All posts by It's Nice That

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.

The Weekender: We’re back, we’re fat, and we’re raring to go. It’s time for The Weekender

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Wilkommen to the new year! We’re back! We’ve actually been back for a few days now, bleary eyed and full of gravy we waddled to our desks and began tapping away, firing up the internet for another year of content. Are you excited? You should be. More importantly, this is the first of a whopping 48 Weekenders to come. Not as excited? Fair enough, it is a bit of a weird weekly tradition. We like it though.

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Mixtape: A little new year-themed mixtape for you to soundtrack the start of 2014!

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Yep, you’re back to work. You’re poor, wet and cold and with a long expanse of grey ahead of you…But cheer up! It might never happen! We’ve put together 12 songs all with underlying themes of “new” or “return” or “back”. Apologies about the Take That, but you know what? We do want you back, and we want you for good. Put it on the office stereo and watch those frowns turn upside down.

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Photography: Russ McClintock crosses the wilds of America by bike

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I’m tempted to introduce this post by saying something about the weather or my ride into work and how crappy it was today, but that would belittle the extraordinary journey that Russ McClintock made way back in 2004, cycling a mammoth 4000 miles in 51 days from Seattle to New York. The usually fashion-themed photographer hit the road with nothing but a one-man tent, his wheels and a camera, capturing the simple sights he saw with a tourist’s enthusiasm and the eye of a professional. I’m a sucker for images of roads trailing off into the distance at the best of times but the story of Russ’ solitary journey make these images all the more engaging.

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Miscellaneous: An incredible archive of the beautiful, much-loved Ladybird Books

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Did anyone catch that BBC Ladybird Book documentary that was on just before Christmas? It was a fascinating look into the creation and the artists behind the books most of us grew up with. Whether you wanted to read about how to tie knots, the difference between villages and towns, or just animals that hibernate, Ladybird Books had a publication dedicated to nearly every subject on the earth and beyond.

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Publication: Illustrators and writers come together for special new book

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It was during the dying embers of 2013 (Remember that? How young we were…) when this little book dropped through our letterbox and it’s fair to say it’s had me engaged, engrossed and utterly charmed ever since. You Are The Friction is the latest release from Sing Statistics, the independent publishers run by illustrator Lizzy Stewart and designer Jez Burrows (once of this parish).

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Animation: A group of animators create a paean to terrible nights out we’ve all endured

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This animation is described as “a film for everyone who has ever been on a shit night out,” and is a super-fun tribute to those evenings in dingy clubs where the music is too loud, the drinks are too pricey and the clientele is too dickhead-y. Compiled by Kristian Antonelli, James Duveen, Wesley Louis, Tim McCourt, Jonathan Djob Nkondo, Sam Taylor and Bjorn-Erik Aschim (who also directs), there’s a great deal to identify with alongside some more off-the-wall characters. Also keep your eyes peeled for a little Keith Haring cameo about half way through.

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Film: A pottery zoetrope animation? Go on then, it is Friday after all

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Long before the days of the Nintendo Wii and Hug Me Elmo there was the zoetrope; a very cool old-school gadget which creates the illusion of motion from a series of images which you spin around rapidly on an axis. It may have been sadly shunted to the toy-store sidelines but in December RAMP Ceramics collaborated with Jim Le Fevre to bring the humble zoetrope back into the limelight, stepping it up a notch by creating a ceramic pot which works in the same way.

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Illustration: Amazing editorial illustration from Kyoto’s Studio Takeuma

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We don’t post nearly enough about Japanese artists, so it’s our very special pleasure to introduce Takeuma and his cheerful editorial illustration. Takeuma’s choice of colours mixed with his ever-optimistic cartoon-style make him the perfect candidate to illustrate lengthy magazine articles, which the people of Japan seem to have cottoned on to and have subsequently been commissioning him to spice up the pages of their weeklies for a long while now. Maybe it’s the cryptic Japanese characters alongside his drawings that make them sing, or maybe it’s just Takenama’s knack for representing the human race in the best light possible, but something about his images gives off a friendly kind of magic. I mean come on, he can even make a stapler look fun.

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Film: Nine minute supercut of action movie one-liners? Don’t mind if we do

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All things considered, I’m not a menacing guy. I once stared quite sternly after a guy who barged into me on his way off a train but that’s about as tough as I get. Of course in the world of action movies; not only do our heroes get to kick the bad guys’ asses, he or she also gets a killer line with to accompany said ass-kicking. The fine folk over at Mewlists have put together this super-cut of the best action movie one liners, from calls-to-arms to corny wisecracks and pretty much everything else in between. All the usual suspects are here (as opposed to all The Usual Suspects) and if this isn’t perfect back-to-work-fodder then I don’t know what is.

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Graphic Design: Bibliothèque’s AGI Index shows off the best of UK design

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Every year, just before the AGI Open, the AGI’s members come together in the year’s host city to present to each other their national design history – the major players and events that have shaped the design landscape over the past half century. This year it was the UK’s turn, and behind the closed doors of the Barbican a cohort of prestigious british designers presented themselves to the AGI’s global community.

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