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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.

Photography: Aaron Wojack’s photographs taken inside a Manhattan high school

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Do you look back on your high school days with a shudder or a grin? Everyone had to be pushed through that smelly, pubescent tube at some stage or another, and although our experiences were different in their small details, they were all relatively similar. Aaron Wojack dared to revisit high school by way of spending six months at a Lower Manhattan public school and documenting the students studying there. The fact that this particular school was used as a temporary morgue during 9/11 laces these photos of blossoming adults with a vibe I can’t quite my finger on. Maybe it’s because they’re the faces of the next generation in New York, maybe it’s because Aaron states that they all commute from all over the city every day to learn there. Maybe it’s just because the images are just so, so good. Check out the rest of Aaron’s equally fascinating photos over on his site.

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Illustration: We love these detailed prints by Berlin illustrator Jeong Hwa Min

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Lovely stuff here from Berlin-based illustrator Jeong Hwa Min, whose colourful prints and new book entitled Chicken or Beef have really got us going this morning. Deceptive bright colours mask the political undertones in his work, and strange, funny little characters get up to no good in the background of each large, cheerful mural. we came across him via the ever-growing treasure trove of work that is Flickr, and were sucked in by his image for Journal 360 which depicts industrial cranes lowering a book into a larger book coffin. It’s the fun-looking yet deeply sinister, unsettling images like these that are what we enjoy most and also what Jeong seems really, really excellent at. So, if you’re reading this, more please!

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Nicer Tuesdays: Andrew Diprose talks about his role as art director for Wired Magazine

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The first in our talks from February’s magazine themed Nicer Tuesdays is longtime art director of Wired UK Andrew Diprose, who gave a fascinating insight into the process of designing for the world’s leading science, culture and technology magazine, with their diverse range of content and inimitable covers. He also spoke brilliantly about the importance of commissioning, and the role a magazine plays for the illustrators and photographers featured in it.

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Fashion: Kenzo collaborate with the one and only David Lynch on new collection

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Creative directors of Paris-based fashion house Kenzo Humberto Leon and Carol Lim decided to take the usually vibrant brand in a more surreal and sinister direction with their Autumn Winter 2014 collection, and who better to help them with such an endeavour than David Lynch? They enlisted the idiosyncratic director to collaborate with them for the collection, which they consider to be the third in a trilogy which references his work. David mixed the soundtrack using his characteristic surreal influences, as well as designing the set, sculpting the howling head sculpture which is reflected in countless mirrors bearing over the catwalk.

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Animation: Super fun animation created to teach children about the perils of the internet

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Illustration and animation are often typecast as mediums for kids, and while usually we take enormous pleasure in digging up evidence to prove this isn’t the case, occasionally it is true. Especially when it comes to finding a way to take boring, patronising adult advice and making it fun and engaging for younger generations. Cottoning on swiftly to this home truth, the UK’s very dully-named Internet Advertising Bureau commissioned illustrator Dominic Owen and animator Will Samuel to make a short illustration educating kids about internet ads.

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Mixtape: This Friday’s mixtape is a reggae special from the one and only Micachu

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We’re all big Micachu fans at It’s Nice That. The London-based producer and experimental musician caught out attention last year when she decided to make ten music videos inspired by her housemates in one go for her new album. It’s Friday, and she’s kindly taken time out of her day to make us an exclusively reggae mix. So go get a beer, tell your girlfriend/boyfriend you love them, and turn it up.

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Graphic Design: Jonathan Garrett’s dreamy identity for design studio Frida von Fuchs

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I always think that one of the hardest things for a studio to design must be their own identity; trying to encapsulate every element of your practice in a series of visuals that’s both clear and informative and yet still aesthetically pleasing. Fortunately for Berlin-based illustration and design studio Frida von Fuchs, they had the talented hand of Jonathan Garrett to turn to instead! And my, did he do a good job.

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Photography: A photographic study of how girls express themselves in Leeds by photographer Casey Orr

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Yesterday this project came to us via an enormous, floppy, colourful publication with each page dedicated to a teenage girl from Leeds. This is the photography project of my dreams. Photographer Casey Orr has a Ph.D in photography and is a senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, she took time studying the type of girls you see around Leeds and was so fascinated by the day they expressed themselves through their fashion and hairstyles she decided to make a project out of it.

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Product Design: New York’s Visibility are creating wonderfully functional objects of use

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Joseph Guerra and Sina Sohrab are Visibility, a New York-based design studio specialising in the creation of simple, functional products. None of their designs rely on the use of expensive materials or fitting into a collective design aesthetic. Rather, each answers its own unique problem, exploring the limitations of products that currently exist on the market and improving them through small but important modifications to their function. Among other things they’ve created a beautiful briefcase fashioned from laser-cut polypropylene – which transforms it from luxury item into universal object – and they’ve revolutionised the humble broom, adding a pivoting head to give it increased usability and minimise damage in storage. Seriously clever stuff.

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