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Founded in 2007, It’s Nice That is a publishing platform that encompasses several different online, print and events offerings as part of its mission of championing creativity across the art and design world.

Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge in jeopardy as London mayor withdraws support for project

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London mayor Sadiq Khan has withdrawn support for Heatherwick Studio’s Garden Bridge design to begin construction, throwing the future of the project into jeopardy. In a letter sent to the chair of the Garden Bridge Trust he states that the project has “significant hurdles” to overcome before the planning permission expires in December 2017, and is therefore not providing the Mayoral guarantees that would allow the project to happen.

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We speak to the three creatives behind a Nigerian-focused editorial and film for Kenzo

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As African culture is increasingly disseminated across Instagram and through the pages of Western fashion magazines, an exhibition celebrating Nigerian beauty and identity opens in-store at Kenzo Mayfair. Gidi Gidi Bu Ugwu Ze, Unity is Strength fuses the creative talent of three of London’s most promising creatives, filmmaker Akinola Davies, photographer Ruth Ossai and stylist Ibrahim Kamara. We caught up with the trio on the morning of the film’s launch as they prepare for the exhibition’s opening this evening.

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“The creative community has a powerful voice”: what we learned at Nicer Tuesdays

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This month’s Nicer Tuesdays heralded creativity’s power to cross borders, bring people together and discover new worlds. Our audience at Oval Space heard inspiring talks from Sam T Smith, co-founder of the Me & EU postcard project; illustrator Daniel Frost on his Greenland series; photography and filmmaking sisters Emily and Alice Stein on their Hello, I Am Nora film; and animation director Nicolas Ménard on his award-winning short Wednesday With Goddard. Each showed personal projects fuelled by sheer dedication and passion, and the enthusiasm was contagious. Here’s just some of the top moments and takeaways from April’s event.h3. Postcards are potent communication tools

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The US Environmental Protection Agency graphic standards manual from 1977 to be reissued

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New York publishing imprint Standards Manual has worked with AIGA and design firm Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv (CGH) on creating a reissue of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) graphic standards system as a hardcover book. The publisher, run by Hamish Smyth and Jesse Reed, has previously reissued the New York City Transit Authority and the NASA graphic standards manuals, and hope to continue its work showing “how design can help to shape federal programmes” with this latest project.

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Best of the Web is here, and so is the weekend!

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Another four-day week over in the UK, and my gosh aren’t we enjoying it? Sure we’re cramming in five days of work into four and we’re still in a mini egg coma, but that extra day feels right, welcome and joyful. As we quickly skip into the weekend once more, this week’s highlights from the internet include Jack Sach’s Spotify ads, a game that allows you to explore French economic policy, and some of the exhibits at The Museum of Failure in Sweden. Enjoy!

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Animator Saiman Chow’s trippy idents for Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty

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Hong Kong-born, LA-based animator Saiman Chow was asked by American cable channel Adult Swim to create a series of 15-second idents for its show Rick and Morty to be used as promos. “The brief was very open, it was just to interpret the show and the characters however I saw fit. Besides some standard federal regulations, nothing was off limits,” explains Saiman.

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Behind the “geographically neutral” design of BA’s new airline, Level, by Brand Union

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Last month the International Airlines Group, parent company to British Airways, announced the launch of a new, low-cost, long-haul airline called Level. The identity by Brand Union uses what the agency called a “minimalist” approach, using geometric forms, sans serif type and a two-colour palette, applied across everything from the marketing material to the plane exteriors and livery. Here, executive creative director at Brand Union Paul Cardwell exclusively chats to It’s Nice That about the project and how it came to fruition.

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