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Thursday, 29th January 2015 at 4:33pm
The report is based on search insights from Shutterstock’s own library of images, music, and videos, revealing interesting statistics around current trends.
It covers visual preferences around the world, highlighting themes such as ‘geometric’ for France, ‘vintage’ for Brazil, and ‘clean eating’ for Australia.
It also looks at design trends, social trends, and top music moods.
Take a look at the whole report here and tell us which trends are influencing your design choices.
Thursday, 29th January 2015 at 12:46pm
Serbian artist ABVH, who also animates film posters and cartoons, posts his interpretations of street artists’ work on Tumblr.
His GIFs include injecting fire into a mural by Whoam Irony (pictured) and adding a beach scene into JADE’s artwork.
See more of his work here and let us know what you think.
Wednesday, 28th January 2015 at 12:07pm
WobbleWorks’ 3Doodler 2.0 is a smaller version of the original and has been designed to be more stable and user-friendly.
The pen operates like a glue gun, with colourful plastic filament extruding from the tip of the pen in a malleable form. The fan inside the pen cools the fluid plastic quickly, ensuring it solidifies into the desired shape.
3Doodler creations include the London bus figurine pictured, a remote control plane, and even dresses for a fashion show.
See the innovative pens in action below and tell us what you would make with a 3Doodler 2.0.
Tuesday, 27th January 2015 at 4:46pm
We Are Social's ‘Digital, Social & Mobile in 2015’ reveals that internet usage around the world is currently at almost 42%, including half a billion first time internet users last year.
Global mobile penetration hit 50% last year, which is equivalent to 3.65bn mobile users, and this is expected to drive internet adoption during the next few years.
The report compiles statistics from over 240 countries and also reveals that nearly a third (29%) of the world’s population has an active social media account.
Find out more from the report here.
Monday, 26th January 2015 at 3:54pm
Naoya Matsumoto Design invited local residents to crumple tracing paper and stick it to the interior of the Yorunoma bar.
Paired with subdued lighting, the bar has a dramatic atmosphere reminiscent of fairytale grottos.
The bar was part of a pop-up programme in Osaka during Summer 2014.
Take a look at the bar here and tell us what you think.
Monday, 26th January 2015 at 12:43pm
James Patterson is offering a self-destructing copy of his latest novel ‘Private Vegas’ for £194,000 to one lucky reader - after twenty four hours, the book will actually explode.
A thousand digital copies of the book will also be released; these will also ‘self-destruct’ after a day and feature a countdown at the top of the screen.
The stunt has been designed to put the thrill back into publishing in the digital age - although a normal hardback edition has also been published for readers who prefer to take their time.
Find out more about the book here and let us know what you think of the campaign.
Thursday, 22nd January 2015 at 12:06pm
The design studio’s ‘Chocolatexture’ collection consists of nine chocolates moulded into unique shapes within a small cube, and just 400 boxes will be on sale at the trade fair.
The lounge will also feature Nendo’s furniture for brands such as Offecct, coloured to complement the chocolates, and an installation made of 2,000 brown aluminium pipes.
Nendo has also been named ‘Designer of the Year’ by Maison&Objet following a particularly prolific year.
Find out more about the interesting chocolates here and tell us what you think.
Wednesday, 21st January 2015 at 4:23pm
An artist has combined typography with architecture to create interactive, 3D-printed documents.
Hongtao Zhou’s ‘Textscape’ incorporates layers of letters, numbers, and braille, which are built up to different levels for a textured effect.
The three-dimensional blocks also visually profile their subject matter - one of the documents is about New York City and it emulates its cityscape and skyscrapers.
The artist was inspired by early Chinese woodblock printing, making an association with 3D printing.
See Textscape in more detail here and let us know what you think.
Wednesday, 21st January 2015 at 12:41pm
The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is a contest for ice and snow sculptors, who exhibit their creations around Heilongjiang Province during January.
The stunning sculptures include enormous castles, beautiful statues, and even a complex train installation made from ice.
Explore the festival here and tell us which is your favourite sculpture.
Tuesday, 20th January 2015 at 4:26pm
The film shows the chicken breaking free from her barn and making her way through fields, tunnels, and even across a road, getting plenty of exercise on the way.
When faced with a billboard for a ‘global fitness barn’, she turns away and continues running through her natural surroundings.
The ad has been launched just as many people struggle with New Year Resolutions and is designed to inspire them to take a ‘free range’ attitude to their exercise regimes.
See the chicken go free range below and tell us if Reebok has inspired you to stick with your fitness goals.
Monday, 19th January 2015 at 4:17pm
David Colombini’s ‘Attachment’ project allows you to send a message via a webpage connected to a ‘poetic machine’, which prints and packages your message in a tube, before tying it to the balloon.
The machine then inflates the balloon and releases it into the air; the balloon floats away until it deflates and lands somewhere completely different, just waiting for a stranger to unravel its poetic message.
Watch ‘Attachment’ in action below and let us know if you’ll be sending a message to stranger.
Monday, 19th January 2015 at 11:57am
Visualistan has made a new infographic giving some top tips on how to tailor your content to each channel you use.
The infographic looks at the most popular social channels, including Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest, and how to make the most of each one.
Suggestions include using calls to action in tweets, using a custom thumbnail on YouTube, and uploading portrait-orientated images on Pinterest.
Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us which advice you’ll be taking.
Friday, 16th January 2015 at 2:32pm
Located on the world’s largest salt flat, the Hotel Luna Salada is constructed of solid salt bricks, a feature that is obvious from the unpainted white-grey walls.
However, most of the furniture is also made from salt, with just a few standard fixtures and fittings providing a Bolivian feel.
Explore the hotel in the video below and let us know if you’ll be booking a stay in this unique hotel.
Thursday, 15th January 2015 at 10:22am
Albert J. Son’s ‘Daily Affections’ range of soy candles include ‘Scotch Tape’, ‘Cut Grass’, and ‘Wet Road’ - unusual but highly recognisable smells.
Each candle is completed with a colourful label, with geometric elements inspired by the scents’ origins.
Find out more about ‘Daily Affections’ here and let us know what nostalgic smell you would like to experience in candle form.
Wednesday, 14th January 2015 at 9:31am
Brands under the spotlight include airbnb’s new pink logo, Hershey’s subtle refresh, and PayPal’s bright update.
The infographic compares the old and new logos side by side and rates them with ‘love it’, ‘like it’, or ‘leave it’.
Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us your favourite brand updates from the past year.
Tuesday, 13th January 2015 at 4:24pm
Key themes include the rise of ‘human-to-human’, which involves creating high-quality, truly targeted content ‘based on their user’s interests and needs, not their own’ (as tweeted by @RRHoward89).
Other talked-about topics include fully integrating digital into marketing, rather than treating them as separate entities, and the continuing importance of mobile.
Find out more insights into how business-to-business marketing could change this year here and tell us your own ideas.
Tuesday, 13th January 2015 at 10:13am
‘Intrude’ sees striking rabbits enlarged and frozen within the Royal Festival Hall’s foyer spaces.
These sculptures “explore the natural world, its fragility and our role within in” and were also on display at the 2014 Vivid Festival in Sydney.
Find out more about Intrude here.
Monday, 12th January 2015 at 11:29am
Using black and white lines in a graphic style, the art explores the dynamics between people and the cityscape in a multidimensional way.
Publically displayed in the city, these large scale drawings can be seen to unlock the relationship between the micro and macro universe.
This fusion of colour-accented black and white drawings, with lines in the urban landscape such as roofs, windows and walls, speaks to the sense of unity between art and the environment.
Millo is on Instagram at _millo_.
Take a look at more of Millo’s stunning work here.
Monday, 12th January 2015 at 10:06am
The ‘Orbits Clock’ features three rotating carbon circles.
The time is read by studying small indicators located on the hour and minute ‘hands’.
Read more about this innovative device here and watch a demonstration below.
Thursday, 8th January 2015 at 2:27pm
German-based art director Robert Jahns, who goes by the Instagram handle nois7, has created amazing images using editing apps including VSCOcam, ArtStudio and Snapseed.
Most of the photographs were taking during his travels, shot with his iPhone or DSLR.
Others are composites of stock images or collaborations with other photographers. Jahns’ editing process varies from 2 hours to several days.
Creating surreal and intricate manipulations with an iPhone, he fundamentally explores subversion of reality and medium.
Take a look at more spectacular images here.