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  1. Pantone colour of the year

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    And the winner for 2013 is... PANTONE Emerald 17-5641... previous winners include 2012's Tangerine Tango.

    www.pantone.com

     

     
  2. How to still look cool when your house has burned down

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    Portland-based photographer Foster Huntington is the man behind the ongoing blog project The Burning House (What Would You Take?), which recently became a book. Huntington had an interesting idea to invite a bunch of people to lay out the belongings they would bring with them in the event their home was on fire. This is an intriguing concept and it poses a question about the most important “things” that define us. Not a lot of treasured family possessions. But at least the survivors will look good and their stuff looks nice when photographed and that’s what matters, right…?

    www.theburninghouse.com

     
  3. Hackney’s digital Christmas

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    Hackney council, with a severely limited budget for yuletide festivities this year, have called in the help of Poke, Mother, Ustwo and a chunk of cash from 4G phone operator EE to create an alternative, high-tech Christmas in the streets of the borough. Calling it Make Hackney Sparkle, highlights include a building-sized digital advent calendar on Great Eastern Street by Ustwo (pictured) and Poke’s app from which you can create your own blizzard walking down Rivington Street, with the help of some strategically placed snow cannons.

    www.destinationhackney.co.uk

     
  4. Staples set to offer 3D printing in European stores

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    The article doesn’t specify exactly what they will be 3D printing but Staples are set to become the first retailer to fully embrace the new technology.

    www.fastcompany.com

     
  5. Mental.

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  6. Ebay pop-up shop in Covent Garden

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    Over the past few days a rather strange container-type shop has appeared in Covent Garden. The Ebay pop-up shop showcases the new technologies that the company has launched this year, including augmented reality and apps which allow you to photograph a fabric and then search Ebay’s database for garments made from the same material. Ebay (as I was told by their Marketing Manager) now has 17 million unique visitors every month, the same number as the total amount of shoppers visiting Oxford Street on a monthly basis. Also, the company has shifted from selling secondhand goods from individuals to companies selling new products. Presently the sales ratio is 70% new products sold at a fixed price and 30% peer- to-peer selling. Sales on mobile channels account for just under 50% of all products bought.

     
  7. Seoul Searching

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    One of our design teams has just got back from a research trip to Seoul, South Korea, and has put together a photographic review of the best bits.This is just a snapshot; we're still wading through the 1,000+ photos taken during the two-day trip. The city is crammed full of design inspiration and exciting retail – well worth a visit.

    Check out the highlights! (5.6 MB)