Eerie dioramas produced by 3D printing glitches


DioramaAn artist produces eerie dioramas by deliberately glitching the 3D printing process.

Mathieu Schmitt creates dark, snowy scenes with objects, such as benches, lampposts, and cars, which are intentionally imperfect.

The objects are the result of corrupted 3D model data, giving them misshapen or distorted features.

Schmitt then places the objects into black cubes, which block nearly all natural light, and then illuminates the odd features for a beautiful, yet unsettling, effect.

See more of his work here and tells us what you think of it.

The Top Colour Trends of 2014


Colour TrendsShutterstock has revealed a new infographic revealing the colour trends that have dominated 2014 so far.

The infographic uses data from Shutterstock’s downloads to analyse which colours have been the most popular this year.

Green has been on the rise, with an 81% increase in downloads, thanks to events like the World Cup, where most photos featured either grass pitches or the Brazilian flag.

The infographic also examines colours by countries and continents, with green and blue dominating North America, red and orange rising in popularity in Africa, and pink making a statement in Russia and China.

Take a look at the whole infographic here and tell us your favourite colour of the year.

Nestle develops natural edible ink


SmartiesNestle has developed an edible ink suitable for inkjet printing.

The ink, produced by Nestec (the brand’s R&D arm), could be used in the food and medical industry, with applications including logo printing, decorative messaging, and labelling.

Nestle’s ink is based on familiar and natural ingredients, as opposed to the artificial materials often used in edible inkjet printing, and has been tested on Smarties.

Read more about the innovation here and tell us what you think.

How does multi-screening affect advertising?


AdvertisingNew research reveals that television viewers pay more attention to advertising if they multi-screen during ad breaks.

The study, by Thinkbox, showed that multi-screeners could recall two ads from the previous fifteen minutes of viewing, compared to the average of 1.9 ads by other viewers.

The research also revealed that the longer someone watches television, the more ads they can remember, with 66% of viewers able to recall an ad after watching for two hours or longer, compared to just 58% watching for less than half an hour.

Find out more about the research, which also looked at the importance of social TV, here.

The Architecture of Cocktails


Architecture of CocktailsA technologist has created a handy chart for all budding mixologists, revealing the architecture of cocktails.

Shaan Hurley used AutoCAD, ‘the architect’s software of choice’, to create ‘CAD Drinks’, a collection of cocktails broken down into its key components.

The cocktails are drawn to scale, have a colour key at the side, and include extra details and ingredients, such as ice cubes and fruit slices.

See the whole chart here and let us know if it inspires you to get mixing.

Brands introduce a digital sustainability platform


CollectivelyA group of major brands has come together to launch a new digital platform to promote sustainability.

Collectively, which is backed by companies including BT, Microsoft, and Nike, is designed to encourage ‘millennials’ to live more sustainably.

The platform will be updated daily with inspirational content from sectors including food, technology, and fashion.

Resulting from discussions at the World Economic Forum, Collectively also welcomes user submissions, and organisers claim it has the ‘potential to create positive change’.

Find out more about Collectively here and tell us if you’ll be using it.

World’s first saltwater-powered car


Saltwater-powered carThe world’s first saltwater-powered car has been approved for testing on public roads.

The Quant e-Sportlimousine, created by Nanoflowcell, is an electric car that uses a saltwater solution instead of conventional fuel.

Containing four hundred times more energy than a lead-acid battery, the solution produces an electrochemical reaction that can power the car for a reported 375 miles.

The car made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2014 and Nanoflowcell are aiming to produce four more prototypes this year.

Find out more about the car here and tell us what you think of it.

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