As the more savvy brands cotton onto the self-evident truth that there’s no substitute for interesting, engaging content, no gimmick that skips the need to actually make things people want to read or watch, car manufacturer smart has gone one better.
Its new blog Smart Urban Stage not only features a range of interesting projects (from slides installed in railway stations to Moscow’s new cultural hub) but the site also sets up really fascinating discussions about the future of the city. This willingness to explore big ideas in such a straightforward way is quite a daring move in terms of the Twitter-generation’s perceived lack of attention span, but it works really well, not least because of the interesting names they have got involved.
Anthropologist Amber Case discussing how to make people interact with each other in public spaces with the irrepressible Improv Everywhere exemplifies this commitment to creating genuinely thought-provoking content, and there’s plenty more across media, culture, architecture, design and science to get your teeth into. Urban planning rarely looked so good.
- Designer Collin Fletcher’s rich portfolio of music-related projects
- Mainframe turns the movements of recognisable objects on their head
- Local Characters: Anna Kulachek typographically depicts her hometown of Moscow
- Illustrator and animator Steph Hope’s cast of weird and wonderful characters
- Interactive magazine The Exposed searches for utopia in issue two
- Street View: Photographs of Urban Life, displays 100 years of photography
- Netflix launches new documentary series Abstract: The Art of Design with a stellar lineup
- Too Fast To Think: why switching off unlocks creativity
- Maciej Dakowicz's photographs capture unexpected, serendipitous moments
- Juventus football club given a new identity by Interbrand
- Maziyar Pahlevan’s monochrome portfolio is full of typographic experiments
- Tokyo illustrator Okamura Yuta and his endearing brush-and-ink characters