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Laser-cut paper art inspired by architecture

Tuesday, 2nd September 2014 at 12:33pm

Eric Standley laser cut paper artAn 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.


Tagged Eric Standley, laser cut paper, architecture, design, art, mandala, sculpture, creative, clever

Curry paste adverts made of spices

Friday, 29th August 2014 at 12:01pm

Patak adPatak’s new adverts for its curry paste use spices to detail the long process of making the paste yourself.

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.


Tagged Patak, Sean Freeman, creative, advertising, marketing, brand, typography, clever, fun, art, poster

The Kodatrope

Thursday, 28th August 2014 at 3:47pm

The KodatropeAn interactive sculpture lets users view hundreds of photographs as it spins around them.

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.


Tagged The Kodatrope. Lee Pivnik, sculpture, installation, photography, creative, innovative, art, design

‘Matter’ app gives photos a futuristic feel

Wednesday, 27th August 2014 at 3:35pm

Matter appA new app lets users alter their photographs by giving them an otherworldly feel.

‘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?



Tagged Matter, app, technology, architecture, photography, editing, clever, creative, innovative

Zootopia

Friday, 15th August 2014 at 9:28am

ZootopiaBjarke Ingels Group has revealed its scheme for ‘Zootopia’, also known as Givskud Zoo in Denmark.

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.


Tagged Zootopia, Bjarke Ingels Group, zoo, animal park, fun, creative, architecture, construction, design

Spectra lights up the night sky

Thursday, 14th August 2014 at 1:29pm

SpectraA pillar of light in London has commemorated the beginning of World War I.

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.


Tagged Spectra, Ryoji Ikeda, Lights Out, World War I, installation, art, design, creative, light, London

Colourful bird branding for a book festival

Thursday, 14th August 2014 at 1:12pm

Edinburgh International Book Festival brandingTangent 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.


Tagged birds, branding, campaign, marketing, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Tangent Graphic, Josh Brill, illustration, art, design, creative

LEGO Architecture Studio

Wednesday, 13th August 2014 at 2:56pm

LEGO Architecture StudioLEGO is releasing a studio set for designers and architects.

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?


Tagged LEGO, LEGO Architecture Studio, architecture, construction, fun, creative

Breath Box

Wednesday, 13th August 2014 at 12:02pm

Breath BoxA cabin covered in mirrors interacts with visitors and its environment.

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.


Tagged Breath Box, cabin, pavilion, architecture, constructino, design, NAS Architecture, creative

Tic Tac ads recreate retro games

Tuesday, 12th August 2014 at 3:25pm

Tic Tac adsThe latest Tic Tac advertising campaign uses retro video games as inspiration.

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.


Tagged Tic Tac, advertising, brand, campaign, Miami Ad School, posters, video games, fun, clever, creative

‘Mind-bending’ geometric art

Tuesday, 12th August 2014 at 1:35pm

Geometric artA French artist creates art that only ‘makes sense’ at one point of view.

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.


Tagged Geometric art, Georges Rousse, perspective, art, installation, design, clever, creative

‘60 hands’ window display at Selfridges

Friday, 8th August 2014 at 1:17pm

Tequila Patrón windowdisplayTequila 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.


Tagged Selfridges, 60 hands, Tequila Patrón, Oxford Street, Meet the Makers, window display, design, creative

Foresta Lumina

Thursday, 7th August 2014 at 12:25pm

Foresta LuminaA forest in Canada has become an illuminated night trail, taking inspiration from Quebec folk tales.

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.


Tagged Foresta Lumina, Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook, Quebec, Canada, nature, creative, interactive, fun

Energy Duck

Wednesday, 6th August 2014 at 2:26pm

Energy DuckA 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.


Tagged Energy Duck, Land Art Generator Initiative, Copenhagen, duck, renewable energy, technology, fun, creative, innovative

Way Out West urban art project

Tuesday, 5th August 2014 at 4:47pm

Art City: Way Out WestA public art project has brightened the streets of San Francisco by using billboards.

Art City’s ‘Way Out West’ project covers advertising spaces with contemporary artwork, giving neglected areas of the city a creative ‘art gallery’ feel.

The initiative aims to highlight the diversity of the inner Mission neighbourhood and create a closer-knit community.

Take a look at Way Out West here and tell us what you think of the project.


Tagged Way Out West, Art City, urban art, design, art, creative, community, innovative, advertising

Renault Captur: The Great Escape

Tuesday, 5th August 2014 at 12:07pm

Renault Captur: The Great EscapeRenault’s new advert features an adventurous goldfish following its owners all the way to the sea, heading for freedom.

The goldfish follows the new Renault Captur to the beach with some impressive acrobatics, soundtracked to La Femme’s ‘Sur la Planche’.

The fun advert plays on the freedom and adventure that the Renault Captur represents, and you can watch it below.

Let us know what you think of the advert.



Tagged Renault, brand, advertising, The Great Escape, marketing, fun, creative, advert, video

Lifelike paper bird models

Thursday, 31st July 2014 at 4:45pm

Paper bird modelA Colombian artist creates stunning, lifelike paper figurines of colourful birds.

Diana Beltran Herrera uses nature photographs as inspiration for her amazing three-dimensional renderings, which are made of hundreds of pieces of coloured paper.

Her sculptures include a kingfisher in flight, a proud cockerel, and a striking greater bird of paradise.

Herrera, who is currently studying for a Fine Arts Master's in Bristol, also works on display windows for fashion brands and a number of commissioned projects.

See more of her work on Flickr here.


Tagged birds, paper models, Diana Beltran Herrera, Flickr, photography, sculpture, art, design, clever, creative

‘Dead parrot’ installed in London

Thursday, 24th July 2014 at 4:40pm

Dead parrotA giant dead parrot was installed in London last week to celebrate the last Monty Python show.

The 50 foot fibreglass sculpture was a tribute to Monty Python’s famous ‘dead parrot’ sketch and was placed near Tower Bridge in the run-up to the last show.

The sculpture took more than two months to complete; lead sculptor Iain Prendergast said: "The key challenge for us was capturing the comedy value of the dead parrot, keeping the realism of the bird whilst also adding touches like the bloodshot, stunned eyes."

The parrot was delivered to the O2 Arena for the final performance of Monty Python’s ‘Live (mostly)’ farewell show on Sunday.

Find out more about the dead parrot here and tell us what you think of the stunt.


Tagged dead parrot, London, Monty Python, comedy, fun, creative, installation, sculpture, publicity stunt

Modernist buildings as mixed-media images

Tuesday, 22nd July 2014 at 1:41pm

Lucy Williams - Modernist artA British artist creates incredibly detailed renderings of 20th Century buildings, with arts and crafts.

Lucy Williams painstakingly produces three-dimensional pictures out of materials including different types of wood, coloured card, acrylic paint and wool.

Inspired by photographs of modernist buildings, Williams’ work has recently been hosted by the McKee Gallery in New York.

Take a look at more of Williams’ architectural art here and tell us what you think of the handcrafted pictures.


Tagged Lucy Williams, Modernism, architecture, art, design, craft, creative, fun, gallery, pictures

We Are Flowers installation

Friday, 18th July 2014 at 2:31pm

We are flowersSOFTlab has transformed a New York shoe gallery with a colourful ceiling installation.

The designers took inspiration from Galeria Melissa’s ‘We Are Flowers’ shoe collection by creating a three-dimensional lattice suspended from the ceiling.

This was covered by over 20,000 translucent 'flowers' of different colours, and funnelled towards the ground at selected points in the gallery.

Take a closer look at the striking installation here or watch the video below, and let us know your thoughts.



Tagged We Are Flowers, Galeria Melissa, shoes, installation, colour, creative, innovative, gallery

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