For Nicer Tuesdays 2018, It’s Nice That has partnered with Dropbox Paper to invite two collaborators every month to develop a limited edition poster. The two international creatives from various disciplines will work together via the collaborative workspace to develop their ideas, share inspiration and references, and evolve their concept from sketches to final artwork. This will be printed and given away to every Nicer Tuesdays attendee each month.
Over the course of this year, It’s Nice That and Dropbox Paper have produced a number of collaborative posters between two different creatives nestled in opposite corners of the globe. In most cases, the first creative chooses their collaborative partner off the back of admiring their work, and it’s often the case that the pair has never met either. However, for this edition, the tenth poster to be made and given out for free at Nicer Tuesdays, German illustrator Stefan Marx and Japanese artist Misaki Kawai chose to work together because they’re already pals.
Despite the fact that artist Adrian Kay Wong lives in Los Angeles and Raffy and George – who make up design studio Printed Goods – live in Bristol, the group have got a lot in common. Firstly, both have a similar approach to work regardless of their differing practices. They both appreciate strong geometric presence in their creative endeavours, working logistically by also limiting themselves to a carefully selected colour palette. It doesn’t matter about the eight hour time difference: this lot are very much in the same place.
August is a month for celebrating. Holidays are booked, evenings naturally flow into after work drinks and carnivals around the world are circled in calendars. For Iranian designers Homa Delvaray and Masoud Morgan, it was the month’s tendency to be filled with joyful, sun-filled long evenings that the pair noticed from their respective cities of Tehran and Berlin. Their collaborative poster visualising this sentiment, created using Dropbox Paper, will be available for free at Nicer Tuesdays August.
For Chicago-based graphic designer Alexa Viscius, London-based photographer Alexandra Waespi, and pretty much everyone else in the world, the month of July has been an absolute scorcher. It’s been weeks of glorious weather but it’s also been a stickily hot one, a feeling both Alexandra and Alexa experienced in their respective cities across the globe.
For London-based illustrator, Dominic Kesterton and Japanese graphic designer Shun Sasaki, the month of June represents the beginning of summer. Spending long days feeling too hot, the creatives wanted to evoke the feeling of keeping cool, visualising the culture of going swimming outdoors, in both Japan and England. Commissioned by Dropbox and It’s Nice That, the pair have combined their personal styles in a typographically illustrated collaborative poster. Created using Dropbox Paper, Shun and Dominic’s poster will be printed and available for free at Nicer Tuesdays June.
Two Venezuelans, one in Paris, one in Melbourne, met across Dropbox Paper this month to co-create an exuberant poster, fusing their complementary creative techniques. Nadia Hernández brought along her paper-cut, folklore-inspired shapes and type; Carlín Díaz brought his charming, textural characters and forms. The final poster will be given out to every Nicer Tuesdays attendee on 29 May, and here, we share a behind-the-scenes look at their collaborative process.
For this month’s Dropbox poster collaboration, Copenhagen/Malmö-based digital artists Wang & Söderström worked with Swedish illustrator Klas Ernflo in a cross-dimensional merge of talent. Working via Dropbox Paper, Klas, Anny Wang and Tim Söderström found a way to blend their different approaches – Klas’ flat ink paintings and Wang & Söderström’s hyperreal 3D renders – in a truly unexpected way, via that most classic of artistic compositions, the still life. The poster will be given out to every Nicer Tuesdays attendee on 1 May.Given the brief to explore a loose theme of April, Anny and Tim thought of two events during the month – Easter and Siblings Day – with a unifying symbol, the egg. “We think the egg shape can really communicate these themes and fit our organic shape language,” they explained to Klas. Bouncing around ideas, they talked about “nest-like” compositions customised with patterns, bringing in a mixture of 2D and 3D abstract shapes from “both the Klas and the W&S universe,” and possibly mapping Klas’ illustrated patterns on to 3D eggs. For all these concepts, the duo shared tests, sketches, collages and swatches to show Klas how it could happen.Though the two studios work in very different ways, they found common ground in their use of shape – abstract, globular, amorphous forms that could visually tie to both their work, to make the final poster truly collaborative.
For illustrators Marion Deuchars and Anna Kövecses, the month of March marks two significant events: the arrival of spring, and International Women’s Day. So for their collaborative poster, commissioned by Dropbox and It’s Nice That, the pair elected to channel both themes in one vibrant and poignant image. The collaboration evolved entirely over the platform of Dropbox Paper, and will be printed and given out at Nicer Tuesdays in March.
This month, two overtly distinctive and equally respected creatives worked together – for the first time – on our Dropbox collaborative poster, and the results are as fizzing with energy as you might expect. Given the simple brief to depict February, illustrators Bráulio Amado and Jordy van den Nieuwendijk chose to focus on Carnival, with each creative bringing their own signature style together in a clever way that means each Nicer Tuesdays attendee will get two posters in one. The final print will be given away to every Nicer Tuesdays attendee on 20 February collaboratively via Dropbox Paper, the two quickly agreed on the Carnival theme and its inherent potential. “Shall we go nuts on compositions and colour palettes?” asked Jordy. You can guess the answer to that question. “It would be fun to do a bunch of people in weird costumes, some by me, some by you, the end product being a Carnival mosh pit,” said Bráulio.
You’d be forgiven for presuming the debauchery of New Year’s Eve was a contemporary invention, but in fact this widely celebrated excuse to let loose dates back to medieval times. The Feast of Fools, illustrator Sophy Hollington explains, was a medieval New Year festival celebrated around Europe on 1 January until it was eradicated by the church in the 1600s, and it’s this day of decadence that provided ample visual inspiration for the Dropbox collaborative poster for January’s Nicer Tuesdays.