Times Square unveils its largest interactive billboard


Times Square BillboardTimes Square has revealed its largest ever interactive billboard, which has been taken over by Google.

The billboard, which has a pixel density of 2368 x 10048, stretches across an entire city block across Broadway.

For just two days, the billboard has been dedicated to an interactive Android game, which allows members of the public to customise their characters (which can then be printed on merchandise).

Google has the advertising space until 31st January, during which it will showcase its products and highlight charitable causes, such as the WWF.

Find out more about the billboard here.

Stirling Prize shortlist revealed


The ShardRIBA has released the shortlist for its prestigious Stirling Prize.

Six new buildings have been shortlisted for the Prize, which is awarded to the project that has made the most significant contribution to architecture in the United Kingdom.

The nominations, which include Renzo Piano’s The Shard, are drawn from the public, commercial, and educational spheres.

Zaha Hadid, a previous recipient of the Stirling Prize, has also been nominated for the London Aquatics Centre.

The winner will be announced by RIBA on the 16th October.

Find out which buildings have been nominated here.

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.

RIBA Awards winners


Tate Britain, Millbank ProjectThe Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winners of the 2014 RIBA Awards.

The fifty six winners are drawn from regional categories for the National Awards, with a separate category for projects by British architects in the European Union.

High-profile winners include The Shard by Renzo Piano Building Workshop; Tate Britain, Millbank Project by Caruso St John Architects; and Danish Maritime Museum by BIG.

The Stirling Prize shortlist will be drawn from the winners and will be announced in July.

Find out more about the Awards here.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s online collection


Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Metropolitan Museum of Art has released thousands of images from its collection into a digital archive.

The museum, which is the largest in the United States, has released nearly 400,000 iconic and historical paintings and photographs.

Pictures from the digital collection can be downloaded and used for non-commercial purposes from the museum’s website.

The works of Picasso, Manet and Rembrandt are included in the collection, which can be downloaded here – tell us what you think of this digital move.

Bossy: the smart task reminder


BossyA design student has created a new way to keep on top of tasks and boost your productivity – and he’s called it ‘Bossy’.

Designed to make the most of your time, Lucas Neumann’s ‘Bossy’ is a paperweight-style device, which connects to all your online calendars and apps.

It can display up to three priorities, such as ‘write assignment’, and will even remind you to take a break with its clear and colourful icons.

Find out more about the handy product here and tell us if you would find this useful.

25 creative packaging designs


Packaging is crucial for any product – not only should it clearly represent the product, it helps if the packaging itself is memorable.

Demilked has found the best creative packaging designs on the market, from a gnome bread sleeve to headphones packaged in the shape of a musical note.

Other products include ‘NYC spaghetti’, which is arranged to look like the Empire State Building, cute matchsticks and orange juice in segment-shaped cartons.

Take a look at the whole list here and tell us your favourites, or any other fun packaging designs that you’ve spotted.

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