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It’s Nice That’s Graduates 2016!

It’s Nice That launched The Graduates back in 2009, and each year we’re blown away by the young creative talent that’s out there. The scheme is open to all BA students coming to the end of their studies in the UK, and those selected are profiled on the website and receive mentorship from the It’s Nice That team.

It wasn’t easy whittling down a whopping 900-odd entries to just 14 this year, but our final selection demonstrates what we feel all work that appears on It’s Nice That does: originality, great execution, and something special.

Spanning visual communication, illustration, photography, graphic design and animation, the work you see on the site today arrives from a bunch of brilliant young creatives who we think we’ll be seeing a lot more from in future.

No one said art school was going to be easy, especially in the last few frantic months. If you’re a graduate, you know all this already. There’s likely been a lot of late nights, a few meltdowns and a lot of fun too on the path to finding out who and what you are as a creative. There’s a lot more to come, but it’s an exciting time: the next few months mark the transition from student to grad, and the first steps into a creative career.

And while graduating can be scary, it’s pretty amazing: whatever discipline you’re working in, your ideas are fresh, you’re passionate about what you’re doing and you’re willing to learn. That makes you brilliant, and that’s why we’re so grateful to each and every one of you for getting in touch with us and sharing your work with us as part of It’s Nice That’s Graduates 2016.

Here are the It’s Nice That Graduates of 2016:

Vera Babida
Michael Cox
Georgia Cranstoun
Liam Hart
Peony Gent
Harry Grundy
Tom Joyes
Ben Leonard
Oliver Marshall
Oscar Mitchell
Maddy Mould
John Molesworth
Hannah Nightingale
Jennifer Zheng

We’d like to offer massive thanks to G. F Smith for its support of The Graduates 2016, and thanks again to all of you who entered for constantly surprising and inspiring us here at It’s Nice That.


Tim Bowditch: The Graduates 2016


Tim Bowditch: The Graduates 2016


Tim Bowditch: The Graduates 2016


Tim Bowditch: The Graduates 2016


Tim Bowditch: The Graduates 2016


Tim Bowditch: The Graduates 2016


Tim Bowditch: The Graduates 2016


Tim Bowditch: The Graduates 2016


Tim Bowditch: The Graduates 2016

G . F Smith

It’s Nice That’s Graduates 2016 is kindly supported by G . F Smith, whose gorgeous range of papers and services can be just the thing for new and soon-to-be creative grads. The 130-year-old paper company has a long history of working with designers and artists at all stages of their careers, with its high-quality and innovative paper products offering a huge range of creative possibilities.