The best buildings in the world

As buildings grow ever more ornate and towering, Westermans asks: which are the world’s most impressive structures?

The company’s new infographic looks at some of Earth’s most striking and prestigious buildings, including the Shard, the Burj Khalifa, and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

Complete with statistics on the materials used, the build time, and the cost of each project, the infographic also offers fun facts on the buildings.

For instance, did you know it takes two months to clean the windows of the Petronas Towers? Or that the Chrysler Building was the world’s tallest building for just eleven months?

See the whole infographic here and let us know your favourite building from the list.

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How to unlock your creative genius

Ever wondered from where you can get that crucial spark of inspiration? A clever new infographic by Lemonly for Entrepreneur will help get your creative juices flowing.

As we know, creative ideas don’t always just come out of nowhere; from time to time, you can find it impossible to push past that creative block.

The infographic reveals 21 handy tricks of the trade to help inspire your creativity, from questioning everything to daydreaming and doodling – and even starting from scratch.

Take a look at the whole chart here and tell us what you do to boost your creativity.

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Designer Tom Dixon has opened a multisensory pop-up department store in the Old Selfridges Hotel, breathing new life into the disused space. 

Dixon’s high-end Multiplex hosts a full range of items from beauty and fashion to technology and furniture, representing dozens of international brands and designers.

An innovative partnership with Selfridges, Tom Dixon’s concept was to reinvigorate physical, rather than online, shopping, giving it a subversive spin, saying: “I wanted to see what happens if you take the raw energy that exists in London elsewhere and stick it right bang in the middle of one of the biggest department stores in the world.”

Take a look at what the department store has to offer here and let us know if you’ll be visiting.

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10 rules of composition for great design

Sometimes, a design just looks beautiful, or striking, or fun, but you may not necessarily understand why.

Canva Design School’s ten rules of composition reveal how designers create work that communicates incredibly effectively on a visual level.

The rules include balancing elements within a design, directing the reader’s eye with leading lines, and using the rule of thirds to create focal points – all guidelines that can actually apply to other arts, such as photography.

Take a look at the whole list here and tell us which ones you think are particularly effective.

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Interactive pavement art

A Russian artist has travelled around Europe, creating beautiful 3D pavement art that you can interact with.

At the right angle, Nikolaj Arndt’s creations come to life, transforming dull grey streets into rich, boldly coloured works of art.

Tourists in Westminster can encounter a Gothic scene looming up from the ground near Parliament, while passers-by in one German town can walk a lion down the road.

Spending just two days on each interactive piece, Arndt ‘weather proofs’ his work by mixing the colourful pigment with water and sugar.

Take a look at Arndt’s work here and let us know what you think of it.

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An ‘accurate distance’ Tube map

The London Tube map is a design classic, keeping the same look and feel for over eighty years. But now, Transport for London (TfL) has done the unimaginable: it’s released a geographically accurate Tube map.

The current map doesn’t necessarily show the real distance between stations as it’s designed to show the line connections as clearly as possible.

However, thanks to a Freedom of Information request, you can now compare the classic version with a surprisingly elegant ‘spaghetti’ variant.

See the whole map here and tell us what you think of it.

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London Design Festival

London Design Festival returns tomorrow, with over 400 events celebrating the best of local and international design across the city.

Here are some of our preview highlights:

Festival Projects
Alex Chinneck’s stunning ‘A Bullet From A Shooting Star’ installation is bound to be a standout piece at the Festival.
Formed from a lattice of steel, the sculpture takes the shape of an upside down electricity pylon, subverting a common sight through a sheer feat of engineering.
More historic highlights include Somerset House and the V&A Museum, which will both be hosting work by renowned designers and brands.

Destinations and Districts
The Festival sees the return of some great established events, including 100% Design, Decorex International, and designjunction.

Partner Activity
The partner events are very diverse this year, taking in the collaborative Brixton Design Trail and the interactive Makers Playground.
Transport for London has teamed up with the East London Liquor Company on ‘Design Pick’, a pop-up restaurant and wooden Tube station installation which will showcase design collections inspired by TfL.

London Design Festival runs from the 19th to 27th September; find out more about it here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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