‘Motion Silhouette': a pop-up book with a difference


Motion SilhouetteAn interactive book enables readers to project shadows on its pages to ‘fill in’ the story.

Motion Silhouette’, by Megumi Kajiwara and Tathuhiko Nijim, requires a light source to be shone on its intricate pop-up pages, creating silhouettes that move as the light moves.

The beautiful monochrome book is handmade to order.

Take a closer look at it here or see it in action below – tell us what you think of the project.

‘Dead parrot’ installed in London


Dead parrotA giant dead parrot was installed in London last week to celebrate the last Monty Python show.

The 50 foot fibreglass sculpture was a tribute to Monty Python’s famous ‘dead parrot’ sketch and was placed near Tower Bridge in the run-up to the last show.

The sculpture took more than two months to complete; lead sculptor Iain Prendergast said: “The key challenge for us was capturing the comedy value of the dead parrot, keeping the realism of the bird whilst also adding touches like the bloodshot, stunned eyes.”

The parrot was delivered to the O2 Arena for the final performance of Monty Python’s ‘Live (mostly)’ farewell show on Sunday.

Find out more about the dead parrot here and tell us what you think of the stunt.

Modernist buildings as mixed-media images


Lucy Williams - Modernist artA British artist creates incredibly detailed renderings of 20th Century buildings, with arts and crafts.

Lucy Williams painstakingly produces three-dimensional pictures out of materials including different types of wood, coloured card, acrylic paint and wool.

Inspired by photographs of modernist buildings, Williams’ work has recently been hosted by the McKee Gallery in New York.

Take a look at more of Williams’ architectural art here and tell us what you think of the handcrafted pictures.

Bricksy: Banksy’s street art in LEGO form


BricksyAn award-winning photographer creates LEGO artworks inspired by iconic Banksy images.

Jeff Friesen, from Winnipeg, started making LEGO dioramas with his daughter, eventually turning to the work of the famous street artist for inspiration.

Friesen’s series, entitled ‘Bricksy’, uses well-known Banksy art as a starting point to create a complete scene made of LEGO.

So far, he has recreated ‘Balloon Girl’ and ‘Kissing Coppers’, among other works.

Take a look at the Bricksy series here and tell us what you think of the fun idea.

Jeep’s optical illusion posters


Jeep adA new ad campaign for Jeep puts a twist on an old style of optical illusion by using animals.

The ‘See whatever you want to see’ posters feature animal pictures that, when turned upside down, look like a completely different animal.

The ingenious black and sepia posters, designed by Leo Burnett France, include a giraffe which becomes a penguin when flipped.

The posters are intended to give the brand a spirit of adventure and encourage users to see the world – while driving a Jeep, of course.

Take a look at the campaign here and tell us which is your favourite poster.

Pantone posters with character


Pantone 7686 CPantone’s new ad campaign shows how crucial colour is for iconic pop culture characters.

‘There can only be one’, devised by Y & R Shanghai, uses the features of famous cartoon and puppet figures against a background square of their dominant colour.

Completed by their Pantone numbers, the posters demonstrate that a strong colour is key to making characters instantly recognisable.

The posters include ‘Pantone 7686 C’, a deep blue, which uses googly eyes to represent Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster.

Take a look at all three posters here and tell us what you think of the fun concept.

Content ideas for social media


Social mediaContent marketing is now a crucial part of many organisations’ strategy, but sometimes it’s hard to think of content ideas tailored for different social media channels.

PR Daily has compiled a list of ideas for Facebook, Twitter and other social networks, designed to make your content offering more diverse and distinctive.

The list recommends digging out vintage company photos for Facebook, crafting inspiration boards on Pinterest and sharing quick tips on Twitter.

Other ideas include checking what’s trending on social media, sharing industry-relevant blogs, creating infographics and even making video montages.

Take a look at the whole list here and tell us if you have a great content idea for a social network.

The Bible of BBQ


The Bible of BBQA direct mail project entitled ‘The Bible of BBQ’ has won a Bronze Cannes Lion, thanks to its interactive style.

The Bible of BBQ, produced for Brazilian brand Tramontina, consists of pages that have a particular purpose in the ‘perfect barbecue’.

For instance, the book had a knife-sharpening page, a sheet made of salt for seasoning, a flammable page and even a fold-out apron.

The Bible of BBQ was sent to fifty people, many of whom proudly displayed their present in their restaurant.

Watch the book in action below or find out more about the book here – tell us what you think of it.

LEGO bus stop on Regent Street


LEGO bus stopTransport for London (TfL) is celebrating the Year of the Bus by installing a bus stop made entirely from LEGO bricks.

The stop, which is on Regent Street, has been created in conjunction with the nearby Hamleys toy stop and is made from 100,000 pieces of LEGO.

It took two weeks to put together, but TfL hopes the bus shelter with a difference ‘will bring a smile to the face of even a hardened commuter’.

Even the windows of the bus stop have been replaced with clear LEGO bricks, although the more complex transport maps were printed as usual and then pasted onto the LEGO wall.

The Year of the Bus celebrates several bus-related anniversaries, including the 60th anniversary of the iconic Routemaster bus.

Take a closer look at the LEGO bus stop here and let us know what you think of it.

Playful quote posters


Illustration printsA designer has given some inspirational quotes new significance in colourful minimalistic posters.

Ryan McArthur has taken quotes from famous people, such as Oscar Wilde and Albert Einstein, and plays with their meaning in illustration prints.

For instance, Thomas Edison’s ‘Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration’ is represented through one light bulb and ninety-nine drops of water.

Take a look at the posters here and let us know your favourite.

Smoke in a bottle


Smoke in a bottleA New York-based artist creates detailed images from smoke and used bottles.

Jim Dingilian fills empty glass bottles with smoke, which clings to the inside layer as soot.

He then scrapes and brushes away the soot until beautiful pictures emerge, framed by the remnants of the smoke.

He says: “The miniature scenes I depict are of locations on the edge of suburbia which seem mysterious or even slightly menacing despite their commonplace nature… [the bottles] become hourglasses of sorts, their drained interiors now inhabited by dim memories.”

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

Bounce Below


Bounce BelowA unique visitor experience is opening in Llechwedd Slate Caverns in Wales: giant underground trampolines.

Bounce Below uses three trampolines suspended from the cave walls, each connected by chutes and safety nets.

Visitors will travel deep into the mountain by train, where they can reach the trampolines via a sixty-feet-long slide.

The experience is completed by LED lights, which provide a colourful background to the long-unused caverns.

Bounce Below opens to the public on the 3rd July, near Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Let us know if you would jump at the chance to experience Bounce Below and take a closer look here.

How far would you queue?


How far would you queueAn Australian brand has tested its customers’ endurance by seeing how far they would queue for a free snack.

Fantastic Snacks offered people a free bag of Fantastic Delites Curls, providing they would persevere through a variety of unusual queues.

Eager customers snaked through mile-long queues, waded through a lake and even skated on ice to reach their free packet.

Watch the results of the patience-testing campaign below and tell us what you think of the unique idea – would you take on one of these challenges for a free snack?

The Crealev Levitation Module


Crealev CLM2 Levitation ModuleA video on YouTube reveals the clever ways in which a levitation device can be applied, including floating a fully arranged chess board.

Amazing Magnetic Levitation Device!’ showcases the Crealev CLM2 Levitation Module, which can levitate objects up to twenty pounds in mass.

The module consists of two halves: the base and a platform on which to place an object.

Using electromagnetism, the module levitates and rotates books, a brick on a cushion and even a model of the Millennium Falcon.

Watch the levitation module in action below and tell us what you think of the device.

LEGO set features female scientists


Research InstituteLEGO is due to release a new set celebrating women in science, after a Swedish geochemist’s suggestion won the LEGO Ideas scheme.

‘Research Institute’ will contain three female minifigures: an astronomer, a palaeontologist and a chemist in a laboratory setting.

Dr Ellen Kooijman, who submitted the idea, said: “It seemed logical that I would suggest a small set of female minifigures in interesting professions to make our LEGO city communities more diverse.”

The set beat six other ideas, including a Sherlock-themed set, and will be available from August.

Find out more about ‘Research Institute’ here and tell us what you think of the idea.

123: an innovative sculpture


123A unique sculpture called ‘123’ looks like different numbers, depending on the angle at which it is viewed.

The black stainless steel installation, by James Hopkins, is carefully arranged to ‘create slippages in perception’.

Therefore, as the viewer moves around the sculpture, it seems to morph into different shapes.

Watch the video below to see the sculpture transform and tell us what you think of the playful project.

The Butterfly Effect


The Butterfly EffectA German artist has found a creative way to spread happy and motivational messages – by planting handmade butterflies around Berlin.

Andreas Preis created butterflies with slogans, such as ‘stay weird’, ‘you’re lovely’ and ‘let’s lead, not follow’, for his project ‘The Butterfly Effect’.

He produced more than a thousand butterflies with the messages, which he then gave away or placed in public places, including restaurants, exhibitions, and even lampposts.

Take a look at the butterflies here and tell us what you think of the project.

Lotto Cheer


Lotto CheerA Glasgow newsagent has been the location of an unlikely samba flash mob, thanks to the National Lottery.

£31bn has been invested into community projects since the National Lottery began twenty years ago and Browns Newsagents has raised the most Lottery funding out of all Scottish independent retailers.

Some of the local projects that have benefited from the funding, such as Samba Ya Bamba and Scottish Youth Theatre, took part in the ‘Lotto Cheer’ flash mob to say thank you to Lottery ticket buyers.

Watch the flash mob below and let us know if it brought a smile to your face.

Lighting Giants


Lighting GiantsA new tourist attraction in Croatia uses industrial cranes in a nocturnal light show called ‘Lighting Giants’.

Designed by architectural lighting designer Dean Skira, ‘Lighting Giants’ uses RGB LED spotlights to illuminate the cranes at the Uljanik shipyard in Pula.

The project came about when the 158-year-old shipyard was going to be relocated, although Skira first came up with the idea in 2000.

Funded privately and by the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, ‘Lighting Giants’ has to accommodate the working activities of the shipyard.

Find out more about the project here or watch the video below.

Raise the Roof


Raise the RoofAn ice cream brand’s new campaign has brought people together through rooftop art.

Kibon’s project, called ‘Raise the Roof’, united local residents of a Brazilian town with artists.

The community has created 22 murals, which were then exhibited on the rooftops of Morro do Alomeo and could be seen from the cable car that travels over the shantytown.

Kibon’s campaign aims to bring ‘culture to the community’, as well as being a unique publicity stunt.

Watch the video below or find out more about the inspirational campaign here.

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