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Stirling Prize shortlist revealed

Wednesday, 23rd July 2014 at 3:02pm

The ShardRIBA has released the shortlist for its prestigious Stirling Prize.

Six new buildings have been shortlisted for the Prize, which is awarded to the project that has made the most significant contribution to architecture in the United Kingdom.

The nominations, which include Renzo Piano’s The Shard, are drawn from the public, commercial, and educational spheres.

Zaha Hadid, a previous recipient of the Stirling Prize, has also been nominated for the London Aquatics Centre.

The winner will be announced by RIBA on the 16th October.

Find out which buildings have been nominated here.


Tagged Stirling Prize, RIBA, awards, architecture, construction, design, building, innovation

The best storytelling brands

Tuesday, 22nd July 2014 at 4:30pm

Best Storytelling BrandsNew research has revealed which brands are best at storytelling, which helps consumers invest in their product.

The study, by Aesop and OnePoll, asked consumers to rate brands for personality, memorability, and credibility, among other factors.

Charities and technology brands are overtaking established stalwarts for storytelling; with Apple remaining at the top of the ranks, supermarkets are being superseded by the likes of YouTube, Virgin Media and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Cadbury is also highlighted as a strong storytelling brand, thanks to its innovative marketing strategy, which has included high-profile experiential stunts.

Find out more about the research here and tell us which brands you think are good storytellers.


Tagged best storytelling brands, brands, campaign, marketing, experiential, polling, research, Aesop, OnePoll, MarketingWeek

Modernist buildings as mixed-media images

Tuesday, 22nd July 2014 at 1:41pm

Lucy Williams - Modernist artA British artist creates incredibly detailed renderings of 20th Century buildings, with arts and crafts.

Lucy Williams painstakingly produces three-dimensional pictures out of materials including different types of wood, coloured card, acrylic paint and wool.

Inspired by photographs of modernist buildings, Williams’ work has recently been hosted by the McKee Gallery in New York.

Take a look at more of Williams’ architectural art here and tell us what you think of the handcrafted pictures.


Tagged Lucy Williams, Modernism, architecture, art, design, craft, creative, fun, gallery, pictures

We Are Flowers installation

Friday, 18th July 2014 at 2:31pm

We are flowersSOFTlab has transformed a New York shoe gallery with a colourful ceiling installation.

The designers took inspiration from Galeria Melissa’s ‘We Are Flowers’ shoe collection by creating a three-dimensional lattice suspended from the ceiling.

This was covered by over 20,000 translucent 'flowers' of different colours, and funnelled towards the ground at selected points in the gallery.

Take a closer look at the striking installation here or watch the video below, and let us know your thoughts.



Tagged We Are Flowers, Galeria Melissa, shoes, installation, colour, creative, innovative, gallery

Sand Packaging

Friday, 18th July 2014 at 2:29pm

Sand PackagingA design workshop has unveiled a unique packaging made of sand.

Barcelona-based workshop Alien and Monkey binds sand together with other naturally-occurring minerals, which, when compacted, dries solid.

The hollow ‘sand boxes’ can be broken open, and when the sand crumbles away, its package is revealed.

Take a look at the eco-friendly packaging here and tell us what you think – would you love to receive a present packaged in sand?


Tagged Sand Packaging, Alien and Monkey, sand, packaging, environmental, creative, innovative, product, design

Mall of the World

Thursday, 17th July 2014 at 1:59pm

Mall of the WorldDubai has unveiled plans for the world’s first indoor city, called ‘Mall of the World’.

The giant dome, which will be climate-controlled, recreates iconic parts of cities from across the world, including Oxford Street, Broadway and Las Ramblas.

The 4.5 million sq m city will also boast the world’s biggest indoor theme park and shopping mall, along with 20,000 hotel rooms.

Dubai is already known for several record-breaking constructions, including the world’s tallest building.

Find out more about the Mall of the World here and tell us what you think.


Tagged Mall of the World, Dubai, architecture, construction, design, indoor city, tourism, innovative, Burj Khalifa

Bricksy: Banksy’s street art in LEGO form

Wednesday, 16th July 2014 at 2:31pm

BricksyAn award-winning photographer creates LEGO artworks inspired by iconic Banksy images.

Jeff Friesen’s series, entitled ‘Bricksy’, uses well-known Banksy art as a starting point to create a complete scene made of LEGO.

Friesen, from Winnipeg, started making LEGO dioramas with his daughter, eventually turning to the work of the famous street artist for inspiration.

So far, he has recreated ‘Balloon Girl’ and ‘Kissing Coppers’, among other works.

Take a look at the Bricksy series here and tell us what you think of the fun idea.


Tagged Bricksy, Banksy, Jeff Friesen, LEGO, street art, photography, clever, fun, creative

Ecolution reveals first portable solar smartflower

Wednesday, 16th July 2014 at 11:22am

Ecolution smartflowerOne of our clients, Ecolution, revealed the world’s first portable solar system, smartflower™ at Dukes Polo, Essex (12-13 July).

The stunning solar power plant is a unique mobile all-in-one photovoltaics system that unfolds automatically as the sun rises, follows it just like a sun flower, and then folds itself away when the sun sets.

Ecolution smartflowerAndy McGloin, commercial manager at Ecolution comments: “smartflower offers a design-led approach to renewable energy. With sustainability and energy efficiency becoming every day terms in our lives, we need to provide our customers with products that are simple to use, efficient and at the same time would adhere to their aesthetic requirements.”

Take a look at some more pictures of smartflower™ below.


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Tagged Ecolution, smartflower, technology, renewables, photovoltaic, sustainability, innovative, photos, solar

The ‘biggest design poster ever made’

Tuesday, 15th July 2014 at 2:10pm

Malmo Festival posterAn enormous poster which took 900 hours to complete is publicising the Malmö Festival in Sweden.

Described as the ‘biggest design poster ever made’, the poster by SNASK is a physical, interactive installation made of massive shapes which visitors can climb.

The colourful project, which is eight metres wide and and thirteen metres long, used 175 litres of paint, 280 plywood boards and 10,000 nails in its construction.

It celebrates the 30th Malmö Festival, which is taking place in August.

Take a closer look at the innovative poster here and tell us what you think.


Tagged Malmö Festival, poster, installation, 3D, interactive, innovative, design, construction, advertising, colour, art, creative

Cycling Under The Sea

Tuesday, 15th July 2014 at 8:50am

Cycling under the seaChris Froome has become the first person to cycle through the Eurotunnel, an achievement filmed by car manufacturer Jaguar.

The Tour de France champion cycled through the service tunnel in just 55 minutes, reaching speeds of up to 65km per hour.

The two minute film was released during the British stage of the Tour de France and was anticipated by Jaguar’s #KeepPushing hashtag.

Jaguar has been supplying vehicles to Britain’s Team Sky since 2010 and signed an official partnership deal this year.

Watch Chris Froome in action below and let us know what you think of the film.



Tagged Cycling Under The Sea, Chris Froome, Jaguar, Team Sky, Eurotunnel, Tour de France, marketing, film, #KeepPushing, viral, social media

How is social media affecting television habits?

Thursday, 10th July 2014 at 2:31pm

Social media television habitsNew research from YouView reveals how social media usage is affecting the way UK viewers are watching television.

The study discovered that one in seven viewers search through social networks to find television recommendations, while over a quarter stay off social media when they need to avoid spoilers.

YouView surveyed two thousand viewers and also asked them about their ‘second screening’ habits (nearly one in six are on Twitter while watching a programme).

Find out more about the research here and tell us if social media influences your television habits.


Tagged YouView, Twitter, television, social media, research, study, technology, online

Jeep's optical illusion posters

Thursday, 10th July 2014 at 2:28pm

Jeep adA new ad campaign for Jeep puts a twist on an old style of optical illusion by using animals.

The ‘See whatever you want to see’ posters feature animal pictures that, when turned upside down, look like a completely different animal.

The ingenious black and sepia posters, designed by Leo Burnett France, include a giraffe which becomes a penguin when flipped.

The posters are intended to give the brand a spirit of adventure and encourage users to see the world – while driving a Jeep, of course.

Take a look at the campaign here and tell us which is your favourite poster.


Tagged Jeep, Leo Burnett, advertising, marketing, posters, design, campaign, fun, brand, creative

A table reflecting the depths of the ocean

Wednesday, 9th July 2014 at 4:14pm

The Abyss TableA layered coffee table by Duffy London resembles the depths of the ocean.

The Abyss Table stacks blue glass on slices of light wood, which gives the impression of a sandy sea bed.

The glass echoes the effect of the ocean, as the layers appear to darken as they deepen.

The uniquely shaped table mimics the contours of the ocean and was handmade by Christopher Duffy’s team.

Find out more about the table here and tell us what you think of it.


Tagged Abyss Table, Duffy London, furniture, design, product design, innovative, nature, creative

Pantone posters with character

Wednesday, 9th July 2014 at 3:17pm

Pantone 7686 CPantone’s new ad campaign shows how crucial colour is for iconic pop culture characters.

‘There can only be one’, devised by Y & R Shanghai, uses the features of famous cartoon and puppet figures against a background square of their dominant colour.

Completed by their Pantone numbers, the posters demonstrate that a strong colour is key to making characters instantly recognisable.

The posters include ‘Pantone 7686 C’, a deep blue, which uses googly eyes to represent Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster.

Take a look at all three posters here and tell us what you think of the fun concept.


Tagged Pantone, advertising, posters, Cookie Monster, cartoon, fun, colour, clever, design, creative

Photographs of Design Museum revealed

Tuesday, 8th July 2014 at 3:43pm

The Design MuseumPhotographs of the new Design Museum in South Kensington have been released.

The museum, which is currently under construction, is due to open in 2016 and will be three times the size of the current building.

The £80 million project will include design workshops and a design library, a free-to-enter permanent collection and a gift shop.

A virtual tour of the site was made available online last year.

Find out more here and let us know what you think about the project.


Tagged Design Museum, London, design, architecture, construction, photographs, building, innovative

Murat: the interactive comic

Tuesday, 8th July 2014 at 3:32pm

MuratA Czech collective has created an online comic that invites readers to interact with it.

Murat’, by Motiv, is an innovative spin on traditional graphic novels, making the most of current technology to involve readers in its storyline.

Murat looks like a typical black and white comic, but it uses audio and visual effects and is clickable throughout – one page of the comic consists of a jigsaw that readers has to construct themselves.

Watch the trailer for the comic below or read it here – tell us if you find this development in comics exciting.



Tagged Murat, Motiv, comic, interactive, innovative, technology, graphic design, art, effects, video

Content ideas for social media

Friday, 4th July 2014 at 9:52am

Social mediaContent marketing is now a crucial part of many organisations’ strategy, but sometimes it’s hard to think of content ideas tailored for different social media channels.

PR Daily has compiled a list of ideas for Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, designed to make your content offering more diverse and distinctive.

The list recommends digging out vintage company photos for Facebook, crafting inspiration boards on Pinterest and sharing quick tips on Twitter.

Other ideas include checking what's trending on social media, sharing industry-relevant blogs, creating infographics and even making video montages.

Take a look at the whole list here and tell us if you have a great content idea for a social network.


Tagged Social media, content marketing, marketing, technology, internet, creative, fun

Landesgartenschau: an exhibition hall built by robots

Thursday, 3rd July 2014 at 1:44pm

Landesgartenschau Exhibition HallAn exhibition hall has a structure created entirely from plywood prefabricated by robots.

The Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall in Germany has been constructed using digital design and robotic fabrication techniques, which also included insulation, waterproofing and cladding.

The hall’s structure consists of 243 hexagonal plywood panels and the double-domed design is inspired by the skeletal structure of a sea urchin, which is described as ‘one of the most efficient modular systems in nature’.

Find out more about the design here and tell us what you think.


Tagged Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall, University of Stuttgart, prefabrication, technology, digital, design, construction, architecture, innovative

The Bible of BBQ

Thursday, 3rd July 2014 at 1:22pm

The Bible of BBQA direct mail project entitled ‘The Bible of BBQ’ has won a Bronze Cannes Lion, thanks to its interactive style.

The Bible of BBQ, produced for Brazilian brand Tramontina, consists of pages that have a particular purpose in the ‘perfect barbecue’.

For instance, the book had a knife-sharpening page, a sheet made of salt for seasoning, a flammable page and even a fold-out apron.

The Bible of BBQ was sent to fifty people, many of whom proudly displayed their present in their restaurant.

Watch the book in action below or find out more about the book here – tell us what you think of it.



Tagged The Bible of BBQ, barbecue bible, Tramontina, Cannes Lions, marketing, direct mail, innovative, creative, fun

LEGO bus stop on Regent Street

Wednesday, 2nd July 2014 at 12:53pm

LEGO bus stopTransport for London (TfL) is celebrating the Year of the Bus by installing a bus stop made entirely from LEGO bricks.

The stop, which is on Regent Street, has been created in conjunction with the nearby Hamleys toy stop and is made from 100,000 pieces of LEGO.

It took two weeks to put together, but TfL hopes the bus shelter with a difference ‘will bring a smile to the face of even a hardened commuter’.

Even the windows of the bus stop have been replaced with clear LEGO bricks, although the more complex transport maps were printed as usual and then pasted onto the LEGO wall.

The Year of the Bus celebrates several bus-related anniversaries, including the 60th anniversary of the iconic Routemaster bus.

Take a closer look at the LEGO bus stop here and let us know what you think of it.


Tagged LEGO, Year of the Bus, TfL, London, transport, installation, fun, clever, innovative, innovation

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