How to create an impactful side project: Get your tickets for May’s Nicer Tuesdays Online!

Photographer Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek and Cairo-based design collective Archief Cairo will be speaking at this month’s edition of online creative talks. 

4 May 2021
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Whether you’re just starting out in the creative industry or a household name with a team of dozens beneath you, there is one kind of project that supersedes all, wherever you are in the world: the side project. This month, we’re dedicating Nicer Tuesdays to these weird and wonderful ventures, welcoming two stellar speakers with side projects of note, stopping over at Cairo and Berlin along the way. 

First, we’ve got a photographer whose side project we look forward to each year. Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek will be talking us through his hilarious calendar featuring floating Afghan hounds and model-esque guinea pigs. We’re also very excited to welcome Archief Cairo to the online stage, a design collective exploring the future of Arabic visual culture. On the last Tuesday of this month (25 May 2021 at 6 pm BST), two of its co-founders, Maram Al Refaei and Hana Neuman, will be talking us through their one-of-a-kind side project, reviving a letterpress at Cairo’s French Institute of Oriental Archaeology, a museum which houses the only letterpress with hieroglyphics in the world.

Pay what you can with our tiered payment system and grab yourself a ticket below. Also, did you know that if you join Extra Nice, It’s Nice That’s new membership programme, you’ll automatically receive a ticket every month for Nicer Tuesdays Online, for the entire year? That’s just one of the many perks that make Extra Nice so special. To find out more about this and all the other benefits of joining Extra Nice, head over to the dedicated part of our site.


Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek: Pin-Up Guinea Pigs (Copyright © Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek, 2020)

Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek 

At the start of every year, we at It’s Nice That look forward to a side project that never fails to make us chuckle. It comes in the form of a calendar, a very funny one at that too. Daniel spends much of the year thinking about the next calendar and what 12 images can brilliantly entertain audiences for the coming year. Most recently, guinea pigs and their fantastic variety of haircuts served as the photographer’s muse but in previous years, Daniel has empowered laughs with cheeky-looking alpacas and silky-haired Afghan hounds living their best lives on the pools of luxury resorts. Elsewhere in Daniel’s work, the esteemed photographer has clients such as Helmut Lang, Office MagazineNicotine MagazineAnOther and Wired. Here to discuss the power of his humorous side project, however, we can’t wait to sit back and relax with Daniel later this month. 


Archief Cairo: Maadi – Street 205 together with Yara Ahmed, 2018 (Copyright © Archief Cairo)

Archief Cairo 

Established in 2018, Archief Cairo is a multilingual lab for research, preservation and communication founded by Hana Neuman, Maram Al Refaei, Sherine Salla and Ryan Vicente Lee Grees. A design collective that started by documenting the vernacular of the street, it has captured the visual essence of the Egyptian capital through a series of explorative projects focusing on how Arabic visual culture is perceived through the five senses. Touching on Cairo’s unique creative scene and the rich cultural history that informs it, the collective will also, interestingly, discuss a side project like no other. Approximately a year before the pandemic, Archief Cairo started work reviving a letterpress at the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology which houses the only letterpress with hieroglyphics in the world. Talking us through the cultural significance of this project and revealing hidden insights into this typographic wonder, Archief Cairo will also share its ethos of using the street to delve into “unknown, forgotten or almost disappearing knowledge”. 

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