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Nestle develops natural edible ink

Wednesday, 15th October 2014 at 4:16pm

SmartiesNestle has developed an edible ink suitable for inkjet printing.

The ink, produced by Nestec (the brand’s R&D arm), could be used in the food and medical industry, with applications including logo printing, decorative messaging, and labelling.

Nestle’s ink is based on familiar and natural ingredients, as opposed to the artificial materials often used in edible inkjet printing, and has been tested on Smarties.

Read more about the innovation here and tell us what you think.


Tagged Nestle, innovative, technology, food, edible ink, research and development, fun, science, invention

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

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

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

Teddy gets a holiday in new Thomson/First Choice advert

Wednesday, 1st October 2014 at 9:47am

TeddyA new heartwarming advert gives a put-upon teddy the holiday he deserves.

The television spot for Thomson/First Choice uses a voiceover speaking the verses from Bohemian Rhapsody, beginning wistfully but segueing into a relaxed contentment.

The eponymous Teddy has to endure a trip in the washing machine, being hit by a robot, and stuffed into a bag, before finally getting a place on the beach.

Watch the advert here and let us know what you think of it.


Tagged Teddy, Thomson, First Choice, advert, advertising, television, fun, brand, video

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

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

A giant billboard made of cake

Tuesday, 16th September 2014 at 2:37pm

Mr Kipling billboardMr Kipling’s new outdoor campaign includes a world first: a giant billboard made entirely of cake.

The billboard uses the strapline ‘Life is better with cake’ to advertise the largest UK baked goods brand, against a backdrop of 13,360 individual cakes.

Located at Westfield London, the billboard was on display for eight hours - after which, the cakes were handed out to the public.

See more of the billboard here and tell us if you were lucky enough to take part in the giveaway.


Tagged Life is better with cake, Mr Kipling, billboard, experiential, outdoor, brand, campaign, advertising, marketing, fun

Fun paintings reveal how animals get their patterns

Thursday, 11th September 2014 at 1:50pm

Ricardo Solis paintingsA series of playful paintings imagines how animals acquire their distinctive details, such as feathers, patterns, or skin.

Mexican artist Ricardo Solis creates illustrations that show miniscule humans sculpting or painting the animals, giving them charm by showing them part way through the process.

His paintings include black ribbons being draped over a still-white zebra, a bear being knitted its fur, and an elephant being sculpted from stone.

See more of Solis’ creations here and tell us which is your favourite.


Tagged Ricardo Solis, paintings, illustrations, animals, fun, art, design, creative

Barclaycard reveals first ‘Contactless Donkey’

Friday, 5th September 2014 at 12:34pm

Dillon the DonkeyBlackpool donkeys have taken a pioneering step - thanks to Barclaycard, they can now receive contactless payments.

After years of lost revenue (as many families don’t take cash onto Blackpool Beach), Dillon the donkey is now the world’s first contactless payment pack-animal.

Mark Ineson, owner of Real Donkeys tour company, approached Barclaycard with his dilemma.

The organisation came up with a unique saddle for Dillon, which can scan debit and credit cards via touch - making him one of only 300,000 contactless payment points in the UK

Read more about Barclaycard’s scheme here and tell us what you think of ‘Contactless Donkeys’.


Tagged contactless payments, Barclaycard, Contactless Donkey, innovative, business, marketing, fun, clever, Blackpool

LEGO House

Thursday, 4th September 2014 at 4:36pm

LEGO HouseA LEGO House designed by BIG has begun construction.

The structure, which is being built in Billund, Denmark, is inspired by the versatility of the LEGO brick and incorporates coloured LEGO in parts of the building.

The tourist attraction, which hopes to attract 250,000 annual visitors, will include a gallery, a café, and a ‘unique’ LEGO store.

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



Tagged LEGO House, LEGO, Denmark, Bjarke Ingels Group, architecture, construction, design, fun, creative

An indoor skatepark under Waterloo station

Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 at 10:24am

House of VansAn underground skatepark has opened beneath Waterloo station.

House of Vans London’ covers five tunnels under the London Underground station and is the city’s only indoor skatepark.

The location also holds a public gallery, bars, and a music venue, with four art studios being leased free of charge to encourage local creative talent.

‘House of Vans London’ is also affiliated with three local charities and you can see more pictures of it here.

Let us know what you think of the construction.


Tagged House of Vans London, Waterloo, underground, skatepark, construction, creative, art, clever, fun

Yerka Project: the ‘unstealable’ bike

Friday, 29th August 2014 at 5:01pm

Project YerkaThree engineering students from Chile have created an ‘unstealable’ bike.

The students, who have named their idea ‘Yerka Project’, use a surprisingly simple way of securing the bike: by using its own frame.

Yerka Project’s middle pipe divides and attaches to the removable seat, forming a lock – all that it then needs is to be fastened to a post .

The prototype locks with a key, though the team are working on variations of the bike that can lock with combinations.

The team came up with their idea after one of them was targeted twice by bike thieves.

Find out more about the unstealable bike here or watch the video below – do you think it’s a good idea?



Tagged Yerka Project, unstealable bike, technology, design, fun, clever, transport

Curry paste adverts made of spices

Friday, 29th August 2014 at 12:01pm

Patak adPatak’s new adverts for its curry paste use spices to detail the long process of making the paste yourself.

Sean Freeman, who created the ads for the curry brand, used a range of spices and other ingredients mentioned in the ‘recipe’ to write it out on a black background.

Freeman also used different typographic styles throughout the innovative posters to bring the copy to life and encourage customers to opt for a jar of Patak’s.

See both of the posters here and tell us what you think of them.


Tagged Patak, Sean Freeman, creative, advertising, marketing, brand, typography, clever, fun, art, poster

British Airways launches animal channel

Thursday, 28th August 2014 at 12:59pm

Paws and RelaxBritish Airways has tapped into the ‘cute’ zeitgeist by releasing its own animal channel for passengers.

The airline now offers ‘Paws and Relax’ to long-haul passengers as part of its ‘Slow TV’ in-flight entertainment package.

‘Paws and Relax’ content will include animals from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the cartoon ‘Simon’s Cat’, and ‘Secret Life of Cats’.

BA’s in-flight entertainment manager, Richard D’Cruze, said: “We discovered some scientific research that proves watching images of cute animals can actually lower your heart rate and reduces stress levels.”

Find out more about the channel, which is being curated by Spafax, here.

Will you be watching BA’s new channel?


Tagged British Airways, Paws and Relax, Slow TV, cute, animals, entertainment, fun, media

Zootopia

Friday, 15th August 2014 at 9:28am

ZootopiaBjarke Ingels Group has revealed its scheme for ‘Zootopia’, also known as Givskud Zoo in Denmark.

The innovative design disguises its architecture within the topography, providing a playful and freer environment for the animals.

Overhauling the rigid style of most zoos and animal parks, BIG’s scheme uses three zones, each dedicated to a continent, within the doughnut-shaped zoo.

The imaginative features of the continental zones include bamboo cottages in the panda enclosure, a hill of rice fields in the elephant house and savannah craters for giraffes and zebras.

Read more about the fun design here.


Tagged Zootopia, Bjarke Ingels Group, zoo, animal park, fun, creative, architecture, construction, design

LEGO Architecture Studio

Wednesday, 13th August 2014 at 2:56pm

LEGO Architecture StudioLEGO is releasing a studio set for designers and architects.

LEGO Architecture Studio, consists of over a thousand pieces – however, unlike ordinary brightly coloured LEGO sets, all of the components are either white or transparent.

LEGO said: “Anyone with an interest in architecture can now create their own LEGO original designs, as well as building mini architectural masterpieces such as the Eiffel Tower and the Trevi Fountain.”

A guidebook, with helpful diagrams and contributions from leading architecture firms, also comes with the set.

Discover more about the new product here – do you think this is a great idea?


Tagged LEGO, LEGO Architecture Studio, architecture, construction, fun, creative

Tic Tac ads recreate retro games

Tuesday, 12th August 2014 at 3:25pm

Tic Tac adsThe latest Tic Tac advertising campaign uses retro video games as inspiration.

The campaign, devised by Miami Ad School/ESPM, recreates games such as Pac-Man and Snake using coloured Tic Tac mints against a black backdrop.

The colourful print posters inject a touch of fun into the Tic Tac brand, which is owned by Ferrero.

Take a look at all of the posters here and let us know what you think of the creative ads.


Tagged Tic Tac, advertising, brand, campaign, Miami Ad School, posters, video games, fun, clever, creative

Automated Thanking Machines

Thursday, 7th August 2014 at 2:22pm

Automated Thanking Machines‘Sometimes you just want to say thank you’ is the opening line of a bank’s campaign to give back to its customers.

TD Canada Trust converted some of its ATMs into ‘Automated Thanking Machines’, dispensing all sorts of presents, including clothes, flowers, and plane tickets.

Watch the heartwarming video below to see the lucky customers’ reactions and tell us what you think of the campaign.



Tagged Automated Thanking Machines, TD Canada Trust, campaign, brand, advertising, marketing, experiential, fun

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