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Australian ‘Zootel’ brings wildlife to hotel guests

Wednesday, 25th February 2015 at 10:57am

Australian ZootelA hotel in Australia offers its visitors an unusual visit - by allowing them to spend a night with the animals.

Situated in the National Zoo & Aquarium Canberra, the recently opened Jamala Wildlife Lodge consists of '
Jungle Bungalows' separated from lions, cheetahs or bears by just a glass wall. 

Not only can guests observe animals from their beds but they are also able to feed the giraffes from their balconies.

Room prices start from $AU400 (£200) and there are seven further suites available in the owner’s former residence.

Have a closer look at this amazing hotel here and tell us what you think about it.


Tagged Australia, hotel, creativity, Zoo, animals, fun

Why our brains crave infographics

Tuesday, 24th February 2015 at 4:13pm

InfographicAn agency has created an infographic - on our love for infographics.

Neoman Studios has come up with some data related to this fun type of content, as it is highly shared by Internet users.

For example, we learn that only 28% of words on a web page are actually read on an average visit - but also, that almost 50% of our brain is involved in visual processing.

If you want to learn more about infographics, click here.
Tagged Infographics, creativity, data, internet, fun, clever, design, visual

Funny chocolate ad celebrates the little things in life

Friday, 13th February 2015 at 12:11pm

A chocolate brand has released a funny advert that will cheer you up.
Mars ad

Mars created a cheerful little spot that perfectly sums up the joy of celebrating the little victories in life, as a part of their campaign “Little Wins”.

This advert sees two men competing with the best tricks that they have taught to their dogs.

After the first dog executes an impressive jump, the second dog plays Jan Hammer’s iconic Miami Vice theme on pan flutes.

To celebrate his overwhelming victory, the second dog’s owner enjoys a Mars bar.

Have a look at the charming ad below and let us know what you think.



Tagged Advert, Mars, fun, creativity, Little Wins campaign

'Dancing House' light installation

Monday, 9th February 2015 at 10:24am

Dancing housesAn artist is presenting an interesting project for the Light Festival in Ghent, Belgium. 

Klaus Obermaier's ‘Dancing House’ interactive installation allows you to distort a house while you move.

Visitors can stand in front of the display, where they are invited to move their arms and bodies to change the building's shape and hear the sound of the wind as they do so. 

As this festival becomes increasingly popular (over half a million visitors in the previous years), it has been named one of Europe's top 10 light art festivals.

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



Tagged design, light festival, creativity, art, video, fun, projection, installation

‘Mini-Dolls’ customised to look like pop culture characters

Thursday, 5th February 2015 at 10:50am

‘Mini-Dolls’ customised to look like pop culture characters An American social media consultant and LEGO enthusiast has created a series of customised mini-dolls.

Jon Lazar’s mini-dolls are inspired from popular movies and TV shows such as The Walking Dead, Doctor Who, and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games.

They are, however, of different proportions from those of the LEGO minifigs and also have more of a ‘human’ appearance.

Click over here to have a look at them and tell us what you think.


Tagged pop culture, mini dolls, LEGO, creativity, fun, tv shows, design, social media

Miniature 3D-Printed Cities

Wednesday, 4th February 2015 at 12:01pm

Miniature 3D-Printed Cities You can now build miniature towns with tiny 3D-printed structures.

‘Ittyblox’ by Stageways will allow you to create your own 3D-printed miniature city with a large range of hotels, towers and office buildings that fit onto base plates.

You can also light up the buildings at night time to watch your city come alive.

Take a look at the company’s website here and tell us what you think.
Tagged design, creativity, architecture, 3D, buildings, fun

An ad that cost £10 to make

Monday, 2nd February 2015 at 2:23pm

Doritos' advert A submission to Doritos’ Super Bowl advertising competition only cost £10 to make.

The ad, by freelance director James Bedford, was one of the ten shortlisted entrants.

The advert shows the producer fishing at a local river whilst devouring a packet of Doritos but he soon realizes that his prey is after his snack.

Within a few seconds, the fish grabs the packet and drags the crisps under the water.

Watch the advert below and let us know what you think.



Tagged advert, advertising, brand, creative, entertainment, super bowl, video, fun

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

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

The world’s first self-destructing book

Monday, 26th January 2015 at 12:43pm

Self-destructing bookA bestselling author is offering one lucky reader the world’s first self-destructing book.

James Patterson is offering a self-destructing copy of his latest novel ‘Private Vegas’ for £194,000 to one lucky reader - after twenty four hours, the book will actually explode.

A thousand digital copies of the book will also be released; these will also ‘self-destruct’ after a day and feature a countdown at the top of the screen.

The stunt has been designed to put the thrill back into publishing in the digital age - although a normal hardback edition has also been published for readers who prefer to take their time.

Find out more about the book here and let us know what you think of the campaign.


Tagged James Patterson, self-destructing book, Private Vegas, technology, digital, clever, campaign, marketing, advertising, 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

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

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

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