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.
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.