August 31, 2012
It’s almost time for the Outsider exhibition! We can hardly wait!
We’re loving watching our offices, The Media Mill, being transformed for next Tuesday’s happening and art show. Here’s a little sneak-peak of what to expect at the event.
Trust us, it’s looking great and it’s going to be even better!
Click here for more about Outsiders and visit the Facebook event page for more details.
We hope to see you on Tuesday the 4th September to have a drink, look at art and generally have a rad time.
July 28, 2012
It’s been awhile since we released our last magazine, but believe us when we say it was worth the wait. This issue is all about showcasing amazing creative work from emergent and established cities all over the world. The magazine will be out on Monday- be sure to mark your calendars! In the meantime, we invite you to enjoy a little teaser trailer.
NICE Magazine 08 – The Cities Issue from Nicework on Vimeo.
July 20, 2012
The five coloured interlocking rings of the Olympic Games has become an instantly recognisable icon of the annual event. Originally designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who was also the founder of the modern Olympic Games, each ring stands for the one of the five participating continents: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Brazilian artist Gustavo Sousa created this awesome animation using the iconography of the Olympic rings to illustrate rough stats about the continents.
oceaniaeuropeamericasafricaasia from gustavo sousa on Vimeo.
July 18, 2012
Today we pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, who fought tirelessly for democracy until he became the first democratically-elected president of South Africa in 1994. Since then, he has continued to stand as a figurehead for peace, negotiation and reconciliation. This quote from the Rivonia Trial in 1964, succinctly captures the great orator and politician he was and continues to be.
“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
Today Mandela turns 94. We wish him a very happy birthday. To celebrate this awesome man, we chose to showcase an amazing Mandela-inspired illustration by Sindiso Nyoni titled Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu which translates as “a person is a person through other persons”.
June 12, 2012
While you might think that this fantastical table belongs to alternate world beyond the rabbit hole, it was in fact the “canvas” for a dinner hosted by Belgian designer Charles Kaisin held during the Art Brussels event. The 3 meter solid oak and beach table is supported by several randomly spaced trees with branches reaching the ceiling of the space. I think it’s quite magical.
via: design boom
June 11, 2012
In honour of the Queen’s 60th year on the throne, Vogue studied every outfit she had worn for the last 12 months to find out her favourite colour…can you guess it? See the image below for results…
In other Queen and colour-related news… Pantone and Leo Burnett London teamed up to create a limited edition colour guide of the Queen’s coordinated ensembles. The guide is numbered featuring PANTONE Colour references citing the date and location that defines the queen’s choice. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute®, discussed some of the Queen’s most notable colour selections:
PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow: ”The Queen’s royal wedding outfit from 2011 was Primrose Yellow. Yellow is a colour that speaks to the future with hope and optimism. William’s wedding was a time of national celebration and this choice of yellow complements the joyous mood of the occasion. It’s a colour that is high visibility (befitting a queen), while still not detracting from the bride.”
PANTONE 13-4411 Crystal Blue: ”Blue is a colour staple in the Queen’s wardrobe. It’s a colour that communicates constancy and it is also symbolic of her devotion to the British people. Blues traditionally have calming properties and she is often seen wearing them during difficult times. Blue is also seen as de-stressing so it’s no surprise she was sporting a serene blue to a Royal Garden Party in 2010.”
The Queen Palette project was developed at Leo Burnett London by art directors/copywriters Will Thacker and Blake Waters, executive creative director Justin Tindall, print producer Chris Dale, art buyer Leah Mitchell. Artwork, creative imaging and colour management was by Mundocom. Photographer was Andy Rudak.
via: daily mail and yatzer
May 2, 2012
When we heard about this exciting project we couldn’t wait to spread the word. A skate park is being developed in Soweto! The site is a 1 hectare stand owned by City Parks, located next door to the COPESSA facility. The park will be a safe place for community members to socialise and will be equipped with facilities for extra curricular activities, including skateboarding and swimming, to give local kids a healthy and constructive focus outside of school.
The project was initiated by Nobs Mwanda Motjuwadi, affectionately known as “Dr Nobs”, who was recently awarded with the Checkers Woman of the Year Award in the ‘Good Neighbour Against Crime’ category for her service in the child abuse field for the past 17 years. GASS Architects are working closely with Dr Nobs in conceptualising the park, as well as key members of the community to achieve a design that will be responsive to the context. Top local skateboarders have been brought in to finalize the design for the skate park element.
Various promotional events will be held in the near future to raise awareness and funds for the project, which will include skateboarding demonstrations, musical acts and graffiti artists. We will keep you updated on these events. Please lend your support to this awesome project!
April 19, 2012
Nicework is cooking up something extra special for you to feast your eyes on. Here is a little teaser of us prepping for the shoot.
Off the Wall from Nicework on Vimeo.
April 2, 2012
11 400 matches + 49 hours of gluing = A clever fundraising campaign for water.org by Green Sheep Water.
Ignite Change – Episode 1 from Nicole Doucet on Vimeo.
March 21, 2012
We have always been big supporters of Johannesburg. The only thing that has encouraged us to get out of our chairs and run is a marathon in downtown johannesburg. Wish us luck.