eBay reveals Christmas Tracker tool for brands


eBayeBay has introduced a new tool to help advertisers make the most of the run-up to Christmas.

The online retailer’s ‘Christmas Tracker’ uses data from last year’s Christmas shopping period to calculate the peak influence windows for brands across different categories, including ‘Toys and Games’, ‘Consumer Electronics’, and ‘Clothes, Shoes and Accessories’.

Phuong Nguyen, eBay Advertising UK Director, said: “to be most effective this Christmas, advertisers need to think beyond Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and plan at a category level.”

Find out more about eBay’s Christmas Tracker here.

Smoke photographs reveal familiar shapes


Smoke photographyA photographer spent three months taking thousands of photographs to capture the beauty of smoke.

Thomas Herbrich took 100,000 photographs in his pursuit to catch the familiar shapes that cigarette smoke can swirl and twist into, such as flowers or human figures.

His series ‘Smoke’ is a selection of just twenty of these pictures, which he created with a flash duration of just 1/10000 sec in order to capture the fleeting shapes.

Take a look at the collection here and tell us what you can see in the smoke.

Artists create abstract idents for BBC Four


Sebastian Buerkner - BBC Four IdentA group of Turner Prize artists has created idents for BBC Four’s new abstract season.

‘BBC Four Goes Abstract: When Art Broke Free’ sees original idents by Laure Prouvost, John Smith, Sebastian Buerkner, and James Richards aired in between programmes.

Each artist takes inspiration from a different aspect of television, with Prouvost, Buerkner, and Smith deconstructing the traditional BBC Four ident, and Richards using ‘nostalgic and grainy’ filmic techniques.

The four idents will continue to be used after the ‘When Art Broke Free’ season and you can take a look at them here – tell us which one is your favourite.

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.

Endless City: a skyscraper metropolis


Endless CityAn architecture firm has unveiled a design for a skyscraper accommodating an entire city.

SURE Architecture’s ‘Endless City’, which won a SuperSkyScrapers Award, would be constructed in London and continue the city’s trend of building upwards.

The firm used the competition’s brief of ‘inspirational typology for a high-quality organic skyscraper concept to be used as a tech city’ for its design.

The 300-metre plan incorporates a pair of irregular ramps that spiral up around the skyscraper, which allows more levels to be added to the tower.

Accommodating residences, leisure facilities, businesses, and schools, Endless City would even have its own ecosystem.

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

Barclaycard reveals first ‘Contactless Donkey’


Dillon the DonkeyBlackpool donkeys have taken a pioneering step – thanks to Barclaycard, they can now receive contactless payments.

After years of lost revenue (as many families don’t take cash onto Blackpool Beach), Dillon the donkey is now the world’s first contactless payment pack-animal.

Mark Ineson, owner of Real Donkeys tour company, approached Barclaycard with his dilemma.

The organisation came up with a unique saddle for Dillon, which can scan debit and credit cards via touch – making him one of only 300,000 contactless payment points in the UK

Read more about Barclaycard’s scheme here and tell us what you think of ‘Contactless Donkeys’.

A unique sloping staircase


Sloping staircaseA unique staircase flows through a home as one structure over two levels.

The staircase by Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop consists of sleek wooden slats that are built into the wall of the apartment.

The stairs slope downwards to provide the lower set of steps where they attach to the opposite wall, creating a sweeping, natural motion.

Providing lighting and ventilation to the apartment, the staircase was devised as a sculpture and centrepiece to the residence.

Take a closer look at the staircase here and tell us if you would like this in your home.

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