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Charming snail scenes

Wednesday, 16th April 2014 at 4:38pm

A Ukrainian photographer has been creating charming photographs of snails, revealing their inquisitive nature in beautiful surroundings.

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.

Tagged Vyacheslav Mishchenko, photography, snails, insects, macro, creative, fun, colour, art

What makes a logo memorable?

Monday, 31st March 2014 at 9:57am

A new infographic explores the impact of colour and perception on logos, and what can make or break a brand.

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.

Tagged logo, brand, innovative, creative, design, infographic, colour, Coca-Cola, BBC, Olympics, Pepsi, Nokia, Canon

Evolution of the Bicycle

Thursday, 27th March 2014 at 5:19pm

Danish studio Visual Artwork has demonstrated the evolution of the bicycle in a fun one-minute video.

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.

Tagged Evolution of the Bicycle, Visual Artwork, Benny Goodman, animation, video, creative, fun, product, innovation, design

Street Art 2.0: Painting with Lights

Thursday, 27th March 2014 at 4:46pm

French artist and photographer Philippe Echaroux has been illuminating Marseille with his new project, ‘Street Art 2.0’, also known as ‘Painting with Lights’.

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?

Tagged Street Art 2.0, Painting with Lights, Philippe Echaroux, Marseille, street art, projection, photography, creative, innovative, art

Pop-up spaces to appear on London Underground

Tuesday, 25th March 2014 at 10:57am

A new scheme has been announced which aims to give London Underground a bit of a boost – by hosting temporary pop-up shops in several stations.

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.

Tagged London Underground, TfL, Appear Here, Tait Design, pop-up, retail, innovative, creative, experiential

30 fun facts about sleep

Monday, 24th March 2014 at 11:10am

Did you know that the fastest mobile bed can reach 69mph? Or that a giraffe needs less than 2 hours of sleep a day?

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.

Tagged Sleepys, sleep, infographic, facts, science, creative, fun, online

'Moments of Warmth'

Tuesday, 18th March 2014 at 4:47pm

Duracell has launched a new campaign encouraging Canadians to keep warm in the harsh winter – by holding hands in a special interactive bus shelter.

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'.

Tagged Duracell, Moments of Warmth, Cossette, Canada, bus shelter, advert, advertising, campaign, innovative, creative, installation, ad, experiential

Clever typographical posters promote Barclays bicycles

Wednesday, 12th March 2014 at 1:58pm

Transport for London has released a new series of adverts incorporating beautiful typography with bicycles.

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.

Tagged Alex Trochut, Saatchi, Transport for London, Barclays, Cycle Superhighways, typography, poster, design, clever, advertising, creative

Dulux unveil 'Colour Prohibition' advert

Wednesday, 5th March 2014 at 9:46am

Dulux has debuted a new television advert, which imagines a world of grey in which colour is banned.

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.

Tagged Dulux, Colour Prohibition, #ChangeYourStory, paint, Christian & Patrick, BBH London, campaign, integrated, advert, television, fun, clever, creative

'Mini Museum' shares history in fragments

Tuesday, 4th March 2014 at 3:51pm

A collector of interesting artefacts is now giving everyone the opportunity to share his specimens, through his ‘Mini Museum’ project.

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.

Tagged Mini Museum, Hans Fex, Kickstarter, history, archaeology, fun, clever, creative, innovative, crowdfunding, product, innovation

'City ABC': a beautifully detailed alphabet

Tuesday, 25th February 2014 at 10:46am

An illustrator has crafted an alphabet which pays tribute to the cities of the world, by incorporating their most famous landmarks into each letter.

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.

Tagged Hugo Yoshikawa, Camberwell College of Arts, City ABC, alphabet, cities, architecture, landmarks, creative, clever, fun, art, design, illustration

Twenty-five handy ‘life hacks’

Thursday, 20th February 2014 at 4:14pm

Online news site Mashable has compiled a list of simple ways to make life easier, often using everyday items in a slightly unconventional sense.

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.

Tagged Mashable, life hacks, convenience, online, social media, clever, fun, creative

An office desk with space for 175 people

Thursday, 20th February 2014 at 1:16pm

An office in New York is now the proud owner of a 1100-foot-long 'super-desk' which can seat every single one of its employees, with room to spare.

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.

Introducing the Superdesk from The Barbarian Group on Vimeo.

Tagged Clive Wilkinson, Barbarian Group, super-desk, creative, innovative, design, architect, clever, office, innovation

Urban experiments for 'ghost' Metro stations

Tuesday, 18th February 2014 at 10:44am

A Paris Mayoral candidate has pledged to repurpose disused Metro stations if she is elected, offering a range of interesting suggestions for the spaces.

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.

Tagged Paris, Metro, Underground, NKM, Oxo Architects, Nicolas Laisné Associés, architecture, infrastructure, transport, design, creative, architects

Crockery that melts into puddles

Wednesday, 12th February 2014 at 11:45am

A London-based artist has created an art series named ‘Nomad Patterns’, based on porcelain crockery, which appear to be melting.

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.

Tagged Livia Marin, Nomad Patterns, Willow Pattern, porcelain, crockery, art, exhibition, clever, creative, innovative, design

Artists giving books new life

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.

Tagged Jodi Harvey-Brown, Terry Border, art, artists, books, literature, sculpture, clever, fun, innovative, creative

A splash of colour on the Alps

Tuesday, 4th February 2014 at 2:47pm

An artist has transformed a Swiss mountainside into a bright, multi-coloured canvas as part of an outdoor exhibition series.

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.

Tagged Olaf Breuning, Elevation 1049, art, creative, clever, exhibition, Swiss Alps, nature, colour

The Science of Happiness

Thursday, 30th January 2014 at 2:28pm

Webpage FX has released a new infographic giving some fun facts about happiness, including how it relates to biology and environmental factors.

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.

Tagged Webpage FX, happiness, infographic, science, creative

How to draw a 3D optical illusion of your hand

Thursday, 30th January 2014 at 2:20pm

A DIY handicraft website has made a fun video that teaches you how to draw a 3D optical illusion of your own hand.

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.

Tagged Handimania, DIY, craft, art, design, clever, fun, creative, video

Artist creates life-like ‘paintings’ with fabric

Wednesday, 29th January 2014 at 9:55am

A British artist has created a range of paintings and installations from nothing more but a folded length of tulle.

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.

Tagged Benjamin Shine, fabric, painting, art, design, clever, creative, installation

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