Colourful flowers frozen in ice


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.

‘Book for Architects’ installation


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.

Creative Trends Report


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.

Animated street art


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.

A pen that produces 3D doodles


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.

Digital, Social & Mobile in 2015


Digital, Social & Mobile in 2015A new report examines how technology is booming globally, with record numbers of people using mobiles and going online.

We Are Social’s ‘Digital, Social & Mobile in 2015’ reveals that internet usage around the world is currently at almost 42%, including half a billion first time internet users last year.

Global mobile penetration hit 50% last year, which is equivalent to 3.65bn mobile users, and this is expected to drive internet adoption during the next few years.

The report compiles statistics from over 240 countries and also reveals that nearly a third (29%) of the world’s population has an active social media account.

Find out more from the report here.

A grotto-like bar covered in crumpled paper


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.

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