The deadline to apply for It’s Nice That’s The Graduates 2018 is just around the corner on the 25 June.
Back in 2011, Helsinki-based studio Tsto designed an identity for Flow Festival featuring a bold typographic treatment that has become synonymous with the festival’s name. Over the next five years the studio continued to roll out the festival’s identity under this visual language, before taking a three year break. 2018 marks Tsto back in the graphic design driving seat, and pushing the identity further seven years later from when it first sat down to do it.
Arabella Simpson’s colourful drawings fit together like a distorted Tetris game. Fascinated by “recycling, originality and copyright”, Arabella enjoys drawing immediately recognisable characters. “I want an image to communicate its meaning instantly”, she tells It’s Nice That. By using our eyes first, she feels that we then have time to “choose how we’d like to use our heads and voices”.
“For 10 years I tried to escape art. I thought I was no good at it. I thought it was pretentious,” Tal R admits during a phone call with It’s Nice That; “I tried to give up on art but art didn’t give up on me.” From London’s Victoria Miro gallery to Copenhagen’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Tal R’s artworks have toured the globe. Sexshop is Tal’s long-term project, which saw the painter visit strip clubs and bordellos across the world, transforming their facades into an emulsion of mesmerising shapes and rich colours.
Following on from smashing its Kickstarter campaign, Eike König’s After School Club, a week-long creative boot camp exploring design, will take place on 30 July — 4 August. Applications to take part in the event, which will examine social questions by artists, designers and students from across the globe, are now open too.
For Shaz Madani, art director of Riposte Magazine, “it’s definitely the case of judge a magazine by its cover”. A cover should mark what a magazine believes in and Riposte, with their signature text and iconic portraits of women, adhere to this ideal.
Art and design schools everywhere preach the importance of failure. Tutors encourage students to let go of any preconceptions of what their work should be and, instead, try everything under the sun, using their mistakes as a means to learn. James Dyson famously made his way through over 5,000 prototypes before discovering the solution for the modern-day hoover, for example. Creativity and the generation of new ideas seem to go hand-in-hand with making mistakes, with the best ideas the result of learning from one.
David Shrigley presents Exhibition of Giant Inflatable Swan-things this autumn in his first Swedish show. The installation will be created exclusively for Spiritmuseum as part of the Absolut Art Collection. The works look to expand upon David’s signature style, made up of pen and ink drawings with handwritten slogans.
Beyoncé and Jay Z, aka The Carters, released an unexpected joint album Everything is Love on Saturday 16 June, and with it a music video for its first single Apeshit. In the video directed by Ricky Saiz, the duo and a troupe of dancers take over the world’s largest art museum, The Louvre, and show the galleries in a way never seen before – vacant of teeming crowds, and using its renowned works as backdrops to fabulous styling (by Ibrahim Kamara) and expectedly immaculate choreography.
When not publishing its brilliant magazine Mould Map, Landfill Editions are equally brilliant book publishers, working with illustration, graphic design and everything in between. With a stack of new titles for you to peruse, we caught up with the publishing house to see what has recently come back from the printers.
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