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Penguin launches ‘YourFry’ creative competition

Tuesday, 30th September 2014 at 4:25pm

YourFryPenguin has launched a unique creative competition in partnership with WeTransfer and Stephen Fry.

YourFry’ celebrates the release of Stephen Fry’s new book ‘More Fool Me’ and invites creatives to design their own interpretations of the work.

The campaign has released assets, including text, imagery, and audio, to designers, who can upload their own concepts for ‘More Fool Me’ to WeTransfer.

WeTransfer said: “We always look for new ways to provide more depth and inspire our users through collaborations with creative industries. YourFry is a uniquely rich, cohesive experience and we’re anticipating this collaboration [will] inspire people around the world.”

Find out more about the campaign here and tell us if you’ll be entering the competition.


Tagged YourFry, WeTransfer, Stephen Fry, Penguin, publishing, innovative, creative, digital, print, campaign, competition

An office that packs itself up at the end of the day

Thursday, 25th September 2014 at 3:49pm

Heldergroen officeAn office in Amsterdam packs itself away after work hours, to encourage a good work-life balance and free the space for other activities.

The office, which belongs to design studio Heldergroen, uses theatre machinery to make the desks, complete with computers and paperwork, ‘disappear’.

At 6pm, a member of staff simply has to turn a key, which lifts the tables and clears the space.

Sander Veenendaal, the company’s creative director, says: “We are able to pull the tables up into the ceiling and make the whole room into a dance floor, yoga studio, trend session, networking reception, or anything else you can think of - the floor is literally yours.”

Read more about the office here and tell us what you think.


Tagged Heldergroen, office, creative, studio, design, furniture, clever, fun

The Colour Thesaurus

Thursday, 25th September 2014 at 12:06pm

Colour ThesaurusA writer and illustrator has visualised the vocabulary of colour - and it turns out to be a lot more varied than just ‘red’ or ‘yellow’.

Ingrid Sundberg has created charts incorporating different shades of a colour, such as blue, and labelling the shades with a descriptive word, such as ‘ocean’, ‘spruce’, and ‘arctic’.

The colourful compilations reveal the breadth of the English language and the sheer range of hues on the colour spectrum.

Take a look at the Colour Thesaurus here.


Tagged the colour thesaurus, Ingrid Sundberg, colour, writing, vocabulary, art, design, creative

tincan: a restaurant that celebrates the humble tin

Wednesday, 24th September 2014 at 11:16am

tincanA new restaurant in Soho doesn’t have a kitchen - as it only serves tinned seafood.

tincan, designed by AL_A, celebrates the tin and even uses them as a window display.

The restaurant, which will operate for six months, is inspired by a fishing tackle shop in Lisbon and will sell an especially curated selection sourced by the design company.

AL_A director Max Arrocet says: “We wanted to elevate the tin to an object of desire. Sometimes [in Lisbon] we’d buy the tins just for the packaging, not what’s inside.

"None of these products are available in the supermarket, they’re all limited-editions, but we’re put them all together in one area.”

Find out more about the restaurant here and tell us if you’ll be dropping by.


Tagged tincan, AL_A, Soho, architecture, design, restaurant, innovative, fun, creative

Sticky Page Markers depict fun landscapes

Tuesday, 23rd September 2014 at 4:46pm

Sticky Page MarkersA designer is crowdsourcing funding for his ‘sticky page markers’ depicting iconic landscapes.

Tokyo-based designer Duncan Shotton has created collections of Post-It Note style bookmarks, which can mark useful pages in books or magazines.

When the whole packet is used in a book, it creates a fun landscape, such as a London or Tokyo cityscape (the latter complete with a mini Godzilla), a desert scene with sand dunes and cacti, or an ocean with icebergs and shark fins.

The ‘sticky page markers’ project is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter and you can take a look at the ranges here - tell us your favourite.


Tagged Sticky Page Markers, Duncan Shotton, design, bookmarks, Kickstarter, crowdsourcing, fun, creative

Art that uses mirrors to reflect its true image

Thursday, 18th September 2014 at 4:43pm

Anamorphic artA late Renaissance art form is making a comeback and Bored Panda has collected some of the best results.

Mirror anamorphosis is an artistic technique that uses distorted mirrors placed on an abstract image, transforming the details into a recognisable picture.

The examples, by a range of artists, include a rocky seascape transformed into author Jules Verne and a circular pattern reflected as an eye.

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


Tagged anamorphic art, art, design, anamorphosis, creative, clever, Bored Panda, illustration, sculpture

Smoke photographs reveal familiar shapes

Tuesday, 16th September 2014 at 3:53pm

Smoke photographyA photographer spent three months taking thousands of photographs to capture the beauty of smoke.

Thomas Herbrich took 100,000 photographs in his pursuit to catch the familiar shapes that cigarette smoke can swirl and twist into, such as flowers or human figures.

His series ‘Smoke’ is a selection of just twenty of these pictures, which he created with a flash duration of just 1/10000 sec in order to capture the fleeting shapes.

Take a look at the collection here and tell us what you can see in the smoke.


Tagged Smoke, Thomas Herbrich, photography, art, pictures, creative, clever, innovative

Artists create abstract idents for BBC Four

Friday, 12th September 2014 at 4:36pm

Sebastian Buerkner - BBC Four IdentA group of Turner Prize artists has created idents for BBC Four’s new abstract season.

‘BBC Four Goes Abstract: When Art Broke Free’ sees original idents by Laure Prouvost, John Smith, Sebastian Buerkner, and James Richards aired in between programmes.

Each artist takes inspiration from a different aspect of television, with Prouvost, Buerkner, and Smith deconstructing the traditional BBC Four ident, and Richards using ‘nostalgic and grainy’ filmic techniques.

The four idents will continue to be used after the ‘When Art Broke Free’ season and you can take a look at them here - tell us which one is your favourite.


Tagged BBC, art, design, abstract, television, film, BBC Four Goes Abstract: When Art Broke Free, innovative, creative, Turner Prize

ArcKit: a flexible modelling system

Thursday, 11th September 2014 at 3:56pm

ArcKitAn architectural kit allows you to create physical and digital models in a modular design.

ArcKit consists of nearly 400 pieces (with 25 unique components) which click together and can be built on the kit’s grid.

The angular pieces let users build intricate designs with the simple elements, which include ‘arckitexture’ adhesive sheets, on which digital elements (such as wall and flooring patterns) can be printed before being fixed to the design.

The set uses a scale of 1:48 for easy conversion to imperial measurements and is complemented by ArcKit Digital, which can recreate physical projects in Trimble software.

Find out more about ArcKit here or see it in action below - tell us what you think of the kit.



Tagged ArcKit, architecture, modelling, kit, set, construction, digital, Trimble, innovative, creative

Fun paintings reveal how animals get their patterns

Thursday, 11th September 2014 at 1:50pm

Ricardo Solis paintingsA series of playful paintings imagines how animals acquire their distinctive details, such as feathers, patterns, or skin.

Mexican artist Ricardo Solis creates illustrations that show miniscule humans sculpting or painting the animals, giving them charm by showing them part way through the process.

His paintings include black ribbons being draped over a still-white zebra, a bear being knitted its fur, and an elephant being sculpted from stone.

See more of Solis’ creations here and tell us which is your favourite.


Tagged Ricardo Solis, paintings, illustrations, animals, fun, art, design, creative

Moleskine’s new range digitally saves handwriting

Tuesday, 9th September 2014 at 5:16pm

Moleskine LivescribeNotebook manufacturer Moleskine has revealed its latest range, which can ‘back up’ handwritten notes as digital text.

Moleskine worked with Livescribe to create the new notebooks, which incorporate a smartpen and use Livescribe paper.

The special paper is covered in dots, which allow the smartpen’s camera to track your writing, sending the information on to be converted through the Livescribe app.

This technology complements Moleskine’s traditional style in the new range, which still uses the ribbon, elastic closure, and luxury cover associated with the brand.

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


Tagged Moleskine, Livescribe, notebook, technology, writing, creative, clever, product

'Artistect' combines fine art with architecture

Friday, 5th September 2014 at 4:24pm

Illustrator Federico BabinaArtistect has continued his examination of architecture by ‘mashing up’ art with famous buildings.

‘Artistect’ is a series of 25 illustrations which combine celebrated paintings with well-known architecture, highlighting similar styles or creative approaches, such as Tadao Ando’s structures in a Giorgio de Chirico picture.

Babina said of his work: “these images are a metaphor for an imagined and imaginary dialogue between creative minds.”

Take a look at the whole series here and let us know your favourite pictures.


Tagged Federico Babina, Artistect, architecture, art, design, illustration, creative, clever, construction

LEGO House

Thursday, 4th September 2014 at 4:36pm

LEGO HouseA LEGO House designed by BIG has begun construction.

The structure, which is being built in Billund, Denmark, is inspired by the versatility of the LEGO brick and incorporates coloured LEGO in parts of the building.

The tourist attraction, which hopes to attract 250,000 annual visitors, will include a gallery, a café, and a ‘unique’ LEGO store.

Watch the concept video below and tell us what you think of it.



Tagged LEGO House, LEGO, Denmark, Bjarke Ingels Group, architecture, construction, design, fun, creative

An indoor skatepark under Waterloo station

Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 at 10:24am

House of VansAn underground skatepark has opened beneath Waterloo station.

House of Vans London’ covers five tunnels under the London Underground station and is the city’s only indoor skatepark.

The location also holds a public gallery, bars, and a music venue, with four art studios being leased free of charge to encourage local creative talent.

‘House of Vans London’ is also affiliated with three local charities and you can see more pictures of it here.

Let us know what you think of the construction.


Tagged House of Vans London, Waterloo, underground, skatepark, construction, creative, art, clever, fun

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

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