It’s Chrrrrrriiiiissssstttttmmmmmaaaaaasssssssss! Ok it’s not really, but there are certain milestones that begin the countdown to the festive season and in our own small way we hope the arrival of the It’s Nice That Annual is one of them. Designed this year by the excellent Studio Makgill, the Annual is back and it’s bigger and better than ever before.
Once again we’ve put together a curated snapshot of creative brilliance from the past 12 months, celebrating the people and the projects which have rocked the art and design world. We’ve selected the most exciting and engaging work to have appeared on itsnicethat.com in the past year, with 130 projects spanning graphic design, illustration, photography, art, product and furniture design, advertising, publishing and fashion.
We also take a look at our 15 brilliant Graduates from 2014, the most jaw-dropping exhibitions of the past 12 months and the magazine covers that caught our eye during the past year. And for the first time ever we’ve got 50 profiles of figures who’ve had massive years – from Jessica Walsh and Paul Smith to Agi & Sam and Jean Jullien – to discover their creative highlights, professional triumphs and personal accomplishments.
And, and, each Annual comes with a postcard of a piece of work in the book signed by the artist themselves! It comes out in the second week of December so pre-order your copy now for £35 and get free UK postage and packaging for a limited time only. If that doesn’t leave your aunts giddy, we don’t know what will.
The It’s Nice That Annual 2014 is supported by G.F Smith and printed on Colorplan Bright White 350gsm, Zen Pure White 150gsm and Heaven 42 135gsm.
- Interior Lives documents the unassimilated lives of the largest Chinese population outside of Asia
- Illustrator Isabella Cotier’s characters are a celebration of dressing to express
- Alice Zoo documents the real day-to-day lives of performers in a travelling circus
- Jenny Schweitzer's latest short is an uplifting account of life in an American retirement home
- Next 2 Nothing is the how-to manual of tips and tricks for any aspiring filmmaker
- Haleigh Mun on finding her own illustrative style rather than trying to be a “cool artist”
- An egg beats Kylie Jenner to become the most liked Instagram photo... ever
- Mastercard reveals new nameless logo courtesy of Michael Bierut
- Sam Youkilis uses scale, form and colour to challenge the tropes of travel photography
- Betina Du Toit's naturally-beautiful images are “stripped back from the non-essential”
- Giacomo Gambineri on shifting his creative career from graphic designer to illustrator
- Hiroki Nishiyama draws on traditional graphic design techniques in his illustration practice