‘Motion Silhouette’: a pop-up book with a difference


Motion SilhouetteAn interactive book enables readers to project shadows on its pages to ‘fill in’ the story.

Motion Silhouette’, by Megumi Kajiwara and Tathuhiko Nijim, requires a light source to be shone on its intricate pop-up pages, creating silhouettes that move as the light moves.

The beautiful monochrome book is handmade to order.

Take a closer look at it here or see it in action below – tell us what you think of the project.

Modernist buildings as mixed-media images


Lucy Williams - Modernist artA British artist creates incredibly detailed renderings of 20th Century buildings, with arts and crafts.

Lucy Williams painstakingly produces three-dimensional pictures out of materials including different types of wood, coloured card, acrylic paint and wool.

Inspired by photographs of modernist buildings, Williams’ work has recently been hosted by the McKee Gallery in New York.

Take a look at more of Williams’ architectural art here and tell us what you think of the handcrafted pictures.

The ‘biggest design poster ever made’


Malmo Festival posterAn enormous poster which took 900 hours to complete is publicising the Malmö Festival in Sweden.

Described as the ‘biggest design poster ever made’, the poster by SNASK is a physical, interactive installation made of massive shapes which visitors can climb.

The colourful project, which is eight metres wide and and thirteen metres long, used 175 litres of paint, 280 plywood boards and 10,000 nails in its construction.

It celebrates the 30th Malmö Festival, which is taking place in August.

Take a closer look at the innovative poster here and tell us what you think.

Murat: the interactive comic


MuratA Czech collective has created an online comic that invites readers to interact with it.

Murat’, by Motiv, is an innovative spin on traditional graphic novels, making the most of current technology to involve readers in its storyline.

Murat looks like a typical black and white comic, but it uses audio and visual effects and is clickable throughout – one page of the comic consists of a jigsaw that readers has to construct themselves.

Watch the trailer for the comic below or read it here – tell us if you find this development in comics exciting.

Fibreglass cows bring wi-fi to Glastonbury


Wi-fi cows at GlastonburyFestivalgoers at last weekend’s Glastonbury were able to enjoy wi-fi on the site, thanks to a trio of fibreglass cows.

The cows, named Dolly, Daisy and Molly, were installed at key points around the festival and provided revellers with wi-fi for twelve hours every day.

Acting as 4G hotspots, the cows were powered by EE (Glastonbury’s technology partner) and designed by Hank, the on site artist.

Find out more about the cows here and tell us what you think of the fun idea.

Playful quote posters


Illustration printsA designer has given some inspirational quotes new significance in colourful minimalistic posters.

Ryan McArthur has taken quotes from famous people, such as Oscar Wilde and Albert Einstein, and plays with their meaning in illustration prints.

For instance, Thomas Edison’s ‘Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration’ is represented through one light bulb and ninety-nine drops of water.

Take a look at the posters here and let us know your favourite.

Smoke in a bottle


Smoke in a bottleA New York-based artist creates detailed images from smoke and used bottles.

Jim Dingilian fills empty glass bottles with smoke, which clings to the inside layer as soot.

He then scrapes and brushes away the soot until beautiful pictures emerge, framed by the remnants of the smoke.

He says: “The miniature scenes I depict are of locations on the edge of suburbia which seem mysterious or even slightly menacing despite their commonplace nature… [the bottles] become hourglasses of sorts, their drained interiors now inhabited by dim memories.”

Find out more about the remarkable work here and tell us what you think.

King’s Cross Tunnel Light Wall


King’s Cross Tunnel Light WallA tunnel which incorporates an LED integrated art wall has been opened at King’s Cross.

The art wall, by The Light Lab, runs the length of the 90-metre long tunnel and is described as a ‘moving light show’.

Capable of emanating the RGB and white light spectrums, the wall will display artwork; the first piece on display is ‘Pipette’ by Miriam Sleeman.

The tunnel connects St. Pancras International and King’s Cross St. Pancras underground stations to One Pancras Square.

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

Modern murrine glass art


Murrina of Virgin of the RocksAn artist in California has revived an ancient method of glasswork, which reveals intricate coloured patterns when sliced open.

Loren Stump specialises in creating ‘murrina’ artwork, which layers and melts rods of coloured glass, this creates a ‘stick of rock’ effect when the glass is cut open.

Stump has perfected his craft over the last 35 years.

His most recent murrine have included a detailed recreation of da Vinci’s ‘Virgin of the Rocks’.

Take a closer look at Stump’s murrina work here and tell us what you think.

Palette


PaletteAn installation at the GREAT Festival of Creativity celebrates Britain and Turkey’s relationship through clever use of colour.

‘Palette’, by Paul Cocksedge, consists of translucent acrylic circles in red, white and blue, representing the colours of the British and Turkish flags.

When the circles overlap, different tones are produced, such as purple or pink, an effect that the artist says ‘celebrates that collaboration’ between the two countries.

The GREAT Festival of Creativity highlights the best in British and Turkish design and took place in Istanbul in May.

Find out more about ‘Palette’ here – do you think the installation celebrates Britain and Turkey’s history?

Colourful Tour de France posters


TfL postersM&C Saatchi has designed some colourful graphic posters for the Tour de France’s London stage, on behalf of Transport for London.

The posters, which use bold colours and clean lines (reminiscent of Tom Eckersley’s work for London Underground), warn Londoners about the road closures during the race.

The campaign also includes outdoor, press and digital work in the run-up to the event, which reaches the city on the 7th July.

Find out more about the Tour de France here and let us know what you think of the posters.

123: an innovative sculpture


123A unique sculpture called ‘123’ looks like different numbers, depending on the angle at which it is viewed.

The black stainless steel installation, by James Hopkins, is carefully arranged to ‘create slippages in perception’.

Therefore, as the viewer moves around the sculpture, it seems to morph into different shapes.

Watch the video below to see the sculpture transform and tell us what you think of the playful project.

The Butterfly Effect


The Butterfly EffectA German artist has found a creative way to spread happy and motivational messages – by planting handmade butterflies around Berlin.

Andreas Preis created butterflies with slogans, such as ‘stay weird’, ‘you’re lovely’ and ‘let’s lead, not follow’, for his project ‘The Butterfly Effect’.

He produced more than a thousand butterflies with the messages, which he then gave away or placed in public places, including restaurants, exhibitions, and even lampposts.

Take a look at the butterflies here and tell us what you think of the project.

Transarquitetônica


TransarquitetônicaA Brazilian museum is hosting an immense installation that resembles a giant network of roots.

Transarquitetônica by Henrique Oliveira is made of tapumes (a wood used for temporary construction), which is used as a skin over a metal framework.

The installation, which is so large that visitors can walk around inside its tunnels, winds around its space in the Museu de Arte Contemporânea and tapers into smaller roots at one end.

Watch the video below or take a closer look at the installation here – would you wander around Transarquitetônica?

Raise the Roof


Raise the RoofAn ice cream brand’s new campaign has brought people together through rooftop art.

Kibon’s project, called ‘Raise the Roof’, united local residents of a Brazilian town with artists.

The community has created 22 murals, which were then exhibited on the rooftops of Morro do Alomeo and could be seen from the cable car that travels over the shantytown.

Kibon’s campaign aims to bring ‘culture to the community’, as well as being a unique publicity stunt.

Watch the video below or find out more about the inspirational campaign here.

Gallery of Papers


Gallery of PapersA Spanish design studio has created a series of minimalist film posters, which cleverly capture the ethos of famous films, such as Jaws.

Atipo’s ‘Gallery of Papers’ (‘Papeles de Cine’) consists of fourteen handmade posters, all made of different kinds of paper.

Packaged in a sleek black box, the papers reference horror films, such as ‘Dracula’, iconic blockbusters like ‘Alien’, and modern classics (‘Edward Scissorhands’).

Atipo made the posters to promote Minke’s new interactive user-friendly website.

Take a look at the Gallery of Papers here and tell us which films would make good minimalist posters.

Playful street art


Playful Street ArtWebzine Bored Panda has collated nearly thirty examples of fun street art, which use their surroundings to become three-dimensional.

The street art incorporates real objects, such as trees, bicycles and even cracks in walls in a range of inventive ways.

The collection includes a larger-than-life painting of a girl watering a tree, a cartoon slug raking autumn leaves under the pavement and a cheerleader whose pom-poms are made from tufts of grass.

Take a look at the twenty eight images here and tell us your favourites.

The 10 Commandments of Colour Theory


The 10 Commandments of TypographyDesignMantic’s latest infographic reveals some handy colour theory guidelines, suggesting ways to combine and contrast colours.

The infographic, which is a sequel to DesignMantic’s ‘The 10 Commandments of Typography’, looks at the significance of certain colours, the colour wheel and different colour models, such as Pantone and RGB.

It also explores how to use contrasting and complementary colours, including ‘hues, tints, shades and tones’.

Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us what you think of the rules.

Kinecdysis: an animated typeface


KinecdysisAn artist has created a dynamic typeface that explores the structure and perception of individual letters.

Kinecdysis’, by Sougwen Chung, transforms the alphabet into blue, skeletal characters, which modulate and morph but retain their core shape.

Chung’s font represents ‘the modicum of our memory’ and is inspired by the Greek word ‘ecdysis’, which means ‘to shed’ or ‘to cast off’.

Discover the whole Kinecdysis alphabet here or try typing in the font here. Tell us what you think of this unique typeface.

3D postcards encourage Brits to ‘Get Up & Go’


Get Up & GoTravelodge took over Waterloo station with interactive picture postcards last week.

The hotel chain used 3D street art to promote its ‘Get Up & Go’ campaign, which encourages Britons to be more adventurous.

The campaign grew from Travelodge’s survey, which revealed that less than a third of Brits would do something adventurous, such as a white-knuckle sport.

Commuters and members of the public could be photographed in front of the pictures, which gave the illusion that they were abseiling down the White Cliffs of Dover or waterskiing down the River Thames.

Find out more about the campaign here and tell us if this makes you feel like trying something adventurous.

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