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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.

Nicer Tuesdays: Musician Micachu talks us through video-making at January’s event

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In the second of our videos filmed at January’s music-themed Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications, Micachu shares some inspirations about how and why she went about creating ten videos for her album Never. She spoke about how the series was inspired by the weird and wonderful goings-on in the house she was living in at the time and explained why lo-fi improvisation was very much the order of the day.

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Fashion: Toot toot! Make way for It’s Nice That’s London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014 round-up!

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London Fashion Week: the Autumn/Winter 2014 edition came to a screeching halt yesterday afternoon after a four day roller-coaster ride through all the creative and sartorially-inclined talent that the U.K. has to offer. In between the flouncing, pouting some very impressive threads came marching down catwalks citywide, and as is our custom we thought it only reasonable that we take some of our absolute favourites and pop them all on the site. Without further ado then, here’s our round-up!

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Photography: Fascinating portraits of women from Travelling communities in their homes

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Traditionally, Travelling communities are a self-contained entity utterly unknown to outsiders, as we view them through the highly subjective frame of gossip and TV documentaries like My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Not content with the marginalised views perpetuated by the media, photographer Sophie Brocks set about photographing a number of women from Travelling communities within their own homes, allowing them a sense of authorship in the resulting images. She explains that the title, Good Enough For You “echoes a phrase frequently asked of me by the women when working on the shoots.”

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Art: Impressive series of Tate films explore big artistic ideas

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It was only recently we were singing the praises of Tate’s video content in the form of Horrors’ frontman Faris Badwan’s tour of the Paul Klee exhibition. Clearly though this was no fluke, Tate appear to be an institution which has taken to the world of online film like a Monet to water(lillies). Their Unlock Art series (with Le Méridien hotels) is a case in point; short introductions to the ideas and movements which have shaped the art world. The themes range from the nude in art to performance, Pop Art to purchasing and they are each fronted by a famous face (like comedian Sally Phillips or Peter Capaldi, aka Dr Who).

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Publication: What happens when Malin Gabriella Nordin lets children interpret her sculptures?

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Malin Gabriella Nordin is a Swedish artist who creates colourful, sculptural works of art which, rather than skirting unconventionality, embrace childlike playfulness with arms wide open. So much so in fact that she invited a group of children to interpret her ambiguously-shaped sculptures, adding to her collection with their own drawings and giving her their thoughts on what she had made.

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Graphic Design: Berlin studio Stahl-R ace versatile new identity for Folkdays

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It was a little over a year ago that we first posted the work of Berlin design studio Stahl-R, an agency with some serious graphic pedigree in the form of its founders and partners Susanne Stahl and Tobias Röttger. Checking back in with them now it appears they have gone from strength to strength in the intervening 12 months, as evidenced by this work for Folkdays, an organisation that curates and sells rare products.

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Miscellaneous: Sesame Street Fighter combines learning and fighting (at last)

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So here’s the issue; kids find learning boring but love violent computer games, right? Well maybe here’s the solution – Sesame Street Fighter. A terrific find by our pals over at Wired, this is a beat-em-up fight-fest with a difference; you inflict damage on your opponent by typing out words that drop from the sky. The more difficult the word, the more powerful the impact (and the touch typing tests range from animals to Russian cities). It’s a really fun idea, executed with aplomb but maybe there’s a serious point to be made about rethinking traditional educational tools? Maybe not though – wave goodbye to your productivity this afternoon!

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Photography: Olly Burn’s snowy Swiss series makes him king of the mountains

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With the Winter Olympics in full flow over in Sochi, lots of us are clambering onto bandwagons, espousing our love of sports we hadn’t even heard of until a couple of weeks ago. But for some people the thrill of hurtling down something covered in snow or ice is nothing new, and photographer Olly Burn is one such convert. On a recent trip to Leysin in Switzerland he shot these beautiful images which capture both the majesty of the surroundings and the speed, skill and intensity of mountain sports. Get me to a chairlift, stat!

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Photography: Amit and Naroop explore the changing traditions of Sikhism

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Amit and Naroop are London-based photographers specialising in music and advertising, but their latest series Singh is focused on a portraits of a very different kind. Taking the most powerful symbols of the Sikh faith, the pair have photographed a group of British Sikh men from all walks of life, and focusing on the traditional turban and beard, celebrated them in all of their diverse fashions.

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Film: i-D follow energetic model Rosie Tapner across the Berkshire countryside

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Hoorah! Three cheers for i-D for actually bothering to look into a model’s social life and find out what she’s really into. In the latest episode in their More than a Model series, we meet powerful woman Rosie Tapner (who may or may not be rather well brought-up) a countryside-loving outdoors kind of lassie who likes to follow rogue lacrosse balls into the distance via bicycle, Flyknits or passing horse. Brill!

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