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‘Dead parrot’ installed in London

Thursday, 24th July 2014 at 4:40pm

Dead parrotA giant dead parrot was installed in London last week to celebrate the last Monty Python show.

The 50 foot fibreglass sculpture was a tribute to Monty Python’s famous ‘dead parrot’ sketch and was placed near Tower Bridge in the run-up to the last show.

The sculpture took more than two months to complete; lead sculptor Iain Prendergast said: "The key challenge for us was capturing the comedy value of the dead parrot, keeping the realism of the bird whilst also adding touches like the bloodshot, stunned eyes."

The parrot was delivered to the O2 Arena for the final performance of Monty Python’s ‘Live (mostly)’ farewell show on Sunday.

Find out more about the dead parrot here and tell us what you think of the stunt.


Tagged dead parrot, London, Monty Python, comedy, fun, creative, installation, sculpture, publicity stunt

Modernist buildings as mixed-media images

Tuesday, 22nd July 2014 at 1:41pm

Lucy Williams - Modernist artA British artist creates incredibly detailed renderings of 20th Century buildings, with arts and crafts.

Lucy Williams painstakingly produces three-dimensional pictures out of materials including different types of wood, coloured card, acrylic paint and wool.

Inspired by photographs of modernist buildings, Williams’ work has recently been hosted by the McKee Gallery in New York.

Take a look at more of Williams’ architectural art here and tell us what you think of the handcrafted pictures.


Tagged Lucy Williams, Modernism, architecture, art, design, craft, creative, fun, gallery, pictures

We Are Flowers installation

Friday, 18th July 2014 at 2:31pm

We are flowersSOFTlab has transformed a New York shoe gallery with a colourful ceiling installation.

The designers took inspiration from Galeria Melissa’s ‘We Are Flowers’ shoe collection by creating a three-dimensional lattice suspended from the ceiling.

This was covered by over 20,000 translucent 'flowers' of different colours, and funnelled towards the ground at selected points in the gallery.

Take a closer look at the striking installation here or watch the video below, and let us know your thoughts.



Tagged We Are Flowers, Galeria Melissa, shoes, installation, colour, creative, innovative, gallery

Sand Packaging

Friday, 18th July 2014 at 2:29pm

Sand PackagingA design workshop has unveiled a unique packaging made of sand.

Barcelona-based workshop Alien and Monkey binds sand together with other naturally-occurring minerals, which, when compacted, dries solid.

The hollow ‘sand boxes’ can be broken open, and when the sand crumbles away, its package is revealed.

Take a look at the eco-friendly packaging here and tell us what you think – would you love to receive a present packaged in sand?


Tagged Sand Packaging, Alien and Monkey, sand, packaging, environmental, creative, innovative, product, design

Bricksy: Banksy’s street art in LEGO form

Wednesday, 16th July 2014 at 2:31pm

BricksyAn award-winning photographer creates LEGO artworks inspired by iconic Banksy images.

Jeff Friesen’s series, entitled ‘Bricksy’, uses well-known Banksy art as a starting point to create a complete scene made of LEGO.

Friesen, from Winnipeg, started making LEGO dioramas with his daughter, eventually turning to the work of the famous street artist for inspiration.

So far, he has recreated ‘Balloon Girl’ and ‘Kissing Coppers’, among other works.

Take a look at the Bricksy series here and tell us what you think of the fun idea.


Tagged Bricksy, Banksy, Jeff Friesen, LEGO, street art, photography, clever, fun, creative

The ‘biggest design poster ever made’

Tuesday, 15th July 2014 at 2:10pm

Malmo Festival posterAn enormous poster which took 900 hours to complete is publicising the Malmö Festival in Sweden.

Described as the ‘biggest design poster ever made’, the poster by SNASK is a physical, interactive installation made of massive shapes which visitors can climb.

The colourful project, which is eight metres wide and and thirteen metres long, used 175 litres of paint, 280 plywood boards and 10,000 nails in its construction.

It celebrates the 30th Malmö Festival, which is taking place in August.

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


Tagged Malmö Festival, poster, installation, 3D, interactive, innovative, design, construction, advertising, colour, art, creative

Jeep's optical illusion posters

Thursday, 10th July 2014 at 2:28pm

Jeep adA new ad campaign for Jeep puts a twist on an old style of optical illusion by using animals.

The ‘See whatever you want to see’ posters feature animal pictures that, when turned upside down, look like a completely different animal.

The ingenious black and sepia posters, designed by Leo Burnett France, include a giraffe which becomes a penguin when flipped.

The posters are intended to give the brand a spirit of adventure and encourage users to see the world – while driving a Jeep, of course.

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


Tagged Jeep, Leo Burnett, advertising, marketing, posters, design, campaign, fun, brand, creative

A table reflecting the depths of the ocean

Wednesday, 9th July 2014 at 4:14pm

The Abyss TableA layered coffee table by Duffy London resembles the depths of the ocean.

The Abyss Table stacks blue glass on slices of light wood, which gives the impression of a sandy sea bed.

The glass echoes the effect of the ocean, as the layers appear to darken as they deepen.

The uniquely shaped table mimics the contours of the ocean and was handmade by Christopher Duffy’s team.

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


Tagged Abyss Table, Duffy London, furniture, design, product design, innovative, nature, creative

Pantone posters with character

Wednesday, 9th July 2014 at 3:17pm

Pantone 7686 CPantone’s new ad campaign shows how crucial colour is for iconic pop culture characters.

‘There can only be one’, devised by Y & R Shanghai, uses the features of famous cartoon and puppet figures against a background square of their dominant colour.

Completed by their Pantone numbers, the posters demonstrate that a strong colour is key to making characters instantly recognisable.

The posters include ‘Pantone 7686 C’, a deep blue, which uses googly eyes to represent Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster.

Take a look at all three posters here and tell us what you think of the fun concept.


Tagged Pantone, advertising, posters, Cookie Monster, cartoon, fun, colour, clever, design, creative

Content ideas for social media

Friday, 4th July 2014 at 9:52am

Social mediaContent marketing is now a crucial part of many organisations’ strategy, but sometimes it’s hard to think of content ideas tailored for different social media channels.

PR Daily has compiled a list of ideas for Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, designed to make your content offering more diverse and distinctive.

The list recommends digging out vintage company photos for Facebook, crafting inspiration boards on Pinterest and sharing quick tips on Twitter.

Other ideas include checking what's trending on social media, sharing industry-relevant blogs, creating infographics and even making video montages.

Take a look at the whole list here and tell us if you have a great content idea for a social network.


Tagged Social media, content marketing, marketing, technology, internet, creative, fun

The Bible of BBQ

Thursday, 3rd July 2014 at 1:22pm

The Bible of BBQA direct mail project entitled ‘The Bible of BBQ’ has won a Bronze Cannes Lion, thanks to its interactive style.

The Bible of BBQ, produced for Brazilian brand Tramontina, consists of pages that have a particular purpose in the ‘perfect barbecue’.

For instance, the book had a knife-sharpening page, a sheet made of salt for seasoning, a flammable page and even a fold-out apron.

The Bible of BBQ was sent to fifty people, many of whom proudly displayed their present in their restaurant.

Watch the book in action below or find out more about the book here – tell us what you think of it.



Tagged The Bible of BBQ, barbecue bible, Tramontina, Cannes Lions, marketing, direct mail, innovative, creative, fun

Playful quote posters

Friday, 27th June 2014 at 1:55pm

Illustration printsA designer has given some inspirational quotes new significance in colourful minimalistic posters.

Ryan McArthur has taken quotes from famous people, such as Oscar Wilde and Albert Einstein, and plays with their meaning in illustration prints.

For instance, Thomas Edison’s ‘Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration’ is represented through one light bulb and ninety-nine drops of water.

Take a look at the posters here and let us know your favourite.


Tagged Ryan McArthur, posters, quotes, art, design, print, creative, fun, clever

Long exposure photos give trams sparkle

Thursday, 26th June 2014 at 4:55pm

Budapest tramPhotography and festive lighting transform mundane Hungarian trams into cosmic marvels.

In Budapest, trams are each decorated with 30,000 blue and white LED lights during the holiday season.

Visiting photographers often take long exposure pictures of the trams, creating ethereal images that give the trams a futuristic feel.

Take a look at some more long exposure photographs here and tell us what you think of them.


Tagged trams, LED, light, photography, photos, long exposure, clever, creative, Budapest, Hungary

Bounce Below

Tuesday, 24th June 2014 at 2:19pm

Bounce BelowA unique visitor experience is opening in Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Wales: giant underground trampolines.

Bounce Below uses three trampolines suspended from the cave walls, each connected by chutes and safety nets.

Visitors will travel deep into the mountain by train, where they can reach the trampolines via a sixty-feet-long slide.

The experience is completed by LED lights, which provide a colourful background to the long-unused caverns.

Bounce Below opens to the public on the 3rd July, near Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Let us know if you would jump at the chance to experience Bounce Below and take a closer look here.


Tagged Bounce Below, underground trampolines, Llechwedd Slate Caverns, LEDs, innovative, fun, experience, creative, experiential

Colourful Tour de France posters

Friday, 13th June 2014 at 3:57pm

TfL postersM&C Saatchi has designed some colourful graphic posters for the Tour de France’s London stage, on behalf of Transport for London.

The posters, which use bold colours and clean lines (reminiscent of Tom Eckersley’s work for London Underground), warn Londoners about the road closures during the race.

The campaign also includes outdoor, press and digital work in the run-up to the event, which reaches the city on the 7th July.

Find out more about the Tour de France here and let us know what you think of the posters.


Tagged TfL, Tour de France, M&C Saatchi, Tom Eckersley, posters, graphic, design, art, advertising, London, creative

123: an innovative sculpture

Thursday, 12th June 2014 at 4:22pm

123A unique sculpture called ‘123’ looks like different numbers, depending on the angle at which it is viewed.

The black stainless steel installation, by James Hopkins, is carefully arranged to ‘create slippages in perception’.

Therefore, as the viewer moves around the sculpture, it seems to morph into different shapes.

Watch the video below to see the sculpture transform and tell us what you think of the playful project.



Tagged 123, James Hopkins, sculpture, installation, art, design, clever, fun, creative, construction

The Butterfly Effect

Thursday, 12th June 2014 at 4:22pm

The Butterfly EffectA German artist has found a creative way to spread happy and motivational messages – by planting handmade butterflies around Berlin.

Andreas Preis created butterflies with slogans, such as ‘stay weird’, ‘you’re lovely’ and ‘let’s lead, not follow’, for his project ‘The Butterfly Effect’.

He produced more than a thousand butterflies with the messages, which he then gave away or placed in public places, including restaurants, exhibitions, and even lampposts.

Take a look at the butterflies here and tell us what you think of the project.


Tagged The Butterfly Effect, Andreas Preis, handmade, art, design, creative, fun, photography

Lotto Cheer

Wednesday, 11th June 2014 at 2:03pm

Lotto CheerA Glasgow newsagent has been the location of an unlikely samba flash mob, thanks to the National Lottery.

£31bn has been invested into community projects since the National Lottery began twenty years ago and Browns Newsagents has raised the most Lottery funding out of all Scottish independent retailers.

Some of the local projects that have benefited from the funding, such as Samba Ya Bamba and Scottish Youth Theatre, took part in the ‘Lotto Cheer’ flash mob to say thank you to Lottery ticket buyers.

Watch the flash mob below and let us know if it brought a smile to your face.



Tagged Lotto Cheer, National Lottery, Scotland, flash mob, charity, funding, good cause, video, fun, creative, samba

Playful street art

Wednesday, 4th June 2014 at 10:27am

Playful Street ArtWebzine Bored Panda has collated nearly thirty examples of fun street art, which use their surroundings to become three-dimensional.

The street art incorporates real objects, such as trees, bicycles and even cracks in walls in a range of inventive ways.

The collection includes a larger-than-life painting of a girl watering a tree, a cartoon slug raking autumn leaves under the pavement and a cheerleader whose pom-poms are made from tufts of grass.

Take a look at the twenty eight images here and tell us your favourites.


Tagged Bored Panda, street art, photography, art, design, built environment, fun, creative, clever

Primary – a lighting installation

Thursday, 15th May 2014 at 5:19pm

PrimaryAn Australian installation used coloured light to play with visitors’ spatial perception.

Primary, by Flynn Talbot, consisted of a triangular panel with protruding cardboard spikes, which were up to two metres in length.

Talbot then cast red, green and blue spotlights over the geometric panel, creating a mixture of moving and overlapping colours playing off the panel’s angles.

Talbot said: “Colour in light is different to paint, for example. Red and green paint make brown but with light they create yellow. The wall sculpture is designed to break up the light and explore the mixing of colour.”

Primary was exhibited at the PSAS gallery in Perth, Australia.

Watch the video below to experience the light-bending installation and tell us what you think of it.

Primary from flynntalbot on Vimeo.



Tagged Primary, Flynn Talbot, light, installation, art, design, 3D, RGB, geometry, innovative, creative, PSAS, Australia, exhibition

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