Articles tagged creative

Did you know that some of the world's most beloved buildings were once hated by thousands?

Iconic designs such as The Eiffel Tower, Tower Bridge, and Empire State Building all gained bad reputations when first built, but now are seen as innovative and symbolic of their home cities.

For example, the famous writer Guy de Maupassant described the Eiffel Tower as a “tall skinny pyramid of iron ladders, this giant and disgraceful skeleton”. Some people even looked forward to the Tower being taken down as scheduled (a day which never passed).

Read more about the world's most controversial buildings here and tell us what you think. 






If you're still deciding where to go on holiday this year, this blog is for you.

VoucherBin has created an infographic that looks into the best travel destinations in the world - it includes classics like Rome and Paris, but also more alternative choices such as Hanoi or Prague.

With 83% of Brits taking at least one trip a year, the infographic provides some valuable advice on the cities, from their unmissable attractions to your daily budget - so half the research is already done for you.

Find more about these travel destinations here and let us know which ones you'll be visiting.



Test your knowledge of well-known cities and emojis with The Telegraph's new quiz.

To celebrate World Emoji Day, the quiz takes nineteen cities and represents them in emoji form, offering a written clue for those of us who aren't experts in the pictorial language.

Some are easy (such as 'Spanish angels') while some may require a bit of lateral thinking on the lines of iconic quiz show 'Catchphrase' (in which you have to say what you see).

Have a go at the quiz here and tell us how well you do - or let us know if you've got your own city-emoji suggestions...





A new infographic reveals some of the most inspirational people around the world, according to the readers of Raconteur.

The reports specialist asked more than 2000 readers who they thought was 'the most inspirational person of all time’, producing an infographic based on the results.

The eclectic list of fifty famous faces includes politicians and entrepreneurs, as well as actors and fashion designers.

Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, and Steve Jobs are all on the list, as are historical figures such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Coco Chanel, and Einstein.

Discover the infographic here and let us know which person you would have chosen.





A group of American students has released a quirky new video game, based on a Wes Anderson film.

'Maquisard', devised by students at New York University's Game Center, is loosely inspired by the Oscar-winning film The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The game places you in the role of a lobby boy tasked with finding a secret agent; the setting is a labyrinth of hotel rooms, which are designed with Wes Anderson's style in mind.

Download the game for free here and watch the video below to see it in action:




A Turkish architecture studio has unveiled a unique public installation outside London's Royal Academy of Arts.

SO? Architecture and Ideas has created The Unexpected Hill, which will host performances and activities until Sunday 20th September.

A response to the Royal Academy’s 'transformation' theme, the installation consists of blue and white ceramic triangular prisms stacked and staggered to create a 3D public seating area for visitors.

The studio was inspired by ‘Muqarnas’, a design technique typically found in Islamic architecture, which co-founder Sevince Bayrak described as 'an example of using geometry to convert a 2D object into a 3D space'.

Discover the Unexpected Hill here and tell us if you'll be visiting.





A French restaurant in Hong Kong offers more than just amazing gastronomy - it provides an immersive creative experience by famous artists.

Design agency Substance has given Bibo a unique interior design, inspired by the glamour of 1930s Parisian saloons.

Work by renowned artists, such as Banksy, JR, and Damien Hirst, cover the restaurant from floor to ceiling, transforming Bibo into an elegant and bohemian 'abandoned French tram station'.

Creative director of Substance, Maxime Dautresme, says, "we wanted to connect the decade, street art and gastronomy. Street artists often begin their careers spray-painting trains and trams”.

Discover this amazing restaurant here and tell us if you would like to visit.





Information designer Anna Vital has shed some light on how some of the most successful brands and companies started.

Vital's infographics reveals how big names like Airbnb and Pinterest grew to corner their markets, tracing their stories from the first steps to their current success, giving them witty captions like 'How Pinterest started, or a how a guy just would not quit'.

The stories reveal that success doesn't always come easily and that it's often down to perserverance as much as a great idea or 'lightbulb moment'.

So if you're a budding entrepreneur or aspiring start-up founder, take a closer look at the infographics here and tell us if you find them useful.





The World Wide Fund for Nature has released a new series of adverts using optical illusions to raise awareness about endangered species.

The charity emphasises the potentially imminent extinction of some species, such as the polar bear and the Sumatran tiger, through psychedelic black and white images concealing an endangered animal.

Using the line 'The [animal] is becoming harder to see', the WWF conveys the sense of urgency facing some of these species, encouraging readers to protect them while they still can.

Discover these clever ads here and let us know what you think of them.





Did you know that around 80% of our household possessions are never used? Or that you'll probably spend over a year of your life just trying to find things in your home?

Flexispace has created the perfect infographic designed to help you sort through your home storage in a thoughtful, logical way, uncluttering your home in no time.

The company's Space Savers Encyclopedia offers general facts and statistics about the 'multitude of objects' lurking around your home, a useful decision-making flowchart, and specific storage tips for different parts of your house.

For instance, have you ever thought of transforming the space under your stairs into a bookcase? Other ideas include setting up secret storage under your bath, using a kettle toaster combo in your kitchen, and swapping your DVDs for an online service like Netflix or Amazon Prime.

Take a closer look at the Encyclopedia here and let us know if you have any other space-saving tips.




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