An adaptable pop-up habitat


Pop-up habitatPeople’s Architecture Office has created a pop-up habitat that can be adapted to its environment.

The system consists of units made from gold photographer’s reflective panels, which can stand alone or become part of a larger geometric ‘mega-structure’.

The lightweight habitat, which has been used at exhibitions, can act as tunnels, canopies, exhibition spaces and auditoriums – as well as intriguing pieces of art scattered around a landscape.

Find out more about the habitat here and let us know what you think.

Art of Building Photographer of the Year shortlist


Art of BuildingThe shortlist for the Art of Building Photographer of the Year competition has been revealed.

The fifteen shortlisted pictures include stunning interpretations of constructions such as One London Bridge, an Amsterdam metro line, and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

The competition, which has been running for five years, is organised by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and is overseen by a panel of judges of photography experts.

The winner of the competition will be announced on 5th February and will win £3,000.

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

Five web trends expected for 2015


Design firm Bowen Media has created an infographic showing five possible web trends for 2015. Web Trends Infographic 2015

The list includes flat design, parallax scrolling and typography. Parallax scrolling, a technique originally used in 2D video games, was used to show depth by having the background move slower than the foreground.

Parallax scrolling is a brilliant way of creating a 3D effect by layering images, ideal for creating 3D timelines and showing products in 3D, a hot web trend predicted for 2015.

Other design features include a clean and simple layout with a greater emphasis on typography which is likely to play a much bigger role in future in setting the mood and tone of websites. 

Take a look at the full infographic here.

UK creative industry to be worth £100bn by 2018


UK creative industryThe creative industry will be worth more than £100bn to the British economy by 2018, according to new research.

The study, by Falmouth University and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), also predicts that by 2018, 1.39 million people will be employed in the industry and exports will reach £34.5bn.

The industry includes advertising and marketing, architecture, and entertainment (which incorporates music, performing arts, film, and television).

Professor Anne Carlisle of Falmouth University said: “The UK creative industries are well established and admired on a global stage – the UK economy must continue to capitalise on this lead.”

Find out more about the research here.

Photographer captures stunning light patterns in water


Stephen Orlando, an Ontario-based photographer has transformed the repetitive motions of canoers, kayakers and swimmers into gorgeous light paintings. Light Paintings Patterns in Water Photographer Stephen Orlando

Attaching customisable LED lights to his subjects, Orlando used long exposure times in order to capture the movements across the water.
The strands represent individual strokes across time and space.

Stephen said “Using LED lights with custom colour patterns and long exposure photography, I’m able to tell the story of movement. This technique reveals beautiful light trails created by paths of familiar objects.”

Let us know what you think about these stunning images and click here to view more.

An artist walks miles to create beautiful snow drawings


Snow landscapesArtist Sonja Hinrichsen has created these beautiful snow drawings by walking over the frozen Catamount Lake in Colorado. 

Sonja and over 60 volunteers wore snowshoes to tread these beautiful and highly decorative patterns into several miles of snow.

This piece of land art is part of Sonja’s Snow Drawings series, an on-going project that provides the community with an opportunity to experience their familiar surroundings as art.

The creative process and the relationship with the outdoors is a central element in Sonja’s work; as art and the landscape fuse together, the project unlocks a sense of modern society’s re-engagement with the natural world.

The aerial photographs help demonstrate to a wider audience how systems of designs can transform the landscape into art.

Let us know what you think of this gorgeous swirling land art and click here to find out more.

UK advertising to go ‘digital-first’


Digital Advertising Internet Enabled Devices Mobile Phones

The UK is set to become the first country where over half of advertising budgets are spent on digital and online media.
Group M, the worldwide media buying arm of WPP, has predicted that 50% of £15.7 billion advertising spending in the UK will go to digital, beating channels including print, cinema, buses, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, billboards and posters combined.
The way Britons have embraced internet-enabled devices, along with a national obsession with gadgets, social media and online shopping are cited as reasons for this shift. An Ofcom survey has shown that over 44% of households own both a smartphone and laptop.
Countries set to follow this move to digital include Sweden (47% digital spending), Denmark (43%), Australia (42%) and Norway (40%).
Click here to find out more and let us know what you think about the UK’s predicted 50% digital status.

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