The best life lessons from fictional characters

AAA State of Play has created an adorable infographic that showcases some wise words from some of our favourite fictional characters.

The chart analyses 32 much-loved figures, revealing the key lessons they impart that can influence our day to day lives. 

The characters include old classics such as K-9 from Doctor Who (‘kindness can create positive ripples that spread through time and space’) and more up-to-date characters like Dug in Up (‘an open heart will earn you joy, companionship and ice cream’).

Take a look at all the characters here and tell us which life lessons you can relate to.

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Christmas with The Think Tank

If you haven’t already seen, we’re bringing some festive cheer to The Think Tank with our new online Advent Calendar.

Each day throughout December, you can open a new window and discover a new post. We have a handful of festive news to share with you; from Christmassy and quirky experiences in London, to exploring some of the best seasonal adverts of 2015.

The Think Tank Advent Calendar can be located on The Think Tank website within our blog page.

You can also expect a new tweet each day linking you to a new post…so keep those eyes peeled.

Take a look here to find out what today’s window has to offer.


Friday Five: Innovative Billboards

Friday Five is back again and this week, we’ve chosen our favourite fun billboards from around the world:

1. Mr Kipling
Why use paper when you can use cake? Mr Kipling created a billboard made entirely of edible treats – definitely the most delicious ad on our list.

2. British Airways
Piccadilly Circus is known for its bright lights and billboards – this Cannes Lion winner was an interactive real-time ad that pointed out BA planes as they flew overhead.

3. Glad Cling Wrap
680 orange slices were placed on an outdoor billboard with just a select few wrapped in cling film. Embodying the tag line ‘Fresher Longer’, the wrapped oranges stayed fresh, while the others rotted away.

4. BBC World
A more thoughtful ad, which saw BBC World use clever perspective and angles to let viewers ‘see both sides of the story’.

5. Adidas
And finally, goalkeeper Petr Cech ‘supported’ Vienna’s Prater Ferris Wheel on a very ambitious billboard.

Let us know what you think of our list and tell us if you’d nominate any other creative billboards.

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Which Pantone colour are you?

Creative Market has created a colourful quiz that reveals which Pantone shade best reflects your personality.

The quiz analyses your character with 10 quirky questions, from ‘What best describes the everyday food you eat?’ to ‘You have your best creative ides when?’

Pantone, which describes itself as ‘the standard language for colour communication’, also chooses the influential ‘Colour of the Year’ (currently Marsala).

We came out as ‘Minion Yellow’ – give the quiz a go here and tell us what colour you are.

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The Muppets Giant Crumpet Show

Warburtons is the latest brand to take the Christmas ad limelight, combining its crumpets with…

The Muppets.

This groovy foot-tapping advert features everyone’s favourite Muppet characters, reinventing their classic theme tune to celebrate Warburtons’ new giant crumpet range.

Incorporating cups of tea, Coronation Street, and the Arndale Centre, the ad also pays homage to British culture, helping it to become a particular favourite in Manchester.

Kermit himself said: “It’s the thickest and fluffiest production we’ve ever done, we held nothing back, and I’m proud to say no Giant Crumpets were harmed during the making of this advert.”

Watch (or sing along) to the ad below and let us know what you think of it.

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Otto the skateboarding bulldog

What better way to celebrate the 11th Annual Guinness World Records Day than with a skateboarding bulldog?

Record-breaking Otto the  English Bulldog has achieved the impressive feat of weaving through thirty pairs of legs on his skateboard – without any human assistance.

Otto’s impressive achievement paid tribute to Tillman, the recently departed former record holder, and he has set a brand new world record for ‘longest human tunnel travelled through by a skateboarding dog’.

Watch Otto’s skills in practice in the video below – congratulations to the lovable pooch.

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Little Black Font Book Volume 2

Alex Haigh’s pocket-sized design book has become a new bestseller.

The Little Black Font Book Volume 2 is a revised version of the 2012 edition, with a sleek red, white and black look which showcases a vibrant range of fonts in an accessible way.

Each font is specially formatted to reveal its true potential, so the book is ideal for showing ideas to clients or getting that crucial design inspiration.

The font book reached number one on Amazon’s Typography book chart within just 24 hours of its launch.

Discover the Little Black Font Book Volume 2 here and let us know if you’ll be buying it.

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