The Design Block

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Photographer shines a light on Antarctica’s icy beauty

"The intriguing thing about the light in Antarctica was in the seeming absence of sunlight."

5 steps to using psychology in your advertising

To help your ads stand out in a crowded market, you first need to learn about consumer thought processes.

BK personalizes face masks to help you order

Trying to order food while wearing a face mask just got easier thanks to these customized ones by Burger King.

“Broken” furniture that looks like it belongs in a cartoon

While these unique furniture creations look straight out of a cartoon, they are still functional.

Galactic talent: Contest showcases best Milky Way photos of the year

Earth is situated in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way and sometimes we can see deep into our galaxy’s centre.

Coca-Cola & Carlsberg are making the switch to plant-based bottles

Thanks to a biochemicals company in the Netherlands, plant-based bottles could soon replace plastic ones.

Delicate animal portraits created from flowers

This artists animal portraits are inspired by the ancient and traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement— Ikebana.

Snapchat apologizes for tone-deaf Juneteenth filter

Snapchat has apologized after releasing camera filter that prompted users to “smile” to break the chains of slavery.

Quarantined travel photographer creates miniature outdoor scenes with everyday objects

Each miniature scene is planned out and shot with clever lighting so that it looks just like the real outdoors.

Instagram tackles online bullying with new features for users

As part of its efforts to tackle online bullying, Instagram announced a series of new features to help.

3D street art that interacts with its surroundings

Cosimo makes boring spaces pop out, more colourful and fun by using his 3D street art technique.

UN releases free COVID-19 awareness images donated by artists

The UN sent out an open brief for creatives. Within two weeks, tens of thousands of entries emerged.

How to design an eCommerce About Us page

Did you know that the About Us page is one of the most important pages of your eCommerce website?

Illusion cake creations will make you look twice

This pastry artist creates stunningly realistic cakes that look like other food or objects.

Artist creates mind-blowing 3D paintings with illusive depth

The dazzling portfolio of portrait artist Stefan Pabst looks so realistic it’s hard to believe our eyes.

Humorous IKEA step-by-step manual poking fun at hoarders

IKEA is reminding customers to practice social distancing by staying at home at all times.

How to turn one colour into hundreds of interesting palettes

Watch this video to see that you don’t have to be an expert in colour theory to create a myriad of colour palettes.

McDonald’s apologizes for splitting golden arches to portray social distancing

A marketing gimmick for McDonald’s Brazil saw the Golden Arches split apart with the two halves away from each other.

Starbucks changes cups, hoping you won’t tell the difference

Starbucks is testing a prototype cup with a biodegradable liner in some of its stores.

Is imposter syndrome affecting your earning potential?

Imposter syndrome is that annoying feeling of self-doubt you may feel every time you reach a new level of success.

Artists create elaborate baroque-inspired wigs made of paper

This talented duo works with paper to create eccentric headpieces, masks, and other wearable sculptures.

Have an idea for an unconventional living space? Airbnb could give you US$100K to build it

If you’ve ever dreamed up an extraordinary, one-of-a-kind home, now’s your chance to bring it to life.

National winners of the 2020 Sony World Photography Awards

The National Awards are a way for the contest to showcase talent from all countries that submitted work.

Get creative advice from 11 of the world’s top architects

These famous architects demonstrate how to excel in any creative endeavour.

Kids can show their art to billions with ‘Doodle for Google’

Each year, young US-based artists in grades K-12 are invited to submit their Google Doodle ideas.

Coca-Cola uses optical illusion so you see its iconic bottle

Coke believes it’s so iconic that our brain needs little to feel it — and to desire it.

Scrap metal becomes life-size animal sculptures

Artist takes these screws, nuts, and bolts and assembles them into human and animal forms.

Old Spice Guy returns 10 years later as an uncool dad

Old Spice gets back on the horse to mark the 10 year anniversary of its “Smell Like a Man, Man” campaign.

Google drops 1,000+ high-res satellite photos for use as wallpapers

Google is adding 1,000+ new images to Earth View, which users can download at up to 4K resolution.

Instagram introduces unfollow account suggestions

Instagram's new feature breaks down those you’re following into those most seen and least interacted with.

Burger King offers free Whoppers for a photo of your ex

Burger King is helping people move on by trading a free Whopper for a photo of a past flame.

Artist transforms rocks into highly realistic animals

Where others might see a simple stone, Akie Nakata sees an animal waiting to be revealed by paint.

No logo. No images. But you know these are McDonald’s ads

There aren't many brands that could pull off a campaign with no images, products or even a company logo.

Google releases ‘Envelope’ to curb your smartphone addiction

If you feel you rely on your mobile device too much, Google has a solution to curb technological distractions.

Oil paintings that pay homage to prehistoric animals

While this artist's work is diverse, her favourite subjects are actually extinct and prehistoric animals.

Planters kills off Mr. Peanut after 104 years

Known for his top hat, cane and monocle, the famous mascot apparently sacrificed himself in a pre-Super Bowl ad.

KitKat reminds hobbyists to ‘Have A Break’ with DIY model kits

KitKat continues to remind us to "Have a Break," with their latest campaign directed at hobbyists.

Tinder adds panic button & other safety features

Tinder's new additions are meant to provide security for its users, both online and in real life.

Artist uses her thigh as an ink drawing canvas

Artist Randa Haddadin creates amazing ink drawings on a reusable canvas — her thigh.

Is out-of-home the future of video advertising?

While marketers begin to lose ground on TV and smart devices, other opportunities are opening up in DOOH.

Pixelated wooden faces reveal complexities of the human spirit

This artist uses vibrantly painted wooden sticks that, when combined, turn into pixelated wooden faces.

Burger King offers Harry & Meghan its crown

BK is asking Harry and Meghan to don a different kind of crown — one of the paper variety.

Pepsi blurs boundaries with new coffee-cola drink

Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Pepsi Café has nearly twice the caffeine as regular Pepsi.

Ortal Sachs designs a surprisingly comfortable stone chair

This young industrial designer has developed and designed what appears to be a chair made of stone.

Volkswagen hides a showroom in the snowy north of Sweden

VW has "hidden" a showroom for the Passat in the snowy wastes of Scandinavia. First to find it wins it.

Artist quits day job to draw hyper-realistic ocean waves

Bethany quit her day job to become a full-time artist, quickly gaining attention from art enthusiasts & collectors.

Get paid quicker with these 10 invoicing software solutions

If you're a freelancer, make sure you get paid on time by choosing the right invoicing software for your needs.

Shutterstock’s 2020 colour trend report

As we look to 2020, there's a shift from the neons of 2019 to more bold and saturated colours.

M&M’s steals KFC’s “Finger-Lickin’ Good” slogan

M&M's chocolate bar filled melts in your hand too, so the company hijacks KFC's slogan for 48 hours.

5 ways to flip your fear of office arguments

Have you ever been in a disagreement and thought, “This person just doesn’t get it”? It may be true.