Taking place as usual on the last Tuesday of the month, It’s Nice That is getting ready to host another evening of creative talks on 28 May. This month’s multi-disciplinary line-up includes the director Johnny Kelly, design studio Accept and Proceed, photographer Bex Day and the editor of MacGuffin magazine, Kirsten Algera.
Tickets are now available for the evening and we’d recommend you snap one up pronto! But if you’d like to know more about this month’s speakers, below is a little insight into what’s in store for the month of May.
The widely acclaimed director Johnny Kelly has worked for the likes of Google, Apple, The Guardian and The New York Times. Signed to Nexus, the Irish director has eight Vimeo staff picks under his belt, not to mention a Cannes Lions Film Grand Prix award and a D&AD pencil.
For his most recent project, Johnny created a series of short advertisements Right on Tracks for Cheerios. Featuring four original songs, the silly, funny and thoughtful shorts encourage children to be kinder to one another. In his talk, Johnny will talk us through the animation process, touching on the handmade puppets and the inspiration behind them.
London-based studio Accept and Proceed focuses on creative strategy and collaborative design. Drawing out the human angle in every brief that lands on their desk, Accept and Proceed’s work often goes beyond the creative community. Having worked for the likes of Nike, the Design Museum and Moleskine, the studio recently created a typeface with Nasa – pretty much every graphic designer’s dream client.
At May’s Nicer Tuesdays, Accept and Proceed will give us the lowdown on this bespoke type design project. The new typeface, Grace-FO Display, ties in with Nasa’s cutting-edge research to help everyone – from schoolchildren to senators – understand how water moves across our planet.
Photographer Bex Day tells stories that are often neglected by the mainstream media, even more progressive platforms. From sumo wrestlers in Tokyo to bodybuilders in Berlin, Bex often spends lengthy periods of time with her photographic subjects, documenting them with honesty and authenticity.
Bex will be joining us to discuss her latest project, Hen. The series focuses on transgender people over 40, and examines how gender stereotypes have affected this older community. Three years in the making, Bex found time to work on the project in between editorial and commercial projects, attempting to increase the visibility of older transgender people, while shedding light on their struggles.
Joining us from Amsterdam is Kirsten Algera, editor-in-chief of MacGuffin magazine. The unique publication celebrates “inspiring, personal, unexpected, highly familiar or utterly disregarded things”. Previous issues have been dedicated to objects as diverse as the ball, the cabinet, the sink, the rope, the window and the bed (you get the picture).
At the end of the month, Kirsten will be discussing the new and soon-to-be-released seventh issue of MacGuffin, which will be centred around trousers! The Nicer Tuesdays audience will be treated to a glimpse between the covers of the beautifully designed magazine, hot off the (trouser) press.
Get your tickets at the above link and, as always, doors open at 6:30pm.