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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?
Wednesday, 27th August 2014 at 3:35pm
‘Matter’ offers four model packs, containing 3D objects and structures, which can be edited into pictures.
The embedded elements can be manipulated with shadows, masks, and can even be made translucent or opaque.
Users can also create looping videos of the structures in motion.
Watch 'Matter' in action below or find out more about it here – would you use this innovative new app?
Wednesday, 27th August 2014 at 1:12pm
Daniel Agdag’s steampunk-inspired creations are made only from cardboard and glue – and instead of planning on paper, Agdag works from a mental picture of the machine.
The series of sculptures, called ‘The Principles of Aerodynamics’, is being displayed in the artist’s first solo exhibition in Windsor, Australia.
Take a closer look at the creations here and tell us what you think of them.
Tuesday, 26th August 2014 at 3:29pm
To celebrate its new range, Greggs enlisted street artist Hammo to produce a brand new artwork every day of the launch week.
Each ‘Fresh Billboard’ ad was created from scratch in front of a captivated audience, who could guess which sandwich Hammo was drawing and share their ideas on Twitter with #FreshBillboard.
Greggs said: ‘We freshly prepare our sandwiches in each shop every day, so why not make our billboards every day?’
Find out more about the campaign here and tell us if you spotted the billboard.
Tuesday, 26th August 2014 at 10:40am
This year’s event will be held at Europe’s tallest building, The Shard, and our Senior Account Executive, Kate Stewart, is donating her photography for the cause.
The 10x10 concept brings together 100 artists, designers and architects, and assigns them each a square of London, within a grid of 100 squares.
For 2014, it surrounds The Shard and we look forward to seeing the artworks of the skylines and Bermondsey area.
The event, which is in its fourth year, always has the lively highlight of the auction by Sotheby’s, which will no doubt be particularly special, as it will be held at this prestigious venue.
All proceeds raised will be sent to Article 25’s projects where there is conflict, poverty, or disaster.
For more information on the exhibition, visit the website here.
Kate is also running the Run to the Beat 10k for Article 25 - if you’d like to donate, please visit her fundraising page here.
Friday, 15th August 2014 at 9:28am
The innovative design disguises its architecture within the topography, providing a playful and freer environment for the animals.
Overhauling the rigid style of most zoos and animal parks, BIG’s scheme uses three zones, each dedicated to a continent, within the doughnut-shaped zoo.
The imaginative features of the continental zones include bamboo cottages in the panda enclosure, a hill of rice fields in the elephant house and savannah craters for giraffes and zebras.
Read more about the fun design here.
Friday, 15th August 2014 at 9:07am
The advice focuses on how you analyse results, such as through Google Analytics, and how you can improve your practices.
One tip is to break down your Analytics data into the results that matter, so you can see how well your home page and other traffic-directed pages are performing.
The article also recommends measuring engagement before concentrating on conversions, by thinking about your audience’s needs over your own.
Also, consider tailoring your ‘social’ content to make it ‘share-friendly’ by making it shorter and more visual.
Read the whole article here to find out some more great advice.
Thursday, 14th August 2014 at 1:29pm
Spectra, by Ryoji Ikeda, shot up through the night on 4th August to mark the centenary of the War, just as landmarks were dimmed and the final candle in Westminster Abbey was snuffed out.
The installation, located in Victoria Tower Gardens, was part of the Royal British Legion’s ‘Lights Out’ campaign and lit up the night sky for a week.
Take a look at more pictures of Spectra here and let us know what you think.
Thursday, 14th August 2014 at 1:12pm
Tangent Graphic has created branding for the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Working with illustrator Josh Brill, the consultancy created a series of songbird images, with the strapline ‘let’s talk’.
The colourful illustrations are simple but instantly recognisable, and have been tailored for different parts of the festival – for instance, bright exotic birds are used for the children’s programme.
Read more about the branding here and tell us what you think of the theme.
Thursday, 14th August 2014 at 1:10pm
‘Net-a-Porter Live’ is being broadcast on a screen in Canary Wharf, revealing the details of purchases as they are happening.
The live feed will be broadcast on Ocean Outdoor’s The Screen from 11th to the 23rd August.
The luxury brand said: “This is an exciting campaign for Net-a-Porter, marking our first foray into using live content and digital out-of-home. The concept is extremely innovative and showcases our reach as an online shopping destination in the luxury womenswear market.”
Find out more about the campaign here and tell us if you think this would work for other brands.
Wednesday, 13th August 2014 at 2:56pm
LEGO Architecture Studio, consists of over a thousand pieces – however, unlike ordinary brightly coloured LEGO sets, all of the components are either white or transparent.
LEGO said: “Anyone with an interest in architecture can now create their own LEGO original designs, as well as building mini architectural masterpieces such as the Eiffel Tower and the Trevi Fountain.”
A guidebook, with helpful diagrams and contributions from leading architecture firms, also comes with the set.
Discover more about the new product here – do you think this is a great idea?
Wednesday, 13th August 2014 at 12:02pm
Breath Box in La Grande Motte is covered with 345 steel flaps, which are hinged so both the wind and visitors can interact with them. The mirrored façade also reflects the sea.
Designed by NAS Architecture, the cabin has been created for the Festival des Architecture Vives.
Find out more about the Breath Box here and let us know what you think of the design.
Tuesday, 12th August 2014 at 3:25pm
The campaign, devised by Miami Ad School/ESPM, recreates games such as Pac-Man and Snake using coloured Tic Tac mints against a black backdrop.
The colourful print posters inject a touch of fun into the Tic Tac brand, which is owned by Ferrero.
Take a look at all of the posters here and let us know what you think of the creative ads.
Tuesday, 12th August 2014 at 1:35pm
Georges Rousse creates three-dimensional geometric artworks, which consist of several separate components arranged around a space.
From most perspectives, the art looks like a collection of parts – but at just the right angle, it fits together like a seamless painting.
Rousse takes a single photograph of the art at this perfect perspective, challenging audiences to work out how it really comes together.
Take a closer look at the art here and tell us what you think of it.
Friday, 8th August 2014 at 1:17pm
The 5-star Krystall Hotel will be the first of its kind in Europe and will be in the Norwegian fjords, as far away from light pollution as possible.
The snowflake-shaped hotel, which was designed by Dutch Docklands, has been described as an environmentally ‘scarless development’ and its glass roof will ensure guests will get the very best view of the Lights.
Take a closer look at the Krystall Hotel here and tell us what you think of it.
Friday, 8th August 2014 at 1:17pm
Tequila Patrón has put together a stunning window display for Selfridges, celebrating the work that goes into the production of the drink.
The display consists of sixty white-painted hands, representing the number of hands that help to make a bottle of Tequila Patrón.
The brand said of the display: “The ‘60 hands’ window at Selfridges is a celebration of the best assets we have for creating our world class tequila, our hands. For creating perfection, we believe you can’t find a better tool.”
Designed by Harlequin, the window is part of Selfridges’ ‘Meet the Makers’ campaign, which showcases innovative food and drink designers.
Find out more about the display here and let us know what you think of it.
Thursday, 7th August 2014 at 2:22pm
TD Canada Trust converted some of its ATMs into ‘Automated Thanking Machines’, dispensing all sorts of presents, including clothes, flowers, and plane tickets.
Watch the heartwarming video below to see the lucky customers’ reactions and tell us what you think of the campaign.
Thursday, 7th August 2014 at 12:25pm
Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook in the Eastern Townships has dozens of trails and boasts North America’s longest suspension bridge, making it the ideal location for an after-dark attraction.
The 2km-long trail uses lighting effects and an original soundtrack, and even has guides dressed as folklore characters along the way.
Find out more about Foresta Lumina here and tell us what you think of the immersive experience.
Wednesday, 6th August 2014 at 2:26pm
A team of designers has devised a renewable energy generator in the shape of a duck.
The Energy Duck has been submitted to the Land Art Generator Initiative competition in Copenhagen and is intended to be an interactive, educational installation as well as a fun public artwork.
The generator is based on the common eider duck, which is native to Copehagen and is under the threat of climate change.
The 12-storey-high duck, which would float in Copenhagen Harbour, would have a steel frame covered in a skin of photovoltaic panels for energy generation, which would contribute to the city power grid.
Find out more about this innovative idea here.