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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.

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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Advertising: Channel 4’s risky gay anthem teaser for their Sochi coverage

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Hoorah! Let’s give a huge round of applause to Channel 4 for putting the camp in campaign for their their unflinchingly risky, rainbow-infused new teaser for the Sochi Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Featuring acclaimed “bearlesque” act Fred Bear, this short trailer will have you humming “Be proud on gay mountain” for the next few days. Nice to see Channel 4 are up to their old tricks again and are pushing the boat out in the daring category, there has just not been enough cheekiness in the world of late. Something as hilarious, tongue-in-cheek and absolutely spot on is just what the sportsmen need, don’t you agree? Lyrics below, on the count of three…

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Product Design: Jewellery made from human hair at this year’s Örnsbergsauktionen

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The start of February means only one thing for the people of Stockholm Design Week. This year is no different from any other and the city’s streets will be littered with the produce of Scandinavian and international craftspeople. As ever the annual Örnsbergsauktionen is in full swing, with some truly bizarre and beautiful objects up for sale from the likes of Nathalie Du Pasquier, Lex Pott and Stina Lofgren. There’s luxury jewellery made from human hair, a table that glows in the dark and an extraordinary machine made from a mutilated SodaStream – which is why we keep on enjoying this auction year in, year out.

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Exhibition: Carrie Strine is about to blow Philadelphia’s socks off with some incredible quilting

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We’ve been following Carrie Strine on Instagram for a good few months now, watching her large-scale textile projects evolve and develop over time. She’s a New York-based quilter who specialises in doing everything by hand, which means she has the patience of a saint. She’s also got an exceptional eye for colour and composition, meaning her quilts are nothing like the tawdry swathes of fabric your grandma used to pile up on her bed – these are vibrant, exciting pieces of bold geometric pattern and minute hand-detailing that it’s actually possible (we’ve found) to lust after.

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Opinion: Why it’s the perfect time to explore Cape Town’s creative community

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This week ahead of his trip to South Africa for Design Indaba, Rob Alderson looks at Cape Town’s growing creative reputation and its status as this year’s World Design Capital. As ever you can add your thoughts using the comment thread below, plus any hints and tips for seeing the South African design community close-up!

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Advertising: Cultural icons flow into one another in ace new Sunday Times spot

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When Chris Barrett and Luke Taylor of Us arrived at last week’s Nicer Tuesdays they were just days away from delivering this brilliant Sunday Times spot. As excited as they were exhausted, the duo were clearly relishing a gruelling project for such a big-name client. Commissioned by Grey London, this promo for the newspaper’s culture section focusses on icons from the worlds of fine art and television, cinema and music. Shot in one take (as proved by the nice “making of” video below), Luke and Chris created a wonderfully fluid celebration of an array of cultural cornerstones, each represented by simple but iconic single visuals. And yep, Rodin’s The Thinker really does transform into Forrest Gump…

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