Brands introduce a digital sustainability platform


CollectivelyA group of major brands has come together to launch a new digital platform to promote sustainability.

Collectively, which is backed by companies including BT, Microsoft, and Nike, is designed to encourage ‘millennials’ to live more sustainably.

The platform will be updated daily with inspirational content from sectors including food, technology, and fashion.

Resulting from discussions at the World Economic Forum, Collectively also welcomes user submissions, and organisers claim it has the ‘potential to create positive change’.

Find out more about Collectively here and tell us if you’ll be using it.

Shell Lace Structure


Shell Lace StructureAn architecture practice has revealed a new single-surface structural technique inspired by nature.

Tonkin Liu worked with Arup to develop ‘Shell Lace Structure’, which takes inspiration from the super-strength and lightness of mollusc shells.

Shell Lace Structure uses optimised curvilinear geometry combined with corrugation for a strong, robust form, whilst ‘strategically placed’ perforations ensure that the structures remain lightweight.

A combination of digital modelling and engineering analysis was used to create the technique, which also allows users to cut shapes from sheets of material.

Find out more about Shell Lace Structure here.

Instagram launches creative advertising for brands


Instagram Waitrose adInstagram has introduced an advertising unit for UK brands.

The photo app’s new ‘Sponsored’ unit charges advertisers on a cost-per-mille basis and allows them to target audiences by demographic.

The first seven advertisers include Cadbury, Rimmel, and Waitrose.

Instagram describes the new offering as a ‘premium brand experience’ and insists that sponsored ads looks as natural as organic content – also encouraging brands to be as creative as possible with the format.

Read more about the new initiative here.

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.

Is social media the best channel for B2B marketing?


B2B marketing and social mediaA new study has revealed that 79% of B2B marketers believe that social media is the most effective channel for marketing.

The research also showed that 38% would spend any extra budget on social media, but mobile marketing is yet to catch up with the enthusiasm for social (those surveyed put only 7% of their budget towards mobile).

B2B marketers’ top priorities, challenges, and digital skills are also covered in the research, which sheds light on some surprising facts.

The study was carried out by Omobono, Circle Research, and The Marketing Society; you can see the whole infographic here.

ArcKit: a flexible modelling system


ArcKitAn architectural kit allows you to create physical and digital models in a modular design.

ArcKit consists of nearly 400 pieces (with 25 unique components) which click together and can be built on the kit’s grid.

The angular pieces let users build intricate designs with the simple elements, which include ‘arckitexture’ adhesive sheets, on which digital elements (such as wall and flooring patterns) can be printed before being fixed to the design.

The set uses a scale of 1:48 for easy conversion to imperial measurements and is complemented by ArcKit Digital, which can recreate physical projects in Trimble software.

Find out more about ArcKit here or see it in action below – tell us what you think of the kit.

Dove brings ‘100 colours’ to shopping centres


Dove 100 colours screensDove installed colour-detecting digital screens in shopping centres across the country, as part of its ‘100 colours’ campaign.

The screens recognised the dominant colour of a person’s clothing and then showed them a demonstration of Dove’s deodorant being sprayed on fabric of a similar colour – proving that the deodorant doesn’t stain clothes.

The screens finished the demonstration by telling users where to buy Dove within the shopping centre.

The campaign, put together by Kinetic, was carried out in shopping centres including Bluewater and Lakeside.

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

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