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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.

Graphic Design: Peruvian Gabriela Maskrey delights us again with art show catalogue

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In keeping with our mission statement to "champion creativity across the art and design world,” we are always thrilled to showcase great work from those countries which aren’t always front and centre on our radar. And so to Lima, Peru, where graphic designer Gabriela Maskrey is forging a real reputation as a constantly exciting visual practitioner. Following on from her eye-catching redesign of the Emirates in-flight magazine comes this catalogue for a contemporary art show. Somos Libres took place at The Mario Testino Collection late last year and Gabriela was commissioned to produce the accompanying brochure. A psychedelic cover gives way to a simple, clear, colour-coded guide to the rooms, and the design is confident enough to give way to the visuals rather than trying to compete. Fabulous stuff.

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Photography: Kris Vervaeke finds beauty in eroded cemetery portraits

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For the past few years Belgian photographer Kris Vervaeke has travelled to cemeteries in Hong Kong and photographed thousands of small portraits affixed to tombstones. Recently publishing a selection of these images in his book Ad Infinitum, the simplicity of its concept and execution is incredibly powerful. The faces, which remain anonymous in the book, have been worn away from exposure to the elements over time, yet their destruction from rain, sun, extreme temperatures and humidity has gained them a simple abstract beauty. This unlikely and moving body of work, though haunting in nature, offers viewers an opportunity to reflect on the mysterious and often overlooked relationship between photography, memory and death. Sad sentiments, but so very beautifully done.

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Graphic Design: An interview with Visual Editions about their latest triumphant publication

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When it comes to interesting and unusual publications, Visual Editions can be relied upon to pioneer the kind of titles that turn a lot of heads. For four years now Anna Gerber and Britt Iversen have been exploring the ways in which content and form can be manipulated, subverted and toyed with to create something very special. After huge acclaim for their latest work Where You Are the time was ripe to sit down with Anna and find out a bit more…

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Music Video: Sensational synchronised swimming in Bombay Bicycle Club’s latest vid

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Bombay Bicycle Club have had some pretty impressive music videos of late and it’s largely thanks to the creative vision of Anna Ginsburg. The Scottish animator has lent her talents to their last few promos that have included stop-motion puppetry and hand-drawn imagery over live-action shots. For their latest single, Luna, Anna’s ditched the animation in favour of straight film, using her meticulous attention to detail to create a few minutes of footage that are utterly captivating. I’d be loathe to spoil the surprise of watching this so all I’ll say is that the costumes, choreography and cinematography are all top notch and accentuate the song beautifully. So props to Anna and her team for their impeccable work!

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Music: Calling all artists! Submit your work to be part of 2014’s Secret 7"

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Toot toot! We are very, very excited to announce that we will be media partners of this year’s Secret 7" competition! If you don’t already know, Secret 7" is a project in aid of War Child that, for the past two years, has taken some of the world’s best songs and asked people to design record sleeves for specially printed vinyl.

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Illustration: Geoff Mcfetridge’s cycle team has the best prints and threads

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Five years ago a few Californian guys set up a cyclocross racing team called Mudfoot with the intention of riding together on the weekends, executing hundred-mile mid-week cycles and competing when the time was right. These days they’re a much bigger group than they were back then and have some pretty impressive riders in their ranks. Why do you care? Because one of their founding members is the legendary Geoff McFetridge, who also happened to design their logo and kit.

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Film: A LEGO version of an Adam Buxton Bowie sketch? Yes please

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As content combinations go Adam Buxton + David Bowie + LEGO is pretty much a dream formula. Animator Chris Salt has taken Adam’s brilliant sketch explaining how Bowie’s transformation from Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane (might have) happened, and brought it to life using everyone’s favourite Danish toy. Reminiscent of Eddie Izzard’s superlative exploration of how on earth Gerry Dorsey became Engelbert Humperdinck, it’s a super-silly but affectionate take-down of one of pop culture’s most iconic figures. We can only guess how the history of music might have been different had Cobbler Bob won out though…

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Illustration: Few image makers evoke atmosphere as well as Kilian Eng

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One of my absolute favourite spreads in The Annual 2013 is a double page illustration of a couple being boated through a mysterious subterranean world. It springs from the mind of Sweden-based master of atmosphere Kilian Eng, whose portfolio I checked back in on this week. His Behance proves he’s been impressively busy; alongside the weird and wonderful sci-fi flavoured worlds we know he is so adept at creating, there’s various other treasures to be enjoyed, not least his concept art for “mind-bending action film” KOYAKATSI. Fantastical imagination and technical expertise is one thing, but add in this level of consistency and you know you’re in the presence of something really special.

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Photography: Candid portraits of London’s rapidly decreasing independent shops

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Has anyone else realised that no matter which UK town you’re in, the high street remains the same? The eerie Groundhog’s Day feeling of seeing the uniform Nero, Boots, Costa, Sainsbury’s Local, Primark strip that is ubiquitous to any town is enough to make you want to invent a time machine and go back to the land of independent crafts. This is exactly why projects such as this one by Laura Braun are so important. Laura went on a voyage around London to find some of the most important independent shops in the capital and took a candid portrait of each shopkeeper. We love projects like these – proof that the photographer has not only made an outstanding project but that they have also taken the time to get to know their subjects.

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