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A grotto-like bar covered in crumpled paper

Monday, 26th January 2015 at 3:54pm

Grotto barA design studio has created a bar covered in scrunched-up paper.

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.


Tagged Naoya Matsumoto Design, grotto, bar, interior design, design, clever, creative, pop-up, fun

The world’s first self-destructing book

Monday, 26th January 2015 at 12:43pm

Self-destructing bookA bestselling author is offering one lucky reader the world’s first self-destructing book.

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.


Tagged James Patterson, self-destructing book, Private Vegas, technology, digital, clever, campaign, marketing, advertising, fun

Nendo’s Chocolatexture collection

Thursday, 22nd January 2015 at 12:06pm

ChocolatextureNendo is creating a ‘chocolate lounge’ for this year’s Maison&Objet in Paris.

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.


Tagged Nendo, Chocolatexture, chocolate, design, texture, creative, art, Maison&Objet, fun

3D-printed typographical cityscapes

Wednesday, 21st January 2015 at 4:23pm

TextscapeAn 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.


Tagged Hongtao Zhou, Textscape, typography, architecture, printing, technology, clever, design, creative, fun

A festival celebrating ice and snow sculptures

Wednesday, 21st January 2015 at 12:41pm

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival An annual festival has opened in China, celebrating intricate sculptures made from snow and ice.

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.


Tagged Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, ice sculptures, snow art, creative, art, design, construction, sculptures, fun, clever

Chicken goes truly free range in new Reebok ad

Tuesday, 20th January 2015 at 4:26pm

#LiveFreeRangeReebok’s new online film follows a chicken’s journey towards a healthier lifestyle when she takes a novel approach to living ‘free range’.

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.



Tagged #LiveFreeRange, Reebok, chicken, advert, online, film, advertising, marketing, creative, fun, clever, video

Balloons delivering messages to strangers

Monday, 19th January 2015 at 4:17pm

AttachmentAn artist has given a new interpretation to the classic ‘message in a bottle’ by creating a digital project with biodegradable balloons.

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.



Tagged Attachment, David Colombini, balloons, biodegradable, technology, digital, art, creative, clever, fun

How to create the perfect social media post

Monday, 19th January 2015 at 11:57am

How to create the perfect social psotHave you ever wondered how to create the perfect social media post?

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.


Tagged How to create the perfect social post, social media, infographic, digital, marketing, technology, creative, fun

A hotel made from salt

Friday, 16th January 2015 at 2:32pm

Salt hotelA new hotel has opened in Bolivia and it is almost entirely made from salt.

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.



Tagged Hotel Luna Salada, salt, construction, architecture, Bolivia, hotel, design, creative, innovative, unique

Daily Affections: candles with unusual scents

Thursday, 15th January 2015 at 10:22am

Daily AffectionsA graphic designer has produced an unusual take on scented candles, creating fragrances such as ‘Plastic Toy’ and ‘Stinky Cheese’.

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.


Tagged Daily Affections, Albert J. Son, candles, smells, creative, innovative, clever, design, graphic design

Logo redesigns of 2014

Wednesday, 14th January 2015 at 9:31am

Logo redesignsMany high-profile brands overhauled their logos in 2014 and PM Digital has created an infographic examining the best and the most controversial redesigns.

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.


Tagged 2014, logo redesigns, branding, marketing, brands, infographic, campaigns, creative, airbnb, Hershey, PayPal

B2B marketing predictions for 2015

Tuesday, 13th January 2015 at 4:24pm

B2B marketing predictionsB2B Marketing has crowd-sourced ideas on how business-to-business marketing will evolve during 2015.

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.


Tagged B2B Marketing, 2015, marketing, content marketing, digital, social media, B2B, trends, predictions

Gigantic white rabbits on Southbank

Tuesday, 13th January 2015 at 10:13am

IntrudeAustralian artist Amanda Parer has created ‘Intrude’, an edgy installation which was on display at the Southbank until Sunday 11th January.

‘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.


Tagged installation, innovative, clever, design, rabbits, nature, Southbank, art, creative, fun

Artist adorns city walls with large doodles

Monday, 12th January 2015 at 11:29am

City artAn Italian street artist, Francesco Camillo Giorgino, commonly known as Millo, has created large scale drawings on city walls after winning the B.Art competition.

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.


Tagged Millo, street art, city artist, urban art, landscape, graphic, design, graphic design, creative, clever, art

Orbits Clock tells the time with a twist

Monday, 12th January 2015 at 10:06am

Orbits ClockStudio VE has created a visually striking wall clock, which is a perfect quirky feature for the home or office.

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.



Tagged Orbits Clock, Studio VE, furniture, design, interiors, fun, creative, clever

Surreal images created with an iPhone

Thursday, 8th January 2015 at 2:27pm

Surreal Images created with an iPhoneA photographer has created surreal photographs using his iPhone.

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.


Tagged photography, photograph, iPhone, editing apps, picture editor, Instagram, VSCOcam, ArtStudio, Snapseed, innovative, design, DSLR, images, picture.

Photographer documents world's oldest trees

Wednesday, 7th January 2015 at 11:40am

Photographer documents world's oldest trees

Beth Moon, a San Francisco based photographer, has documented some of the oldest, rarest and largest trees in the world.

Using the rare practice of platinum and palladium printing in order to make the photos themselves look old, Moon’s choice of medium underscores the age of her subject matter.

Moon writes: “Standing as the Earth’s oldest and living monuments, I believe these symbolic trees will take on greater significance, especially at a time when our focus is directed at finding better ways to live with the environment.”

Take a look at more spectacular images here.

Tagged photography, innovative, striking, art, oldest trees, trees, rarest trees, environment, Beth Moon, printing, prints.

Architecture firm creates fruit-inspired buildings

Wednesday, 7th January 2015 at 11:36am

Architects create fruit-inspired buildingsArchea Associati has developed a facility for the 11th International Conference on Grapevine Breeding and Genetics.

Situated in Yanqing Country, north of Beijing, the 200-hectare site includes museums, landscape towers, bridges, greenhouses and a visitor centre. It is also home to several fruit-inspired landscape pavilions.

The architects explained: “Landscape pavilions have been designed as circles as a metaphor for grape bunches spread over the landscape.”

Relief patterns in landscape pavilions’ concrete facades further add to the striking design.

Take a closer look at the development here.
Tagged architecture, buildings, fruit-inspired buildings, innovative, architects, Archea Associati, landscape, fruit, China, Yanqing Country

Evolution of advertising slogans

Tuesday, 6th January 2015 at 4:18pm

Evolution of Advertising Slogans Best Marketing Degrees has created an infographic that explores the power of iconic catchphrases and how they have evolved over time.

De Beer’s “a diamond is forever” is celebrating 67 years in circulation. Awarded best slogan of the 20th century by Advertising Age, this tagline is credited with helping to make diamonds the go-to engagement ring gem.

Pepsi and Coca Cola’s well known slogan battle includes the topical taglines “Twice as much for your nickel” by Pepsi in 1939 and Coca Cola’s “It’s the real thing” of 1969.

Take a look at the full infographic here and let us know about your favourite slogans
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Tagged advertising, slogans, branding, brand, McDonald’s, Coca Cola, time, evolving, innovative, marketing, advert, infographic

Historic ruins restored with a geometric façade

Tuesday, 6th January 2015 at 4:05pm

Historic Ruins restored with Geometric FacadeThe crumbling ruins of a convent in Spain have been restored using a striking geometric façade.

Demolished in 2000, remnants of the early 18th century Sant Francesc Convent were previously all that remained of the church building. David Closes renovated the church by integrating faceted glass elements into the three hundred year old building.

The glass façade unites the crumbling structure and echoes the church’s original geometry with parallel lines. Incorporating striking modern elements into his design, the architect showcases the original design with a subtle update.

Take a closer look at the convent here.


Tagged historic ruins, restoration, geometric, façade, Sant Franscesc Convent, church, structure, innovation, design, modern design, architecture, David Closes.

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