3D-printed typographical cityscapes


TextscapeAn artist has combined typography with architecture to create interactive, 3D-printed documents.

Hongtao Zhou’s ‘Textscape’ incorporates layers of letters, numbers, and braille, which are built up to different levels for a textured effect.

The three-dimensional blocks also visually profile their subject matter – one of the documents is about New York City and it emulates its cityscape and skyscrapers.

The artist was inspired by early Chinese woodblock printing, making an association with 3D printing.

See Textscape in more detail here and let us know what you think.

Is the United Kingdom ready to be digital-first?


Digital Inside OutFujitsu has published a new report which looks at Britain’s digital landscape, revealing some interesting facts.

The study shows that 84% of consumers ‘always or sometimes’ use a digital service when it is offered, with 66% stating that digital services speed up a process.

In addition, the digital services that we use or value the most include online shopping, online banking, and ‘click and collect’, showing how the convenience of e-commerce is driving Britain towards becoming digital-first.

The infographic also covers digital communication and how to educate the public on digital services.

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

Balloons delivering messages to strangers


AttachmentAn artist has given a new interpretation to the classic ‘message in a bottle’ by creating a digital project with biodegradable balloons.

David Colombini’s ‘Attachment’ project allows you to send a message via a webpage connected to a ‘poetic machine’, which prints and packages your message in a tube, before tying it to the balloon.

The machine then inflates the balloon and releases it into the air; the balloon floats away until it deflates and lands somewhere completely different, just waiting for a stranger to unravel its poetic message.

Watch ‘Attachment’ in action below and let us know if you’ll be sending a message to stranger.

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How to create the perfect social media post


How to create the perfect social psotHave you ever wondered how to create the perfect social media post?

Visualistan has made a new infographic giving some top tips on how to tailor your content to each channel you use.

The infographic looks at the most popular social channels, including Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest, and how to make the most of each one.

Suggestions include using calls to action in tweets, using a custom thumbnail on YouTube, and uploading portrait-orientated images on Pinterest.

Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us which advice you’ll be taking.

10 Useful Apps of 2014


Mobile Apps 2014 Archisketch Nanu 3M Post-it-plusIn 2014, we grew ever more reliant on our smartphones – here are three of this year’s coolest apps.

Urban Design’s Archisketch app automatically scales drawings to size, including line thickness. It also allows you to flip, rotate and duplicate layers, create custom symbols and is free to download from the App Store.

3M’s Post-it-plus app allows for the easy collaboration and sharing of ideas. Capture up to 50 notes at once, organise them by thought or on a grid and share them with co-workers during online brainstorm sessions.

Android users can make free phone calls to anyone using Nanu. The app uses the less congested 2G network, along with Wifi, 3G and 4G, allowing users to make calls on landlines and mobile phones.

Take a look at seven other useful apps from 2014:

Pepsi Max ‘Time Tunnel’ surprises commuters


Time TunnelPepsi Max surprised commuters with the latest instalment of its ‘Unbelievable’ campaign.

The Time Tunnel stunt used augmented reality and stereo projection to make dinosaurs, robots, and flying cars ‘appear’ from a vortex, stunning members of the public as they wandered through the tunnel at London Bridge.

The video has been viewed nearly five million times at the time of writing and you can watch it below.

Tell us what you think of this innovative stunt.

UK advertising to go ‘digital-first’


Digital Advertising Internet Enabled Devices Mobile Phones

The UK is set to become the first country where over half of advertising budgets are spent on digital and online media.
Group M, the worldwide media buying arm of WPP, has predicted that 50% of £15.7 billion advertising spending in the UK will go to digital, beating channels including print, cinema, buses, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, billboards and posters combined.
The way Britons have embraced internet-enabled devices, along with a national obsession with gadgets, social media and online shopping are cited as reasons for this shift. An Ofcom survey has shown that over 44% of households own both a smartphone and laptop.
Countries set to follow this move to digital include Sweden (47% digital spending), Denmark (43%), Australia (42%) and Norway (40%).
Click here to find out more and let us know what you think about the UK’s predicted 50% digital status.

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