11 great posts on graphic design, branding, advertising, photography…

One of my favorite weekly reads is It’s Nice That from the UK. They keep their fingers on the pulses beneath graphic design, branding, advertising, art, photography and the businesses that support these hallowed fields. Last week they summarized their most popular articles published in the last 12 months. Here are 11 that I really enjoyed.


“First things first – the days of trading in your degree certificate for a nice safe job offer are gone, and who knows if they will ever return. It is simply not enough to graduate anymore, the world demands more from you – you are the future, you are the next generation of entrepreneurs, design-thinkers, hyper-specialists and cultural agitators…”
Article: Don’t get a Job, Make a Job – how to succeed as a creative graduate



“Creative angst, writer’s block, imposter syndrome: whatever you want to call it, the business of making original work can sometimes be a struggle. Whether it’s the intimidating glare of a blank page or a winning idea turned muddy, humps in the creative road can incite bouts of self-doubt if not handled correctly…”

Article: Creative angst:a guide to getting over creative block, imposter syndrome and fear of the blank page



“Typography might just help you date, solve obesity and impact your mood; so we’ve learnt from type fanatic Sarah Hyndman. We’ve previously dubbed her “the one woman tour-de-force behind the Type Tasting enterprise”, which looks at the power typography has over our lives and senses. She’s now published a new book on the subject, Why Fonts Matter…”

Book review: Why Fonts Matter, and how they impact your mood


It was back in October that The Guardian released its brand guidelines to demonstrate the importance of its design language within its DNA. Building guidelines for something so recognizable requires real consideration for design and its ability to communicate ideas, so we were curious to find out what’s assisted the team’s design education through the years…”

Article: The Guardian design team reveals its favorite books


“For the past two years Stuart Tolley, founder of Transmission graphic design studio, has immersed himself in minimal, simplified, geometric and reduced graphic design, all in aid of writing a new book, MIN: The New Simplicity in Graphic Design…”

Book review: The minimalism myth – why simplified graphic design isn’t “easy”


“Arts education is at a critical point at the moment, often seen to be becoming shelved in favor of more traditional curricula. Here, Plymouth College of Art professor Andrew Brewerton discusses the importance of creative education following the recent opening of the Plymouth School of Creative Arts by Sir Nicholas Serota.”

Article: The importance of creative education: why making is as important as maths, reading and science


“Photographer Arne Svenson’s painterly portraits of his neighbors are a voyeuristic insight into the day-to-day movements of strangers behind apartment windows.” (We were so moved by these images that we featured them in our very first Clarity First newsletter.)

Article: Arne Svenson’s portraits of his New York neighbors taken through apartment windows


Photographer and filmmaker Benedict Redgrove has created this wonderful three-and-a-half-minute film for ESPN, which captures the process of making a tennis ball at the Wilson Factory in Thailand…”

Article: Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created

Radim Malinic is a creative director and graphic designer based in South West London, working under the name Brand Nu. He has just published a new book, Book of Ideas, and here he discusses how best to beat creative block.

Article: How to beat creative block: one designer offers his invaluable advice


Milton Glaser is ready to talk ethics. It’s not the first time, either. Ours is one of a few recent interviews with the graphic designer and creator of the I ? NY logo, in which he addresses some of the moral demands of his trade – questions of whether graphic design ought to compromise its integrity for the sake of meeting a client’s demands. On the subject of advertisers and the designers who work for them, Glaser is clear. “Your obligation is to the client, and not necessarily the public. In some cases, you’re encouraging people to buy things that they don’t need, or encouraging them to move in a direction that does not serve them. Frequently in advertising – and PR and journalism as well – we have to persuade people to do things that we don’t really believe in and that they don’t really believe in. Should you participate in something that encourages people to do something that is not good for them? I consider that a core question for journalists and practitioners of graphic art, but it’s too frequently overlooked because it is too painful to answer”.”

Article: Milton Glaser: we talk drawing, ethics, Shakespeare and Trump with the graphic design legend


“We’ve been noticing that Instagram has been jam-packed with superb collage work lately, not to mention a few very weird and rather rude found image projects to boot….”

Article: Ten of our favorite collage artists on Instagram

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