Flat World Creativity

Flat World Creativity

Thanks to the Digital Revolution all workers (both skilled and unskilled), all cities, all nations, if not all continents are competing with each other on a more equal footing than we could imagine in the era when the world was not so intensely connected through glass fiber. In the online world Bangalore is a suburb of Boston. In the online world Shanghai and Sao Paulo are closer in distance to each other than formerly imaginable. This is the profound meaning of Living in a Flat World. It implies many chances for the formerly ‘underdeveloped’ world and heavy challenges for the rich nations of the West. The new Flat World dynamics are often summarized as the Decline of the West and the Rise of the Rest. This might be too easily stated, but still, it is a clear picture.

How to cope in this fiercely competitive Flat World? We see nations compete on cheap labor – with the Rise of China as the iconic example. In the end however, this competitive edge will not be the most exciting or lucrative component. Successfully competing on creativity and innovative power will bring more to the winner. China, for instance, is realizing this. The Chinese government recently stated that their nation is already the Manufacturer of the World. Now they proclaim the ambition to become the Innovation Machine of the World as well. In a Flat World any country realizes that it would be great if the next Steve Jobs would be born within its borders. That is what most governments, educational systems and human research departments are aiming at. Book abound to document this international trend.

Flat World Creativity

Science of the Time itself plays a tiny little role in this. Aim of our leading International Cool City Hunt research is making its participants (students, teachers, professors, experts and business partners) more trend- and innovation sensitive. The main idea behind the International Cool City Hunt: only a thoroughly researched platform of validated mentality trends can foster a climate of creativity and innovation.

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    August 28, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it Is: Humans have always been fascinated by the impossible. This goes back to ancient history. And, if possible we want to eyewitness it. This is not so…

  • The Ebay Christmas Boutique

    August 21, 2012, No Comments

      Part of the Milan Top 2012 What it Is: Last Christmas online retailer eBay decided to rent out a real shop. In “The eBay Christmas Boutique” goods normally sold…

  • Hövding: The Invisible Bicycle Helmet

    August 16, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it Is: The Invisible Bicycle Helmet – or in its original name, Hövding – was born in 2005 on a joint master thesis in industrial design at the…

  • Eating Stone Age Style

    August 15, 2012, No Comments

    What It Is: It is said to be the first Palaeolithic restaurant on the Eurasian continent, if not the entire world: Berlin based restaurant Sauvage. This former brothel in…

  • Smart & Healthy Glasses

    August 12, 2012, No Comments

    What it Is: Created by Mark Changizi, Human Cognition Director at 2AI Labs, the O2Amp glasses were originated by an insight drawn from the study of the evolution of…

  • Berlin’s Urban Garden of Eden

    August 9, 2012, No Comments

    What it is: As a quintessential utopian oasis, the Prinzessinnengärten was in 2009 one of the first urban garden projects to be initiated in Germany’s capital city. Since then…

  • A Conflict Reinterpreted in Jewellery

    August 2, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it Is: Olga Noronha is a UK-based, 22-year old Portuguese jewellery designer, whose body of work invariably breaks new ground and whose creations go way beyond being mere…

  • Tweet My Rumble

    July 31, 2012, No Comments

    Part of the Milan Top 2012 What it Is: This is not a normal pair of trendy sneakers. These shoes take microblogging one step further -literally- by posting your…

  • Swarovski 'The London Treasure Hunt'

    July 26, 2012, No Comments

      Part of the Milan Top 2012 What it Is: Swarovski -in collaboration with photographer and film director Bruno Aveillan- has created a movie to celebrate the fashion and jewellery…

  • You Are Not a Gadget

    July 25, 2012, No Comments

    Part of the Solid Summer Reads Top 10 Jaron Lanier – You Are Not A Gadget What it Is: One of the most provocative, against-the-grain books ever. Jaron Lanier…

  • McDonalds Pick N’ Play

    July 24, 2012, 1 Comment

    Part of the Milan Top 2012 What it Is: Here is a great interactive outdoor campaign from DDB Stockholm for McDonalds. Pick N’Play offers the user a fun and interactive challenge,…

  • Coca Cola Outdoor- The Happy Whistling Machine

    July 21, 2012, No Comments

    Part of the Milan top 2012 What it Is: Back in 2010 Coca-Cola created an outdoor ad. The plan was to cheer teens on the street with Coke’s 5-note…

  • The Tanning of America

    July 20, 2012, 1 Comment

    Part of the Solid Summer Reads Top 10 Steve Stoute - The Tanning of America How Hip-Hop Created a Culture that Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy What it…

  • Bring Planes Down with Parachutes

    July 10, 2012, No Comments

    What it is: This set of parachutes that can greatly assist aeroplanes in emergency and crash landings is a simple yet brilliant idea by Yu Gao, a young inventor…

  • The Essential Tyre is Rolling On

    July 5, 2012, No Comments

      What it Is: Produced in 2005, this new and revolutionary design by Michelin delivers more grip with reduced costs and less rubber, thus making another huge contribution to sustainability.…

  • The Art of Sleeping

    July 4, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it Is: For almost the entire month (of June ’12) exhibition space Tête, situated in the heart of Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg, was habituated as a so-called ‘art project…

  • Film on the Rocks Yao Noi

    July 2, 2012, No Comments

    What it Is: Film on the Rocks is a film festival on the island of Yao Noi, Thailand. Its unique location makes it a one of a kind experience, but…

  • iPavement - Providing the Streets with Wi-Fi

    June 18, 2012, 3 Comments

    What it is iPavement is a new innovative way for people in the city to use wi-fi out on the streets. It was created by Via Inteligente, a Spanish…

  • «Art on shoes»

    June 10, 2012, 4 Comments

    What it is «Cinderella is the proof that a pair of shoes can change a woman’s life» and Alexandra Prieto, graphic designer and painter took this declaration of female…

  • The Cuddly Side of the Web

    June 10, 2012, 6 Comments

    What it is These Teddy bears are an invention by Taiwan’s Yong-Fu Chang, and cater to the ever more interactive – physically and virtually – world in which we…

  • The Carefully Crafted Clothing of Merz b. Schwanen

    June 7, 2012, 5 Comments

    What it is Inspired by vintage workmen’s undergarments from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, Berlin based fashion label Merz b. Schwanen takes a slightly different approach in manufacturing than…

  • Le Blobterre de Matali

    June 5, 2012, 1 Comment

      What it is Le Blobterre de Matali is an installation created by designer Matali Crasset. The Gesamtkunstwerk was exposed in the children’s gallery of Centre Pompidou, Paris. The…

  • The Rise of Vegan Fast Food

    May 26, 2012, 5 Comments

    What it is Even though consuming (industrialised) meat has become less self-evident in contemporary time, in many countries Döner kebab still remains one of the most popular forms of…

  • T-shirt + Flashmob = ShirtMob

    May 17, 2012, 3 Comments

    What it is Public plaza Alexanderplatz is commonly Berlin’s epicentre of consumerism and fast fashion retail giants. Just recently however, the famous square became the stage of an assembled…

  • Design in Action

    May 6, 2012, No Comments

    What it is Milan is a city where professionals always cooperate to make a better world. At the end of April, a project called ‘Design in Action‘ was launched,…

  • Old Masters, New Art

    May 3, 2012, No Comments

    What it is Mo Man Tai Masterpieces is an arts & crafts project that brings classic artwork into your home in a totally new way: as string art made…

  • Banksy at Bonham's

    May 2, 2012, 4 Comments

    What it is Bonham’s is one of the top modern auction houses in Europe, with a reputation for exhibiting and auctioning only the best, and also of imperviousness to…

  • Ludduvuddu

    April 28, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is Little smiles through the big fat tears Ludduvuddu is a platform that focuses on mending broken hearts. Yours, or that of your good friend. We do…

  • Waterless Washing Machine

    April 23, 2012, 7 Comments

    What it is Imagine a new way of washing your clothes, with no water or detergent, in a few minutes and with no noise at all… Orbit is an…

  • Drama, Drama, Drama -The New Science of Viral Adds

    April 18, 2012, 5 Comments

    Have a look at this great viral add for a new TV-channel in Belgium – by TNT – that promises drama, tension, suspense and fun. In a thrilling overdose!…

  • Performers: Past, Present and Future

    April 16, 2012, 10 Comments

    What it is Hologram performances are not entirely new. We all remember the futuristic performance by the Gorillaz, the world’s first virtual band. Nowadays, the technique is used more…

  • Pinterest and Your Dreams

    April 6, 2012, 4 Comments

    What it is Pinterest is a relatively new social network that allows its users to interact with friends and other people through a wall, built with photos that are…

  • Pimp my Carroca

    April 6, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is This is an art initiative created by Mundano with a street art company called Parede Viva. Their aim is to transform the maximum number of scavengers…

  • Noisy Jelly

    April 5, 2012, No Comments

    What it is Created by Pluvinage Raphael and Marianne Cauvard, this project called “Noisy Jelly” aims to help and provide cooking and manufacture people’s own musical material with jelly.…

  • Ubi-Camera

    April 4, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it Is Ubi-Camera takes photos by framing them with your hands. Although still in the prototype phase, this camera will change the way we look at the photographic…

  • Pulse – A SmartPhone that Adapts to the User

    March 28, 2012, No Comments

    Created by the designer Loh Wen Bin Timothy, the Pulse smartphone aims to make the relationship user-smartphone as comfortable as possible. The words mobile intimacy are best to describe…

  • Common Ground – Designing for the Common Good

    March 21, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it Is Common Ground is a company/organization that aims to “bring designers together to collaborate with socially driven people and organizations”. By merging creativity with strategic thinking, Bruno Taylor…

  • Jessica Yatrofsky Presents I <3 Boy

    March 19, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is Jessica Yatrofsky’s work has the underlying desire to make male nudity more visible in our cultural landscape. With her newest book ‘I Heart Boy’ she presents a serie of nudity in…

  • Portugal's First Smart and Low Cost WheelChair

    March 16, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it Is: Instituto Politécnico de Leiria’s (IPL) engineers, in Portugal, have created a low cost wheelchair prototype that enables the user to control it with its voice and…

  • Glowing Cyclist

    March 12, 2012, No Comments

    What it is 1. Sticky removable tattoos for the skin, that glow in the dark created by the designers Welche Wu & Kwang Hyun Ahn. Although the concept is…

  • Fontys IEMES Top Coolhunters: Clibe

    March 9, 2012, No Comments

    What it is: Clibe is a creative digital sketchbook app for the Ipad. Why it’s cool: This app gives room to do something with the constant input people receive from…

  • The Smartest Shopping Cart Ever!

    March 7, 2012, No Comments

    What it is This is a project that gathers a partnership between Chaotic Moon and the food chain Whole Foods, using Microsoft’s Technology Kinect. Although it as been developed a…

  • Infinite Wireless Headset

    March 5, 2012, No Comments

    What It Is Made by the designers Wang Yi Peng, Tianjin Kai, Zhu Xi & Zhang Zhenzhen, this Green Noise Bluetooth Headset is the first set of Headsets that…

  • Nike+

    March 2, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is In 2006 Nike presented us with the concept Nike+, combining sports with technology. Now Nike+ present us two new lines: Nike+ Training and Nike+ Basketball. In…

  • Olympic Sound Branding

    March 2, 2012, 4 Comments

    What it is The senses are becoming more important in our daily experiences as we recognize the ability of sound, smell and touch to deeply influence our moods and…

  • Creative Real-Time QR

    February 28, 2012, 8 Comments

    What it is ‘The Big Melt’ sees QR codes transferred onto ice in worldwide first Creative agency iris launched an innovative guerrilla campaign for leading independent conservation body the…

  • Like a Moss

    February 28, 2012, 10 Comments

    What it is No one can deny that beauty concept is changing drastically and despite that yesterday’s icons are adapting to today’s rules, they are still shadowed by those…

  • The Fabergé Bigg Egg Hunt

    February 28, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it Is “The Big Egg Hunt was a plan hatched by Elephant Family and Action for Children for a record-breaking egg hunt across Central London to raise money…

  • Fukk Chanel

    February 27, 2012, 3 Comments

    What it is This photo – many times shared, mostly on Tumblr – with this facing-back guy, showing no face but only two big strong words, speaks louder than…

  • Brands Interacting with Other Brands

    February 22, 2012, 4 Comments

    What it is Dutch brewery Heineken uses its Facebook Fanpage to share short messages with fans. After a picture with the question ‘Want a drink?’, coffee company Douwe Egberts…

  • Yo'Play Box - Packaging is toy

    February 22, 2012, 7 Comments

    What is is Made by the Italian company Design deGast, this yoghurt packaging has a very simple, but simultaneously strong concept behind it. They basically have put together two…

  • Get Ready for Some Kicks

    February 22, 2012, 5 Comments

    BOYS AND GIRLS GET READY FOR SOME KICKS What it is The Rope Swing World Record is an awesome video, it has been the number one hit one the…

  • MEO Kanal

    February 21, 2012, 6 Comments

    What it Is: Meo Communication Khanel -launched 9th of February by Portugal Telecom- is one of the most recent television services. During its first week, the Meo Communication Khanel had an…

  • Wearable Art

    February 21, 2012, 1 Comment

    Example spotted by International Lifestyle Student Robbin de Bont What it is This is an art project by Nicholas Ruiz, founder of made in forest hills. ‘Made in forest hills’ is…

  • Interactive Look Around Clip

    February 17, 2012, 2 Comments

    Watch the interactive version here. What it is This is an interactive video, made for the new Red Hot Chili Peppers single Look Around. Scroll, change room, zoom, you…

  • Automotive Upcycling

    February 10, 2012, No Comments

    What it is Car producer Chevrolet recycled used outdoor promo materials for the Chevrolet Cruze. They turned leftover safety belts and other stuff into bags and laptop sleeves, amongst…

  • Underground Interactive Advertising in Berlin

    February 10, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is This is an Mercedes interactive outdoor event on Wall AG’s digital advertising displays in Berlin underground station Friedrichstrasse, which blurred the line between classical outdoor advertising…

  • Kobi Levi - Art That Puts A Spring in Many Steps

    February 10, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it is Kobi Levi  is an Israeli designer of shoes for women whose main source of inspiration are the objects and forms of our daily lives, which he…

  • The Wine That Adds One's Taste to Its Own

    February 9, 2012, 3 Comments

    What It is “Your Calheiros Cruz” is a Douro 2008 reserve wine, created by the renowned Wine Master Anselmo Mendes. All the above already would point towards a quality…

  • Louis Vuitton Animals

    February 1, 2012, 7 Comments

    What it is The British artist Billie Achilleos has decided to create art with Louis Vuitton products, such as belts, wallets, key rings, purses et al. Why it is Cool…

  • M.D.N.A. by Madonna

    January 30, 2012, 5 Comments

    What it is Madonna – the old yet forever A-Brand in the Empire of Pop- releases her new album M.D.N.A. in the middle of March, in co-operation with the…

  • Artificial Sunrise

    January 30, 2012, 6 Comments

    What it is Tropicana UK’s new TV commercial, “Awake to Alive,” shows how the world wakes up to a brighter morning with Tropicana. The PepsiCo-owned brand, the top-selling juice…

  • Bungalup! 1st Outdoor Winter Music Festival

    January 27, 2012, 4 Comments

    What it is Bungalup! is the first outdoor winter music festival (3 days) in The Netherlands in a bungalow area (cottages). The location is Eemhof Center Parcs. Why it…

  • Skating models @ Bread&Butter

    January 23, 2012, 5 Comments

    What it is Tommy Hilfiger sure knows how to get your attention with an ice rank complete with penguins and af course, it’s logo beneath the ice! Combined with…

  • Supermarkets in 2025

    January 22, 2012, 5 Comments

    What it is Supermarkets have gained power and almost destroyed the small “shop around the corner”. In the current capitalistic competition this process continues until the system goes into…

  • Facebook Nightclub Brazil

    January 20, 2012, 4 Comments

    Facebook Nightclub is a new club in the Brazilian Amazon named after the social media site. The concept is the brainchild of Humbert Camacho, a 30-year-old businessman from Epitaciolândia,…

  • Democratic Front Row

    January 17, 2012, 10 Comments

    What it is: Once again the Dutch architecture firm OMA collaborated with the fashion house Prada to create a ground-breaking fashion environment for the 2012 SS Menswear Collection show. This time the…

  • Rio Etc.

    January 16, 2012, 4 Comments

    Book Rio Etc: A Alma Encantadora das Ruas What it is: The blog Rio etc, lead by the fashion consultant Renata Abranchs, is one of the most recognized in terms of…

  • Fancy a Snog?

    January 15, 2012, 1 Comment

    What it is: Snog is a “truly healthy treat. Yes, that’s right, a sweet treat that’s healthy” – as we read on their website. Snog is a young London-based food…

  • Luxury Visual Packaging

    January 14, 2012, 3 Comments

    What it is: Are you already thinking about the summer festivals and do you want to shine with your unique tent? The makers of Fieldcandy believe that a tent…

  • Temple Of Subleme Beauty

    January 14, 2012, No Comments

    Part of the January top 15  ’10 What it Is: Yang Maolin, Taiwanese artist, transforms himself and superheroes like King Kong, Godzilla and Peter Pan into Buddhist deities, assigning…

  • Fotoshop by Adobé

    January 11, 2012, 6 Comments

    First, there were magazines. Second, there were cover girls. After that, there was Photoshop. And last, but most certainly not least, there is the growing resentment against combining the first…

  • Recycling Your Vision - Creative People in Lisbon Streets

    January 10, 2012, 12 Comments

    What it is: Lisbon city hall invited the residents to paint one of the 415 containers dispersed around the streets for recycling glass. For that purpose was launched a…

  • Minimal Dress by Digna Kosse

    January 9, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it is: A collection of 15 “dresses” created by Digna Kosse with the express purpose of not to be appealing to “fashionists” and to show that even the humblest…

  • Heineken QR world

    January 6, 2012, 2 Comments

    What it is: Wearing a slogan on your t-shirt is so passé. This summer Heineken Poland have used customised QR codes to let you say what needs to be…

  • Top 11: #2 J. Pine & K. Korn - Infinite Possibility

    January 5, 2012, 2 Comments

    Part of the Best Books of 2011 Top 11 Joe Pine & Kim Korn - Infinite Possibility. Creating Customer Value on the Digital Frontier What it is: Joe Pine became…

  • Top 11: #3 Edward Glaeser - Triumph of the City

    January 4, 2012, No Comments

    Part of the Best Books of 2011 Top 11 Edward Glaeser - Triumph of the City. How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier. What it…

  • Old School Regimen

    January 1, 2012, 6 Comments

    Upscale, old-world barbershops have become the new masculine havens. But it is not as your grandfather used to shave. Those new shops are styled meticulously as if they were…

  • Modern Retail: MINI Experience Brand Store

    December 30, 2011, 9 Comments

    What it is: The first MINI brand store in The Netherlands. If you like brand marketing you should for sure visit this store located at the Leidsesquare (entertainment) area…

  • Flashmob? Freeze mob it is!

    December 24, 2011, 1 Comment

    What it is: Star Wars is probably one of the most successful movies ever. No wonder there are lots of related virals, videos, spoofs and photos. In NY City’s…

  • Jack Spade's Authentic Storytelling

    December 23, 2011, 3 Comments

    What it is: The new retail shops, bars and restaurants marry a staggering attention to detail with an air of manly insouciance. Men feel comfortable in these curated environments…

  • Dutch Mountain 'Flevoberg': Great or Crazy?

    December 17, 2011, No Comments

    What it is: Holland is a.o. known as a flat country. Now ex-cyclist Thijs Zonneveld wants a Dutch mountain. One which is two kilometres high in Flevoland. Don’t, say…

  • DIY Digital Waterfall

    December 16, 2011, 4 Comments

    What it is: Soft drink giant Coca-Cola created a digital waterfall in Ecuador. There is not a drop of H2O falling on visitors. The installation is 16 meters high and part…

  • Obermutten: Social Village Marketing

    December 14, 2011, 1 Comment

    What it is: A campaign (Jung von Matt/Limmat) dedicated to the little and lovely mountain villages in the Canton of Graubünden, Switzerland www.facebook.com/obermutten. I guess you know city marketing. Now…

  • Andrej Pejic and the Gender Revolution

    December 13, 2011, 6 Comments

    What it is Andrej Pejic, if not quite yet a household name, is definitely well known as a beautiful androgynous model, and for modelling both men’s and women’s clothes.…

  • Send and Receive: 100% Unique Necklaces

    December 10, 2011, 5 Comments

    Example spotted by Sara Soares from Lisbon What it is: The ethical fashion blog “Fashion loves people” devised a great way for people to make, give and receive 100%…

  • RedBull 2011/2012 Experience

    December 9, 2011, 3 Comments

    What it is: On Dec. 31, Robbie Maddison and Levi LaVallee will attempt a simultaneous world record-breaking jump over 300 feet of water in downtown San Diego, Calif. for…

  • Park your Ferrari in the Living Room

    December 8, 2011, 2 Comments

    What it Is: Designer Charly Molinelli bought a Ferrari from a junkyard near home and created this decorative piece. Creative above all. Why is It Cool: Charly Molinelli was…

  • Fight Culture

    December 7, 2011, 9 Comments

    What it is: Chess boxing started with an artistic impulse in September 2003, when the Berlin-based Dutch artist Iepe Rubingh unveiled chess boxing to the world in an art…

  • Interactive Wine Art Experience

    December 6, 2011, 2 Comments

    What it is: The combination of art and wine festivals has been rising over the last years. Navarro Correas developed, with the help of Latin American artists, a campaign where…

  • Poetry Bombing

    December 2, 2011, 5 Comments

    Agustina Woodgate wants to give garments a voice by sewing poets in them. She goes to local thrift stores to secretly sew the poets into the clothes. Before she…

  • Go Forth

    December 1, 2011, 6 Comments

    What it is: Levi’s global advertising campaign with a stunning slogan “Now is our time” kicked off with a 60-second short film called ‘Levi’s Legacy’. It premiered on Facebook, where it’s…

  • eBay Give-A-Toy Store

    November 29, 2011, No Comments

    What it is: A really cool and innovative way to evoke our sensitive, giving side this Christmas, with eBay’s amazing Give-A-Toy Store window installation in New York and San…

  • The Automatic Banner-making Machine

    November 29, 2011, No Comments

    What it is: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has rolled out a Cool new amenity: an automatic banner-making machine called the BannerXpress. Now there’s no need to fuss and muss with…

  • Architecture Meets Fashion

    November 27, 2011, 4 Comments

    What it is: Hotel The Exchange is a hotel with a special love of fashion. Students of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute dressed the rooms like models on the catwalk.…

  • Two Nuns Bicycle by Ron Arad

    November 25, 2011, 4 Comments

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4CSKLLqhOY What it is: That biking becomes more Cool every day is obvious. A bike is now a day an accessory, it completes your style. This bike is even…

  • Tattly - tattoos for design nerds

    November 23, 2011, 8 Comments

    What it is: Tina Roth Eisenberg, New York based author of popular design blog Swiss Miss, collaborates with some of the best contemporary graphic designers and illustrators on designing…

  • What's next?

    November 22, 2011, 2 Comments

    What it is: Foam is a well-known Dutch photography museum, located in the centre of Amsterdam. For their new exposition Foam decided to ask a stirring question in an…

  • Shanghai's Underground Messengers

    November 22, 2011, 3 Comments

    What it is: The Shanghai underground is a very convenient way to travel downtown, just as it is in every modern city. When you take the metro in Shanghai…

  • Interactive kick: tweep powered race

    November 18, 2011, 1 Comment

    What it is: By making use of Twitter people interested in the brand new Citroën DS5 model had the very first opportunity to drive it. It is a creative…

  • Keep Pace with Advertising

    November 15, 2011, No Comments

    What it is: This is an Asics promotional for their top marathon athlete Ryan Hall: ”For the 2011 ING New York Marathon, Asics wanted fans to truly experience a champion marathoner’s…

  • Visual Culture & Package Design

    November 14, 2011, 9 Comments

    What it is Concept infographics packaging design. Why it’s Cool: Problem: Brands have a hard time in explaining their product stories in an attractive way to consumers. Solution: The solution can…

  • Volkswagen Social Marketing

    November 11, 2011, 2 Comments

    Co-creation and Engagement What it is: Volkswagen The Netherlands invites fans to vote for their favorite model. As a reward, it rebuilds the model in a one of a kind…

  • Fontys ILS Top, 17: Urban Quiver

    November 6, 2011, 4 Comments

    The designers of the Urban Quiver (brought to us by Cecile Cremer) wanted to create a camerabag that is more functional and also radiates a plain, sturdy coolness that goes beyond the…

  • Fontys ILS Top, 18: Landpeel

    November 3, 2011, No Comments

    It’s called Landpeel. It looks like a door/floormat that’s light enough to be transported easily. But it turns out to be much more than just a mat. You can fold…

  • L.O.V.E. by Maurizio Cattelan

    November 2, 2011, No Comments

    Example submitted by Marco Pedroni L.O.V.E. Continue reading

  • Personalized toy: virtual meets physical reality

    October 31, 2011, No Comments

    Child’s Own Studio is one of the most sympathetic digital initiatives we have seen the last few months. We have posted it on Twitter recently Continue reading…

  • NIKE: Reality Meets Virtual Reality

    October 30, 2011, No Comments

    . This is the launch of the new Jordan Melo M8 : check this explosive video report showing a combination of water projection with a hologram experience.

  • The Drinkable Perfume

    October 26, 2011, No Comments

    . Example submitted by Rita Mendonça Created by the artist Lucy McRae and the biologist Sheref Mansy, it is an ingestible capsule whose ingredients imitate the structure of fat…

  • Fontys ILS Top, 22: Invitation Only

    October 24, 2011, No Comments

    In the same line with Kickstarter where creatives get financially empowered, Airbnb where they -amongst others- get leisurely empowered there are also platforms where they can get there inspiration,…

  • The Contrexperience

    October 23, 2011, 1 Comment

    . Examples submitted by Diogo Pinto The French mineral water Contrex created a very special and fun advertising event in Paris, with the most clear and transparent message possible:…

  • Oversensitive Skin Art

    October 20, 2011, No Comments

    Ariana Page Russell has a skin disease. She’s not the only one. Continue reading

  • Fontys ILS Top, 24: Kickstarter

    October 19, 2011, 1 Comment

    There we go: at the beginning of the year a bunch of Coolhunters wrote about Kickstarter. We give Janou Bonnie the honor of being the first. For those who haven’t heard…

  • Santini

    October 16, 2011, No Comments

    Example submitted by Orlando Freitas Santini is a traditional hand-made, very high-quality ice cream parlour in Lisbon, who have innovated in the way they create new flavours, by…

  • Human Icons

    October 11, 2011, No Comments

    In memory of Steve Jobs it is worth to feature Apple’s “Think Different” campaign here. Continue reading

  • Crowdsourcing kids publication

    October 10, 2011, 2 Comments

    Brikki is a little lion, a cartoon character aimed at kids, experiencing all kinds of everyday adventures. Instead of chasing potential book publishers the founder decided to use…

  • Cocktail Typewriter

    October 9, 2011, No Comments

    Example submitted by Catarina Varandas Created by Morsboikoy, the Cocktail Typewriter was designed to give words a better and more special taste. Based on the basic principle of…

  • Revolution From The Past

    October 8, 2011, No Comments

    For those born after the advent of CDs (not to mention iPods), the above is a representation of an audiocassette: a revolution from the Seventies that allowed many…

  • Summer House in Tzia

    October 5, 2011, No Comments

    Example submitted by João Peres Alves The concept of this summer house in Tzia is derived from a close study of the methods of land sculpting and terracing…

  • Eat Fit

    October 5, 2011, No Comments

    Example submitted by Miguel de Sousa This is a set of cutlery that consists in a fork, knife and spoon, with an extra, they all weight 1kg each,…

  • The Pandorga Shop

    October 4, 2011, No Comments

    Example submitted by Carla Quelhas. The Pandorga (“Kite” in southern Brazilian parlance) is more than a shop Continue reading

  • Cay Sofa

    October 4, 2011, No Comments

    Example submitted by Miguel de Sousa cay sofa alexander rehn from Alexander Rehn on Vimeo . Continue reading

  • MILK TO WEAR

    October 3, 2011, No Comments

    The German fashion designer Anke Domaske has applied her knowledge as microbiologist to create a fibre produced out of milk. Milk protein fibre is a kind of fresh…

  • Grendene’s Plastic Shoes and Slippers

    October 2, 2011, 1 Comment

    Example submitted by Carla Quelhas. The Brazilian shoe manufacturer Grendene is innovating once more by teaming up with Italian Designer Gaetano Pesce and launching a new range of…

  • DO IT YOURSELF

    October 1, 2011, No Comments

    Annemarie Geurink has created for her graduation project a DIY encyclopaedia for health issues.  Her inspiration was the vision from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, “Imagine a world in…

  • Spray-on Fabric

    September 28, 2011, No Comments

    Spry-on Fabric is a cross-linking fibres aerosol or spry gun. You can spray this new fabric into any surface Continue reading

  • Pricele$$ Investments

    September 26, 2011, No Comments

    The above picture shows an installation by the German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann at the Guggenheim museum in New York displaying $100,000. Nine walls and two columns in a…

  • Contemporary Artisan - Hermes A/W 2011 campaign by Nick Knight

    September 15, 2011, 1 Comment

    Example submitted by Nelson Pinheiro Gomes French style and luxury with a contemporary and rather social twist. Nick Knight‘s Autumn/Winter 2011 campaign for Hermès reinterprets the artisan tradition…

  • Deeds are worth more than millions of words!

    August 19, 2011, No Comments

    Matthew Epstein is a young and brilliant Marketer, who wants to work for Google. So rather than join the certainly endless queue of CVs sent to that giant,…

  • Banksy: The Antics Roadshow

    August 16, 2011, No Comments

    We wrote several times about the mysterious artist Banksy who was nominated for his documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop. The follow up of his successful documentary is…

  • Add Fuel To The Fire

    August 15, 2011, No Comments

    Submitted by Salomé Areias In the words of Diogo Machado ( www.addfueltothefire.com ), “In Portugal, the Azulejo mosaic tile is more than a mere decorative element of little…

  • Elementum – One for al and all for one

    August 4, 2011, 1 Comment

    By Salomé Areias , Ayr Consulting , Lisboa / Sao Paulo. 1. Elementum is a range of clothing created by Daniela Paes, a young Portuguese Designer, with the…

  • Reality meets virtual reality: Interactive tattoos

    July 12, 2011, No Comments

    . Recently a video showed up on YouTube called “First ever animated tattoo – by K.A.R.L”. Digging further into this subject a comparable (older) project can be traced. However,…

  • The Beauty of Colour

    July 11, 2011, No Comments

    Iman , top model and wife of David Bowie, has received from the American magazine Essence an award for her beauty line Iman Cosmetics, specialised for women of…

  • ‘Hair Glasses’

    July 6, 2011, No Comments

    Studio Swine presents ‘Hair Glasses’ – a collection of sustainable fashion eyewear exploring the potential of Human hair. The UK beauty industry imports 15 million pounds worth of…

  • Artis Zoo Baby Boom Goes Viral

    June 25, 2011, No Comments

    . Artis babyboom from Dawn Amsterdam on Vimeo . Continue reading

  • Open University Of Diversity

    June 17, 2011, No Comments

    Conceptual artist Koen Vanmechelen launched at Glasstress, a collateral event of the 54th international art exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, his latest project, the Open University of Diversity,…

  • The Prep World Tour

    May 20, 2011, No Comments

    The American fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger presents worldwide the capsule collection « Prep World » in its orginal way. And that literally, by setting up a pop-up store…

  • build yourself a “Lamborghini Reventon”

    May 19, 2011, No Comments

    How far would you go to get your dream Lamborghini Reventon when you can’t afford it? The Chinese hair salon owner Asan from Kunming didn’t go far

  • Upcycle Blog

    May 13, 2011, No Comments

    Recycling is great but it requires energy and resources to collect, sort and process unwanted items and waste. Upcycling is an even greener way of recycling – you…

  • Condoms for Shoes

    May 12, 2011, No Comments

    In a world where people are cosmopolitan travellers, have less time and pay attention to waste reduction, the inventions find a fertile grownd for innovations. Especially if the…

  • Bento Laptop

    May 7, 2011, No Comments

    Bento is quite an exceptional and forward thinking concept by René Woo-Ram Lee. It’s quite a plausible scenario that most of use/own a tablet, a PC, external hard…

  • Chocolate Suite

    May 6, 2011, No Comments

    The fashion innovator Karl Lagerfeld started a collaboration with Magnum ice-creams to realize a marketing campaign that included a special artwork hosted at hotel La Reserve in Paris.…

  • Twin One Knife and Fork

    May 3, 2011, 1 Comment

    This is the Twin One knife and fork companion set. It’s a nice modern design by Adrian and Jeremy Wright (I guess that these guys are brothers)

  • Dreams are my Reality

    April 30, 2011, No Comments

    The Italian company MEE Murano 041 showed a surreal and dream-like presentation at the interior design fair Salone del Mobile in Milan. Its designer Giorgio Barera created oversized…

  • Hot: Heat Sensitive Paper

    April 29, 2011, No Comments

    Shown is a book cover created to show the controversial issue of global warming. The book focuses on this debate. The use of heat sensitive paper on the…

  • Bias of Thoughts bookshelf

    April 27, 2011, No Comments

    Bias of Thoughts is a bookshelf designed by John Leung, an architect. Continue reading

  • Bench Tweets

    April 26, 2011, No Comments

    This is a project called TweetingSeat , an exploration into the potential for connecting physical and digital communities. What this means is that the bench is an interactive…

  • Coolware

    April 18, 2011, No Comments

    The summer is arriving and every year starts the struggle to survive to the extreme hot. How you cope with your colleagues at office this season?

  • Disco chair

    April 17, 2011, No Comments

    Disco Flesh is a bespoke illuminated furniture concept. Constructed from 200 linear metres of Electroluminescent wire, the chair transforms into a neon rainbow when powered. A pulse setting…

  • Get your own 4x4 animal right away

    April 14, 2011, No Comments

    You are looking at a Mitsubishi ASX ad. Continue reading

  • Crockery in the Gallery

    April 14, 2011, No Comments

    By Zepha de Roo , Wellington (NZ). We’ve seen porcelain in the museum before; Duchamp turned the art world upside down by presenting a urinal as his latest…

  • Are you bored?

    April 13, 2011, No Comments

    Creation of the young Turkish designer Erdem Selek currently based in Auckland, New Zealand, a favorite for this excellent ensemble “Maze Coffee Cup” . Oluk is a coffee…

  • Milk carton

    April 11, 2011, No Comments

    A huge favorite for the concept of packaging milk carton designed by Julien de Repentigny in collaboration with Gabriel Lefebvre. Continue reading

  • Touch Wood

    April 11, 2011, No Comments

    The eco-friendly cell phone Touch Wood SH-08C is made from trees that have been culled from overgrown forests in Japan. Also the organic shape in the form of…

  • Small portions for a healthy life

    April 8, 2011, No Comments

    The original intent of PerfectPlate is to promote vegetarianism, however you can look at in a different light. With the unique shape and design of the plate, it’s…

  • Eco-Furniture

    April 7, 2011, No Comments

    The modern sustainability movement is pursuing his appeal to a large number of EcoDesigners. Agatha Ruiz de la Prada (in partnership with Corvasce )and Kubedesign with Keith Haring:…

  • Origami Star Wars

    April 6, 2011, No Comments

    Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, and artists or ‘high level fans’ take this manual labor towards create these awesome action figures.

  • Customize your case

    March 25, 2011, No Comments

    Case Mate is a website where customers can create interactively their own mobile and tablet case. There are four possible experiences of creation: uploading your own picture, make…

  • Sex Sells

    March 23, 2011, No Comments

    Sex sells might be called a cliche but it is true in many cases. It is even scientifically proven. That might be the reason why the people behind…

  • Social media: Coke rocks!

    March 22, 2011, No Comments

    . On March 22nd, Coke and Maroon 5 are going into the studio to record a completely original track in just 24 hours. The best part is you get…

  • Outside the box, inside a container

    March 19, 2011, No Comments

    By Zepha de Roo , Wellington (NZ). Continue reading

  • Cool Eco Graffiti = paint + moss

    March 13, 2011, No Comments

    Lipton has launched its first ‘green positive projects’ in the streets of Sydney. At first sight it simply looks like another promotion executed in graffiti style. According to…

  • Created in China

    March 11, 2011, No Comments

    The Beijing office from the advertising agency Interone Worldwide (a division of BBDO China Ltd.) has created this advertisement for MINI. Interone stands for creative communication on an…

  • The Fashion Side of The Pixel Art by Ian Wright

    March 10, 2011, No Comments

    Mister Ministeck game again with the fashion side of the pixel art! Get out quickly your attic (or toy box of your youngest) to do as the British…

  • Never Wasted

    March 10, 2011, No Comments

    The eco-friendly initiatives gave impetus to the development of multi-use products. Continue reading

  • Chiquisafe: a banana protective case

    March 8, 2011, No Comments

    It is a funny banana keeper, a durable and hygienic object to be used every day. This case is realised in rubber and it can allow the owner…

  • A Voice

    March 7, 2011, No Comments

    The latest publicity campaign from Dunhill is called VOICE as three personalities are giving not only their face and body to present the collection but they are also…

  • Coke to Open Your Mind

    March 3, 2011, No Comments

    Coca Cola in Israel is running “Train”, a television and outdoor advertising campaign combining street art and flip book animation. A group of graffiti artists spray paint a…

  • Sevens – Let it all out

    March 1, 2011, No Comments

    By Zepha de Roo in Wellington, New Zealand Pictures by Scoop This February, Wellington hosted the annual Rugby Sevens tournament. As much as this may sound like a…

  • Local Music- Global Impact

    February 28, 2011, No Comments

    OXFAM is an international charity organization working in 98 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. A special fundraising project in UK is OXJAM , a…

  • The new Foodery Service

    February 23, 2011, No Comments

    Shefu is a new born FOODERY (food delivery) online service in Milan, Italy. It is dedicated to all the metropolitan business citizens to deliver the meal at home…

  • A day in the future

    February 22, 2011, No Comments

    Corning Incorporated is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Continue reading

  • Dragon and Peony

    February 21, 2011, No Comments

    . A scene from special New Year Performance of Dragon and Peony - a Sword Dance with Shadowgraph with Saotome Taichi

  • Will you write with this?

    February 15, 2011, No Comments

    The Traccia is a phone concept modeled on how we use a writing instrument, specifically a pen. Continue reading

  • The Average Woman is a Composition

    February 13, 2011, No Comments

    Did you ever wonder what could happen if Science of the Time’s trend insights ‘Manipulating media’ and ‘Cool creators’ cross roads? The research described below could be a…

  • Do It

    February 11, 2011, No Comments

    “One hundred and one things to do” is the title of a book with plenty of ideas and inspirations. It has a simple display with photos and most…

  • Made Out Portugal

    February 8, 2011, No Comments

    Portugese designers working outside of Portugal are invited by the Made Out Portugal program to work toward a greater hive mind of work. This group is responsible for…

  • Art Affairs

    February 7, 2011, No Comments

    The OWN ART scheme offers loans repayable in 10 monthly installments, completely interest free for buying art. Continue reading

  • High-tech Dominoes

    February 6, 2011, No Comments

    Esper Dominoes are a set of 5 dominoes developed by Jarashi Suki. For these dominoes to work, one does not need to put them close enough within touching…

  • New styles of consumptions - A new multi-utility business card

    February 5, 2011, No Comments

    After the invention of QR Codes, finding a way to catch the attention leads the way to new expressions of creativity also for the business cards.

  • Political Style

    February 4, 2011, No Comments

    The style from first ladies and female politicians seems to be a popular topic. Michelle Obama complained already that she may be more noticed for her clothing as…

  • Lego 3D

    February 3, 2011, No Comments

    LEGO ATLANTIS : A new team of explorers, this time with high-tech diving equipment. Mission of the team: finding the legendary treasure of Atlantis hidden in the darkness…

  • How abstract can a landscape become while remaining a landscape?

    February 1, 2011, No Comments

    Dutch photographer Gerco de Ruijter recently got in touch with an extraordinary series of aerial photographs called Baumschule—some of which, he explains, were taken using a camera mounted…

  • Green-a-porter

    January 28, 2011, No Comments

    BACSAC was born with the encounter between designer Godefroy de Virieu and landscapers Virgile Desurmont and Louis de Fleurieu. Together, they looked for an alternative solution to get…

  • Climb the Stairs ‘Birdstyle’

    January 28, 2011, No Comments

    The following tools will be very, very helpful, especially for the elderly when they climb the stairs. Continue reading

  • The Skip Garden

    January 24, 2011, No Comments

    Welcome to the Skip Garden, a self-sustaining vegetable garden with a twist – it’s moveable. As different areas in King’s Cross Central are developed, the skips will be…

  • ‘Il Portello’ Guerilla Social Responsibility Campaign

    January 19, 2011, No Comments

    A creative Guerrilla Social Responsibility Campaign. The mall “Il Portello” in Milan developed this interesting campaign in order to rise customers sensitivity on the environment preservation and the…

  • iWallet: a High Tech Portable Safe

    January 17, 2011, No Comments

    Iwallet is the only high tech wallet developed by engineers that work in projects with NASA. Continue reading

  • Undercity

    January 16, 2011, No Comments

    Andrew Wonder was taken down into the underbelly and bowels of the New York city. We’ve all seen Miru Kim’s TED presentation , Joseph Brennan’s work on abandoned…

  • LEGO Iphone 4 Brickcase by Smallworks

    January 14, 2011, No Comments

    You are a faithful fan of LEGO bricks? If we’re not mistaken, you wouldn’t mind turning your iPhone 4 into a building plate using SmallWorks BrickCase iPhone 4…

  • Wine and Drive

    January 14, 2011, No Comments

    The Austrian wine-grower Rainer Schmid has created the first alcohol free wine Gruener Veltliner. Branded as “Green Pepper” the wine has a dry, full-bodied aroma with peppery taste…

  • Ecookie

    January 12, 2011, No Comments

    Instead of wasteful plastic and wooden stirrers, why not use an ecookie? Dense enough to keep a satisfying crunch when stirring yet scrumptiously delicious as that extra little…

  • New gadgets for modern parents

    January 9, 2011, No Comments

    Using a baby monitor is paramount when having a baby, which is why Withings is proud of its release of the Smart Baby Monitor .  Developed with both…

  • Google Tab Play Project

    January 6, 2011, No Comments

    The Tab Play Project is a creative tool that Google, Japan used to promote its browser Chrome. For the project, Google had a group of children painted 300…

  • The social restaurant guide

    January 4, 2011, No Comments

    This is the latest Italian restaurant guide of La SpagoGuida with over more than 1.000 restaurants in Italia. This guide is unique, because each restaurant has an own…

  • Make your own Christmas tree

    January 1, 2011, No Comments

    The following creations are Christmas tree lanterns designed and executed by Hugon Kowalski , and you can make one yourself! Take a peek at the materials and methods…

  • Pantone Gadgets

    December 31, 2010, No Comments

    By Betty Borghi, Milan Pantone, Inc. is promoted as the “world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication…

  • Xuz: For Handmade Lovers

    December 30, 2010, No Comments

    By Sónia Laima , Lisboa. Xuz is a Portuguese brand of handmade shoes. Most models are a modern twist to the traditional clogs and still have an urban…

  • Shine bubble, shine!

    December 28, 2010, No Comments

    The inspiration for this design comes from the children’s game blowing bubbles and it’s kind of glittering bubbles that people blow to act as a lamp in the…

  • X-Factor for Designer

    December 27, 2010, No Comments

    Anno is an online design competition for students with dreams as vast as their talent, and for the industry heavy-hitters looking for the next generation of superstars. The…

  • For All Music Fanatics: Solar Charged Headphone

    December 26, 2010, No Comments

    Designer Zhong-Fa Lie brings a multifunctional headphone for all you music fanatics that you could use anywhere, anytime. Christened the “ Hexound ”, this outdoor headphone uses solar…

  • Available in 2011: The Martin Jetpack

    December 24, 2010, No Comments

    . By Betty Borghi, Milan Let’s forget the Segway. Let’s forget traffic stress. A new luxury transport will change our life Continue reading

  • KLM: The Power of Social Media and Kindness

    December 24, 2010, No Comments

    . Airline company KLM has been committing little acts of kindness to discover how happiness spreads. They used social media to obtain information from their customers Continue reading…

  • Facebook profile page fashion

    December 20, 2010, No Comments

    When Facebook changed profile layout, French designer Alexandre Oudin made full use of it to turn his profile page into a piece of art. Continue reading…

  • Homeless Street Art by Michael Aaron Williams

    December 18, 2010, No Comments

    Street artist Michael Aaron Williams purposely puts up his homeless street people in places where others will find them. He doesn’t glue them up, rather, he simply tapes…

  • HEMA Abolishes Zwarte Piet (Black Pete)

    December 18, 2010, No Comments

    Über Dutch brand HEMA has recently begun venturing outside of the Netherlands. During the Nyenrode & RTL-Z masterclass Trendwatching Sabine Duetz presented the different ways in which the…

  • New Use of Books

    December 16, 2010, No Comments

    The new architecture library at Delft University of Technology just opened featuring a spectacular front desk built out of recycled books. After the devastating fire in the Architecture…

  • Self-Sterilizing Door Handle

    December 16, 2010, No Comments

    Until we can cure common communicable diseases, our best defence is prevention. Door knobs and handles are huge breeding grounds for viruses Continue reading

  • No logo: personalized Prada

    December 15, 2010, No Comments

    A lot of people like high quality sunglasses. However, not everybody likes to walk around with glasses with brand names in big capitals Continue reading

  • IDEO Turntable

    December 14, 2010, No Comments

    You’re looking at a new music player that works with RFID tags. Each tag represents a song and by placing the tag on top of it the song…

  • The New Artisan

    December 13, 2010, No Comments

    In the latest advertisement from GUCCI the typical supermodels are replaced by artisans. “ The man. The passion. Continue reading

  • “Touch-me” technology

    December 12, 2010, No Comments

    A cool new technology being developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Continue reading

  • Blackberry Empathy Phone

    December 11, 2010, No Comments

    For their sponsored project held by RIM Blackberry at the Art Center College of Design , designers Kiki and Daniel had to incorporate an interface that integrates human…

  • Let’s talk about Death

    December 10, 2010, No Comments

    The topic of death has changed from a taboo to receiving a more open approach. Designer Jacob Jensen chose the coffin to create it from a modern and…

  • Memory Time Watch

    December 10, 2010, No Comments

    While most watches focus on telling us the exact time at the moment, the Memory Time Watch does things a little differently. It tries to make you value…

  • The Cartoon Generation in China

    December 10, 2010, No Comments

    Image by 伊吹五月 yichuiwuyue 有妖气 (goblin manner) is a popular cartoon website among teenagers in China. It is a great interactive place for both cartoon artists and readers.…

  • Crowdfunding: Please Help Lize

    December 8, 2010, No Comments

    Imagine a creative girl who wants to buy a new laptop, but doesn’t have the money. She decided to start a small website which means in Dutch Please-help-Lize-to-buy-a-laptop…

  • Amnesty: Making the Invisible Visible

    December 8, 2010, No Comments

    . With this guerrilla campaign in the streets of London Amnesty International asks attention for the hidden suffering behind bars anywhere in the world Continue reading

  • Haptic Braille

    December 6, 2010, No Comments

    The Haptic Braille is a mouse-like device that’s capable of translating ordinary text into braille on its surface. Continue reading

  • Mobile Living

    December 6, 2010, No Comments

    Smart Box Industries LLC (Smart Box) is specialised in design, manufacturing, transportation and installation of modular construction. Their projects range from accommodation units, site offices, kitchen units, medical…

  • 3939 Shop

    December 6, 2010, No Comments

    Check out this brand new store in London. 3939 (pronounce: Thank You Thank You) Shop is a co-operative lifestyle and retail conceptstore, which includes an online and offline…

  • Dot Gloves

    December 5, 2010, No Comments

    During extreme cold you need a pair of gloves, but they won’t let you use your modern touchscreen device! These Dot Gloves are the solution.

  • Virtual wonderland

    December 5, 2010, No Comments

    . As a child I opened up my mind to amazing possibilities, with the ideas around being transported to a virtual world where programs were personified by human representations…

  • Balloon Bench

    December 4, 2010, No Comments

    Inspired by the French movie “Le Ballon Rouge”(1953), Satoshi Itasaka and Takuto Usami , Japanese lighting and furniture designers, designed the balloon bench. The balloon bench is a…

  • Vaccine device for hard disk

    December 4, 2010, No Comments

    Manipulated with a single button, Virus Spuit is vaccine device that detects and removes viruses hidden in portable hard disks. It functions with a user experience that is…

  • A Shot of Creativity

    December 3, 2010, No Comments

    The pictured text is the seventh Instruction for the Street Photography Now Project , written to inspire fresh ways of looking at and documenting the world we all…

  • Tryvertising

    November 30, 2010, No Comments

    Sample Lab is a new concept that opened several stores in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku area where Japan’s youth come to play and to see the latest trends on…

  • Tedx Amsterdam 2010

    November 30, 2010, No Comments

    . “Our event is called TEDxAmsterdam, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxAmsterdam event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will be combined to spark deep discussion and connection…

  • The New Romanticism

    November 29, 2010, No Comments

    The Dutch design agency Tjep . was invited amongst six other international artists and designers to create a Christmas window for Italy’s most famous department store: La Rinascente…

  • Chewing Gum Alley

    November 29, 2010, No Comments

    Alkmaar city in The Netherlands is worldwide known thanks to the traditional cheese market. A less known area is an alley called ‘the chewing gum alley’ by locals.…

  • 5 to 9 clock

    November 27, 2010, No Comments

    5 to 9 clock is designed by American industrial designer Derek Taylor. It is a wall clock that has only a section of a regular clock which is…

  • Get your Piece of Polar

    November 26, 2010, No Comments

    From the 27th of November till the 5th of December, the Museum Square in Amsterdam is a little bit colder. Continue reading

  • Mapping to the Max

    November 25, 2010, No Comments

    We have posted before on building mapping , and it seems that it has found its way to the big crowd. Two weeks ago Glow Eindhoven rocked the…

  • “Wear me Bag”

    November 25, 2010, No Comments

    It’s a whole new world when two items combine into one – case in point: “Wear Me Bag” by Rotem Lewinsohn, a lovely fashion accessory that can convert…

  • Playboy TV’s New Fantasy Woman: Your Wife

    November 24, 2010, No Comments

    If Playboy has served as a barometer for the evolving sexual taste of the American male, then what does its new TV programming have to say about that?…

  • 3D Crosswalk

    November 23, 2010, 1 Comment

    What will happen when the 3D-concept is applied to the road? Here is an example, a 3D crosswalk. Continue reading

  • Onion Pinch Baroque Counterpoise

    November 23, 2010, No Comments

    Onion Pinch Baroque Conterpoise is a dance performance happening in the cork installation Onion Pinch originally in the Digital Primitive Event of the Design Biennal Experimenta Design Lisbon…

  • Green Cities

    September 29, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the Expo Top 2010 What it Is: We find the extensive and intense search to open our dense multi-million inhabitant cities to healthy green. Like Sweden’s city…

  • Home

    September 28, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the Expo Top 2010 What it Is: Here we have that makes home life more comfortable, efficient and green. Like Japan for example, that presents a window…

  • Posting Project

    July 24, 2010, No Comments

    Through interactive little projects, Noah Pedrini develop his studies in order to know a little biot more about the changes of our community and, also, entire society. In…

  • ESPN Murals & Truck

    July 9, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the World Cup Top 2010 What it Is: Like our number 11 Louis Vuitton, ESPN, an American sports broadcaster, doesn’t really have that tight of a connection…

  • Zakee Kudoro And Baloji

    July 8, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the World Cup Top 2010 What it Is: Despite its sheer awesomeness, FELA!, the award-winning with-music-infused play based on the life of the Nigerian Afro Beats pioneer Fela…

  • Art, Design And The World Cup

    July 7, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the Word Cup Top 2010 What it Is: When art and football collide some of the most interesting thoughts on both worlds are materialized. In the exhibition…

  • Africanized Movie Posters

    July 1, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the World Cup Top 2010 What it Is: The videocassette not only revolutionized the porn industry but also changed the landscape of televisual distribution technology and societies…

  • Celebrate Like A Player

    June 30, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the World Cup Top 2010 What it Is: The design duo We Are Bas & Daan placed images of Dutch star footballer players on the inside of the Dutch…

  • C'mon & Kypski's One Frame Of Fame

    May 31, 2010, No Comments

    Part op May Top 2010 What it Is: The Dutch band C-Mon & Kypski is asking you to be part of their video clip. Actually what they’re asking you to do…

  • Smart Play For Kids

    May 26, 2010, No Comments

    Part of May Top 2010 What it Is: SmartUs is an international award winner when it comes to combining sophisticated digital and Internet techniques with physical sports and education activities.…

  • Nike Shoe Music

    May 24, 2010, 1 Comment

    Part of May Top 2010 What it Is: It is a cool mixture of science, technology and a Nike brand statement. In the video, you can see cult artists…

  • Delivering Ideas

    May 22, 2010, No Comments

    http://www.deliver-takeaway-ideas.org/ Kueng Caputo is an unstoppable bright mind. He does not want to be part of these current intoxicated days of overdoing. To let people knowing about his…

  • The Google Job Experiment

    May 14, 2010, No Comments

    . Drawing the big guy’s attention isn’t always easy Continue reading

  • K1X and Heart and Soul of New York City

    May 12, 2010, No Comments

    A German clothing company asked a French photographer to make a video to promote a song by an American artist about New York City. The song was more…

  • Flora, Fauna, Designa

    May 12, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the Design Top 2010 What it Is: Designclient: Mother Nature (2010: year of biodiversity) The result of the Copenhagen summit was, whatever was decided, not good enough.…

  • Puma Clever Bag

    April 27, 2010, No Comments

    By Bart van de Kooij, Shanghai After almost 2 years of collaboration between Fuseproject and PUMA they have designed their red shoebox, called “the clever little bag.”

  • Design With Conscience

    April 26, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the Design Top 2010 What it Is: Let’s do good. Designing isn’t only about creating, it’s also about changing the world for the good. Designers like Ninette Murk (founder…

  • Wanderlust Posters

    April 23, 2010, No Comments

    Wanderlust is a gallery and online store, powered by more than 50 young artists and designers worldwide. With Earth Day 2010 coming up they decided to sell beautiful…

  • Designed By New Luxury

    April 20, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the Design Top 2011 What it Is: New understandings of luxury are invading every sector and every branch. Doing more with less and the mentality altering phenonemon…

  • Eye Candy

    March 29, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the Brazil top 15 2010 What it Is: Wouldn’t you want to taste what you see on your screen when browsing the internet? With Eye Candy you…

  • NANO FOUNTAIN PEN

    March 27, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the Brazilian top 15 2010 What it Is: 
Developed by an Israeli and a French research group the nano fountain pen is a pen through which molecularly…

  • NIKE PROSTHETICS

    March 25, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the Brazil top 15 2010 What it Is: Colin Matsco designed this one of a kind product, produced through 3d printing. This design is aimed squarely at…

  • PETER GREENAWAY'S ART INSTALLATION

    March 17, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the Brazil top 15 2010 What it Is: The film director Peter Greenway, doesn’t limit his creativity to the film world. His latest work in the series…

  • Dyson's Air Multiplier

    January 27, 2010, No Comments

    Part of the January top 15 ’10 What it Is: It is arguably the most creative, futuristic-looking and safest electric “fan” on the planet at the moment. This highly…

  • The New Rock Star: Louder, please

    November 27, 2009, No Comments

    Part of the fashion top 15 ’09 What it Is: The rock star is controversial and inspires us with dreams of rebellion and authenticity. Rock, that violently and often…

  • True Blue: The Cult of Raw Denim

    November 18, 2009, No Comments

    Part of the Fashion top 15 ’09 What it Is: The growing recognition of the beauty of raw denim is now reaching the masses while at the same time…

  • Can Do It All: The New DIY Doctrine

    November 11, 2009, No Comments

    Part of the fashion top 15 ’09 What it Is: Bloggers have definitely turned the fashion world upside down. Their influence has grown to such an extent that they…

  • Niche Sportswear

    November 7, 2009, No Comments

    Part of the fashion top 15 ’09 What it Is: Sportswear is clearly back in fashion. However: think niche sports. Niche sports are more cool because they haven’t been…

  • 1. Rio De Janeiro Favela Art

    June 25, 2009, No Comments

    Part of the Top 15 Coolest Worldwide, June 2009 What it Is: The Morro da Providência (Providence Hill) is the oldest and most dangerous Favela in Rio. Today, however,…

  • 3. The Latest Computer Design by VAIO

    June 23, 2009, No Comments

    Part of the Top 15 Coolest Worldwide, June 2009 What it Is: This work of art is developed by Eno Setiawan of Yanko Design and named Sony Vaio Zoom.…

  • 5. Jorge Colombo's iPhone Art

    June 21, 2009, No Comments

    Part of the Top 15 Coolest Worldwide, June 2009 What it Is: Jorge Colombo is an artist from New York. He uses the world’s favorite cell phone – the iPhone…

  • 8. Stop Recycling, Start Repairing

    June 18, 2009, No Comments

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  • 2. GPS Drawings

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    Part of the Top 15 Coolest Worldwide, January 2009 What it Is: Global Positioning System receivers determine one’s position on the surface of the Earth by trilateration of microwave…

  • 13. Mental Visuality: Intriguingly Intelligent Graffiti

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    Part of the Top 15 Coolest Worldwide, January 2009 What it Is: This is graffiti work by the Milan artist Bros. Bros loves to work with pop-symbolisms that do…

  • 14. Jeff Staple and Payless Shoes

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    Part of the Top 15 Coolest Worldwide, January 2009  What it Is: Jeff Staple, leading streetwear designer and with his STPL products in many of the coolest shops around…

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