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Striking posters depict principles of design

Friday, 24th October 2014 at 12:24pm

Principles of Design postersA graphic designer has immortalised the ten principles of design in striking three-dimensional posters.

Efil Türk layered coloured paper in geometric patterns on a matte grey background and added a description below each artwork.

The principles of design include balance, hierarchy, and emphasis, and help make a good piece of work great.

You can see all of the posters here and tell us which is your favourite.


Tagged principles of design, Efil Türk, posters, art, paper art, design, visual, creative, fun

Kaleido Wall transforms Sydney Opera House

Thursday, 23rd October 2014 at 4:36pm

Kaleido WallVisitors to the Vivid Sydney event in Australia saw the Opera House in a whole new perspective, thanks to the Kaleido Wall 1.0.

The Kaleido Wall, by Vin Rathod, is a four-feet deep wall covered in a lattice of mirrored panels, which reflect their surroundings.

Located on Sydney Harbour, the wall reflects Sydney Opera House and transforms it into a colourful mosaic.

Take a look at Kaleido Wall here and tell us what you think.


Tagged Kaleido Wall, Vin Rathod, installation, sculpture, art, design, Sydney Opera House, creative, fun

Fashion brand creates selfies with balloon machine

Wednesday, 22nd October 2014 at 5:04pm

SelfiebrationAn American fashion brand is celebrating its 20th birthday with a ‘#Selfiebration Machine’.

Old Navy is encouraging tweeters to tweet a selfie and a birthday wish with #Selfiebration.

The company will be displaying the machine in New York and Los Angeles, where tweeters can see their pictures blown up with balloons.

Watch the machine in action below and tell us what you think of the concept.



Tagged Old Navy, #Selfiebration, social media, experiential, marketing, public relations, Twitter, innovative, fun, creative

The North Face surprises shoppers with vanishing floor

Tuesday, 21st October 2014 at 2:25pm

The North FaceOutdoors brand The North Face has given its customers a new challenge with its pop-up shop in South Korea.

Known for representing exhilarating outdoor sports, the company surprised unsuspecting shoppers by slowly removing the floor from underneath their feet.

The customers had to grab hold of the wall, which was covered in rock-climbing holds, but a greater challenge awaited them in the form of an item of North Face clothing and a countdown timer.

Watch the video below to discover the outcome of the challenge and tell us what you think of the stunt.



Tagged The North Face, stunt, experiential marketing, pop-up shop, retail, creative, brand, campaign

Eerie dioramas produced by 3D printing glitches

Friday, 17th October 2014 at 3:46pm

DioramaAn artist produces eerie dioramas by deliberately glitching the 3D printing process.

Mathieu Schmitt creates dark, snowy scenes with objects, such as benches, lampposts, and cars, which are intentionally imperfect.

The objects are the result of corrupted 3D model data, giving them misshapen or distorted features.

Schmitt then places the objects into black cubes, which block nearly all natural light, and then illuminates the odd features for a beautiful, yet unsettling, effect.

See more of his work here and tells us what you think of it.


Tagged Glitched, Mathieu Schmitt, art, design, 3D printing, clever, creative, technology, innovative

The Top Colour Trends of 2014

Thursday, 16th October 2014 at 3:15pm

Colour TrendsShutterstock has released a new infographic revealing the colour trends that have dominated 2014 so far.

The infographic uses data from Shutterstock’s downloads to analyse which colours have been the most popular this year.

Green has been on the rise, with an 81% increase in downloads, thanks to events like the World Cup, where most photos featured either grass pitches or the Brazilian flag.

The infographic also examines colours by countries and continents, with green and blue dominating North America, red and orange rising in popularity in Africa, and pink making a statement in Russia and China.

Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us your favourite colour of the year.


Tagged Colour Trends, Shutterstock, colour, design, images, art, photography, creative, technology

An installation of 100 colours

Tuesday, 14th October 2014 at 11:40am

100 coloursAn artist has created a colourful installation from nearly two thousand strips of fabric.

Emmanuelle Moreaux’s ‘100 Colours’ is an outdoor installation made from 1875 strands of fabric which were individually hand-dyed and layered in lines.

Hanging in blocks of colour, the fabric sways and flutters in the breeze, adding a light texture to the urban Shinjuku Central Park.

See 100 Colours in action here and tell us what you think of it.



Tagged 100 colours, Emmanuelle Moreaux, installation, colour, creative, art, design

The Architecture of Cocktails

Monday, 13th October 2014 at 4:05pm

Architecture of CocktailsA technologist has created a handy chart for all budding mixologists, revealing the architecture of cocktails.

Shaan Hurley used AutoCAD, ‘the architect’s software of choice’, to create ‘CAD Drinks’, a collection of cocktails broken down into its key components.

The cocktails are drawn to scale, have a colour key at the side, and include extra details and ingredients, such as ice cubes and fruit slices.

See the whole chart here and let us know if it inspires you to get mixing.


Tagged CAD Drinks, Autocad, cocktails, innovative, technology, architecture, software, creative

Covent Garden installation floats in mid-air

Friday, 10th October 2014 at 10:08am

Take my lightning but don't steal my thunderThe top half of Covent Garden Market appears to be floating in mid-air, thanks to a new installation in the Piazza.

Alex Chinneck’s installation, ‘Take My Lightning but Don’t Steal My Thunder’, is an exact replica of part of the market’s façade, but its upper half has ‘broken away’ from the base.

The installation is made from steel and expanded polystyrene, which took five hundred hours to shape, and uses a counterweight to suspend the top half in mid-air.

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


Tagged Alex Chinneck, Covent Garden, installation. sculpture, creative, innovative, art, fun, clever, design, architecture

BBC animation celebrates Dylan Thomas

Wednesday, 8th October 2014 at 4:27pm

The Hunchback in the ParkThe BBC has marked National Poetry Day with a short animation of a Dylan Thomas poem.

The BBC Wales film features Michael Sheen performing Thomas’ ‘The Hunchback in the Park’, rendered visually by Aardman Animations.

The actor said: “The animation brings Dylan Thomas’ poem to life in a very imaginative and striking way and I can only hope that audiences everywhere find it as engaging as I did.”

The animation, which tells the story of a hermit in Cwmdonkin Park, Swansea, is available on iPlayer.

It will also be broadcast on television later this month to celebrate the centenary of the poet’s birth.

Watch the animation here and let us know what you think.


Tagged Dylan Thomas, BBC, poetry, animation, video, creative, Aardman Animations, Michael Sheen

The Art of Sandwiches

Tuesday, 7th October 2014 at 4:50pm

The Art of SandwichesTwo designers have created a collection of posters representing art movements through sandwiches.

Jeremy and Gabrielle, from Sydney, have a launched a Kickstarter campaign for ‘The Art of Sandwiches’, a series of four posters depicting the same sandwich in different artistic styles.

The vibrant posters use cubism, minimalism, and the abstract and psychedelic movements as inspiration.

See the posters here and let us know what you think of them.


Tagged The Art of Sandwiches, art, design, posters, Kickstarter, creative, clever, fun

Shell Lace Structure

Tuesday, 7th October 2014 at 12:19pm

Shell Lace StructureAn architecture practice has revealed a new single-surface structural technique inspired by nature.

Tonkin Liu worked with Arup to develop ‘Shell Lace Structure’, which takes inspiration from the super-strength and lightness of mollusc shells.

Shell Lace Structure uses optimised curvilinear geometry combined with corrugation for a strong, robust form, whilst ‘strategically placed’ perforations ensure that the structures remain lightweight.

A combination of digital modelling and engineering analysis was used to create the technique, which also allows users to cut shapes from sheets of material.

Find out more about Shell Lace Structure here.


Tagged Shell Lace Structure, Tonkin Liu, Arup, construction, architecture, digital, innovative, creative, design

Philips advert travels through time

Monday, 6th October 2014 at 3:04pm

Philips adPhilips’ new advert asks the question ‘how many years does it take to change a lightbulb?’.

The advert, which showcases the company’s new wireless bulb, uses stop motion to depict a family through six different time periods, revealing how technology has changed since the Victorian era.

The family’s lighting remains basic throughout the ages, until they invest in a new Philips bulb that can produce a range of ambient lighting effects.

Watch the fun new advert below and tell us what you think.



Tagged Philips, lighting, film, stop motion, advert, advertising, video, marketing, innovative, creative, brand

Famous designers produce ‘The Wish List’

Friday, 3rd October 2014 at 1:23pm

The Wish ListA group of top designers have created a collection of their dream products out of wood.

‘The Wish List’ was created after Sir Terence Conran asked his friends, including Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster, what they had always wanted in their homes but could never find.

The only rule of their creations was that they had to be made from wood, and the ten results include a practical ladder, a decadent chaise longue, and neat geometric pencil sharpeners.

The designers collaborated with up-and-coming artists to produce The Wish List, which debuted at the London Design Festival and will be on show at the V&A until 24th October.

Find out more about The Wish List here and tell us your favourite creation.


Tagged Sir Terence Conran, Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, art, design, London Design Festival, creative

Aerial Views Adria

Wednesday, 1st October 2014 at 5:16pm

Aerial Views AdriaA photographer has revealed the symmetrical beauty of beach umbrellas through his collection of aerial shots.

Bernhard Lang’s ‘Aerial Views Adria’ documents hundreds of colourful beach umbrellas along the Adriatic coastline in Italy, capturing lines of patterned circles on a sandy backdrop.

Lang said of his work: “The message might be to show the impact of human beings on the natural environment.

On the other side, the birds-eye view reveals that we are just small creatures, not as important as we think we are.”

Take a look at more images from Aerial Views Adria here.


Tagged Aerial Views Adria, Bernhard Lang, photography, images, fun, creative, clever, art

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

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