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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.

Film: A day in the life of Berlin-based mural painter, Polina Soloveichik

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Polina Soloveichik has such a cool job. In her words “Someone approaches me with a wall or I find a location that is begging for a painting, and then I transform it.” Originally hailing from Russia, Polina is new to Berlin but has already made her mark (literally) all over the city. Despite describing it as a “cold Paradise,” Polina absolutely loves her new home, even more so now she is using her painting skills to create enormous murals all over it. In this nicely-shot film we learn about the life of a mural painter from the first sketches to the magnificent final outcome. I don’t know about you, but I never even considered that could even be a job. Turns out it is, and it’s very enviable.

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Art: Taylor Holland makes a mockery of the well-defined markings of sports fields

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Artist and designer Taylor Holland enjoys visual trickery. His Frames project used Photoshop’s Content Aware tool to fill in frames of pictures hung in the Louvre and prior to that the Paris-based creative documented the weird and wonderful tour bus graphics he saw in his hometown. His latest project Vector Fields is a series of interactive websites which “explore what happens when the boundaries of sport are manipulated through play.”

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Art: Walead Beshty smashes glass boxes in the name of photographic experimentation

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Walead Beshty describes himself a a photographer, though his practice is almost unrecognisable as such. Though he often manually develops rolls of film he has no interest in creating images in the traditional sense. Instead his work concerns itself with the relationship of the medium to the world at large and its development through political and social phenomena – the catalyst for which was the destruction of a selection of films during his passage through airport security post 9/11. As a result Walead often works with processes that mirror photography, beginning with a blank medium and allowing a variety of chance circumstances to shape the appearance of the final image.

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Advertising: Phwoar! Check out the BBC’s stirring Winter Olympics promo

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The lead-up to next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi have (rightly) been dominated by discussion over Russia’s questionable gay rights record, but as the event nears the focus is likely to shift to the actual sport. This spine-tingling promo from RKCR /Y&R for the BBC’s coverage certainly strikes the right chord. In a similar way to how Channel 4’s multi-award-winning Meet The Superhumans identified a new way of looking at paralytic sport, the idea of Winter Olympians conquering nature repoints the way we look at these sporting endeavours.

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Bookshelf: Book designer Coralie Bickford-Smith shows us her top five publications

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Coralie Bickford-Smith’s designs for clothbound classics are responsible for putting legendary literature back into the paws of the British public, luring them in with beautiful design that anyone would want in pride of place on their bookshelves. From foil-blocked editions of F.Scott Fitzgerald to illustrative, patterned sets of Dickens, every novel Coralie redesigns turns into something extraordinarily pick up-able. This is precisely why we let her get away with picking six books for us rather than five – it’s such a treat to see which tomes directly inspire the work she does today. Here she is…

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Graphic Design: Eight Inc. produce 3D celebration of San Francisco for AIGA brief

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As befits a leading design organisation, the AIGA has had some very special posters created for it over the course of its illustrious history. Now Eight Inc.’s Matt Judge and Markus Nonn have produced another head-turning piece in response to an open call for both Bay Area based and international designers to answer an Inside/Outside brief.

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Music Video: King Krule and Alfred Hitchcock defy gravity in style

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King Krule has blown up over the past twelve months. The 19-year-old one-man band has smashed into music’s collective consciousness with a decidedly arrogant swagger and a selection of tunes that belie his tender age. In fact he’s so popular that even the late, great Alfred Hitchcock wants to appear by his side, topping and tailing his gravity-defying new video in which the young south Londoner (with the help of director Jamie-James Medina) pays homage to the legendary British director’s infamous cinematic quirks with a video that plays out like one big MacGuffin.

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Photography: Chino Otsuka superimposes her adult self into photos from her childhood

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Funny how no one else finds your childhood photos interesting, but you yourself could probably get lost in those little visual time traps for hours without getting bored. Chino Otsuka found her childhood photos so intriguing that she decided to put them to good use and make a very curious art project out of them. Imagine Finding Me sees Chino impeccably superimpose herself into these old images to create the illusion that she is hanging out with her former self.

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Illustration: José Muñoz turns Camus’ L’Étranger into an illustrated masterpiece

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Born in 1942 in Buenos Aires, José Muñoz has been making extraordinary illustrations and comic books since his early twenties, when he began assisting Francisco Solano López, a contemporary master of Argentine comics. Since that time he’s moved across Europe, living in London, Barcelona and finally settling in Italy where he still resides today, writing and illustrating his own stories and those of long-time collaborators for international publication.

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