The Think Tank hosts mince pie bake off


The Think Tank hosted its annual mince pie bake off on Thursday. Think Tank hosts annual mince pie bake off

With a fantastic selection of entries, this year’s competition was another great success.

The Think Tank team tucked into the delicious treats in true Bake-Off style: entries were marked out of ten for taste, design and festiveness.

The winning pie had a delicious hint of citrus and scored an impressive 7.4. We had a fantastic time and would thoroughly recommend festive office bake offs.

Let us know if you’ve been involved in a mince pie bake off and send us a picture of your culinary prowess!

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.

Night at…a KLM plane


Night at...Airbnb is offering some lucky users the chance to experience a unique stay inside a KLM plane.

The company, which enables people to advertise their extra living space for travellers and tourists, will be posting the ‘night at…a KLM plane’ opportunity on its site – all entrants need to do is state why they should be the winner.

Three individual nights are up for grabs on the MD-11 airbus, which has stylish refurbished interiors by TANK.

‘Night at…a KLM plane’ follows Airbnb’s previous giveaway, which was a stay at the Château de Chenonceau in the Loire valley.

Find out more about the competition here and tell us if you’ll be entering.

Penguin launches ‘YourFry’ creative competition


YourFryPenguin has launched a unique creative competition in partnership with WeTransfer and Stephen Fry.

YourFry’ celebrates the release of Stephen Fry’s new book ‘More Fool Me’ and invites creatives to design their own interpretations of the work.

The campaign has released assets, including text, imagery, and audio, to designers, who can upload their own concepts for ‘More Fool Me’ to WeTransfer.

WeTransfer said: “We always look for new ways to provide more depth and inspire our users through collaborations with creative industries. YourFry is a uniquely rich, cohesive experience and we’re anticipating this collaboration [will] inspire people around the world.”

Find out more about the campaign here and tell us if you’ll be entering the competition.

Broadcast tower design resembles ribbon


The winning design for a new tower in Turkey has been revealed – and it resembles a bright orange ribbon.

The design for Çanakkale Antenna Tower was submitted by architects Inter.National.Design and Powerhouse Company.

It incorporates recreational facilities which were called for in the brief, as well as the broadcast and observation tower, which forms much of the continuous loop.

At 100 metres high, the scheme certainly stands out amongst the surrounding forest landscape and will surely be a must-see for any tourists visiting the nearby town of Çanakkale (which is close to the legendary city of Troy).

Find out more about the tower here and tell us what you think of this striking design.

The Drum launches inaugural ‘Designerati’


Marketing website The Drum has launched its first ‘Designerati’ competition, to celebrate the best in British design.

Having crowd-sourced a list of designers, The Drum is now inviting readers to choose their favourites from the top one hundred for the debut edition of ‘Designerati’.

The winner will also be celebrated at The Drum Design Awards in April.

Designers on the list include Alannah Weston, Sir James Dyson, and Paul Smith.

Find out more about ‘Designerati’ here and tell us if your favourite designer appears in the list.

Latest World Design Rankings released


World Design Rankings has released the 2013 list, which sees the United States remain at the top of the aggregated rankings.

The list ranks countries by their success in internationally juried design competitions and has been accumulating them in the current list since 2010.

It breaks down into ‘design business insights’ (strengths, weaknesses and opportunities), which reveal how countries perform in different areas of design, such as architecture, art and technology.

Arranged by the A’ Design Award & Competition, the list ranks sixty-nine countries, including this year’s newcomers Iceland and Puerto Rico. The United States tops the table with 112 awards between its designers, followed closely by Turkey (89) and Hong Kong (81). The United Kingdom is in a respectable fifth place with 55 awards.

You can see the whole table here – do you think this is a good way to represent design achievements?

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