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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.

Bookshelf: The guys at Animated Review pick their most inspirational books

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Sometimes animators are a mysterious little sector of the creative world, no one seems to really understand how they weave the magic that they do, and so it remains rather a wonderful mystery. The Animated Review are a bunch of animation-fiends who have set out to spread the word and curate the best animation from all over the world on their site and in a very nice little printed publication. Want to know which books inspire some moving image and cartoon fanatics? Onwards, dear reader…

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Photography: Cait Oppermann shoots the world’s largest sex convention (some NSFW)

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Sometimes being a photographer grants you access to places and situations that you might never otherwise consider (or desire) going to. Such was the case for Cait Oppermann, the Brooklyn-based photographer who found herself at Exxxotica, one of the world’s largest sex conventions, camera in hand and judgement tucked firmly away.

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Graphic Design: Camilla Bengtsen rebrands Intersport just for the hell of it

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Danish designer Camilla Bengtsen has done a terrific job of reinventing global retail chain Intersport, providing them with an identity that’s much more fit for purpose than the current set of brand guidelines they follow. Her approach was to take some of their most popular products and reduce them to a series of graphic icons – a pair of Adidas trainers become eight blue rectangles, Nike’s Lebron basketball is minimised to four bold lines – unifying the brand with a simple graphic language and allowing each individual product its own distinct visual. For a piece of personal work this is a terrifically considered project; it’s just a shame Intersport haven’t commissioned it.

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Photography: Acacia Johnson goes on polar adventures for our viewing pleasure

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I wouldn’t have guessed that being born and brought up in Alaska would have anybody yearning to spend their life in cold climates, but in Acacia Johnson’s case this is exactly how it panned out. “When I dream, I dream of cold wind” she explains, and it’s blown her all the way to Iceland, Norway and others in the search for perpetual golden light and naturally beautiful landscapes.

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Illustration: Giant snakes and futuristic punks in the portfolio of Paul Loubet

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Not since July 2011 have we checked in with French illustrator Paul Loubet and his playful, multi-layered illustration. Thankfully he’s still producing sensational images that combine neon colour palettes, platform-game aesthetics and characters rendered like futuristic punks. He’s also added a new strand to his work; big, bold paintings that reference 1980s hair-metal album covers and all the best bits of glam rock. It’s pretty weird but we bloody love it!

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The Weekender: Lock your mum in the kitchen, it’s party time! Welcome to the Weekender

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You know, in the ancient Egyptian times they used to bury their loved ones with a bunch of objects they may need in the afterlife. There’s been another bout of this kind of thing going around recently, with funeral directors coming forward and reporting on weird requests they’ve had. In the UK it’s more chucking in their favourite lighter, a bottle of ketchup, or the remote. Over in the US things get way more obscure, and better! This Reddit thread has got all kinds of juicy, stories on it, such as "my friend who works at a funeral home got a request to play the “Soul Bossa Nova”, the Austin Powers theme song as they walked out". The Weekender has already submitted its funeral requests, unfortunately we can’t share them with you as they (literally) violate our style guide and put us into the legal equivalent of shark-infested waters.

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Mixtape: A fun Friday mixtape from 80s synth loving pop star Indiana

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This is probably the first time we’ve had an actual pop star on It’s Nice That, how exciting! Her name’s Indiana and she’s from Nottingham, she had a show in trendy new bar Oslo in Hackney last night and she’s set to conquer the world with her lovely, 80s-inspired, synthy….music. We’re art and design journalists, okay? Anyway, anyone that picks Wicked Game by Chris Isaak is a friend of ours, so without further ado, here she is with a Friday mixtape to brighten up your afternoon. Turn it up!

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Photography: Yorkshire photographer Robert Chilton takes terrific portraits

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Bradford-born photographer Robert Chilton has a formidable talent for creating simple, bold images that turn all the mundanity of daily life into something acutely interesting. He shoots dilapidated houses, the fringes of allotments, pylons, flower beds and rock faces – all fairly straightforward stuff – but manages to imbue each image with a poignant sense of narrative and purpose; as though a momentous event might be about to occur. He’s also a brilliant portrait photographer. Witness the man with a rabbit, the woman and her dog and a number of bearded eccentrics. Lovely!

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Miscellaneous: We explored Barcelona’s creative scene and it was bloody brilliant

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We first started to sing the praises of Barcelona’s creative scene in the very first issue of Printed Pages, when we interviewed Folch, Hey and Two Points about the burgeoning design consciousness in the city. That being a year ago, it seemed high time we take a trip back to Spain’s nicest city, where the sky is blue and the people are chatty and the weather’s actually really quite alright even in January, to check up on what’s been happening.

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Photography: Hadley Hudson captures models in their own homes

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Like magicians and Mafiosi, models exist in my mind on an otherworldly plane. Not supernatural per se, it’s just they seem to appear fully styled on the catwalk or in the photoshoot and I struggle to imagine them doing mundane things like brushing their teeth or catching their sleeves on door handles. Enter fantastic American photographer Hadley Hudson.

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