March 3, 2015

Design Indaba 2015: Cut and paste paper branding

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The theme for the 2015 Design Indaba festival was Make. Change. - a call to action encouraging their audience to take matters into their own hands to help someone or change something for the better. The branding for this campaign created by The Jupiter Drawing Room was the perfect fit for this bold statement. In keeping with the message of the campaign, the team stepped away from their computers to make all the collateral entirely by hand. The imagery needed to appear simple and charming but considered.

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March 2, 2015

Pretend to be Happy

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Happy Monday, everyone!

Last week, a delegation of Niceworkians went on an outing to the Design Indaba Simulcast here in Jo’burg. All the speakers blew our minds in their own way, but one of my favourites was Israeli musician and experimental filmmaker Yoni Bloch. Bloch introduced us to the interactive music video project he created for his song “Pretend to be Happy”. Some screencaps are below, but for the full interactive experience, go here. (It’s worth the click!)

He’s also produced similar “multipath” video experiences for some of the world’s biggest brands – if you’ve got a bit of time, take a look.

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Think this stuff doesn’t apply to you? Think again. These kinds of ideas about viewer experience and narratives can make a difference in your business, too.

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March 2, 2015

The Best Thing: Heile Gänsje

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As part of their interviews in the latest issue of NICE Magazine, we asked our contributors what the best thing they had seen online was.

Now, if you’ve been following the blog over the past two weeks, you might remember reading about Chelsea Hantken’s best thing being on some pretty risque nude photography.

Doyelle Blane Muise just blew that out of the water. Unless you’re not a fan of your job and enjoy disciplinary hearings, it’s advisable to watch this at home, in your own time. Here’s your official warning: This video is NSFW.

Doyelle told us about a trippy twelve-minute video that follows a boy called Max through a key moment in the understanding of his identity and sexuality. It involves young love, lube and copious amounts of illegal drug activity. The video is called Heile Gänsje and it was created by Matt Lambert.

Here it is if you’re interested. Very intense viewing. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Heile Gänsje from Matt Lambert on Vimeo.

We promise, NICE Magazine: Contrast & Contradiciton is SFW (Safe For Work). If you leave it open on your screen you may even score some extra cool points. Download it here:

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February 28, 2015

Week’s Recap: Monday 23 February – Friday 27 February

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Haven’t been able to keep up with us this week? We’ve got you covered. Catch up on anything you may have missed, right here – The Week’s Recap.

 

The Best Thing: Sketch Dailies

Kirstin Uken turned us onto this neat little Twitter account called Sketch Dailies (@Sketch_Dailies). According to their website, “Sketch Dailies is an international community of artists who create work based on a common theme. Artists of all skill levels and backgrounds are welcome to participate and submit their work to be shared on the Sketch Dailies page.”

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Throwback Thursday: Kevin Cooley

Throwback Thursday this week looked at Kevin Cooley, a visual artist form the United States, currently working and living in Los Angeles, who we featured in the latest issue of NICE Magazine. Through photography, video, and public installations, Kevin explores the interplay and conflicts between the natural world and the man-made world.

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Art Fight: Alice Edy vs. Andy Wyeth

Our contributors this week were Alice Edy, a Cape Town based artist and illustrator, and Andy Wyeth, a Pretoria based artist. If you’d like to see more of their work, you can check out Alice’s Behance Page or Andy’s Behance Page. Head on over to the blog to cast your vote for your favourite.

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February 27, 2015

Art Fight: Alice Edy vs. Andy Wyeth

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Welcome to another installment of Art Fight.

Our contributors this week are Alice Edy, a Cape Town based artist and illustrator, and Andy Wyeth, a Pretoria based artist. If you’d like to see more of their work, you can check out Alice’s Behance Page or Andy’s Behance Page. If you’re interested in looking at more great content from NICE Magazine: Contrast & Contradiction, you can download it here.

As always,take a look at the Art Fight image below and let us know which piece is your favourite. The poll is under the image, in case you’re wondering.

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February 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Kevin Cooley

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Throwback Thursday this week looks at Kevin Cooley, a visual artist form the United States, currently working and living in Los Angeles, who we featured in the latest issue of NICE Magazine.

Through photography, video, and public installations, Kevin explores the interplay and conflicts between the natural world and the man-made world.

In NICE Magazine: Contrast & Contradiction, we focused on a project which Kevin created in 2013 entitled ‘Controlled Burns’ in which he uses the structure of his images to explore the ideas of good and evil, and dark and light. Here are some of those images to give you a better idea of what we’re on about.

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Snap back to the present and let’s see what Kevin has been up to since Controlled Burns.

In 2014, Kevin and Phillip Andrew Lewis displayed ‘In the Valley of the Sun’. Kevin and Phillip questioned a reference to the ‘end’ or ‘final moment’ and created work that extended the universal experience of measuring time.

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In January 2015 Kevin displayed an installation entitled ‘A Thousand Miles an Hour’. A Thousand Miles an Hour was a two-channel video installation presenting a familiar view of the sun and moon, but eliminating their typical movements. Through slow-moving, continuous tracking shots, the sun and the moon are presented as stationary objects. The video captures the slowly changing colours of the sky, the faster moving clouds, and the shifting horizons of the landscape, allowing Cooley to consider our evolving relationship with technology, nature, and each other.

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If you’d like to read more of Kevin’s interview, you can do so in NICE Magazine: Contrast & Contradiction. Download the magazine here:

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February 26, 2015

Nicework needs an animator

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Hello there! Are you good at animation and film? Do you like junk food and swear words? Or carrot sticks and baby animals? We take all kinds.

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Nicework is looking for a junior or mid-level animator/editor/camera man to join our team. This role involves delivering world-class work to a variety of clients. You’ll be working hard, drinking tea and having fun.

  • Able to think for yourself and can function with ambiguity
  • Okay with being a team player
  • Capable of surviving periods of high pressure and long hours without melting down
  • In possession of an attitude that is positive and proactive
  • Proud of your talent and willing to apply it
  • In possession of at least a bachelors degree in animation (unless your work is beyond compare, in which case we can talk about it)

Your primary responsibilities:

  • Development of creative treatment and strategy for video and animation projects
  • Design for screen
  • Animation (2D mainly)
  • Camera skills
  • Editing
  • Client interactions face to face, written and by telephone
  • Pitching for new work
  • Basic project management
  • Contribution to Nicework marketing in the form of content development, the blog, magazine and social media platforms
  • Secondary duties:
    • Managing junior animators, interns and external resources
    • Proactively identifying revenue opportunities
    • Quality control of work output
    • Other duties as defined by management

Bonus points if you:

  • Know 3D animation
  • Can edit audio
  • Can code (HTML, CSS)
  • Write copy and content
  • Have a knowledge of Inbound marketing

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong time-management and organizational skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • You can use Creative Suite as well as your toothbrush
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and turn-around
Nicework is a great place to work. You will grow, learn and have fun doing it. We built the business to feel like a family and everyone here has everyone else’s back. Its not for everyone – but you’re not just anyone, now are you?

If you’ve made it all the way down to the bottom of this post (10 points!) then please fill in this amazing form to apply.

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February 24, 2015

F. Ménard Branding

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Fancy some delicious bacon? F. MÉNARD is a family business involved in the pork production trade, lg2boutique, design agency from Montreal came up with the brand positioning statement of ‘We innovate for quality, a family tradition’. This positioning combines the two major strong points for the company: the capacity to innovate in order to offer the best quality meat on the market, and the safeguard of honesty-based family values handed down by its founder. The agency reviewed the architecture of the company’s brands, designed the logo and created the brand’s platform for all the company’s points of contact with its various consumers.

The new identity of F. MÉNARD draws from its tradition and is inspired by the very first logo of this 50-year old company, but displays a very modern look. The platform blends genuine old photos with contemporary shots, proving in one glance that, to guarantee top quality meat, innovation truly is the company’s top priority.

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February 23, 2015

We Are Bito

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It’s easy as working creatives to let our internal work fall by the wayside, in favour of paid projects. That’s why when we see awesome self-promotional material like this lovely explainer by Bito, we get just a wee bit jealous. Got a minute? Check it out!

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If you think you might need a short and sweet video like this one for your own business or product, we’ve got you covered. Give us a shout.

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February 23, 2015

The Best Thing: Sketch_Dailies

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As part of their interviews in the latest NICE Magazine, we asked our contributors what the best thing they’ve seen on the net was.

Kirstin Uken turned us onto this neat little Twitter account called Sketch Dailies (@Sketch_Dailies). According to their website, “Sketch Dailies is an international community of artists who create work based on a common theme. Artists of all skill levels and backgrounds are welcome to participate and submit their work to be shared on the Sketch Dailies page.”

The topics are posted on various social media platforms from Monday to Friday as inspiration. Artists are then encouraged to create their own unique works of art.

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It’s a great place to find inspiration and practice your craft on a variety of topics. It’s also really nice to see the different interpretations of topics being brought to life by different artists.

If you’d like to read more of Kirstin’s interview, you can download NICE Magazine: Contrast & Contradiction by clicking on the image below:

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