For Helsinki-based graphic designer Lars Högström, music and graphic design seem to always be entwined. Having graduated from Aalto University last December with a bachelor’s in visual communication, Lars produces work for and about music, often for personal projects exploring graphic design as a somewhat “relaxing obsession”.
Having graduated from university with a degree in politics, specialising in journalism, Michal Solarski moved from Poland (his home country) to London, where he’s been based for the past 15 years. A photographer whose work takes cues from his journalistic introduction to the medium, today, he works somewhere in the grey area between fine art and documentary photography, recalling memories and experiences from his youth.
Earlier this year, the British Army made a concerted effort to reach out to sensitive kindly souls like us here at It’s Nice That. Sort of. You’ll remember, of course, the series of posters that were plastered up and down the country in an attempt to bump up sign-up rates to the services. Yep, those posters which grabbed the attention of the nation’s youth by accusing of them being selfie-addict “snowflakes” who are more me-me-me than militarily-minded millennial foot soldiers of the near future.
As we encounter increasing amounts of 3D animation here at the It’s Nice That office, it’s easy to forget where this relatively new form of art originated. The LA-based artist Jennifer Steinkamp is a pioneer in the field of 3D animation, working exclusively in digital media to beautifully render “organic and abstract forms in motion”. On the subject of her work, she tells It’s Nice That, “I am fascinated by software’s ability to create ideas we would never conceive of in the natural world.”
Born to a South African father and a half American, half German mother, photographer Kyle Weeks spent his childhood in Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek. Later studying photography at the Stellenbosch Academy, he says he became “acutely aware of the history of photography as a medium on the African continent.” Realising that what had once been a tool used for visual oppression was now a method of empowerment that allowed people to take control of their own identities, he decided that this was a dialogue he wanted to contribute to.
Telly addicts rejoice, the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival= returns to London’s swinging Southbank next month with a whole host of archival CRT screamers.
While restaurant experiences are becoming ever-more daring, like the dining in the sky experience or any other kind of Chef’s Table-esque elaboration, Snøhetta has gone above and beyond in their design of Europe’s first underwater restaurant called Under.
Influenced by surrealism, the graphic designer and art director Morteza Vaseghi remembers his childhood emblazoned with memories of Magritte, Dali and Klarwein while Pink Floyd was playing in the background. It is an influence that has carried on into his working life, following him around Tehran, where he grew up, London, where he studied and Oslo, where he now resides. As a result, his work hints to dreamlike scenes and abstract forms, which are then designed and art directed into coherent works of conceptual graphic design.
A brief list of European things we like at It’s Nice That: Swiss typography, Italian ice cream, and ferociously fearsome German techno. Which means that we really like Hamburg’s finest DJ-come-producer Helena Hauff.
Following the opening of Celine’s latest flagship store in New York back in February, which boasted a new brutalist redesign, the brand’s renowned creative director, Hedi Slimane, has implemented this aesthetic into all of their branches across the globe.
“The character is already there”: Andrea Artemisio builds narrative, attitude and tone in his photographs