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Catherine is Nicework’s resident wordsmith/copywriter. She studied at the University of Witwatersrand, where she majored in History of Art and English. She went on to complete her honours in English literature. She likes men with beards, cheese and drawing (not necessarily in that order).

September 12, 2013

Cars & Films

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Jesús Prudencio is a talented illustrator and freelance graphic designer based in Seville, Spain. Cars & Films  is an on-going, self-initiated, poster project that celebrates Jesús’s interest in cars and the cinematic arts. Each poster is a detailed illustration of a notable car from well-known movie – like the yellow cab in Taxi Driver or the hybrid car/time machine from the Back to the Future trilogy. Can you guess them all?

You can buy yourself a print from the project here.

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September 21, 2012

No-Li Brewhouse

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At Nicework we like to drink beer on occasion. If the bottle design looks as good as the beer tastes, then all the better. Riley Cran designed these phenomenal screen printed bottles for a Pacific Northwest brewery.

via: The Dieline

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September 20, 2012

The Quarry Garden

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The Shanghai Botanical Garden, in the Songjiang District, has recently incorporated an revitalised quarry into their grounds. The project won the American Society of Landscape Architecture 2012 Honor Award.

via: Cool Hunter

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September 19, 2012

Zai Higo

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London-based designer Kacper Hamilton designed a series of folding tools for Swiss ski company Zai, inspired by the traditional Japanese ‘Higonokami’.

“Native to Japan, Higonokami is a folding pocket knife described as a ‘living fossil’ within the world of knives due to its unchanged design and production technique since its creation in the late 19th century.”

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September 18, 2012

South Africa Gets New Bank Notes

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The South African Reserve Bank commissioned The Jupiter Drawing Room to create a TVC to introduce South Africa’s new banknotes. Talented local creative company Am I Collective created artwork for the project.

“The concept is moments of Nelson Mandela’s life etched onto paper. Each etch represents a key moment in Madiba’s life. The illustrations was done to interpret these scenes based on the new bank notes.”

The front of the banknotes will feature an image of South Africa’s first democratically elected president Nelson Mandela, while the back of the notes have maintained the “Big Five” animal images that appear on current banknotes. They will come into circulation before the end of the year. To see the new banknotes click here.

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September 18, 2012

The Power of Pinterest

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A lot of people write off visual bookmarking site, Pinterest, as a place for girls to hoard wedding inspiration. Fast Company recently released an infographic designed by Ted Keller to show the true impact that the site has, particularly in the field of e-commerce.

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September 17, 2012

The Cool Bus

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Danish bus company Midttrafik commissioned M2Film to up the cool-factor of one of the most staid forms of transport.

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September 3, 2012

The Houses of Westeros

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It seems everyone is a little caught up in Game of Thrones these days. Graphic designer Darrin Crescenzi became fascinated with George R.R. Martin’s (the author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series) in-depth descriptions of each character’s heraldry and how their symbols seemed to establish a “brand” for each family. With this in mind, Darrin set out to create an icon for each family and compiled them into this poster titled “Sigils of the Houses of Westeros“. Unfortunately the limited edition posters are all sold out, but we thought that his clean and moden take on the series was too good to not to mention.

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August 20, 2012

PUTPUT

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Check out these awesome sponge popsicles created by PUTPUT, a Swiss/Danish art collective based in Copenhagen. The group seeks to transform ordinary objects into something unusual and extraordinary. We think they did a great job with this project.

 

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August 15, 2012

NICE Magazine – Issue 8

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The latest NICE Magazine is out and available for download!  We know its been a long time coming (apologies for the delay). But we are proud to announce that this issue is our biggest and best yet!

The theme of our 8th issue is “Cities”. We have selected exceptional creative work from established or emergent design and art capitals of the world, including: Monterrey, Reykjavik, New York, Johannesburg, Amsterdam and Melbourne. Expect a killer line-up of inspiring art, design, fashion, photography and typography.

Follow these instructions to get your hands on one, it’s awesome and free!

  • Download the PDF. It’s as easy as pie.
  • If you are not interested in taking the time to download. Read the magazine online here.

For our cover, our talented senior designer Arline Stoffberg, created icon sets for each of the selected cities. Can you guess which one is which? We think she did a sterling job.

From the city of Johannesburg (our hometown) we feature Joe Paine, a talented industrial designer with a penchant for soap operas. We also showcase the work of creative powerhouse Sindiso Nyoni, artist Maaike Bakker and emergent photographer Hanro Havenga. From New York, Kaye Blegvad shares her imaginative drawings and delicate jewellery, Rafa Alvarez shows us his exceptional comic book-style illustrations and we get some sartorial inspiration from Brookes Boswell Millinery, as well as Au Retour. We discovered Monterrey in Mexico as a hot spot for up and coming design studios. On our list is MENOSUNOCEROUNO, Face and Manifiesto Futura. The icy city of Reykjavik offers up design inspiration from designer Thorbjorn Ingason, a sophisticated accessory range inspired by Icelandic myth called STAKA and beautiful Nordic knitwear by The Farmers Market. Raymond Lemstra and Angelique Houtkamp, from Amsterdam, exhibit their prowess in the fields of primitivist illustration and tattoo art respectively. Last, but definitely not least, we feature inspiring talent from Melbourne including: letterpress studio The Hungry Workshop, design studios Significant Others and A Friend of Mine, graphic designer Jimmy Gleeson, and typographer Luke Lucas.

We also have the usual dose of print advertising and packaging, as well as our Ten Things feature that provides creative collections of South Africans living abroad. We are also very proud to announce the launch of our stupendously cool showreel, which was 3 years in the making. Read all about it here.

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