Monthly Archives: November 2012

Windows 8 – my cover

Look out for the December issue of many Conde Nast magazines, including Wired, The New Yorker, Vogue and Glamour. For one issue only, these covers will resemble Windows 8 Start screens – as part of the company’s initiative to inform readers about its content on the new platform. The cover attachments aren’t paid ads for Microsoft – these can be found inside the magazines. Instead, the covers are coordinated with them.

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Overstay Checkout

Most people love staying in hotels – but don’t enjoy having to check out early. That’s why Art Series Hotels and Naked Communications have created the ‘Overstay Checkout’ – which allows guests to stay a few hours (or even days) later, until the next guest is due to arrive.

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Music in the Sky

Taking the digital ‘cloud’ analogy quite literally, Air France have recently released a new app that allows users to unlock musical tracks hidden in the sky. The app, Music in the Sky, uses geo-location technology to reveal invisible songs for download when users point their phone in the air. Check out the video above for more info: http://youtu.be/i4DmlcXvTHo

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McPatio

McDonald’s are planning to outfit around 150 of their stores with new outdoor spaces and furniture by French designer Patrick Norguet and Italian brand Alias.

Norguet has worked with fashion houses including Dior, Guerlain and Lanvin, which makes him an unusual choice for McDonald’s. However, the designer considers the assignment to be part of his overall interest in function. In his words: ‘For this project, as for each of my projects, I wanted to pay close attention to the end user.’

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Barkitecture

Architecture for Dogs is an “extremely sincere collection of architecture and a new medium, which makes dogs and their people happy.” Created by Muji’s creative guru Kenya Hara (whose previous projects include designing Olympic ceremonies) the project involved designing new structures for canine companions, including a body suit for a chihuahua and a cloud-like sleeping bag for a bichon frise. Barking, but beautiful all the same!

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Green bottle glamour

The classic glass ‘contour’ Coca-Cola bottle is about as iconic as modern design gets. Synonymous with the brand and instantly recognisable, the bottle has been a staple of Coca-Cola for nearly a century. Now, they’ve teamed up with Nendo to create a range of kitchenware – inspired by the classic bottle.

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Baddest shoes

How did footwear made by a Quaker firm in the quiet English village of Street, Somerset, become the ‘baddest’ shoes in Jamaica? (Nice one, Jamie)

‘Clarks in Jamaica’ is the latest book by DJ and designer Al Fingers, providing a colourful take on Clarks’ celebrated status on the island – where for decades they have ruled as the ‘champion shoes’.

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Fat-blocking cola

PepsiCo has unveiled a new cola which, according to their technologists, reduces the absorption of fat in the body and helps to cut cholesterol levels. (Amazing, Tim!)

The fat-blocking Pepsi Special, which will be distributed by Suntory International, will go on sale in Japan. It’s one of several unusual drinks to be introduced by Pepsi, including Pepsi White – a clear tangerine-flavoured cola, which will be launched in December.

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3D Photo Booth

If you enjoy Photo Booth, you’ll love this. A pop-up shop has opened in Tokyo’s Harajuku district, where folks can print out incredibly life-like 3D figurines of themselves. (Cheers, Alex)

 

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Lightt-up your life

Lightt is a free social app that creates ‘highlights’ – 10-second photograph sets that play back in just over a second, then repeat. According to the creators, “Lightt attempts to bridge the gap between the sheer snooooozable length of unedited amateur video with the incomplete story of a single photograph” – providing yet another way to share the intimate details of your life.

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