Summer snaps as silly GIFS


Summer may be coming to a slightly drizzly close, but thankfully Booking.com is bringing back the fun to our holiday pictures.

The travel agency, which is known for its humorous approach to advertising, is now encouraging us to send in our snaps so they can be redesigned into animated GIFs.

This brilliant idea is part of the Booking.com’s ‘Wing Everything’ campaign, which promotes spontaneous vacations.

The sample GIFs include a standard beach scene interrupted by a dolphin rainbow, a pyramid of deckchairs, and an ice cream theft.

Take part in the competition by tweeting your picture with #WingItYeah and find out more about the campaign here.

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A splash of colour for Mumbai’s taxis


Taxi Fabric has brought a dash of creativity to Mumbai’s taxis, covering them with bright art and transforming them into what some are calling an ‘iconic piece of culture’.

In a bid to stand out, each taxi has been reupholstered with unforgettable art work.

With the help of up and coming Indian designers and a successful Kickstarter campaign, Taxi Fabric’s designs pay homage to India’s rich culture, incorporating colourful tigers, sitars, and the national flag.

Take a look at the beautiful designs here.

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90 great infographics


Creative Bloq has put together an incredible list of 90 of the most innovative, inspiring, and informative infographics out there.

A great infographic has the perfect balance of words and pictures to illustrate a certain subject, a complex juggling act of facts and design which is essential to attract the reader.

Here are three infographics that caught our eye:

Imaginary Factory (pictured) was designed by Jing Zhang who imagined tiny workers inside our gadgets and what they do to make them work.

CompanyFolders.com’s advice on logo design, which highlights simplicity, colour, and adaptability as key guidelines.

And a fantastic tea and biscuit guide by Green Hat, which looks at how long to dunk your biscuit without incurring soggy disaster.

Take a look at the whole list here and tell us which infographics you like.

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The Sky Pool


If you’re enjoying London’s hot weather this week, why not imagine doing so while swimming in mid-air?

Arup Associates has designed an innovative ‘sky pool’, a 25-metre-long swimming pool which will bridge two blocks of apartments in Nine Elms, south London.

The pool, inspired by aquariums, will be completely transparent, affording swimmers with striking views of the city as they paddle and tread water.

Apartment developer Ballymore Group’s CEO, Sean Mulryan, said: “The Sky Pool’s transparent structure is the result of significant advancements in technologies over the last decade. The experience of the pool will be truly unique, it will feel like floating through the air in central London.”

Find out more about the Sky Pool here and tell us if you would have a swim in it.

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3D pavement paintings of giant gummy bears


To celebrate the Malta Street Art Festival, artist Leon Keer has created 3D pavement paintings – of giant gummy bears.

Playing with perspective, Keer’s bears look large and flat from the pavement, but from above, they look three-dimensional and the size of humans.

With professional shading, use of colour, and light, each bear has a surprisingly life-like feel, and with a deeper meaning behind the art, the painting provides a literally different perspective to the joyful sweet we all know.

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

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Customisable Kit Kats


Kit Kat is now inviting Australian wafer lovers to create their own version of one of the world’s most iconic chocolate bars.

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the brand is encouraging consumers to ‘take a break’ and drop by its pop-up stall in Westfield Sydney, where they can customise the Kit Kat with interesting ingredients like rose petals and roasted hazelnuts.

Visitors to the stall can also experience limited edition Kit Kats created by pastry chef Anna Polyviou – including one featuring a blend of sea salt and candy popcorn.

Tell us if you think Kit Kat should bring this idea to Britain – and how you would customise your Kit Kat.

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Summer of Penguin


Penguin is giving commuters the chance to experience some of its content for free on their daily journeys.

To mark its 80th anniversary celebrations, the publishers is offering snippets of new books and interviews to London Underground passengers through its dedicated mobile site, Summer of Penguin.

A collaboration with Virgin Media and TfL, Summer of Penguin is available until the 28th of August.

Penguin said: “This partnership takes the written word beyond the page to inspire and entertain travellers on the London Underground and celebrates the stories, writing and ideas that have shaped Penguin over the past eighty years.”

Read more about it here and get involved.

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