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Tuesday, 16th September 2014 at 3:53pm
Thomas Herbrich took 100,000 photographs in his pursuit to catch the familiar shapes that cigarette smoke can swirl and twist into, such as flowers or human figures.
His series ‘Smoke’ is a selection of just twenty of these pictures, which he created with a flash duration of just 1/10000 sec in order to capture the fleeting shapes.
Take a look at the collection here and tell us what you can see in the smoke.
Tuesday, 16th September 2014 at 2:37pm
The billboard uses the strapline ‘Life is better with cake’ to advertise the largest UK baked goods brand, against a backdrop of 13,360 individual cakes.
Located at Westfield London, the billboard was on display for eight hours - after which, the cakes were handed out to the public.
See more of the billboard here and tell us if you were lucky enough to take part in the giveaway.
Friday, 12th September 2014 at 4:36pm
‘BBC Four Goes Abstract: When Art Broke Free’ sees original idents by Laure Prouvost, John Smith, Sebastian Buerkner, and James Richards aired in between programmes.
Each artist takes inspiration from a different aspect of television, with Prouvost, Buerkner, and Smith deconstructing the traditional BBC Four ident, and Richards using ‘nostalgic and grainy’ filmic techniques.
The four idents will continue to be used after the ‘When Art Broke Free’ season and you can take a look at them here - tell us which one is your favourite.
Friday, 12th September 2014 at 10:31am
The research also showed that 38% would spend any extra budget on social media, but mobile marketing is yet to catch up with the enthusiasm for social (those surveyed put only 7% of their budget towards mobile).
B2B marketers’ top priorities, challenges, and digital skills are also covered in the research, which sheds light on some surprising facts.
The study was carried out by Omobono, Circle Research, and The Marketing Society; you can see the whole infographic here.
Thursday, 11th September 2014 at 3:56pm
ArcKit consists of nearly 400 pieces (with 25 unique components) which click together and can be built on the kit’s grid.
The angular pieces let users build intricate designs with the simple elements, which include ‘arckitexture’ adhesive sheets, on which digital elements (such as wall and flooring patterns) can be printed before being fixed to the design.
The set uses a scale of 1:48 for easy conversion to imperial measurements and is complemented by ArcKit Digital, which can recreate physical projects in Trimble software.
Find out more about ArcKit here or see it in action below - tell us what you think of the kit.
Thursday, 11th September 2014 at 1:50pm
Mexican artist Ricardo Solis creates illustrations that show miniscule humans sculpting or painting the animals, giving them charm by showing them part way through the process.
His paintings include black ribbons being draped over a still-white zebra, a bear being knitted its fur, and an elephant being sculpted from stone.
See more of Solis’ creations here and tell us which is your favourite.
Wednesday, 10th September 2014 at 5:07pm
SURE Architecture’s ‘Endless City’, which won a SuperSkyScrapers Award, would be constructed in London and continue the city’s trend of building upwards.
The firm used the competition’s brief of ‘inspirational typology for a high-quality organic skyscraper concept to be used as a tech city’ for its design.
The 300-metre plan incorporates a pair of irregular ramps that spiral up around the skyscraper, which allows more levels to be added to the tower.
Accommodating residences, leisure facilities, businesses, and schools, Endless City would even have its own ecosystem.
Take a closer look at the design here and let us know what you think.
Tuesday, 9th September 2014 at 5:16pm
Moleskine worked with Livescribe to create the new notebooks, which incorporate a smartpen and use Livescribe paper.
The special paper is covered in dots, which allow the smartpen’s camera to track your writing, sending the information on to be converted through the Livescribe app.
This technology complements Moleskine’s traditional style in the new range, which still uses the ribbon, elastic closure, and luxury cover associated with the brand.
Find out more about the new product here and tell us what you think of it.
Tuesday, 9th September 2014 at 4:27pm
The campaign, which initially sourced crisp flavour suggestions from the public back in January, introduces the six finalists to the public through the vending machines.
Accompanied by short films starring Gary Lineker, Walkers’ brand ambassador, the bus shelters give out crisps when members of the public tweet @Walkers_busstop.
The flavours include ‘Chip Shop Chicken Curry’, ‘Pulled Pork in a Sticky BBQ Sauce’, and ‘Cheesy Beans on Toast’, and will be on the streets of London until the 11th of September.
Find out more about the campaign here and tell us if you’ve picked up a packet.
Friday, 5th September 2014 at 4:24pm
‘Artistect’ is a series of 25 illustrations which combine celebrated paintings with well-known architecture, highlighting similar styles or creative approaches, such as Tadao Ando’s structures in a Giorgio de Chirico picture.
Babina said of his work: “these images are a metaphor for an imagined and imaginary dialogue between creative minds.”
Take a look at the whole series here and let us know your favourite pictures.
Friday, 5th September 2014 at 12:34pm
After years of lost revenue (as many families don’t take cash onto Blackpool Beach), Dillon the donkey is now the world’s first contactless payment pack-animal.
Mark Ineson, owner of Real Donkeys tour company, approached Barclaycard with his dilemma.
The organisation came up with a unique saddle for Dillon, which can scan debit and credit cards via touch - making him one of only 300,000 contactless payment points in the UK
Read more about Barclaycard’s scheme here and tell us what you think of ‘Contactless Donkeys’.
Thursday, 4th September 2014 at 4:36pm
The structure, which is being built in Billund, Denmark, is inspired by the versatility of the LEGO brick and incorporates coloured LEGO in parts of the building.
The tourist attraction, which hopes to attract 250,000 annual visitors, will include a gallery, a café, and a ‘unique’ LEGO store.
Watch the concept video below and tell us what you think of it.
Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 at 3:36pm
A unique staircase flows through a home as one structure over two levels.
The staircase by Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop consists of sleek wooden slats that are built into the wall of the apartment.
The stairs slope downwards to provide the lower set of steps where they attach to the opposite wall, creating a sweeping, natural motion.
Providing lighting and ventilation to the apartment, the staircase was devised as a sculpture and centrepiece to the residence.
Take a closer look at the staircase here and tell us if you would like this in your home.
Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 at 10:24am
‘House of Vans London’ covers five tunnels under the London Underground station and is the city’s only indoor skatepark.
The location also holds a public gallery, bars, and a music venue, with four art studios being leased free of charge to encourage local creative talent.
‘House of Vans London’ is also affiliated with three local charities and you can see more pictures of it here.
Let us know what you think of the construction.
Tuesday, 2nd September 2014 at 4:41pm
An architecture firm has devised a ‘floating’ studio to help writers unleash their creativity.
Blank Studio’s ‘House of Writing’ in Switzerland would be held to metal 'trees' with cables, giving the studio its floating effect.
The three-level design is covered in ‘satin-etched, translucent glass and stainless steel’, which adds to its etherealness in the heart of the Alps.
Find out more about the concept here and let us know your thoughts.
Tuesday, 2nd September 2014 at 12:33pm
An artist creates intricate paper sculptures inspired by architecture.
Eric Standley’s ‘stained glass windows’ are stacks of paper, which are individually laser-cut into beautiful patterns.
Inspired by Gothic and Islamic architecture, Standley’s pieces take months to complete, from planning to assembly.
The Virginia-based artist’s complex structures have been compared to mandalas, which are geometric patterns that represent the infinity of the cosmos.
See more of Standley's work here and tell us what you think of the art.
Friday, 29th August 2014 at 5:01pm
The students, who have named their idea ‘Yerka Project’, use a surprisingly simple way of securing the bike: by using its own frame.
Yerka Project’s middle pipe divides and attaches to the removable seat, forming a lock – all that it then needs is to be fastened to a post .
The prototype locks with a key, though the team are working on variations of the bike that can lock with combinations.
The team came up with their idea after one of them was targeted twice by bike thieves.
Find out more about the unstealable bike here or watch the video below – do you think it’s a good idea?
Friday, 29th August 2014 at 12:01pm
Sean Freeman, who created the ads for the curry brand, used a range of spices and other ingredients mentioned in the ‘recipe’ to write it out on a black background.
Freeman also used different typographic styles throughout the innovative posters to bring the copy to life and encourage customers to opt for a jar of Patak’s.
See both of the posters here and tell us what you think of them.
Thursday, 28th August 2014 at 3:47pm
The Kodatrope, by Lee Pivnik, is made from over five hundred photographic slides and is large enough to be placed over a viewer's head and shoulders.
The photographs, which were mainly taken in the 1960s and 1970s, have been collected from a variety of families for the project.
As the light passes through the rotating Kodatrope, different photos catch the viewer's eye, focusing them on complete strangers and their unknown stories.
Find out more about the Kodatrope here and let us know what you think of it.
Thursday, 28th August 2014 at 12:59pm
The airline now offers ‘Paws and Relax’ to long-haul passengers as part of its ‘Slow TV’ in-flight entertainment package.
‘Paws and Relax’ content will include animals from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the cartoon ‘Simon’s Cat’, and ‘Secret Life of Cats’.
BA’s in-flight entertainment manager, Richard D’Cruze, said: “We discovered some scientific research that proves watching images of cute animals can actually lower your heart rate and reduces stress levels.”
Find out more about the channel, which is being curated by Spafax, here.
Will you be watching BA’s new channel?