paris-based photographer Hubert Crabières was out working in the photo lab next door. Here in Dijon, the capital city of Burgundy, is where he developed prints and created his new series for fashion and photography magazine Edicola.
“I use about six stock facial expressions,” explains London born-and-bred illustrator Holly St Clair, “I just love simplicity!” Holly’s portfolio, whether you’re looking at an editorial commission, a sculpture, or taking part in a workshop, is consistent in one aspect: it makes you smile, or laugh, and usually at yourself. “I think it stems from a desire to make work that’s as direct and relatable as possible,” she continues. “I want the drawing to say, ‘This is how I feel. Exactly this.’ Nuance and deeper meaning are purely incidental. It’s my favourite thing in the world when people look at my work and go, ‘That’s me!’”
If type design wasn’t tough enough already, imagine working on a dozen fonts at the same time. For Jules Durand, this is all part of the fun. While it’s his dream to have his own type foundry one day, for now, you can find Valise on NoFoundry while Sneaky Times and Sinistre will be released some time in future on Collletttivo and Curva will be launched come Janurary 2020 on Blaze Type.
The North Face has become the latest clothing brand to think long and hard about how best to reduce plastic waste in the face of the ever-worsening climate crisis.