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74 designs revealed for new bridge in London

Tuesday, 3rd March 2015 at 11:51am

Thames bridge designsDesign proposals have been unveiled for a new bridge to be built on the River Thames.

The competition, launched in December, has received 74 proposals from all over the world, for a new bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico. 

The project submissions each have different and unique features, from red bicycle paths to pink spotlights.

The jury, which includes architect Graham Stirk of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, will select up to four designs next month.

Have a look at these designs here and tell us what you think about them.


Tagged construction, London, design, competition, Thames, architecture, creative

Innovative concrete wave built in Paris

Tuesday, 24th February 2015 at 2:19pm

A concrete wave has been built in Paris suburbia.
Concrete wave

Espace Bienvenüe in Marne-la-Vallée has a very innovative structure, thanks to techniques used in bridge construction.

Designed by architect Jean-Philippe Pargade, the wave houses a laboratory, in which scientists and engineers can develop the future of urban spaces through improvements in transport and energy management.

The building also includes a relaxation space on the roof, with wooden huts designed by Tadashi Kawamata.

Take a closer look at the wave here.


Tagged construction, concrete, Paris, design, innovation, architecture, creative

Designs unveiled for Beijing airport terminal

Tuesday, 17th February 2015 at 10:23am

An architect has revealed his plans for a major new terminal in Daxing, Beijing. Beijing airport

The Beijing New Airport Terminal Building will be located on the opposite side of the city to the Beijing Capital Airport (reportedly one of the largest airports in the world) and will accommodate 45 million passengers per year.

ADPI and Zaha Hadid Architects have developed the project, which is supposed to become 'the world's largest airport passenger terminal'.

Thanks to its flexible layout, the airport will be adapted into different configurations, and be connected to local and national rail services.

Find out more about it here and tell us what you think of the design.


Tagged airport, construction, Beijing, architecture, design, China, creative

BAFTA promotes awards with film noir-inspired prints

Tuesday, 10th February 2015 at 11:40am

BAFTAThe British Academy of Film and Television promoted this year’s awards with a striking poster campaign. 

BAFTA created film noir-inspired prints that symbolise the glamour and elegance of the event, while representing some of the films nominated, such as The Grand Budapest Hotel (image on the right).

BAFTA print editor, Toby Weidmann, described the campaign as "eye-poppingly beautiful and inordinately original.”

Take a look at the different prints here and tell us which is your favourite.


Tagged BAFTA, event, glamour, campaign, creativity, agency, advertisement, advertising, posters, creative, art, design

A shimmering landscape made from thousands of CDs

Tuesday, 3rd February 2015 at 2:20pm

CD landscapeAn artist has created a piece of art made of 60,000 old CDs.

French artist Elise Morin introduced the Waste Landscape installation last year at Kunsthalle in Košice, Slovakia during White Night 2014.

The vast mass of the hand-sewn CDs on inflatable mounds looks different to everyone in the audience due to the various lighting schemes.

The artist explains that the choice of a CD is a symbolic one when responding to the growing waste produced by modern society - for her, it represents the vision of the economy of western societies in the second part of the 20th century.

Take a look at the video of the installation below and tell us what you think.

Tagged art, creative, innovation, design, Elise Morin, installation, architecture, construction, Kunsthalle

An ad that cost £10 to make

Monday, 2nd February 2015 at 2:23pm

Doritos' advert A submission to Doritos’ Super Bowl advertising competition only cost £10 to make.

The ad, by freelance director James Bedford, was one of the ten shortlisted entrants.

The advert shows the producer fishing at a local river whilst devouring a packet of Doritos but he soon realizes that his prey is after his snack.

Within a few seconds, the fish grabs the packet and drags the crisps under the water.

Watch the advert below and let us know what you think.



Tagged advert, advertising, brand, creative, entertainment, super bowl, video, fun

The Brand Deck

Monday, 2nd February 2015 at 11:30am

Brand deck A designer has created a card game to help you define the essence of your brand.

Through the motto “ Simple. Honest. Work ”, Scott Thomas gives us the philosophy of the game.

The Brand Deck is a simple card game that consists of 100 adjectives, 50 on the front, and 50 contrasting terms on the back such as “conventional” vs “experimental” or “simple” vs “complex”.

Thanks to the platform Kickstarter, he has already raised $58,000 which overtakes his goal of $45,000.

He has also worked with the Cards Against Humanity's co-creator, Max Temkin, on a different version of the deck if you donate $58 or more.

Find out more about this interesting project here



Tagged innovation, design, clever, brand, marketing, creative, kickstarter

Colourful flowers frozen in ice

Friday, 30th January 2015 at 4:32pm

Ice FlowersA botanical artist in Tokyo has encased colourful flowers in blocks of ice, exploring how this changes the plants’ life cycles.

Makoto Azuma’s ‘Ice Flowers’ enhances the vibrancy and size of the bouquets, which have been arranged in a derelict warehouse outside of the city.

However, as the ice melts, the flowers will wither, until they are left in puddles of water.

Azuma says: ‘please enjoy how flowers and ice change themselves over time in the ruins far from human existence - it is an inorganic space that makes a vivid contrast with flowers’.

Take a closer look at the installation here and tell us what you think of it.


Tagged Ice Flowers, Makoto Azuma, art, creative, design, installation, clever, fun, flowers

‘Book for Architects’ installation

Friday, 30th January 2015 at 12:56pm

Book for ArchitectsAn installation showcasing incredible architecture has opened at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Wolfgang Tillmans’ ‘Book for Architects’ has been ten years in the making, and includes photographs of buildings from thirty seven countries.

The installation consists of 450 photographs, which were captured using standard lenses to approximate the perspective of the naked eye.

The images are projected as a two-channel video installation onto perpendicular walls, which the Museum describes as a ‘personal portrait of contemporary architecture that will be familiar to everyone’.

Find out more about ‘Book for Architects’ here.


Tagged Book for Architects, Wolfgang Tillmans, installation, architecture, photography, creative, technology, museum

Creative Trends Report

Thursday, 29th January 2015 at 4:33pm

Creative Trends ReportShutterstock has released its 2015 Creative Trends Report, revealing the latest global design developments.

The report is based on search insights from Shutterstock’s own library of images, music, and videos, revealing interesting statistics around current trends.

It covers visual preferences around the world, highlighting themes such as ‘geometric’ for France, ‘vintage’ for Brazil, and ‘clean eating’ for Australia.

It also looks at design trends, social trends, and top music moods.

Take a look at the whole report here and tell us which trends are influencing your design choices.


Tagged Creative Trends Report, Shutterstock, images, videos, music, design, creative, art, photography, digital, social media

Animated street art

Thursday, 29th January 2015 at 12:46pm

Animated street artAn artist breathes new life into street art by transforming it into animated GIFs.

Serbian artist ABVH, who also animates film posters and cartoons, posts his interpretations of street artists’ work on Tumblr.

His GIFs include injecting fire into a mural by Whoam Irony (pictured) and adding a beach scene into JADE’s artwork.

See more of his work here and let us know what you think.


Tagged Animated street art, ABVH, GIFs, street art, animation, art, creative, design, clever, fun

A pen that produces 3D doodles

Wednesday, 28th January 2015 at 12:07pm

3Doodler 2.0
A new 3D printing pen can be used to doodle in the air, forming 3D creations from molten plastic.

WobbleWorks’ 3Doodler 2.0 is a smaller version of the original and has been designed to be more stable and user-friendly.

The pen operates like a glue gun, with colourful plastic filament extruding from the tip of the pen in a malleable form. The fan inside the pen cools the fluid plastic quickly, ensuring it solidifies into the desired shape.

3Doodler creations include the London bus figurine pictured, a remote control plane, and even dresses for a fashion show.

See the innovative pens in action below and tell us what you would make with a 3Doodler 2.0.



Tagged WobbleWorks, 3Doodler 2.0, 3D printing, technology, fun, creative, art, design, doodles, pens

A grotto-like bar covered in crumpled paper

Monday, 26th January 2015 at 3:54pm

Grotto barA design studio has created a bar covered in scrunched-up paper.

Naoya Matsumoto Design invited local residents to crumple tracing paper and stick it to the interior of the Yorunoma bar.

Paired with subdued lighting, the bar has a dramatic atmosphere reminiscent of fairytale grottos.

The bar was part of a pop-up programme in Osaka during Summer 2014.

Take a look at the bar here and tell us what you think.


Tagged Naoya Matsumoto Design, grotto, bar, interior design, design, clever, creative, pop-up, fun

Nendo’s Chocolatexture collection

Thursday, 22nd January 2015 at 12:06pm

ChocolatextureNendo is creating a ‘chocolate lounge’ for this year’s Maison&Objet in Paris.

The design studio’s ‘Chocolatexture’ collection consists of nine chocolates moulded into unique shapes within a small cube, and just 400 boxes will be on sale at the trade fair.

The lounge will also feature Nendo’s furniture for brands such as Offecct, coloured to complement the chocolates, and an installation made of 2,000 brown aluminium pipes.

Nendo has also been named ‘Designer of the Year’ by Maison&Objet following a particularly prolific year.

Find out more about the interesting chocolates here and tell us what you think.


Tagged Nendo, Chocolatexture, chocolate, design, texture, creative, art, Maison&Objet, fun

Typographical cityscapes

Wednesday, 21st January 2015 at 4:23pm

TextscapeAn artist has combined typography with architecture to create interactive, 3D-printed documents.

Hongtao Zhou’s ‘Textscape’ incorporates layers of letters, numbers, and braille, which are built up to different levels for a textured effect.

The three-dimensional blocks also visually profile their subject matter - one of the documents is about New York City and it emulates its cityscape and skyscrapers.

The artist was inspired by early Chinese woodblock printing, making an association with 3D printing.

See Textscape in more detail here and let us know what you think.


Tagged Hongtao Zhou, Textscape, typography, architecture, printing, technology, clever, design, creative, fun

A festival celebrating ice and snow sculptures

Wednesday, 21st January 2015 at 12:41pm

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival An annual festival has opened in China, celebrating intricate sculptures made from snow and ice.

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is a contest for ice and snow sculptors, who exhibit their creations around Heilongjiang Province during January.

The stunning sculptures include enormous castles, beautiful statues, and even a complex train installation made from ice.

Explore the festival here and tell us which is your favourite sculpture.


Tagged Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, ice sculptures, snow art, creative, art, design, construction, sculptures, fun, clever

Chicken goes truly free range in new Reebok ad

Tuesday, 20th January 2015 at 4:26pm

#LiveFreeRangeReebok’s new online film follows a chicken’s journey towards a healthier lifestyle when she takes a novel approach to living ‘free range’.

The film shows the chicken breaking free from her barn and making her way through fields, tunnels, and even across a road, getting plenty of exercise on the way.

When faced with a billboard for a ‘global fitness barn’, she turns away and continues running through her natural surroundings.

The ad has been launched just as many people struggle with New Year Resolutions and is designed to inspire them to take a ‘free range’ attitude to their exercise regimes.

See the chicken go free range below and tell us if Reebok has inspired you to stick with your fitness goals.



Tagged #LiveFreeRange, Reebok, chicken, advert, online, film, advertising, marketing, creative, fun, clever, video

Balloons delivering messages to strangers

Monday, 19th January 2015 at 4:17pm

AttachmentAn artist has given a new interpretation to the classic ‘message in a bottle’ by creating a digital project with biodegradable balloons.

David Colombini’s ‘Attachment’ project allows you to send a message via a webpage connected to a ‘poetic machine’, which prints and packages your message in a tube, before tying it to the balloon.

The machine then inflates the balloon and releases it into the air; the balloon floats away until it deflates and lands somewhere completely different, just waiting for a stranger to unravel its poetic message.

Watch ‘Attachment’ in action below and let us know if you’ll be sending a message to stranger.



Tagged Attachment, David Colombini, balloons, biodegradable, technology, digital, art, creative, clever, fun

How to create the perfect social media post

Monday, 19th January 2015 at 11:57am

How to create the perfect social psotHave you ever wondered how to create the perfect social media post?

Visualistan has made a new infographic giving some top tips on how to tailor your content to each channel you use.

The infographic looks at the most popular social channels, including Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest, and how to make the most of each one.

Suggestions include using calls to action in tweets, using a custom thumbnail on YouTube, and uploading portrait-orientated images on Pinterest.

Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us which advice you’ll be taking.


Tagged How to create the perfect social post, social media, infographic, digital, marketing, technology, creative, fun

A hotel made from salt

Friday, 16th January 2015 at 2:32pm

Salt hotelA new hotel has opened in Bolivia and it is almost entirely made from salt.

Located on the world’s largest salt flat, the Hotel Luna Salada is constructed of solid salt bricks, a feature that is obvious from the unpainted white-grey walls.

However, most of the furniture is also made from salt, with just a few standard fixtures and fittings providing a Bolivian feel.

Explore the hotel in the video below and let us know if you’ll be booking a stay in this unique hotel.



Tagged Hotel Luna Salada, salt, construction, architecture, Bolivia, hotel, design, creative, innovative, unique

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