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Wednesday, 16th April 2014 at 4:38pm
Vyacheslav Mishchenko produces macro photographs of the molluscs and other minibeasts in their natural habitats; these take on a unique beauty at such a magnified level.
Mishchenko said: “As a child, my father taught me to hunt mushrooms near my home and we would always come across all manner of bugs and creatures. As I got older and my interest in photography grew, I decided I wanted to catch these magical scenes on camera.”
Take a look at some of Mishchenko’s pictures here and tell us what you think of the beautiful scenes.
Monday, 31st March 2014 at 9:57am
The infographic takes a look at the effect different colours evoke, such as red for intensity or blue for clarity, and how they have been used in world famous logos.
It also examines the history of logos, from the origins of Coca-Cola, through BBC’s Nineties rebrand, to the 2012 Olympics design.
Some interesting facts are also uncovered, such as the original Pepsi logo, which it describes as a ‘Coca-Cola copycat’, and the meaning behind the names of Nokia and Canon.
Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us what you think makes a logo memorable.
Thursday, 27th March 2014 at 5:19pm
‘Evolution of the Bicycle’ uses only a few shapes to seamlessly transition through each era of the early bicycles and the perpetually spinning wheels add a quirky dynamism to the animation.
Famous bicycles such as the Penny Farthing and the ‘Boneshaker’ are depicted in the video, which uses Benny Goodman’s jazz piece ‘Flying Home’ as its soundtrack.
You can watch the animation below or find out more about the history of bicycles here.
Thursday, 27th March 2014 at 4:46pm
Echaroux, who is primarily known for his celebrity photography, projects faces and graffiti-style images onto walls, bridges and trees.
The nature of the art means it is a ‘non-destructive’ and ephemeral form of expression; as Echaroux explained, he was ‘aiming to produce an art that never gives any clue of its passage’.
Take a look at a gallery of the project here; what do you think of this new type of street art?
Tuesday, 25th March 2014 at 10:57am
Brands and retailers can use a ‘white box room’ and even ‘take over’ the nearby tunnels with their message during their residence.
The fifteen rooms, or units, will be refreshed every three months, and participating stations include Baker Street and Piccadilly Circus.
The scheme is organised by Transport for London, online marketplace Appear Here and design consultancy Tait.
Find out more about it here and tell us if you think these pop-ups can revitalise the Underground.
Monday, 24th March 2014 at 11:10am
These facts and more are uncovered in a new infographic, which explores interesting information about sleep.
The infographic, made by mattress company Sleepys, also looks at the unusual sleeping habits of famous people and animals, as well as the impact of sleep on your health.
Other insightful statistics include the nature of sleepwalking and dreams, and the true cost of ‘pulling an all-nighter'.
Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us your favourite facts about sleep.
Tuesday, 18th March 2014 at 4:47pm
The bus shelter, which loosely resembles a Duracell battery, has heaters that only turn on once its occupants complete a ‘circuit’.
They do this by holding hands and pressing on the positive and negative signs on either end of the shelter.
Duracell filmed the campaign, which it entitled ‘Moments of Warmth’, with the help of creative agency Cossette.
You can watch the advert below, and tell us if you would take part in a 'Moment of Warmth'.
Wednesday, 12th March 2014 at 1:58pm
Designed to promote Barclays Bicycles and the Cycle Superhighways, the colourful posters use a single word as the bicycle frames, such as ‘easy’, ‘safer’ and ‘direct’.
The words, designed by Alex Trochut, are seamlessly melded to the bicycles’ handles, seats and wheels using CGI.
The posters are part of an M&C Saatchi campaign for Transport for London and you can take a closer look at them here.
Wednesday, 5th March 2014 at 9:46am
The eighty-second advert, inspired by prohibition-era America, depicts a couple finally getting together after colour explodes into their monochromatic lives.
Using Thirties-style framing shots and incredibly detailed set and costume design, the advert has a distinctive, vintage feel.
Ann Marie O’Riordan, Dulux head of marketing, said that the advert marks the brand “moving towards a more conceptual approach that considers the emotional and transformative power of colour.”
Directed by Christian & Patrick, the advert was created by BBH London and is part of a wider integrated campaign for the company.
Find out more about the advert here or watch it below; tell us what you think of Dulux’s new approach.
Tuesday, 4th March 2014 at 3:51pm
Hans Fex painstakingly breaks down ancient objects into smaller fragments, then places and labels them in resin display cases, so their new owners can enjoy tiny parts of history.
The exhibits include scraps of an Egyptian mummy’s bandage, shards of dinosaur fossil, and lumps of meteorite.
Fex has been collecting the objects for thirty-five years and his (nearly) lifelong project has finally come to fruition, with help from Kickstarter.
Find out more about ‘Mini Museum’ here or by watching the video below. Tell us if you would like your own display of extraordinary artefacts.
Tuesday, 25th February 2014 at 10:46am
French-Japanese artist Hugo Yoshikawa inks each letter of ‘City ABC’ and paints them with watercolours, adding vibrancy to the incredibly detailed pictures.
Dozens of buildings and monuments overlap each other on each letter, creating a bold ‘collage’ effect which captures the essence of each city.
The letters include ‘A’ for Amsterdam, ‘L’ for London and ‘P’ for Paris, alongside more unexpected cities, such as ‘J’ for Jerez de la Frontera and ‘U’ for Utrecht.
Currently living in London, Yoshikawa studied at Camberwell College of Arts and displays his work on his website.
Take a look at the whole ‘City ABC’ here and tell us what your favourite letters are.
Thursday, 20th February 2014 at 4:14pm
Some of the handy hints are ingenious, such as using a colander to separate cereal from the dust at the bottom of the packet, while others make you wonder why you haven’t done it before, like using cake tins to hold different condiments at a barbecue.
Other ideas include grating butter if it’s too cold, a new way of eating cupcakes, and a solution for trying to carry too many shopping bags at once.
Take a look at the whole list here and tell us which ones you’ll be trying out, or already have.
Thursday, 20th February 2014 at 1:16pm
Advertising company Barbarian Group commissioned architect Clive Wilkinson to create an office that would ‘encourage collaboration and communication’, giving staff the space to move freely.
However, the desk isn’t straightforward and rectangular – instead, it curves up and around different points of the office, giving it an open and organic feel as it creates cubbyholes and corridors.
Take a closer look at the 'super-desk' in the video below or in Wilkinson’s interview with The New York Times here. Tell us if you would like to work on a desk like this.
Tuesday, 18th February 2014 at 10:44am
Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet commissioned Oxo Architectes and Nicolas Laisné Associés to produce ideas for the renovation of the stations, including plans for an art gallery, a restaurant and even an underwater swimming pool.
The plans used Arsenal station (near Bastille) as an example, which closed at the outbreak of the Second World War and never reopened.
Paris has several out-of-use and never-opened Metro stops, and Kosciusko-Morizet would consult the public for more ambitious ideas if she wins the election next month. However, RATP (France’s public transport operator) raised concerns about the cost and safety of permanently repurposing the stations.
The London Underground also has ‘ghost’ stations, such as the original Shepherd’s Bush station, British Museum and Aldwych, which has been used for several films – would you like to see this kind of plan for our transport network?
Take a look at some of the ideas here.
Wednesday, 12th February 2014 at 11:45am
Livia Marin takes pieces of porcelain, such as mugs and plates, and fragments them, using resin and plaster to create ‘puddles’ which pool around the remnants of crockery.
To complete the effect, Marin paints the puddles with the crockery’s pattern, which is the ‘Willow Pattern’ motif first made famous in the 18th Century and associated with traditional English tea.
Through the series, which uses around thirty pieces, Marin intends to explore the relationship between the treatment given to elite items, such as antique crockery, compared to the ‘use and discard’ culture for mass-produced objects.
Take a closer look at Nomad Patterns here and tell us what you think of this ‘melting’ art.
Thursday, 6th February 2014 at 1:39pm
Two artists are giving literature a new lease of life by transforming books into literal representations of their stories.
Jodi Harvey-Brown opens up books and uses their paper to sculpt striking landscapes, such as a beach and ocean for Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island’ and a piano complete with pianist out of ‘The Lives of the Great Composers’ by Schonberg.
She said of her work: “I have always loved art, and I have always loved to read. Characters, that we care so much for, should come out of the pages to show us their stories. What we see in our imaginations as we read should be there for the world to see.”
Meanwhile, fellow artist Terry Border has created his ‘Wiry Limbs, Paper Backs’ series, which personifies books by giving them limbs and accessories that reflect their themes, such as a camera for Orwell’s ‘1984’ and a cot for ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ by Ira Levin.
He said: “A local used bookstore has a rack of old, mostly classic paperbacks that they sell for $2, and the covers are so great, and the used ones have so much personality, they begged to be made into something.”
Take a closer look at Harvey-Brown’s project here or Border’s work here and tell us what you think about these book sculptures.
Tuesday, 4th February 2014 at 2:47pm
Olaf Breuning uses plastic sleds to pour food colouring onto the fresh tracks left by skiers, which creates vibrant streaks of colour as it slides down the snow.
The art evolves with the landscape as the snow shifts and the weather changes – what could be a flash of red or green one day could be a splodge of footprints the next.
The exhibition is part of ‘ELEVATION 1049’, which involves twenty five artists and their site-specific exhibitions set throughout Gstaad, one of the most popular ski areas in the Alps. ‘ELEVATION 1049’ continues until March 8th.
Take a closer look at Breuning’s work here and tell us what you think of the alpine art.
Thursday, 30th January 2014 at 2:28pm
The report reveals the happiest occupations, how exercise affects our mood and even the most optimistic countries.
According to the infographic, spending twenty minutes outside on a good day can boost positive mood, broaden thinking and improves working memory.
Drawing its content from universities and research studies, Webpage FX wrote: ‘understanding these factors can be helpful in achieving lasting happiness’.
Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us what you do to boost your mood.
Thursday, 30th January 2014 at 2:20pm
Handimania’s video takes you through each step, from tracing around your hand to adding shadow to the illusion.
You only need a piece of paper, good colouring pens and a little application to make your very own optical illusion – as it's quick and easy to do, making it ideal for children.
Take a look at the step-by-step guide here or the video below, and let us know if you’ll give this fun exercise a go.
Wednesday, 29th January 2014 at 9:55am
Benjamin Shine creates his textured works by ironing and then layering a single piece of the mesh-like fabric, which gives the impression of depth and tone.
The artist said: “The technique aims to utilize the translucent qualities of the tulle fabric to generate various gradients, tones and textures."
Shine has incorporated hands and faces into his work, which includes a gallery of celebrity likenesses, such as Elizabeth Taylor and Diana, Princess of Wales.
Take a look at Shine’s gallery here and tell us what you think of these extraordinary works of art.