Hardworking Goodlooking, as well as being the opening line to successful CVs everywhere, is the name for the publishing arm of Philippines-based platform The Office of Culture and Design. The publications it makes are nice and lo-fi, often produced at local Risograph studios and bound in low-cost ways with a balance of skill and immediacy. Referencing vernacular typography, imagery and materials, Hardworking Goodlooking’s books work hard and look really good.
Run by Clara Lobregat Balaguer and Kristian Henson, Hardworking Goodlooking’s work is incredibly well designed, interesting and culturally valuable. The programme of expanded editorial at The Office of Culture and Design runs in tandem with their research initiatives and projects with the wider community. Their work includes films about the impact on tribal communities in assimilating with contemporary culture, a series of workshops inspired by The Guggenheim Effect and a pseudo-scientific publication on sign painting in the Philippines.
About the Author
Billie studied illustration at Camberwell College of Art before completing an MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art. She joined It’s Nice That as a Freelance Editorial Assistant back in January 2015 and continues to work with us on a freelance basis.