Daily nuggets of inspiration from the good folk
It doesn’t matter how old you are, the tinkling chimes of an ice cream van never fails to excite the child in us. But what if you don’t have any change? Or you’ve just got out the shower? Or you’re trying to avoid your touchy feely neighbour who is also legging it outside in eager anticipation?
Now, thanks to private car company Uber, you can order an ice cream van to turn up when it suits you. And not only that, you can pay for your frozen treat using the app too, which means no frantic hunting down the sofa cushions as the merry bells disappear into the distance.
The initiative has just gone live in 130 cities, spanning 38 countries and 6 continents. Although it might seem like a random move for a car firm, it means thousands more people will – quite literally – have a taste of the Uber app and how it works.
Uber has also launched a fleet of bike couriers in New York, so it seems we can expect to see many more initiatives from the brand as it expands.
Surely nothing can beat being able to whistle for a Mr Whippy, though?
Sometimes it’s nice to get home, crank up the heating and snuggle under a blanket. After a 5k run is not one of those times. Nor is the end of a sweaty summer’s day in an un-air-conditioned office. Or when you’ve been lugging shopping bags around for what seems like weeks.
On those occasions, what you really want is to arrive home to a blissfully cool home, whip off your sweaty clothes, and chill out with an ice-cold G&T (unless you’re running before 9am, that is).
Thank goodness for a new fitness tracker, then, which miraculously cools down your home as your body temperature heats up. Yes, instead of flinging open the windows in despair, your house will now know what temperature it needs to be when you walk through the door.
It’s the latest in a stream of technology that allows us to control every part of our homes. From filling up the fridge to controlling our lighting, monitoring our energy usage to adjusting the atmosphere and humidity, homes of the future will work for us, not against us. Nice.
IKEA is a great place for young people to buy tables/ chairs/ shelves/ ice cube trays. Instagram is a great place for young people to share photos of their food/ trainers/ post-work pint (#longday). So it was only a matter of time before the two paths crossed, which they did in Russia recently.
It’s all been done to launch the new PS 2014 collection, but instead of it just being a straight photostream with a touch of Toaster filter, they’ve effectively built a whole website using Instagram. Each of the products has its own account, so users can browse through the range and tag their own favourite flat-pack shots as well.
It’s not the first time IKEA has dived into the world of social media and come up smelling like something incredibly pleasant. In 2010 they put their entire catalogue on Facebook and gave free furniture to the first person to tag themselves on each product. #smartthinking
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Old Engine Oil, Kim Jong Ale, Hoptimus Prime, Moose Drool, Old Leghumper, Tactical Nuclear Penguin. Just a few of the weird and wonderful names that have appeared on the labels of beer bottles around the world. But now visitors to a bar in Glasgow have been given the opportunity to brew their own tipple (and presumably name it too).
The Drygate runs a weekly DIY beer club, giving patrons advice on flavours and techniques as well as packaging and bottling. A great idea considering the £320 million wasted each year in the UK alone, by middle-aged men attempting to brew in their own garage. (Yes, we just made that figure up, but you get the point.)
Drygate also produces its own selection of craft ales onsite, including Outaspace Apple Ale, Gladeye IPA and Bearface Lager, with labels all designed by alumni of Glasgow School of Art. Worth a visit if you’re up that way for the Commonwealth Games.
A quick chat with our Biomotive Triggers expert Mr Simon Preece will reveal that red is a rather significant colour. Red alert, red lights, red letters, red rags, red tape, red carpet.
So it would be a brave move for Coca-Cola to consider life without the iconic red and white branding, as design studio Ryan Harc has recently. (Tx eco-slurper Damo.) It’s all in the name of sustainability, obviously, as removing the colour stops the paint from seeping into the aluminium, therefore reducing the cost of recycling. The colourless design uses a pressing machine to emboss the branding on the can.
After Coke experimented with a bottle made out of ice last summer, a colourless can could well be a possibility as the company looks towards more environmentally friendly packaging. Saving the planet? You can’t beat the feeling.