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Nicer Tuesdays

Every month we invite four speakers to give us insights and inspirations around a particular theme, from collaboration to mistake-making, erotica to hobbies and pastimes. In January 2014 we were thrilled to partner with Park Communications as our event sponsor for the year.

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James Gilchrist and Beth Wilson Highlights of 2014 (16 December 2014)

At December’s highlights of 2014 Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications, James and Beth from Warriors Studio talk through the launch of Graphic Design Festival Scotland.

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Joe and Rich Luxton Highlights of 2014 (16 December 2014)

At December’s highlights of 2014 Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications, Joe and Rich Luxton talk us through their Then/Now blog which caused a big stir in 2014.

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Malika Favre Highlights of 2014 (16 December 2014)

At December’s highlights of 2014 Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications, Malika Favre talks us through her work throughout the year.

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Caroline Till Food (25 November 2014)

In November’s food-themed Nicer Tuesdays, our first speaker was Caroline Till from multi-disciplinary design studio FranklinTill and she talked to us about the Sensory Suppers at London Design Festival 2011, which they curated.

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Julene Aguirre Bielschowsky Food (25 November 2014)

In November’s food-themed Nicer Tuesdays, Julene Aguirre Bielschowsky spoke to us about her project, Ento – a brand of beautiful, and very much edible, insect foods.

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Ken Kirton Food (25 November 2014)

At our food-themed Nicer Tuesdays this November, Ken Kirton of Hato Press spoke about the printing of food-oritentated books including Studio Cookbook and the recent Cooking with Scorsese.

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Tom Hovey Food (25 November 2014)

Our final speaker at our food-themed Nicer Tuesdays in November was charming illustrator Tom Hovey who spoke about creating the glorious images of cakes that appear on the Great British Bake Off.

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Neil Griffiths Art (28 October 2014)

At October’s art-themed Nicer Tuesdays, Neil Griffiths, founder of the Arts Emergency charity spoke about the organisation’s mission to open up careers in the creative and media industries to people who don’t enjoy the privileges that often give certain people a head start.

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Dan Tobin Smith Art (28 October 2014)

At October’s art-themed Nicer Tuesdays, Dan Tobin Smith talked us through his extraordinary London Design Festival installation of colour-coded clutter called The First Law Of Kipple, taking us through his inspirations and the practical considerations within the project.

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Jessica Vaughan Art (28 October 2014)

In October’s art-themed Nicer Tuesdays, we heard from Jessica Vaughan, programme coordinator at Studio Voltaire. She looked at the difference between commissioning and curating and explained the emphasis of risk-taking at Studio Voltaire.

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Lee Belcher and David Mckendrick Art (28 October 2014)

In October’s art-themed Nicer Tuesdays, Lee Belcher and David Mckendrick – formerly of Wallpaper* and Esquire respectively spoke about their new venture B.A.M and their redesign of the magazine for art auction house Christie’s.

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Luke Evans Photography (30 September 2014)

At September’s photography-themed Nicer Tuesdays, Luke Evans talked to us about his fabulously innovative and unusual art school work, and shared some things he learned along the way.

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Olly Lang Photography (30 September 2014)

At our photography-themed Nicer Tuesdays Olly Lang talks about discovering and developing his interest in photography through his smartphone, amassing commercial clients and 200,000 Instagram followers along the way.

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Ken Wong Storytelling (26 August 2014)

At last month’s storytelling-themed Nicer Tuesdays, Ken Wong of ustwogames talked us through the extraordinary story behind Monument Valley and how narrative elements were key to it becoming more than “a series of geometric puzzles.”

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Gabriel Bisset-Smith Storytelling (26 August 2014)

At August’s storytelling-themed Nicer Tuesdays, actor and filmmaker Gabriel Bisset–Smith gave us an entertaining insight into how his approach “of picking up elements as you go along” plays out in practice.

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Kyle Platts Storytelling (26 August 2014)

At August’s storytelling-themed Nicer Tuesdays, illustrator Kyle Platts explored why he thinks humankind is so drawn to stories and showed us how narrative informs and inspires his inimitable work.

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The Butcher's Apron Storytelling (26 August 2014)

At August’s storytelling-themed Nicer Tuesdays, Emma Gibson and Nadine Moneem of the The Butcher’s Apron podcast shared learnings gleaned from technical issues to legal warnings, explained why having fun is so important.

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Olivier Kugler Travel (29 July 2014)

At July’s travel-themed Nicer Tuesdays, award-winning reportage illustrator Olivier Kugler spoke about how he immerses himself in unusual situations, creating compelling visual narratives which use individuals’ lives to tell bigger stories.

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Chris Vickers Travel (29 July 2014)

At July’s travel-themed Nicer Tuesdays Chris Vickers of design studio She Was Only told us about their ongoing relationship with city-hopping title Boat Magazine and explained the thinking behind the recent redesign, including the challenges his team faced.

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Chris Coe Travel (29 July 2014)

At July’s travel-themed Nicer Tuesdays, Travel Photographer Of The Year founder Chris Coe talked about why he set up the programme and how it has evolved to become an important cultural competition.

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Ben Newman Outer Space (24 June 2014)

At June’s Outer Space-themed Nicer Tuesdays illustrator Ben Newman explained how his dismay at the unimaginative children’s space books on the market motivated him to partner with a physicist friend to create a new kind of title based around the adventures of Professor Astro Cat.

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Hefin Jones Outer Space (24 June 2014)

At June’s Outer Space-themed Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications, Hefin Jones explained why he founded The Welsh Space Campaign and how it looks to reimagine traditional Welsh commerce and culture in an ambitious new context.

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Chris Hatherhill Outer Space (24 June 2014)

At June’s Outer Space-themed Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications, Chris Hatherill of super/collider told us about the agency’s Apollo 77 project which celebrates the huge archive of photographs taken by astronauts down the decades.

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Sam Blair Football (27 May 2014)

At May’s football-themed Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications, Sam Blair tells us about making a film about controversial footballer Diego Maradona and how it challenged his preconceptions about the Argentine superstar.

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Christoph Lorenzi Football (27 May 2014)

At May’s football-themed Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications, Christoph Lorenzi of interactive design studio Sennep explained about how they reimagined the world football stickers via a dedicated online swapping tool.

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Rick Banks Football (27 May 2014)

At May’s football-themed Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications, graphic designer Rick Banks told us about how his longstanding love of football-shirt typography led to a book dedicated to the subject.

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Alice Devine Football (27 May 2014)

At May’s football-themed Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications, Alice Devine, founder of The Illustrated Game blog told us about taking a sideways look at the beautiful game.

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Kit Neale Fashion (29 April 2014)

At April’s fashion-themed Nicer Tuesdays, fashion designer Kit Neale gave us an energetic introduction into the influences and inspirations that shape his colourful print-based work, and explained why he is so passionate about some quintessentially British cultural touchpoints.

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Sarah Parker Fashion (29 April 2014)

At April’s fashion-themed Nicer Tuesdays, set designer Sarah Parker gave us an interesting glimpse into how she goes about creating the kind of visuals editorial and commercial clients alike are queueing up for, from initial inspirations to the practical challenges of making her ideas a reality.

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Becky Smith Fashion (29 April 2014)

At April’s fashion-themed Nicer Tuesdays, Becky Smith of Twin Magazine explained why she wanted to start her own fashion publication in an already crowded marketplace and how she and her team try to create interesting and engaging content with a tone and sense of humour that marks Twin out as doing something different.

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Charlie Porter Fashion (29 April 2014)

At April’s fashion-themed Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications, fashion blogger Charlie Porter explained why what he does is “kind of” fashion journalism, how the industry has changed and is continuing to change.

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Josh King Pranks (25 March 2014)

At March’s Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications, Josh King spoke about his prank trying to sell what purported to be Alex Ferguson’s last ever piece of chewing gum on eBay with hilarious results.

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Rebecca Broomfield Pranks (25 March 2014)

At March’s pranks-themed Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications, Rebecca Broomfield of Bray Leino gave us some specific insights into one brand’s big April Fools’ Day effort in 2013. Virgin has a history of these annual hoaxes and Rebecca explained how Bray Leino oversaw the company’s claims it was launching a glass-bottomed plane.

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Katrin Baumgarten Pranks (25 March 2014)

Last month’s Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications was al about pranks, falling as it did just a week before April Fool’s Day. Here is Katrin Baumgarten, senior interaction designer at Hirsch & Mann telling us about how they tricked out an east London corner shop to become a playable musical instrument.

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Will Dean Magazines (25 February 2014)

Our February Nicer Tuesday event supported by Park Communications was all about magazines and we were thrilled to welcome Will Dean, editor of The Independent magazine. He shared with us some insights into the way the weekly supplement is put together and some of the challenges posed by such tight turnarounds.

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Danielle Pender Magazines (25 February 2014)

At February’s print themed Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications, we were joined by Danielle Pender founder and editor of Riposte magazine. Frustrated by the existing array of women’s magazines on the market, she told us why she decided to launch her own title and the challenges involved in launching a new print venture.

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Bruno Bayley Magazines (25 February 2014)

At February’s Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications, we were celebrating all things print and were delighted to be joined by Bruno Bayley of Vice who talked us through the title’s history and examined why the publication remains a core part of an expanding media empire.

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Andrew Diprose Magazines (25 February 2014)

Our February Nicer Tuesdays event supported by Park Communications was all about the power, possibility and sometimes challenges posed by print. Andrew Diprose is the art director of Wired UK and spoke about the experience working across such an eclectic title.

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Dan Wilton Music (28 January 2014)

Photographer Dan Wilton joined us at January’s Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications to give us an honest and insightful peek into what it’s like to go on tour with a band, and how you go about capturing it with a camera.

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Micachu Music (28 January 2014)

At January’s music-themed Nicer Tuesdays with Park Communications, musician and artist Micachu talked about creating ten music videos for her album Never.

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Luke Taylor Music (28 January 2014)

At January’s music-themed Nicer Tuesdays supported by Park Communications, Luke Taylor of directing duo Us gave us an in-depth insight into two of their music videos.