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Friday, 4th October 2013 at 4:15pm
Engineer Adam Hicks has created the ultra-simple ‘Easy-Macro’ smartphone lens, which allows users to take incredibly detailed shots without the hassle of a cumbersome camera accessory.
For a long time smartphones have incorporated cameras, however they haven't ever really been able to compete with the very best cameras, that might be about to change with this simple accessory.
The simple design of the lens enables it to fit all smartphones, and is easy to carry around because of its size.
Get your hands on this piece of kit here, and show us the images you take with it.
Friday, 4th October 2013 at 11:21am
This innovative idea has opened up the possibility of a new range of housing in urbanised areas - by utilising the space between buildings!
The two Danish architects who are responsible for this idea, Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann, have named the concept the 'Live Between Buildings project'.
This new range of housing would literally be lofts constructed in the gaps between large buildings in cities, built mostly using window technology to ensure they remained well lit.
This idea recently won the annual New Vision of the Loft 2 design award, and there have even been brief designs to show how the idea would work in densely populated cities like London or New York.
Take a closer look at the project here, and tell us if you could see yourself one day living between buildings.
Wednesday, 2nd October 2013 at 10:31am
These screens will literally be a part of the wall so they are sure to be the thinnest around, they will also be fully interactive, enabling a truly immersive television experience like never before.
So the outlook of a living room might be very different in the future, however don't get your hopes up too much, these plans are a fair way off at the moment.
Take a closer look here, and tell us if these would feature in your living rooms of the future.
Tuesday, 1st October 2013 at 4:56pm
The Romanian born student called Andrei Costache of University Campus Suffolk said that he hoped his project would "express the connection between place and people."
The piece consisted of a number of coloured posts fixed into the ground at differing angles, these posts lead the way into a vibrant new retail destination called Futura Park.
The project was commissioned by AquiGen, and manufactured and installed by Claydon Architectural Metalwork.
Take a closer look at the project here, and tell us if you are a fan of this work.
Tuesday, 1st October 2013 at 3:26pm
You might think it would be difficult to advertise a toilet spray, however Poo-Pourri have done just that with this hilarious video advert.
The video features a contrast between a young and elegant actress speaking in a most 'proper' way, with a shockingly crude script.
The advert has been a massive success - having already had more than 10 million views on YouTube!
So it would be natural to expect that soon enough this toilet spray will become a common fixture in a bathroom near you.
Take a look at the video below, and order yourself some Poo-Pourri spray here.
Monday, 30th September 2013 at 2:05pm
The miLES Storefront Transformer, designed by Architecture Commons, is a versatile set of amenities and furnishings ready to transform any vacant storefront.
The Kickstarter Campaign hopes to use this to transform a vacant storefront this winter - if they can raise the funds required.
The miLES Storefront Transformer is a 6ft cube designed to “program any storefront,” when unfolded it provides functional elements such as; shelving, partitions, tables, seats, a stage, as well as infrastructure such as; WIFI, speakers and more!
The flexibility of the design will be utilised to showcase seven different themes: Show, Play, Share, Learn, Make, Shop, and Eat.
The Kickstarter Campaign will run this winter from September the 19th to October 19th, if they can raise the $32,000 needed to fund the project.
You can find more information about this here, and let us know if you would like to see your local stores change shape overnight.
Friday, 27th September 2013 at 12:26pm
This beautiful and sympathetic scheme placed a new building at the heart of the old, bringing new life to features that were once dying away.
Astley Castle is a 12th century fortified manor that was damaged by fire in 1978. Witherford Watson Mann Architects has designed a new house that allows visitors to experience life in a centuries old castle whilst still enjoying all the 21st century modern conveniences.
RIBA comments, “Astley Castle demonstrates that working within sensitive historic contexts requires far more than the specialist skills of the conservation architect: this is an important piece of architecture, beautifully detailed and crafted. The decision to put the bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor and the communal spaces above makes the experience of the house very special as perhaps the most impressive spaces are the outdoor Tudor and Jacobean ruins.”
Watch a film about this fantastic building below or visit RIBA here to find out more about this outstanding project and the other shortlisted entries.
Images © Helen Binet
Friday, 27th September 2013 at 10:23am
Unfold is the latest exhibition by London Print Studio presenting a stunning collection of handmade, pop-up and laser cut books and prints.
The show featured about 50 works by 36 artists, most of which are for sale.
One particular piece that caught our attention was a series of extracts from Circle Press founder Ronald King and writer George Szirtes, the collection included 14 illustrated poems inspired by Elias Canetti’s 1935 Nobel-prize winning novel Auto da Fe.
With lovely prints, illustrations and pop-ups, this exhibition is a must-see for every book lover! The exhibition is open until 2nd November at the London Print Studio, you can find more information here.
Thursday, 26th September 2013 at 4:55pm
The former TWA Terminal at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York is set to be converted into a hotel and conference centre.
Originally designed by architect Eero Saarinen the terminal is to be transformed by hotel developer Andre Balazs.
Some of the amenities that will be available at this new hotel include; restaurants, bars, a flight museum and a spa and fitness centre.
Speaking to Page Six, Balazs revealed that Saarinen's curved concrete terminal in Queens would be rebranded as 'The Standard Flight Center', bringing it into his family of 'Standard hotels'.
Take a closer look at this project here, and let us know if you will be paying it a visit.
Thursday, 26th September 2013 at 2:11pm
Over the past couple of days Google has announced it will switch users to an encrypted search domain, meaning that users will no longer be able to view the keywords people have used to search for their website.
These restrictions continue a trend for Google; you may remember back in October 2011 it was announced that search results would be encrypted for logged-in Google users – including any Google-owned product like YouTube, Google+ etc. Now Google has gone a step further.
This new encryption only affects organic searches and keywords can still be tracked through paid campaigns. So having an AdWords paid campaign will allow you to develop a more balanced strategy that will allow you to gain more information about your users.
Google argue that these changes are aimed at building higher levels of security for its users, however what is true is that these changes should encourage a strategy that’s built around good website content rather than purely keyword analysis.
But don’t despair, there are still plenty of ways to use analysis to benefit your website; for example you can still look at the top organic landing pages, and draw comparisons between search volumes before and after work is done to improve your site.
If you get tired of Google controlling the digital world you can always glean analytical insights through other search engines such as Bing and Yahoo, which currently remain unaffected by these encryptions.
If you have any queries regarding your SEO or need any additional assistance contact the Think Tank team for assistance.
Wednesday, 25th September 2013 at 4:29pm
It should come as no surprise that the GTA series continues to polarise opinion with some groups claiming it sets an immoral precedent to gamers, this latest edition continues the trend featuring scenes normally associated with gangs and thuggery.
However, one of the original game writers in the series Brian Baglow argues that "if the series was just about gratuitous violence, it would not have achieved the sales and success it has."
What is certainly true is that the games developer, Rockstar North, has invested massively in this series, GTA V is reportedly the most expensive game ever made, with this budget matched by its investment into its marketing.
An extensive marketing campaign featuring giant murals painted in Los Angeles, many different pre-order bonuses, a social-media campaign utilising #GTAV and much more has obviously worked!
Whether or not the controversy enhances or diminishes the reputation of the GTA series is still unclear, however the budget into the development and marketing of the game appears to be money well spent.
Take a look at the trailer for this game below, and let us know if you will be joining in on the hype!
Wednesday, 25th September 2013 at 2:41pm
This excellent advert from Chipotle entitled “The Scarecrow” uses a recipe of celebrity covers of a famous song, stunning long-form animation and a strong environmental message to create an effective and memorable campaign.
This is another grand statement from the restaurant chain Chipotle about the world of industrial food production.
They have also created a free, arcade-style adventure game for the iPhone and iPad to engage with their audience, which you can download here.
Chipotle worked with Fiona Apple, CAA Marketing and the Oscar-winning animators at Moonbot Studios to create this lovely and touching advert.
Watch the advert below and tell us what you think.
Tuesday, 24th September 2013 at 3:43pm
A giant teddy bear has arrived in Warsaw, Poland offering cuddles, hugs and a cosy place to stop by and take a load off.
Iza Rutkowska, from the Forms and Shapes Foundation, came up with the idea in response to the current statues in Warsaw - because many commemorate wartime experiences or sociopolitical issues.
Bringing a more light-hearted approach to living in Warsaw, the teddy bear travels around the city to beaches and local parks.
Soon the teddy bear named, ‘the cuddly’, will travel to other countries too.
Take a look at the project here and tell us if you spot this teddy bear!
Monday, 23rd September 2013 at 10:40am
BT Sport has launched a competition that challenges sports fans to uncover 44 different sports teams hidden within visual clues in this illustration.
The competition encourages sports fans to use every grain of their sporting knowledge to unearth the different teams from the clues.
All 20 Barclays Premier League teams are hidden within the illustration - and sports fans who can find all 20 automatically get entered into a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to a Premier League game of their choice.
So put your knowledge and skills to the test by entering this competition here, and let us know how you get on!
Friday, 20th September 2013 at 4:21pm
In this death-defying stunt from Volvo Trucks Charlie the hamster is enlisted to steer a 15 ton truck through a precarious mountain track in Spain.
The stunt highlighted the launch of Volvo Trucks' new steering wheel technology that they claim can make even the heaviest trucks easy to manoeuvre.
Charlie was carefully selected from a long list of applicants from an extended casting procedure - where he was trained to stay focused in a noisy, and unfamiliar environment.
A specially built hamster treadmill was attached to the steering wheel of the truck, meaning that whichever way Charlie ran steered the vehicle.
Take a look at the stunt in the video below, and tell us if you think any of your pets could steer your car.
Friday, 20th September 2013 at 3:10pm
The advert showcases the creative ways Canon users have captured images and videos, demonstrating users can extend their imaginations using Canon products.
The other three nominees were Wieden + Kennedy’s ‘Jogger’ for Nike, BBH’s ‘Jess Time’ for Google Chrome, and Crispin Porter + Bogusky’s ‘The Chase’ for Grey Poupon.
Grey’s win ended a streak of four straight victories for ads created by Wieden + Kennedy. Watch the shortlisted ads here.
Lastly, watch the winning ad below and tell us if this would inspire you.
Thursday, 19th September 2013 at 3:39pm
Dalton Ghetti has created these amazingly detailed mini sculptures on the tips of pencils.
For 25 years he has challenged himself by trying to make things as small as possible.
He has experimented sculpting with different materials but the latest innovation has been the miniature masterpieces on pencil tips.
Ghetti uses three basic tools to create his art: a razor blade, sewing needle and sculpting knife.
Ghetti works as a carpenter and refuses to sell any of his works; only his friends are privileged to receive them as gifts.
Take a look at his work here and tell us which piece is your favourite.
Thursday, 19th September 2013 at 10:36am
100% Design, the UK’s largest contemporary design trade event, opened its doors on September 18th to the trade and press for four days and will be open to the public on Saturday 21st.
100% Design includes six colour-coded areas: Interiors, Office, Kitchen & Bathrooms, Eco, Design & Build, International Pavillons and Emerging Brands. The event attracts leading UK and international brands such as Knoll, Herman Miller, Young & Norgate, Deadgood and many more.
Our client, Formica Group, worked with design resource studio Material Lab to create a unique 'deconstructed' interior environment showcasing essential surfaces in their
At ther stand, decors and textures are being featured from the DecoMetal® by Formica Group range, including the red dot award-winning Plex texture, AR Plus® High Gloss laminate, solid through-colour ColorCore® as well as on-trend decors from the Formica® Colors range.
Throughout the exhibition there were a number of great products that caught our eye;
A living room table by Picchio, constructed from cork cylinders of various lengths, resting on a copper footing, creating a fascinating contrast between the refined materials of copper, cork and glass.
Some of the most luxurious baths in the world were also on display. Curated by Designer Kitchen & Bathroom magazine, the Bath Boulevard exhibition features stunning bathtubs, from traditional classics to ultra-modern style.
You can find more information and register for this event here. Let us know which is your favourite part.
Wednesday, 18th September 2013 at 5:19pm
Inside Chanel is an impressive online project telling the story of the iconic fashion house and its founder, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel using a series of videos.
The project started last autumn when the website was launched.
The final five films are in the process of being released, each combining black and white graphics with archive footage and photography related to a different chapter in the story of Chanel and its founder.
The story of the young Gabrielle Chanel is presented in Chapter 6, 'Mademoiselle' in the video below.
Take a look at the project here and tell us your favourite bit of Chanel's history.
Wednesday, 18th September 2013 at 3:55pm
Supremely stylish restaurant and bar Sketch invited The Think Tank along to experience an array of art curated by 19 Greek Street, London’s hub for international contemporary design. Flung: the Upside of Down exhibited sculptures reflecting a disturbed scene of a restaurant which created some interesting interpretations.
Exploring the idea of mistakes and distortion in artwork these pieces all appeared disjointed making the evening delightfully surreal. While some pieces seemed to be defying gravity or carved perfectly from precious materials other pieces were upside down or at abnormal angles removing the function of the chairs.
Having got our mind round the concept and some perplexing discussions we then retired to the beautiful gallery and otherworldly toilets! The decor was astounding and the toilets were in alien-like pods with strange soundtracks in each one. The two Michelin starred Lecture Room boasts a rich decor of red and gold whilst the glade has murals as if you’re in a forest. The different rooms and concepts make Sketch a must-visit destination to suit almost any occasion.
Flung will be exhibited until Sunday 22nd September, so take a look and tell us what you think.