Archive for ‘inspiration’

April 29, 2012

Filters vs. Serendipity

…..”More and more commentators are wondering if the tools we create to give us more choices—such as search engines—are delivering less variety, ultimately limiting chance discoveries and exposure to new ideas.On the BBC’s The Culture Show, Aleks Krotoski recently examined the role of serendipity as an online commodity, questioning whether the Internet is as innovative as we think. She points out that computers have the unique ability to make valuable, unseen connections for us. Instead of maximizing that potential, our search filters keep us focused on only the most relevant information.Alex explains, “We will never have the opportunity to bump into something truly new, because the machines are predicting our futures based on our past preferences, creating an infinite loop of cultural homogenization.”….

Read the full post via the link below, thought provoking

via Filters vs. Serendipity | digital wellbeing labs.

January 16, 2012

Inspiration – Live Like the Boy

Go on take a look and be inspired –

“Live Like the Boy is about the consciousness of style in our lives. Run solely by Ashley Sutcliffe (the boy) Live Like the Boy aims to pull together ideas and sources of information in a way that best represents Ashley’s inherent sense of style. Ashley has always been style conscious both in terms of fashion and his own personal appearance but more prevalantly and prolifically in his home styling and design, as well as visual marketing and retail display. Ashley has over 10 years of experience working in retail and customer service and 10 years of design trianing to Masters level. Having worked for lighting, furniture and home accessory retailers Ashley has developed a knack for being able to source and provide the perfect items to complement or create the perfect look or design for any taste.”

Ashley is known to many under the pseudonym ‘knitboy’ which is a name he picked up when specialising in knitted textiles as he studied on the BA(hons) Textile Crafts course. Ashley went on then to teach knit as a part time lecturer on the Textile Crafts course and also the Costume with textiles course at the university of huddersfield The Boy works in a design and consultation capacity, helping and advising on all aspects of design. While colour and pattern are his over-riding passion, Ashley can literally turn his hand to any kind of interior style. Passionate about social media, an avid blogger, tweeter and facebook advocate…

January 2, 2012

Brain Pickings 2011 Best-of Reading Lists

Brain Pickings- one of my favourite places and now
All the Brain Pickings best-of reading lists of 2011 – psychology, design, science, history, photography, food & more – together at last, in one place
“Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.”

July 14, 2011

The Best of TEDGlobal 2011

The Best of TEDGlobal 2011 is a bundle of links to the best of  TEDGlobal 201 created by Maria Popova ” a cultural curator and curious mind at large, who also writes for Wired UKThe Atlantic and Design Observer, among others. She gets occasional help from a handful of talented contributors

See also her main Brain Pickings blog it’s just so full of interesting and inspiring stuff!





May 17, 2011

James Dyson: Reinventing Britain

“James Dyson has made millions by allowing us to see the dirt we suck up. As he calls for more inventors, Lucy Siegle asks him about manufacturing abroad, design disasters and whether he could build a nuclear reactor”

read the full article here – James Dyson: Reinventing Britain | Technology | The Observer.

,,,”His enthusiasm and ability to humanise the workings of the materials and the structure is infectious (next day I find myself googling magnets to find out what they are actually made from). ..”

…..”Dyson does not have a problem speaking his mind, or indeed being heard, and he’s done a good job of keeping the topic of industrial design in the news. Take his recent suggestion that Chinese students were stealingintellectual property from UK universities, which caused a minor storm….”

…..”And when can we see your next invention, I ask. “When it’s ready!” And with that, Dyson’s chief engineer bounces off to the R&D laboratory.

Entries for the James Dyson Award are open until 2 August. To enter, visit

April 5, 2011

Trendtable – new from Li Edelkoort

Legendary trend forecaster Li Edelkoort (the name behind Trend Union & View on Colour, Provider etc) has just launched a new social media site called Trend Tablet. The images are as beautiful & inspirational as you would expect …follow the link below for further details.

“Lidewij Edelkoort is a trend forecaster, curator, publisher and educator who constantly lives in the future. Studying the links between art, fashion, design and consumer culture, Edelkoort!s work has pioneered trend forecasting as a profession, providing design and lifestyle analysis for the world!s leading brands. Since 1992, her magazines (View on Colour, InView and Bloom) have been highly influential in the creative industries.”

Trendtable is now bookmarked on my toolbar and no doubt be responsible for hours of happy and inspirational web viewing.

“This tool is accessed for free and explains how trends grow, evolve and flow; helping us to better perceive and understand they interact with our daily life, and showing the connections between edelkoort’s forecasts and a piece of art, a plant, a dress or a car…”

March 4, 2011

CultureLab: Colour me beautiful: Wellcome Image Awards winners

CultureLab: Colour me beautiful: Wellcome Image Awards winners.

“I want a scarf that looks like that.” So remarked one member of the New Scientist art department upon seeing the micrograph of cell division (above) that received a special honour at this year’s Wellcome Image Awards. see the full story and beautiful images via the link above.



December 14, 2010

Black Swan a great visual reference point for Spring Summer 2011- The Trend Boutique

The film Black Swan looks set to be a great visual reference point for Spring Summer 2011 with its amazing cinematography & will no doubt create a few micro trends as a result.


Black Swan Receives 12 Critics Choice Nominations see here for the trailer

The Trend Boutique are really excited for the release of Black Swan in January next year, after hearing it has received 12 Critics Choice nominations. In the traditions of Moulin Rouge & Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland this film looks set to make a huge impact on visual trends for 2011 with its clever cinematography.Black Swan has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress Portman, Best Supporting Actress Kunis, Best Director Aronofsky, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Sound and Best Score.  It has also been featured in the Toronto film festival and the Venice film festival in 2010. Natalie Portman plays Nina, a ballerina of a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance


Read the rest of the article here – via Black Swan Receives 12 Critics Choice nominations – The Trend Boutique.

March 4, 2010

Sony World Photography Awards 2010 News Article by The Trend Boutique

From Trend Boutique

The Trend Boutique (UK) Ltd is an online resource, consultancy and events management company working alongside HE & FE institutions, particularly within design & creative industries. Established in 2009, The Trend Boutique is drawn up of a team with wide-reaching levels of expertise within the fields of design, trends, business, careers, recruitment, internet publishing, sales & marketing, and production and has a whole wealth of industry knowledge & contacts.

“The shortlist for the 2010 Sony World Photography Awards was recently announced containing a list contains of 190 outstanding photographers from 48 different countries. From fashion to music, architecture to current affairs, the Sony World Photography Awards is one of the most comprehensive photographic competitions in the world and a great source of inspiration for students whether looking for colour direction or image composition.”

via Sony World Photography Awards 2010 News Article by The Trend Boutique.

November 4, 2009

45+ Inspiring Examples of Vintage in Web Design | Naldz Graphics

found and Re-blogged from Naldz Graphics via

“Who said old style was never been cool in web design? In fact, using Vintage photo, paper and fashion became trendier now a day. If you’re looking for Vintage Web Design inspiration, then this is what your looking for. Today we will showcase some of the best sites applying vintage concept on their layout.Here is a collection of 45+ Best Examples of Vintage in Web Design that will give you more ideas on how you can achieve a good design. Below you will see a variety of concepts of vintage web design like illustration, grunge, retro, wood and more.”

via 45+ Inspiring Examples of Vintage in Web Design | Naldz Graphics.