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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

Daily Affections: candles with unusual scents

Thursday, 15th January 2015 at 10:22am

Daily AffectionsA graphic designer has produced an unusual take on scented candles, creating fragrances such as ‘Plastic Toy’ and ‘Stinky Cheese’.

Albert J. Son’s ‘Daily Affections’ range of soy candles include ‘Scotch Tape’, ‘Cut Grass’, and ‘Wet Road’ - unusual but highly recognisable smells.

Each candle is completed with a colourful label, with geometric elements inspired by the scents’ origins.

Find out more about ‘Daily Affections’ here and let us know what nostalgic smell you would like to experience in candle form.


Tagged Daily Affections, Albert J. Son, candles, smells, creative, innovative, clever, design, graphic design

Logo redesigns of 2014

Wednesday, 14th January 2015 at 9:31am

Logo redesignsMany high-profile brands overhauled their logos in 2014 and PM Digital has created an infographic examining the best and the most controversial redesigns.

Brands under the spotlight include airbnb’s new pink logo, Hershey’s subtle refresh, and PayPal’s bright update.

The infographic compares the old and new logos side by side and rates them with ‘love it’, ‘like it’, or ‘leave it’.

Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us your favourite brand updates from the past year.


Tagged 2014, logo redesigns, branding, marketing, brands, infographic, campaigns, creative, airbnb, Hershey, PayPal

Gigantic white rabbits on Southbank

Tuesday, 13th January 2015 at 10:13am

IntrudeAustralian artist Amanda Parer has created ‘Intrude’, an edgy installation which was on display at the Southbank until Sunday 11th January.

‘Intrude’ sees striking rabbits enlarged and frozen within the Royal Festival Hall’s foyer spaces.

These sculptures “explore the natural world, its fragility and our role within in” and were also on display at the 2014 Vivid Festival in Sydney.

Find out more about Intrude here.


Tagged installation, innovative, clever, design, rabbits, nature, Southbank, art, creative, fun

Artist adorns city walls with large doodles

Monday, 12th January 2015 at 11:29am

City artAn Italian street artist, Francesco Camillo Giorgino, commonly known as Millo, has created large scale drawings on city walls after winning the B.Art competition.

Using black and white lines in a graphic style, the art explores the dynamics between people and the cityscape in a multidimensional way.

Publically displayed in the city, these large scale drawings can be seen to unlock the relationship between the micro and macro universe.

This fusion of colour-accented black and white drawings, with lines in the urban landscape such as roofs, windows and walls, speaks to the sense of unity between art and the environment.

Millo is on Instagram at _millo_.

Take a look at more of Millo’s stunning work here.


Tagged Millo, street art, city artist, urban art, landscape, graphic, design, graphic design, creative, clever, art

Orbits Clock tells the time with a twist

Monday, 12th January 2015 at 10:06am

Orbits ClockStudio VE has created a visually striking wall clock, which is a perfect quirky feature for the home or office.

The ‘Orbits Clock’ features three rotating carbon circles.

The time is read by studying small indicators located on the hour and minute ‘hands’.

Read more about this innovative device here and watch a demonstration below.



Tagged Orbits Clock, Studio VE, furniture, design, interiors, fun, creative, clever

Christmas Adverts of 2014

Tuesday, 23rd December 2014 at 2:52pm

Christmas Adverts 2014

Christmas adverts are a firmly established element of the festive season - here is our pick of this year’s cohort.

Marks and Spencer’s playful advert encourages its viewers to #FollowTheFairies and embrace the spirit of Christmas with random acts of kindness.

Sainsbury has partnered with the Royal British Legion to create a moving, emotive and controversial advert. Inspired by the 1914 Christmas truce on the front line, the advert works powerful imagery of unity into its festive message and in less than 24 hours the video scored 1.8million YouTube hits.

Finally, following Peter Pumpernickel on his magical journey of make believe, Harrod’s 2014 video will only air in London cinemas and online, but not on the television. Famous for its January sale adverts, Harrod’s advert helps situate the department store within the current Christmas climate the Pumpernickel mouse helps Father Christmas to illuminate London.

Watch Harrod's Presents: The Land of Make Believe - A Little Christmas Tail below:


Tagged Christmas, Adverts, Christmas Advert, Digital, Marketing, Advertising, Innovative, Creative, #FollowTheFairies, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer

Instagram noted as The Engagement Platform

Friday, 19th December 2014 at 5:23pm

Instagram has been noted as a key social media platform for marketing. Instagram Identified as top engagement platform social media

Socialbaker Analytics have identified Instagram as the Engagement Platform, the definitive place to be for brands who want to engage with their communities.

Instagram has more than 300 million users, 70% of those from outside the US, and the best performing brands on the site generate nearly 50x more engagement with organic content than Twitter.

The top 25 most engaging brands boast an impressive average post engagement rate of 3.31% compared to 0.07% on Twitter.

Socialbakers say “Instagram gives brands an outlet for creative storytelling and engagement with tight communities of people who share a passion for the brands’ values.”

Find out more about Instagram’s brand engagement here.


Tagged instagram, social media, digital, marketing, advertising, brand engagement, creative, brands, branding

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