The London Blitz in colour


The Imperial War Museum has released rare colour photos of London during the Second World War.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Blitz, the museum has revealed unique footage covering London life, from famous landmarks to everyday scenes, in full colour.

The photos reveal how the Blitz, which took place between September 1940 and May 1941, affected the capital city, from the patriotic hoarding on Nelson’s Column to the dramatic ruins around St Paul’s Cathedral.

These amazing photos are part of a larger exhibition called ‘Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits’, which you can discover in Manchester’s Imperial War Museum until April 2016.

Take a look at these rare photographs here and tell us if you’ll be going to the exhibition.

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#PasteRoadTrip photography contest


If you’re a road trip regular or you simply enjoy the holiday season, this photography contest is for you.

With summer in full swing, Paste Travel has launched a fortnightly contest through social media.

Anyone can enter the competition: all you need to do is follow @PasteTravel and post your best and most original travel shots on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #PasteRoadTrip.

Find out more about the competition here and tell us if you’ll be entering.

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Windows of the World


A Portuguese photographer has decided to focus his latest work on the surprising variety of windows around the globe.

André Vicente Goncalves compiled thousands of pictures of windows in different regions of the world and created a series called Windows of the World.

By grouping individual photos into larger frames, he emphasises the diversity of shapes, colours, and structures that windows come in.

Goncalves says: “I always had a curiosity about windows; like the structure of houses, they change from region to region, and it’s a big evolution from the earliest windows that were only a hole in the wall.”

Discover Windows of the World here and tell us what you think of the project.

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Can you identify the inspirational locations?


If you want to test your knowledge of some of the world’s most inspirational locations, this quiz is for you.

Creative Bloq and iStock have put together ten striking images with multiple choice answers to help you work out where each stunning picture was taken.

Not only can you test your general knowledge, but the quiz will probably make you want to go on holiday!

Take the quiz here and let us know your score.

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Watch the Sun rise around the world with Instagram


If you’ve ever fancied watching the Sun rise and set all around the world at once, now’s your chance, thanks to a clever algorithm and Instagram.

Photographer and designer Michelle Chandra uses Instagram photos tagged with ‘#sunrise’ and ‘#sunset’ for her ‘All Our Suns’ project.

She incorporates the images into three different interactive maps, through which you can discover where and when each picture was taken.

See the impressive project in action here and let us know if you’re inspired to Instagram striking sunsets or dewy dawns.

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London’s top ten Instagram hotspots


Love Home Swap has discovered the top photobombing locations in London, with some interesting findings.

The home exchange club revealed the ten most popular ‘selfie’ spots in London (the world’s most Instagrammed capital city).

The iconic Hyde Park is the most Instagrammed location of the capital, with more than 715,563 Instagram posts.

Madison St Pauls and Battersea Park rank second and third with 210,005 shots and 103,211 posts respectively.

Take a look at the whole list here and tell us which ones you’ve taken selfies at.

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Clerkenwell Design Week: Review


The most exciting festival in Clerkenwell has come to an end.

Bigger and better than ever, this year’s CDW saw interactive installations, a vibrant fringe, immersive showroom experiences, and beautiful brands come together to showcase an astonishing range of creativity.

Our highlights (and photographs) are legion, but here are just a few final observations:

Jimbobart at Additions – St John’s Square

The brainchild of designer James Ward, Jimbobart is a range of slightly eccentric, very subversive ceramics based on ‘expressive animal drawings’. Our favourite is ‘The Cake Crusader’ (as pictured).

Metro Imaging – 32 Great Sutton Street

Visitors had an exclusive opportunity to explore the printing specialists’ work, which includes printing onto surfaces such as metal, glass, and stone. The Kate Moss print in particular stood out dramatically against the stark white walls.

Tarkett at Desso – 23-25 Great Sutton Street

Flooring manufacturer Tarkett teamed up with trend forecasters Scarlet Opus for a presentation on upcoming design trends for commercial interiors, with a translation for flooring. Trend Presenter Sally Angharad gave a highly engaging snapshot of the current influences on the creative industry and how these are set to evolve during this year and next.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed Clerkenwell Design Week; let us know your CDW highlights.

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