2016 is drawing to a close and the It’s Nice That team is packing up for a couple of weeks of festive fun and a short break. To keep you interested over the holiday break we have compiled the best performing stories of the year for you to enjoy again and have interviewed the people and studios that have contributed to the site and our events in countless ways.
Listed below are the articles currently taking over the homepage – you’ll find our individual profiles of creatives who’ve had an incredible year and the most popular stories organised by category.
It’s Nice That will be back on Tuesday 3 January 2017 to launch our Ones To Watch 2017. We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas – see you next year.
Review of the Year 2016: graphic designer Jonathan BarnbrookOwen Pritchard —
As 2016 comes to an end, we will be publishing exclusive interviews with just some of the creatives whose work has stood out and made an impact over the past 12 months. First up, we speak to graphic designer Jonathan Barnbrook about his memorable year.
Review of the Year 2016: animator Anna GinsburgLucy Bourton —
In the second of our interviews with a selection of creatives who’ve have had a fantastic 2016, animator Anna Ginsburg reflects on her work and ambitions for next year.
Review of the Year 2016: publication The New YorkerRebecca Fulleylove —
In the third interview for our Review of the Year series, we speak to The New Yorker about the risks they’ve taken this year and how important collaboration is to the publication.
Review of the Year 2016: graphic designers DesignStudioJenny Brewer —
We speak to London-based DesignStudio for our seventh interview of Review of the Year. Here the studio looks back at some of its biggest projects this year and ponders its hopes for 2017.
Review of the year 2016: graphic designers SüpergrüpLucy Bourton —
Our sixth interview for our Review of the Year features is with Süpergrüp, Germany’s start-studded design collective – we speak to them about its first year as a group and what it hopes to do in 2017.
Review of the Year 2016: photographer Martin ParrJenny Brewer —
Our eighth profile for Review of the Year is with photographer Martin Parr – here he reflects on highlights of 2016 and ponders what makes a great year.
Review of the Year 2016: illustrator Tuesday BassenBryony Stone —
In the fourth of our Review of the Year profiles, we speak to illustrator Tuesday Bassen who talks briefly about retail giant Zara allegedly stealing her designs and how the last 12 months have played out.
Review of the Year 2016: filmmakers Becky and JoeOwen Pritchard —
In our fifth profile for Review of the Year we speak to filmmakers Becky and Joe about the last episode of Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared and what they’ve learnt this year.
Review of the Year 2016: musician Toro y MoiRebecca Fulleylove —
In our ninth Review of the Year interview, we chat to Chaz Bundick about his stellar year and how he’s working on developing his creative output more and more.
Review of the Year 2016: graphic designer Sarah HyndmanRebecca Fulleylove —
Our tenth interview for Review of the Year sees us chat to designer Sarah Hyndman about the incredible experiences she’s had this year and the work she continues to do with Type Tasting.
Review of the Year 2016: publication MushpitBryony Stone —
In our last profile for Review of the Year we caught up with Bertie Brandes and Charlotte Roberts of DIY-zine-turned-actually-very-legit-mag Mushpit to hear about the “complete and utter shit show” that was 2016.
Review of the Year 2016: 100 Most Read Articles of the YearIt's Nice That —
The It’s Nice That Review of the Year 2016 culminates with a round up of the best and most popular content we have published this year. From one to 100, it’s a rich mix of entertaining, inspiring and downright bonkers projects that champion creativity. So take some time out to check out the articles you’ve read the most. h3. Supported by Google
Review of the Year 2016: Top 25 FeaturesIt's Nice That —
The features we create on It’s Nice That give us time to delve deep and tell the stories that deserve a little more reading time. This year we documented the closing of one of London’s most famous clubs (which is now to be re-opened), asked Milton Glaser about ethics and got Wilfrid Wood to depict the summer games – these are the long-reads that have stayed with you this year.h3. Supported by Google
Review of the Year 2016: Top 10 Editor's PicksIt's Nice That —
Review of the Year gives us time to reflect on the articles that have been published on the site during the year. With an ever-evolving palette of creatives and projects that continue to excite us, here we present a selection of ten articles as picked by Owen, Bryony, Jenny, Beccy and Lucy.h3. Supported by Google
Review of the Year 2016: Top 25 NewsIt's Nice That —
Relive the biggest art and design news stories of 2016 with our top 25. Some highlights include the world’s ugliest colour ever, a few classic brands getting makeovers, surprising yet insightful surveys and some brilliant reactions to this year’s political climate – we’ve got it all. h3. Supported by Google
Review of the Year 2016: Top 25 PhotographyIt's Nice That —
Say cheese! Here’s a run down of the top 25 photography stories from this year, which includes an array of editorial projects, documentary photography and fascinating stories. It’s a brilliant reminder of the beauty and power photography has to communicate a narrative, so take a peek. h3. Supported by Google
Review of the Year 2016: Top 25 IllustrationIt's Nice That —
Here we celebrate the top 25 illustration articles from this year, all of whom have a knack for communicating stories in a visually engaging way. From the established names to new faces, the cheeky to the political and the computer created to the handmade – there’s a style and approach for everyone. h3. Supported by Google
Review of the Year 2016: Top 25 Graphic DesignIt's Nice That —
We’ve seen some big rebrands this year including Mastercard, the Premier League and Co-op, but there’s also been some new studios and designers breaking through to create some fantastic work. Check out some of the other trends this year with our top 25 graphic design stories. h3. Supported by Google
Matthew Keff digitally riffs off the design tropes of social media and advertisingJyni Ong —The digital artist talks us through his creative and technical process in creating “kooky audiovisual scenarios” inspired by different parts of digital culture.
Review of the Year 2016: Top 25 Moving ImageIt's Nice That —
The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to moving image and lucky for us, we saw a cavalcade of wonderful creations this year. With documentaries of compelling stories, entertaining music videos, amusing adverts and ingenious animations – this is what caught your eye this year. h3. Supported by Google
Review of the Year 2016: Top 10 TalksIt's Nice That —
Through our events, Here and Nicer Tuesdays, we’re given the opportunity to hear personal insights and stories from some of the most talented people working across the industry. Here we gather together just some of the talks and presentations we were fortunate to listen to. h3. 1. Erik Kessels: Nicer Tuesdays, May 2016
Review of the Year 2016: Thank YouOwen Pritchard —
What. A. Year. Over the last 12 months, It’s Nice That has published over 2,400 articles, hosted 12 Nicer Tuesdays, thrown parties, welcomed 750 delegates and ten speakers to our conference Here, created two issues of Printed Pages, tweeted more than 13,000 times, posted over 600 Instagram posts, held workshops around the UK, made one book and attended countless events. It’s an immense pleasure to be able to publish so much great work on a daily basis – it’s something that we take extremely seriously and are looking to develop and stretch in 2017.
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