At It’s Nice That, it’s time for us to reflect on 2016 and the fantastic work we’ve published across the year. To start the celebrations we have spoken to several creatives and agencies who have created some of the most impactful and inspiring work over the last 12 months. We’ve also gathered together the most popular content from across the site, a reminder of the amazing work we’ve had the joy of publishing.
Thanks to everyone who has worked with us and made 2016 what it was. We look forward to seeing what 2017 has to offer!
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
You guys love to like, so here’s a run down of our most popular Instagram posts from 2016. We’ve had some great reactions to the stuff we’ve popped on our Insta this year – from aubergines to anti-Trump pins, we’re sharing squares and squares of delightful things. Enjoy you crazy lot! h3. 1. Anna Ginsburg, Spin the Aub
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
’Tis the season to be merry, so why not give that festive spirit a boost by joining It’s Nice That for our Review of the Year party? On Thursday 15 December, you’re invited to join us for pizza from our friends at Yardsale and beers at London Fields Brewery for a good ol’ knees up.