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Review of the Year 2017: Top 25 Graphic Design

The graphic design we’ve featured on the site over the course of this year has excited, intrigued and delighted the It’s Nice That team many a time. From burgeoning studios and newly-graduated designers to more established, household name creatives, we’ve loved sharing the work in progress shots, the concepts and the stories. Below we’ve got 25 of the best performing graphic design articles – put down your Wacom tablet and enjoy!

  • Moonsick_gang-its_nice_that-1_hour_serieslist Work / Graphic Design Introducing graphic designer Moonsick Gang

    Graphic designer Moonsick Gang (real name Moonsik Kang) hails from Seoul in Korea, but he studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam before crossing the Atlantic to study his MFA at Yale, a veritable training ground for some of the most interesting young designers holding our gaze at the moment. The New York-based designer explains that “I can’t say exact my style but I like these words: ‘Unexpected Abstraction’”. Scrolling through his portfolio, we revelled in the (doubtless Yale-honed) experimental side to Moonsik’s approach, effectively blended with a paired back simplicity explored through a refined use of colour and type.

    Bryony Stone
  • Studiofeixenlist Work / Graphic Design Studio Feixen creates an interactive, digital poster of musical surprise

    Swiss graphic design studio Studio Feixen has collaborated with Marc Schwegler on a new event, Oto Nové Swiss. The result is an interactive, digital poster with hidden musical surprises.

    Lucy Bourton
  • List Work / Graphic Design Graphic designer Lisa H. Moura takes us through her sleek, considered portfolio

    26-year-old graphic designer Lisa H. Moura grew up in rural Portugal. After graduating from Fine Arts Faculty in Lisbon in communication design, Lisa worked in the country as a graphic designer before upping sticks and relocating to São Paulo to work at studio ps.2 arquitetura + design with Flávia Nalon and Fábio Prata. Now, Lisa has returned to school, this time a master’s in design at Head, Geneva. Lisa’s highly considered work spans editorial, photography, visual identity and exhibition. We spoke to the young designer about how travelling has influenced her work and shone the light on two recent projects.

    Bryony Stone
  • Pentagram_graphcore_graphic_design_its_nice_that_9 Work / Graphic Design Pentagram provides a flexible new visual identity for tech start-up Graphcore

    A team at Pentagram led by Jody Hudson-Powell and Luke Powell has produced a brand strategy, tone of voice and visual identity for tech start-up Graphcore. The new identity, in the words of the designers, “presents Graphcore as both an innovative technology company and an ambitious thought leader, creating a brand that strikes a balance between product and editorial, putting people at the centre of technology.”

    Owen Pritchard
  • Hay_catalogs_all Work / Graphic Design Clara von Zweigbergk talks us through her art direction for Danish brand Hay

    Swedish graphic designer and art director Clara von Zweigbergk has an elegant creative approach to art direction. Each of her works, whether it be graphic design or sets, is clean and contemporary using simplicity to let the product at hand shine. Clara’s work you may recognise from campaigns of the Danish label Hay, which balances functional and alluring design in it’s home and work products.
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    Lucy Bourton
  • Studiofrith-alexachung-graphicdesign-itsnicethat-list Work / Graphic Design Studio Frith on designing Alexa Chung's "formal but playful" fashion label

    Earlier this year fashion icon Alexa Chung had her many fans reeling with the news of her own label. The campaign saw the model, muse, presenter and writer put her trend-spotting taste to use in creating her own collection. Such an exciting move from Alexa had to look slick and playful in every aspect, from the clothes to the branding, which was created by Studio Frith.

    Lucy Bourton
  • Graphicdesign_-cgdsyl-publication-itsnicethat-1 Work / World Mental Health Day GraphicDesign& outline three projects that successfully support and impact mental wellbeing

    Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? was published earlier this year to coincide with GraphicDesign&’s exhibition of the same name that is currently on show at the Wellcome Collection. It examines the varied and vital relationship between graphic design and health, focussing on work that demonstrates how communication strategies and visual languages are employed to persuade, inform and ultimately protect. The book asks its contributors to respond to the title question and demonstrates how graphic design impacts what we notice, what we understand and the actions we take. “In short, we hope that readers of the book will think the answer to the question is: yes!”

    Ruby Boddington
  • Laura_prim_its_nice_that_08-newyear-card-2016-2015 Work / Graphic Design The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim

    Graphic designer Laura Prim set up her own studio in 2014 in her hometown of St Gallen in Switzerland. Laura studied graphic design at the School of Art and Design in Lucerne, and Typography at Zurich University of the Arts, and has worked at agencies in Berlin, London and St Gallen. Her portfolio includes posters and book designs for a number of cultural institutions and agencies, and shows how her education has resulted in a precise and exacting creative output.

    Owen Pritchard
  • Sebastiankoseda-itsnicethat-list Work / Graphic Design Inside the constantly-probing mind of graphic designer Sebastian Koseda

    “Graphic design is dead. The kind I was introduced to is anyway,” so says graphic designer Sebastian Koseda. Since we first spoke to him back in 2012 when he had freshly graduated from Middlesex University (with a fistful of awards from CN, ISTD and D&AD), the graphic designer has graphed his way up the career ladder at Clerkenwell-based digital agency Feed London from junior design to creative director via an MA Visual Communication at the RCA. Among recent successes, Sebastian counts a typographic installation piece for Seoul typography biennale Typojanchi Biennale, the transformation of a discarded theatre into a cutting-edge space in Sheffield, the redesign of a record label Mute with Adrian Shaughnessy and saving the Southbank skate spot. We caught up with Sebastian for a closer look at his work.

    Bryony Stone
  • Dominik_junker_int_list Work / Graphic Design Swiss undergrad Dominik Junker's portfolio of minimal graphic design

    Swiss graphic designer Dominik Junker has an accomplished portfolio for someone still studying. Growing up in St. Gallen, Switzerland, Dominik completed an apprenticeship as a graphic designer before moving to Zurich to study Visual Communication, a bachelor’s degree he will complete this year.

    Lucy Bourton
  • Otw17_724x47413 Regulars / Ones to Watch 2017 Ones to Watch 2017: graphic designers Spassky Fischer

    It’s Nice That’s Ones to Watch is our chance to showcase 12 creatives who we think will be making an impact in 2017. The people featured have been whittled down from a global pool of creative talent and have been chosen for their ability to consistently produce inspiring and engaging work. Each one practices across a diverse range of disciplines and continually pushes the boundaries of their creative output. Ones to Watch 2017 is supported by Uniqlo. 

    Rebecca Fulleylove

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