Creative Trends Report


Creative Trends ReportShutterstock has released its 2015 Creative Trends Report, revealing the latest global design developments.

The report is based on search insights from Shutterstock’s own library of images, music, and videos, revealing interesting statistics around current trends.

It covers visual preferences around the world, highlighting themes such as ‘geometric’ for France, ‘vintage’ for Brazil, and ‘clean eating’ for Australia.

It also looks at design trends, social trends, and top music moods.

Take a look at the whole report here and tell us which trends are influencing your design choices.

Digital, Social & Mobile in 2015


Digital, Social & Mobile in 2015A new report examines how technology is booming globally, with record numbers of people using mobiles and going online.

We Are Social’s ‘Digital, Social & Mobile in 2015’ reveals that internet usage around the world is currently at almost 42%, including half a billion first time internet users last year.

Global mobile penetration hit 50% last year, which is equivalent to 3.65bn mobile users, and this is expected to drive internet adoption during the next few years.

The report compiles statistics from over 240 countries and also reveals that nearly a third (29%) of the world’s population has an active social media account.

Find out more from the report here.

The world’s first self-destructing book


Self-destructing bookA bestselling author is offering one lucky reader the world’s first self-destructing book.

James Patterson is offering a self-destructing copy of his latest novel ‘Private Vegas’ for £194,000 to one lucky reader – after twenty four hours, the book will actually explode.

A thousand digital copies of the book will also be released; these will also ‘self-destruct’ after a day and feature a countdown at the top of the screen.

The stunt has been designed to put the thrill back into publishing in the digital age – although a normal hardback edition has also been published for readers who prefer to take their time.

Find out more about the book here and let us know what you think of the campaign.

Is the United Kingdom ready to be digital-first?


Digital Inside OutFujitsu has published a new report which looks at Britain’s digital landscape, revealing some interesting facts.

The study shows that 84% of consumers ‘always or sometimes’ use a digital service when it is offered, with 66% stating that digital services speed up a process.

In addition, the digital services that we use or value the most include online shopping, online banking, and ‘click and collect’, showing how the convenience of e-commerce is driving Britain towards becoming digital-first.

The infographic also covers digital communication and how to educate the public on digital services.

Take a look at the whole infographic here and let us know what you think.

Balloons delivering messages to strangers


AttachmentAn artist has given a new interpretation to the classic ‘message in a bottle’ by creating a digital project with biodegradable balloons.

David Colombini’s ‘Attachment’ project allows you to send a message via a webpage connected to a ‘poetic machine’, which prints and packages your message in a tube, before tying it to the balloon.

The machine then inflates the balloon and releases it into the air; the balloon floats away until it deflates and lands somewhere completely different, just waiting for a stranger to unravel its poetic message.

Watch ‘Attachment’ in action below and let us know if you’ll be sending a message to stranger.

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How to create the perfect social media post


How to create the perfect social psotHave you ever wondered how to create the perfect social media post?

Visualistan has made a new infographic giving some top tips on how to tailor your content to each channel you use.

The infographic looks at the most popular social channels, including Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest, and how to make the most of each one.

Suggestions include using calls to action in tweets, using a custom thumbnail on YouTube, and uploading portrait-orientated images on Pinterest.

Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us which advice you’ll be taking.

B2B marketing predictions for 2015


B2B marketing predictionsB2B Marketing has crowd-sourced ideas on how business-to-business marketing will evolve during 2015.

Key themes include the rise of ‘human-to-human’, which involves creating high-quality, truly targeted content ‘based on their user’s interests and needs, not their own’ (as tweeted by @RRHoward89).

Other talked-about topics include fully integrating digital into marketing, rather than treating them as separate entities, and the continuing importance of mobile.

Find out more insights into how business-to-business marketing could change this year here and tell us your own ideas.

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