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Emoji masterpieces

Meet ND Stevenson, the artist recreating famous paintings using only…

17 May 2024 | 124

Emoji masterpieces

Meet ND Stevenson, the artist recreating famous paintings using only emojis. Who would’ve thought this simple hybrid of visual symbols and technology could capture our attention in such a unique and surprising way? Would Klimt or Michelangelo give it the thumbs up?

17 May 2024 | 124

Doves typeface

Extra-wide capital letters. Diamond shaped punctuation. Off-kilter dots on the…

17 May 2024 | 124

Doves typeface

Extra-wide capital letters. Diamond shaped punctuation. Off-kilter dots on the letter ‘i’. What possessed its creator to dump every piece of the letterpress into the Thames over a century ago? It takes the curiosity of a graphic designer to get to the bottom of it.

17 May 2024 | 124

Thinnest Apple product ever

The launch video for the new iPad Pro was intended…

17 May 2024 | 124

Thinnest Apple product ever

The launch video for the new iPad Pro was intended to show the myriad ways it can be used as an idea’s tool. But that’s not how creatives see the symbolism of the ad’s hydraulic press “killing everything we ever found joy in”. What’s your view?

17 May 2024 | 124

New Icons category

Airbnb allows you to step into a different world. Now…

17 May 2024 | 124

New Icons category

Airbnb allows you to step into a different world. Now they’ve taken this concept to the land of imagination recreating rentals from popular films: Barbie’s Malibu Dreamhouse, Shrek’s Swampland cottage, Pixar’s Up, the X-Mansion… each ‘Icon’ is free or under £80. Yes really!

17 May 2024 | 124

Learn the language

Going abroad? No one expects fluency but you’ll soon break…

17 May 2024 | 124

Learn the language

Going abroad? No one expects fluency but you’ll soon break down a few barriers if you learn some local phrases – endearing people to you. Whether you’re a beginner or just brushing up, here’s how you can sharpen your skills without being in a classroom.

17 May 2024 | 124

Make robots hairy?

Technology is taking us to some pretty exciting places! It’s…

03 May 2024 | 123

Make robots hairy?

Technology is taking us to some pretty exciting places! It’s not unthinkable that our next ‘must have’ could be a handy robot to help around the house. Like the new Atlas robot from Boston Dynamics. It’s a bit creepy! Would we be more relaxed if robots had hair?

03 May 2024 | 123

Single-use plastic

As global leaders gather to negotiate a desperately needed plastic…

03 May 2024 | 123

Single-use plastic

As global leaders gather to negotiate a desperately needed plastic pollution treaty, big brands are reimagining their single-use plastic packaging. Toothpaste tablets. Paper bottles that don’t get soggy. Produce protected in edible coatings. Have a look at some innovative solutions.

03 May 2024 | 123

What is culture?

The Turner Prize is the U.K.’s most prestigious award for…

03 May 2024 | 123

What is culture?

The Turner Prize is the U.K.’s most prestigious award for contemporary art. The shortlist has been revealed! The four nominees approach the world in very different ways – reflecting the different backgrounds and communities they come from. Discover what their art has to say.

03 May 2024 | 123

Welcome to Sponge City

It’s a pioneering concept. Capturing stormwater instead of disposing of…

03 May 2024 | 123

Welcome to Sponge City

It’s a pioneering concept. Capturing stormwater instead of disposing of it and banking it for a rainy day by refilling underlying aquifers. This new strategy in urban design of turning land into rain gardens is critical as the world looks for innovative ways to adapt to climate change.

03 May 2024 | 123

What are you doing tomorrow?

If you’re looking for something free and fun to do…

03 May 2024 | 123

What are you doing tomorrow?

If you’re looking for something free and fun to do (in London) this Bank Holiday weekend, (for those reading Shareables in the U.K.) this caught our curious eye. The big return of the Canal Festival in Little Venice which celebrates our iconic waterways. We love the sense of community – see you there!

03 May 2024 | 123

Stik, Mr Cenz, Fanakapan

Connect with the Shoreditch community on this fascinating insight into…

19 April 2024 | 122

Stik, Mr Cenz, Fanakapan

Connect with the Shoreditch community on this fascinating insight into one of the fastest growing art movements of our time. This walking tour showcases socially conscious artists whose vibrant paintings are ever-changing and deeply thought-provoking.

19 April 2024 | 122

Turning waste into furniture

When innovation and creativity collaborate, beautiful things happen such as…

19 April 2024 | 122

Turning waste into furniture

When innovation and creativity collaborate, beautiful things happen such as the nature-inspired Alder Collection. These new biodegradable tables and stools are made from coffee waste and a biodegradable plastic. Could this be the furniture of the future?

19 April 2024 | 122

Honeybees vs. Hornets

Bees provide habitats for wildlife and pollinate the food we…

19 April 2024 | 122

Honeybees vs. Hornets

Bees provide habitats for wildlife and pollinate the food we need to survive. Alarmingly, Asian hornets are eating our native bees in droves. One company is using AI-camera bait stations to detect and trace hornets back to their nests – helping to safeguard our bees.

19 April 2024 | 122

Brutal Wales

Welsh creativity and post-war renewal is brought impactfully to our…

19 April 2024 | 122

Brutal Wales

Welsh creativity and post-war renewal is brought impactfully to our attention within Simon Phipps’ photographic exploration (his latest brutalist book is available now). If you love modernist concrete buildings – but also history and photography – this is for you.

19 April 2024 | 122

The meaning of home

Cataolgue!!! a collaborative zine from Dazed and IKEA launches at…

19 April 2024 | 122

The meaning of home

Cataolgue!!! a collaborative zine from Dazed and IKEA launches at Milan Design Week. A reimagining of their iconic catalogue, this creative platform explores what home means to young people setting up for the first time. IKEA always seems to mirror how we live.

19 April 2024 | 122

Our place in the universe

This captivating 3-minute film will make you feel both a…

05 April 2024 | 121

Our place in the universe

This captivating 3-minute film will make you feel both a miracle and very, very small. Zoom through the different scales of the universe from minuscule particles out to the gigantic cosmic web 10 billion light years away. If you need a sense of perspective, watch this.

05 April 2024 | 121

New in town?

Where can you dine out for under £10 in London?…

05 April 2024 | 121

New in town?

Where can you dine out for under £10 in London? Or discover the best carbonara in Rome? Or eat near the beach in Barcelona? Or locate the best coffee shops to get some work done in LA? This website makes you feel at home from Amsterdam to Washington DC.

05 April 2024 | 121

Guide dogs sculpture trail

‘Paws on the Wharf’ weaves its way through London’s Canary…

05 April 2024 | 121

Guide dogs sculpture trail

‘Paws on the Wharf’ weaves its way through London’s Canary Wharf in celebration of art, creativity, accessibility and the life-changing work these incredible dogs do. Each guide dog sculpture is decorated in vibrant designs by professional artists – each with a tail to tell.

05 April 2024 | 121

Total eclipse in North America

We’re going to make the most of theirs given the…

05 April 2024 | 121

Total eclipse in North America

We’re going to make the most of theirs given the next time we, here in the UK, will witness a total solar eclipse will be September 23rd, 2090. ‘The path of totality’ will stretch from the West Coast of Mexico up to Newfoundland in Canada turning day into a very rare night.

05 April 2024 | 121

3 steps to a clutter-free home

It’s declutter time and here’s the article that’s going to…

05 April 2024 | 121

3 steps to a clutter-free home

It’s declutter time and here’s the article that’s going to motivate you with 3 insightful ways to help you conquer Stuff Mountain. These professional organisers appreciate there are lots of emotions tied up in parting with things – they will help you clear out your mind too.

05 April 2024 | 121

Awesome

The luxury boat industry is seeing a design transformation with…

22 March 2024 | 120

Awesome

The luxury boat industry is seeing a design transformation with a 165-metre-long submarine, a tetrahedron-shaped hydrofoil, and a solar-powered, off-grid floating home. We thought it would be interesting to take a quick dip into that world.

22 March 2024 | 120

What’s in a name?

Where did the inspiration for the name Foo Fighters come from? Or…

22 March 2024 | 120

What’s in a name?

Where did the inspiration for the name Foo Fighters come from? Or Limp Bizkit? Toad the Wet Sprocket? Oasis or Green Day? We do a lot of naming for brands, not bands however, but our curiosity was still piqued to learn the surprising stories behind the origins of these names.

22 March 2024 | 120

And the Oscar goes to?

Being graphic designers, of course our eye went straight to…

22 March 2024 | 120

And the Oscar goes to?

Being graphic designers, of course our eye went straight to the hand drawn, gilded and painted Saltburn opening credits, and the mix of proportions that characterise the Poor Things lettering. Titles have a big impact on how audiences perceive a film, who votes for a new category?

22 March 2024 | 120

A star explodes 11,000 years ago

This new 1.3-gigapixel image – the largest ever released from…

22 March 2024 | 120

A star explodes 11,000 years ago

This new 1.3-gigapixel image – the largest ever released from the Dark Energy Camera – brings to earth the remnants of this enormous Vela supernova. The scattered remains of a dead star about 100 light-years across with a diameter 20x that of a full moon. Mind blowing!

22 March 2024 | 120

Too busy to take a break

Then you need a break! We need to build in…

22 March 2024 | 120

Too busy to take a break

Then you need a break! We need to build in micro-breaks throughout the day – short respites of one minute or five or ten to off-set the micro-stresses and help counter their effects. Creating ‘pause’ moments shouldn’t be left to chance, use these strategies so a break becomes a habit.

22 March 2024 | 120

Killing your darlings

Great authors such as Jane Austen, Tolkien, Beckett rewrite, delete,…

08 March 2024 | 119

Killing your darlings

Great authors such as Jane Austen, Tolkien, Beckett rewrite, delete, cut more words than we get to read. Editing is an art! Wouldn’t it be absolutely fascinating if we could see into the thought processes of literary giants. The Bodleian’s Weston Library in Oxford is exhibiting the original manuscripts.

08 March 2024 | 119

Hidden hacks

Use a straw to remove strawberry stems. A peg to…

08 March 2024 | 119

Hidden hacks

Use a straw to remove strawberry stems. A peg to keep a packet of biscuits fresh. Loo roll to tame wrapping paper. Hacks are little life saviours but what about the originals designed that way from day one? Ever curious to learn what those might be…and if they’re worth reinvigorating?

08 March 2024 | 119

“Out of the strong came forth sweetness”

After 150 years, syrup maker Lyle’s has undertaken a brand…

08 March 2024 | 119

“Out of the strong came forth sweetness”

After 150 years, syrup maker Lyle’s has undertaken a brand refresh – revitalising its iconic dead lion and swarm of bees for a more friendly one and a single bee. Great brief to work on: move with the times while preserving heritage and authenticity.

08 March 2024 | 119

Crochet Coral Reef

Crocheting a worldwide archipelago of more than 50 reefs is…

08 March 2024 | 119

Crochet Coral Reef

Crocheting a worldwide archipelago of more than 50 reefs is a phenomenal way to respond to climate change. Christine and Margaret Wertheim’s project has roots in mathematics, marine biology, feminine handicraft and environmental activism. It’s taken a viral dimension of its own.

08 March 2024 | 119

AI generated album covers

‘Sgt. Pepper’ a pop art masterpiece, Brian Duffy’s portrait of…

08 March 2024 | 119

AI generated album covers

‘Sgt. Pepper’ a pop art masterpiece, Brian Duffy’s portrait of David Bowie for ‘Aladdin Sane’, Andy Warhol’s blue jeans crotch and zipper on ‘Sticky Fingers’… iconic album covers transcend music and define an era. As record labels turn to AI, will this generate works of art in its own right?

08 March 2024 | 119

The Dutch art of ‘doing nothing’

We’re curious about ‘Niksen’ and carving out the time to…

23 February 2024 | 118

The Dutch art of ‘doing nothing’

We’re curious about ‘Niksen’ and carving out the time to just be. When was the last time you did something without a purpose to it? To achieve? Letting your mind wander is good for creative problem solving – free yourself from obligations for just a moment and do ‘niks’.

23 February 2024 | 118

The pig café

So far there’s been cat cafés, owl cafés, rabbit cafés…

23 February 2024 | 118

The pig café

So far there’s been cat cafés, owl cafés, rabbit cafés and now pig cafés have got Tokyo buzzing/oinking! Micropigs roam freely as you sit and sip your coffee amongst the cuteness. Don’t forget to send us a selfie.

23 February 2024 | 118

Stamp of approval

Bold design can catch your eye – even on small…

23 February 2024 | 118

Stamp of approval

Bold design can catch your eye – even on small mediums such as a stamp. We are so grateful to expert curator, Diego Bucciero, for bringing his collection out of an old shoebox for us all to be inspired. If you love graphic design history and stamps, this design archive is for you.

23 February 2024 | 118

The Super Bowl ads

When brands pay £7 million for a 30-second slot, their…

23 February 2024 | 118

The Super Bowl ads

When brands pay £7 million for a 30-second slot, their message is sure to get across. Michael Cera spoofing Cerave moisturising cream is certainly a funny one. Also, special mention to Google’s AI ad for visually impaired people. What are your Super Bowl 2024 top picks?

23 February 2024 | 118

When Forms Come Alive

Who’s up for going along to see this exhibition of…

23 February 2024 | 118

When Forms Come Alive

Who’s up for going along to see this exhibition of sculpture in free form. Escaping, swirling, flowing, dancing… everything here is brimming into being. Come and see 21 artists defy convention. Open until May 6th, 2024

23 February 2024 | 118

Year of the Dragon

Kung Hei Fat Choy! In Chinese culture, the year of…

09 February 2024 | 117

Year of the Dragon

Kung Hei Fat Choy! In Chinese culture, the year of the Wood Dragon starts tomorrow – an auspicious symbol of strength and power. The only mythical creature out of the entire animal line-up, it is revered. What does your animal sign mean for your personality?

09 February 2024 | 117

Forgotify

If your ears crave respite from popular tunes, Forgotify is…

09 February 2024 | 117

Forgotify

If your ears crave respite from popular tunes, Forgotify is for you. A genius tool for Spotify’s unplayed tracks, of which there are well over 4 million of them – who knows what decades-old songs or obscure artists might be waiting for their moment. What will you discover?

09 February 2024 | 117

A curious history of beds

Beds have come along way since ‘four-penny coffins’, ‘two-penny hangovers’,…

09 February 2024 | 117

A curious history of beds

Beds have come along way since ‘four-penny coffins’, ‘two-penny hangovers’, deep piles of layered foliage topped with pest resistant leaves and prehistoric slabs of cold, hard stone. Humans have been making beds for thousands of years; this article puts our curiosity to bed.

09 February 2024 | 117

World’s best puzzle boxes

Meet Kagen Sound, wood worker, artist, brain teaser – known…

09 February 2024 | 117

World’s best puzzle boxes

Meet Kagen Sound, wood worker, artist, brain teaser – known worldwide for designing intricate puzzle boxes. Eye catching riddles with true challenges to solve. No nails, just carefully interlaced wood containing hidden mechanisms and manoeuvres. How does he do it?

09 February 2024 | 117

What are bricks made of?

Our planet is running out of raw materials so when…

09 February 2024 | 117

What are bricks made of?

Our planet is running out of raw materials so when companies make it their mission to turn waste into useful things like electricity or jet fuel or, in this case into bricks, to reduce our CO2 impact, in true shareables style – we’re ready to spread the word.

09 February 2024 | 117

Tune into tree fm

Woodland walks are good for your mental health. Monday comes…

26 January 2024 | 116

Tune into tree fm

Woodland walks are good for your mental health. Monday comes and we’re back at our desks again so whenever you want to unwind, tune into these forest sounds from around the world – Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea… browse any forest, it’s a great sanity restorer.

26 January 2024 | 116

Is anyone still making cassette players?

Dust off your cassettes and listen to them as intended…

26 January 2024 | 116

Is anyone still making cassette players?

Dust off your cassettes and listen to them as intended on this CP13 cassette player from Fiio. Yes, it does look like a Sony Walkman from the 80s but it’s a cassette player through and through – now with a USB-C charging feature saving you all those AA batteries.

26 January 2024 | 116

Peach fuzz

What do we think of Pantone 13-1023? Will it feature…

26 January 2024 | 116

Peach fuzz

What do we think of Pantone 13-1023? Will it feature in your next colour palette to convey a feeling of community connection and collaboration? This peachy hue has a distinct message to communicate – poetic, calming and gentle, it’s the colour that shows your brand cares.

26 January 2024 | 116

What happens when you keep squeezing?

It’s extraordinary what happens to matter under extreme pressures. (The…

26 January 2024 | 116

What happens when you keep squeezing?

It’s extraordinary what happens to matter under extreme pressures. (The kind of crushing force inside planets and stars!) Water becomes hot black ice. Hydrogen gas becomes a shiny metal. If this blows your mind, this video will take you to our planetary core.

26 January 2024 | 116

Blob opera

Create your own operatic music by simply dragging up and…

26 January 2024 | 116

Blob opera

Create your own operatic music by simply dragging up and down on the four characterful looking blobs! Each one sings in a different vocal range. It’s quite the compelling time waster so perhaps don’t click just yet if you’re really busy. We just had to share.

26 January 2024 | 116

2024 whohoo!

Our resolution? To count our blessings and look to the…

12 January 2024 | 115

2024 whohoo!

Our resolution? To count our blessings and look to the positives. We’re excited about the Summer Olympics and the Paralympic Games in Paris, a return to the moon with NASA’s Artemis II mission, and a slew of new films, TV, music, books and amazing Art. Embrace January and…

12 January 2024 | 115

Reclaim your brain

Mindless scrolling, fomo, time-sucking apps embedded with dopamine triggers. Phones…

12 January 2024 | 115

Reclaim your brain

Mindless scrolling, fomo, time-sucking apps embedded with dopamine triggers. Phones are a habit perhaps we should make a resolution to kick. We thought this was interesting. A five-week free coaching plan designed to help reset our screen addiction and fill our lives with joy and delight.

12 January 2024 | 115

What did you learn in 2023?

Did you know… salt in human tears can power batteries?…

12 January 2024 | 115

What did you learn in 2023?

Did you know… salt in human tears can power batteries? Two street food stalls in Bangkok and Singapore have Michelin stars? Forest levels in England have risen to levels last seen in 1350? For the highly curious, check out this article. We love learning from other people’s learnings.

12 January 2024 | 115

Coolcationing?

Setting off to sunny climes isn’t quite how to see…

12 January 2024 | 115

Coolcationing?

Setting off to sunny climes isn’t quite how to see the world in 2024. (Basking on beaches is soooo last year.) Instead, gig tripping, star bathing, home swapping, coolcationing, and longevity resorts are offering deeper experiences that leave a positive impact. See how travel is taking shape.

12 January 2024 | 115

Match this

If you thought matches were just for striking and lighting,…

12 January 2024 | 115

Match this

If you thought matches were just for striking and lighting, think again! Tomohiro Okazaki’s playful stop-motion animation has got us mesmerized. There’s nothing this everyday wooden stick can’t do – from balancing acts to hypnotic transformations. Every frame, a creative idea.

12 January 2024 | 115

And the best-selling Christmas song is…?

Bing Crosby’s White Christmas is the best-selling Christmas song with…

15 December 2023 | 114

And the best-selling Christmas song is…?

Bing Crosby’s White Christmas is the best-selling Christmas song with more than 50 million copies sold. But we’re dreaming of a playlist we haven’t heard over and over and over again. We hope our festive selection here brings you comfort and cheery joy.

15 December 2023 | 114

The annual argument

After the turkey and figgy pud, it’s time to gather…

15 December 2023 | 114

The annual argument

After the turkey and figgy pud, it’s time to gather round for some table top competitive tension. Monopoly has ruled for many years and Scrabble has served you well, how about introducing some new and innovative games from these top picks. Play nice!

15 December 2023 | 114

All aboard the 139

If you want a festive route through London all mapped…

15 December 2023 | 114

All aboard the 139

If you want a festive route through London all mapped out for you, the number 139 double-decker bus from Waterloo to Golders Green has one destination: Christmas. For just £1.75, you’ll be taken on a journey to see London’s magical make-over.

15 December 2023 | 114

Lighting up London

A book tree, a surrealist tree, a giving tree, a…

15 December 2023 | 114

Lighting up London

A book tree, a surrealist tree, a giving tree, a mosaic tree, a nostalgic tapestree… London is channelling its creativity into festive installations from St. Pancras International to Battersea Power Station’s ‘Bigger Christmas Trees’ by David Hockney. How many have you seen?

15 December 2023 | 114

A gift of a present

We know what you want for Christmas. To avoid the…

15 December 2023 | 114

A gift of a present

We know what you want for Christmas. To avoid the high street with a carefully curated list of Christmas gift ideas, just for you. As the curiously creative people we know you are, we think you’ll find it refreshing to buy gifts that don’t fall under the category of ‘stuff’.

15 December 2023 | 114

Our blue planet

A stunning world lies below the surface of our seas….

01 December 2023 | 113

Our blue planet

A stunning world lies below the surface of our seas. Luckily for us, the best ocean photographers are poised ready to capture the beauty of our blue planet and, sadly, the threats it faces. Here are the winning highlights from Ocean Photographer of the Year.

01 December 2023 | 113

Moon, Mars and beyond

One day, SpaceX’s rocket, Starship, will be able to carry…

01 December 2023 | 113

Moon, Mars and beyond

One day, SpaceX’s rocket, Starship, will be able to carry up to 100 people on interplanetary flights. Currently WIP, the spacecraft successfully lifted off from the launch pad for the second time, climbing 90 miles above Earth before exploding. The close-up images are out of this world.

01 December 2023 | 113

Where in the world?

Dive into vibrant cultures, savour exotic flavours, dance under unfamiliar…

01 December 2023 | 113

Where in the world?

Dive into vibrant cultures, savour exotic flavours, dance under unfamiliar constellations… but how do you squish the wonders of the world into 25 days holiday a year? We hear you! Condé Nast’s 24 Best Places to Go in 2024 puts forward a very good case for a sabbatical!

01 December 2023 | 113

Is time travel possible?

Reaching across the centuries in the Tardis, Doctor Who thought…

01 December 2023 | 113

Is time travel possible?

Reaching across the centuries in the Tardis, Doctor Who thought so. Physicists, however, need something a little more grounded in science than fiction.  From Newtonian mechanics and general relativity to quantum mechanics, a multiverse? (exciting) or the string theory – are we any nearer to zapping about?

01 December 2023 | 113

Einstein’s ‘House’ riddle

Here we go… five houses in a row. Each is…

01 December 2023 | 113

Einstein’s ‘House’ riddle

Here we go… five houses in a row. Each is a different colour. Each resident has a different nationality, drinks a different drink, smokes a different brand of cigar, owns a different pet. The IQ challenge: who keeps fish? We wouldn’t leave you without clues and a TED-Ed talk holding the answer.

01 December 2023 | 113

What’s your morning routine?

Starting each day the same way just might be the…

17 November 2023 | 112

What’s your morning routine?

Starting each day the same way just might be the key to increased productivity. Do you hit snooze? Or bounce off to cardio, followed by coffee and calls? For morning routine inspo, check in with Marcus Aurelius, Benjamin Franklin and Beethoven – they’ve got a few interesting tips for you.

17 November 2023 | 112

Bizarre grammar rule

Q: adjectives, “lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling…

17 November 2023 | 112

Bizarre grammar rule

Q: adjectives, “lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife” – are we putting them in the right order? Is there a rule we follow by instinct? If so, what is it? And who knew? The eight/ten(?) types of adjectives cause quite the debate.

17 November 2023 | 112

The best inventions of 2023

What are we going to need next? Sustainable sneakers, a…

17 November 2023 | 112

The best inventions of 2023

What are we going to need next? Sustainable sneakers, a saliva pregnancy test, a water bottle that conforms to the shape of your mouth, meat without the footprint… immerse in Time’s list of 200 ground-breaking inventions to see where technology is taking us. We love knowing what’s possible.

17 November 2023 | 112

What does a mountain walk sound like?

A rugged, mist-shrouded, meandering mountain walk can quite happily be…

17 November 2023 | 112

What does a mountain walk sound like?

A rugged, mist-shrouded, meandering mountain walk can quite happily be put into words. Capturing the experience in a sonic art piece, well, there’s a challenge which Tom Bradbury, amazing ambient composer, took in his stride. Thank you for highlighting that sight isn’t the only sense we have.

17 November 2023 | 112

How to avoid a soggy bottom

Pies! What pie pan do you use because it makes…

17 November 2023 | 112

How to avoid a soggy bottom

Pies! What pie pan do you use because it makes a real difference. Use the wrong one and moisture traps under the filling leading to the dreaded soggy bottom. Ceramic pans are the worst. Here, the pie experts share their pan preferences – a crisp and flaky shell depends on it.

17 November 2023 | 112

Time capsule of terror

Public transport is a honeytrap for the weird and wonderful….

03 November 2023 | 111

Time capsule of terror

Public transport is a honeytrap for the weird and wonderful. But, around Halloween things take a turn for the spooky. For 20 years now, photographer Seymour Licht has been snapping Halloween revellers on the New York Subway.

03 November 2023 | 111

Wonderful, useless things

There’s something delightful in these almost pointless objects. Designed by…

03 November 2023 | 111

Wonderful, useless things

There’s something delightful in these almost pointless objects. Designed by Nikolas Bentel for one (very specific) purpose, these accessories might be extremely aesthetic, but, unless you need to transport a single slice of pizza, they’re quite impractical.

03 November 2023 | 111

English is alive and kickting

We can tell because it’s constantly evolving; Merriam-Webster’s latest update…

03 November 2023 | 111

English is alive and kickting

We can tell because it’s constantly evolving; Merriam-Webster’s latest update included an astonishing 690 new words. Zhuzh, cromulent and GOATED are favourites, but, ngl, most of them are bussin’.

03 November 2023 | 111

Pulped fiction

Overwhelmed by the number of copies of the Da Vinci…

03 November 2023 | 111

Pulped fiction

Overwhelmed by the number of copies of the Da Vinci Code they were receiving, a charity shop in Cardiff had to ask for a halt in donations. Luckily, visual artist David Shrigley has been there to help them out, turning unwanted copies into 1984 instead.

03 November 2023 | 111

In case you missed it

This tube game has been all over social media –…

03 November 2023 | 111

In case you missed it

This tube game has been all over social media – challenging Londoners to name every single tube and overground stop across the capital. Think you’ll easily ace it? Think again. It’s much harder than you think to name them all.

03 November 2023 | 111

Weird and wonderful

Log riding in Japan, llama racing in Colorado and Kaiju…

20 October 2023 | 101

Weird and wonderful

Log riding in Japan, llama racing in Colorado and Kaiju Live Monster Wrestling in New York. The self-titled “weird sports photographer” Sol Neelman has seen some of humanity’s oddest pastimes. His photos capture the joy, humour, and determination of those who compete.

20 October 2023 | 101

How to exclaim

The marmite of grammar is surely the exclamation mark. They’ve…

20 October 2023 | 110

How to exclaim

The marmite of grammar is surely the exclamation mark. They’ve been called brash, annoying, and extra. But they weren’t always so frowned upon. Here’s how five famous authors from different eras have emphasised with exclamation.

20 October 2023 | 110

The dos and don’ts of dressing

From superhero style to everyday fashion, GQ has put together…

20 October 2023 | 110

The dos and don’ts of dressing

From superhero style to everyday fashion, GQ has put together new guidelines for what to wear right now. Wear what you own and cool it on the flares are good pieces of advice. Others, perhaps, should be taken less seriously.

20 October 2023 | 110

Restoring biodiversity

As farming becomes less profitable, there’s been a shift in…

20 October 2023 | 110

Restoring biodiversity

As farming becomes less profitable, there’s been a shift in population from countryside to city. It’s a global phenomenon that’s resulted in a mass of unused land – around a billion acres over the globe. Most people think of it as wasteland, but ecologists see its potential.

20 October 2023 | 110

Why do superheroes wear spandex?

Maybe not one for the philosophers, but we were curious…

20 October 2023 | 110

Why do superheroes wear spandex?

Maybe not one for the philosophers, but we were curious to learn about the stretchy material’s elastic fortunes and how it became synonymous with superheroes and sportswear.

20 October 2023 | 110

The invisible epidemic

Social isolation has the same level of damage to our…

06 October 2023 | 109

The invisible epidemic

Social isolation has the same level of damage to our life expectancy as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Spend 24 hours with a cross-section of American society, and you’ll see the increase in time spent alone and discover its alarming impact.

06 October 2023 | 109

Take a moment

Photographic artist Ray Burmiston has been busy taking over 200…

06 October 2023 | 109

Take a moment

Photographic artist Ray Burmiston has been busy taking over 200 photographs of celebrities taking refuge in a moment of calm. The images are part of a new collection being displayed in the National Portrait Gallery and projected in Piccadilly Circus to encourage Londoners to reflect on their mental health.

06 October 2023 | 109

Animal anomalies

An ostrich with a head of garlic and a lobster…

06 October 2023 | 109

Animal anomalies

An ostrich with a head of garlic and a lobster with a fire-hydrant torso. The imaginative minds at the French creative agency Les Creatonautes regularly create new imaginings of everyday objects as animals. They’re simple and bizarre – and our new favourite account.

06 October 2023 | 109

Drama on another level

Real-life storytelling has the power to challenge our thinking and…

06 October 2023 | 109

Drama on another level

Real-life storytelling has the power to challenge our thinking and bring about change. Factual content puts you right there, in that moment, showing you the world as it is. Any genre you want – historical, extreme sport, the natural world – your curious mind will love this.

06 October 2023 | 109

Get unstuck

Feeling frustrated by your lack of progress and unsure why?…

06 October 2023 | 109

Get unstuck

Feeling frustrated by your lack of progress and unsure why? We’ve all been there. And we’ve got a new method for getting back on track to share. All you need to do is ask yourself a few key questions, and your way forward will become clear.

06 October 2023 | 109

Recipes for celebration

If you do decide to stick out the Autumn in…

22 September 2023 | 108

Recipes for celebration

If you do decide to stick out the Autumn in the UK, there are plenty of things to look forward to. Halloween, Harvest Festival and Hogmanay provide the perfect excuse to gather friends, good food and maybe a drink or two.

22 September 2023 | 108

Not ready to let summer end?

An unseasonably warm September has lulled us into the (sadly…

22 September 2023 | 108

Not ready to let summer end?

An unseasonably warm September has lulled us into the (sadly false) idea summer might last forever. But it doesn’t have to. If you’re really committed to avoiding the cold, try this year-long circuit of the US, where the temperature never dips below 21 degrees. Our bags are already packed.

22 September 2023 | 108

Art lovers rejoice!

The good people at Conde Nast Traveller have made it…

22 September 2023 | 108

Art lovers rejoice!

The good people at Conde Nast Traveller have made it easier than ever to plan a holiday full to the brim of art and culture. They’ve considered gallery concentration, architectural highlights, as well as the number of art schools and festivals to rank their top ten.

22 September 2023 | 108

Fake it until you make it

Some of our favourite fictional brands have done the impossible….

22 September 2023 | 108

Fake it until you make it

Some of our favourite fictional brands have done the impossible. Escaping the confines of our screens, they’ve broken into the real world. What is it about them that made viewers want to try them IRL? Brand designers spill their secrets for successful fake brands in this article by It’s Nice That.

22 September 2023 | 108

Celebrating caff culture

Also known as a greasy spoon, the Great British Caff…

22 September 2023 | 108

Celebrating caff culture

Also known as a greasy spoon, the Great British Caff is an institution we shouldn’t take for granted. Though they’ve fallen out of favour as younger generations punt for Australian-influenced, TikTok-famous brunch experiences, a few authentic spots remain. This Instagram account documents them all.

22 September 2023 | 108

Seeing is believing

If we could see the effect climate change has on…

08 September 2023 | 107

Seeing is believing

If we could see the effect climate change has on our lives, our drive to combat it might become more imperative. NASA’s newest tool, Tempo, continuously measures and maps the air quality above North America – showing regular breakdowns of local air quality.

08 September 2023 | 107

Something for everyone

Want to get away form the angry comment sections and…

08 September 2023 | 107

Something for everyone

Want to get away form the angry comment sections and doom and gloom news that seem to dominate the internet? We recommend perusing this Guardian list of digital gems. Our favourites: The Fish Doorbell, Found in a Library Book and Sandwiches of History.

08 September 2023 | 107

Walk the butterfly trail

Curious client Pixel Artworks has designed an extraordinary (and free!)…

08 September 2023 | 107

Walk the butterfly trail

Curious client Pixel Artworks has designed an extraordinary (and free!) mixed reality experience for the Outernet on Denmark Street. Visitors travel through Professor Peter Perlgrin’s Botanical Workshop, where they meet the AR butterflies that live there.

08 September 2023 | 107

Pigeons, but fancier

Applying a formal portrait technique to some of the rarer…

08 September 2023 | 107

Pigeons, but fancier

Applying a formal portrait technique to some of the rarer and most beautiful breeds of pigeons, photographer Brendan Burden aims to upturn our preconceived notions of the birds most of us consider the “rats of the sky”.

08 September 2023 | 107

Who lives in Soho?

When we call Soho our home, we mean it in…

08 September 2023 | 107

Who lives in Soho?

When we call Soho our home, we mean it in a symbolic way. At 6 pm we say our goodbyes and head to homes in Zone 2 and beyond. But, for others, Soho is and always has been where they lay their heads.

08 September 2023 | 107

The mystery of the missing postcodes

When they were first proposed in 1856, ten postcode districts…

25 August 2023 | 106

The mystery of the missing postcodes

When they were first proposed in 1856, ten postcode districts divided London. But, as postcode buffs will have already realised, today, only eight remain. What happened to the lost two?

25 August 2023 | 106

For the love of dog

The Curious Studio is always happier when one of our…

25 August 2023 | 106

For the love of dog

The Curious Studio is always happier when one of our office dogs makes an appearance. It’s astonishing how much they brighten our mood. To showcase their appreciation for man’s best friends, the Hashimoto Contemporary is exhibiting dog-inspired artworks in a myriad of mediums.

25 August 2023 | 106

Bastard Amber

No, it’s not an insult, it’s the name of a…

25 August 2023 | 106

Bastard Amber

No, it’s not an insult, it’s the name of a colour. The warm peachy-pink glow of a theatre spotlight, to be precise. What a fun name! And there are lots more. Drake’s-Neck, Banan-Appeal and Smaragdine are all part of a vast colour vocabulary we dramatically under-employ.

25 August 2023 | 106

The Restaurant of Mistaken Orders

You order dumplings, but a plate of sushi arrives at…

25 August 2023 | 106

The Restaurant of Mistaken Orders

You order dumplings, but a plate of sushi arrives at your table. In any other restaurant, you might complain. But, at the Restaurant of Mistaken Orders, a regular pop-up in Japan, errors are part of the experience, as the restaurant hopes to raise awareness of dementia, which all its servers have.

25 August 2023 | 106

That’s NEAT

It can be hard to find time (and motivation) to…

25 August 2023 | 106

That’s NEAT

It can be hard to find time (and motivation) to exercise. Early morning gym sessions and runs in the rain simply aren’t appealing. But keeping fit need not be that hard. Making healthier choices in your day-to-day life to increase your Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (or NEAT) can have a surprisingly big effect.

25 August 2023 | 106

A hit of nostalgia

Calm weekend mornings before the adults were awake, or as…

11 August 2023 | 105

A hit of nostalgia

Calm weekend mornings before the adults were awake, or as a treat after school – our favourite childhood shows still hold a place close to our hearts. And, let’s be honest they were better when we were kids! Do the Guardian agree? See what made the list.

11 August 2023 | 105

A date for your diary

On the 2nd of November, the National Portrait Gallery will…

11 August 2023 | 105

A date for your diary

On the 2nd of November, the National Portrait Gallery will reopen David Hockney: Drawing from Life. Featuring over 30 new portraits including an excellent rendering of Harry Styles (we also love Joe Lycett’s version): it’s a must-see!

11 August 2023 | 105

Combating cliff corrosion

Coastal erosion doesn’t just harm human habitats – Britain’s seabird…

11 August 2023 | 105

Combating cliff corrosion

Coastal erosion doesn’t just harm human habitats – Britain’s seabird population is also affected. In some places, their population has declined by 90% as their cliff homes wear away. Now three mysterious structures on England’s east coast aim to put a stop to this decline.

11 August 2023 | 105

Free beer here

Well, free beer for one lucky person… Whoever becomes Aldi’s…

11 August 2023 | 105

Free beer here

Well, free beer for one lucky person… Whoever becomes Aldi’s new Official Beer Taster will be responsible for tasting and reviewing a complementary range of Aldi ales, lagers, and ciders. Great work if you can get it. Applications are open until the 21st of August.

11 August 2023 | 105

A sensible discovery

Hear, see, smell, taste, and touch. We’re all familiar with…

11 August 2023 | 105

A sensible discovery

Hear, see, smell, taste, and touch. We’re all familiar with the five senses. But do you know which you’re neglecting? Identifying (and rectifying) your neglected sense, could open up a whole new way of connecting to and enjoying the world around you.

11 August 2023 | 105

An answer at last?

Ever since his art began to appear on the streets…

28 July 2023 | 104

An answer at last?

Ever since his art began to appear on the streets of Bristol, people have questioned the identity of Banksy. How did he go from a graffiti kid to a cultural phenomenon? And has he left any clues to his identity? BBC Sounds investigate.

28 July 2023 | 104

It’s that time again

Yes, the shortlisted entries for the 2023 Comedy Pet Photography…

28 July 2023 | 104

It’s that time again

Yes, the shortlisted entries for the 2023 Comedy Pet Photography Awards have been unveiled, and they don’t disappoint. This year’s sensations selection includes photobombers, sneak attacks and some unfortunate hair coincidences.

28 July 2023 | 104

Be more productive

For creatures of habit, humans are surprisingly bad at building…

28 July 2023 | 104

Be more productive

For creatures of habit, humans are surprisingly bad at building positive routines. But, by adding a desired behavioural change to an existing ritual, it can become one of your daily practices. It really is that simple.

28 July 2023 | 104

A hidden gem

We have a new favourite show. Full of family conflict,…

28 July 2023 | 104

A hidden gem

We have a new favourite show. Full of family conflict, backstabbing and power struggles, Chimp Empire has more in common with Game of Thrones or Succession than your usual nature documentary. Nevertheless, the combination of beautiful filmography and dramatic charge has us hooked.

28 July 2023 | 104

A human lasagne

It’s almost time for the Icon of the Seas to…

28 July 2023 | 104

A human lasagne

It’s almost time for the Icon of the Seas to take its maiden voyage. 20 decks, the tallest waterslide to sail, 7 swimming pools, 1 ice rink, 8 Neighbourhoods and too many other things to list will make up the world’s largest cruise ship. But, we find ourselves asking, is this design improvement, or just a bit much?

28 July 2023 | 104

The Super Sewer gardens

Yes, you read that correctly. Until it opens in 2025,…

14 July 2023 | 103

The Super Sewer gardens

Yes, you read that correctly. Until it opens in 2025, the Thames Tideway Tunnel, built to upgrade London’s Victorian sewage system, has been turned into a garden to showcase the ecological benefits it will bring to the city.

14 July 2023 | 103

Playing on perspective

Portuguese artist Hugo Suíssas uses angels and scale to make…

14 July 2023 | 103

Playing on perspective

Portuguese artist Hugo Suíssas uses angels and scale to make playful compositions that insert everyday objects into otherwise ordinary scenes. We loved puzzling out how they were made.

14 July 2023 | 103

Wimbledon’s dress down

It’s been 146 years since Wimbledon last looked at its…

14 July 2023 | 103

Wimbledon’s dress down

It’s been 146 years since Wimbledon last looked at its famously strict dress code. Societal pressure may have had a hand in the relaxation of certain rules around women’s wear.

14 July 2023 | 103

Spoiler alert!

If you’ve ever (and we’re not saying we have) pretended…

14 July 2023 | 103

Spoiler alert!

If you’ve ever (and we’re not saying we have) pretended to see a film to seem smart or cool, then we’ve got a tool for you. This sneaky website gives you everything you need to know to talk about a movie as if you’ve seen it.

14 July 2023 | 103

A real life DreamHouse

Whilst Ken and Barbie are adventuring in the real world,…

14 July 2023 | 103

A real life DreamHouse

Whilst Ken and Barbie are adventuring in the real world, they’ve listed the DreamHouse on Airbnb. And, because Ken couldn’t figure out the pricing, it’s available for free. If you fancy life in plastic (it’s fantastic!) you can book from July 17th.

14 July 2023 | 103

I feel love

MDMA’s use as a therapeutic agent has a lot of…

30 June 2023 | 102

I feel love

MDMA’s use as a therapeutic agent has a lot of support in the scientific community – it has the potential to revolutionise how we treat mental health. But, to the surprise of everyone involved, accidentally including a white supremacist in a new trial revealed the extent to which MDMA can change our minds.

30 June 2023 | 102

Too much information

Every day, it seems, we hear about another mind-bending/life-changing and…

30 June 2023 | 102

Too much information

Every day, it seems, we hear about another mind-bending/life-changing and very cool AI tool we simply must try. Thankfully, iLib lists the most visited AI sites to keep us on top of the trends.

30 June 2023 | 102

Puzzling times

Every Monday, The Guardian kicks off the week with a…

30 June 2023 | 102

Puzzling times

Every Monday, The Guardian kicks off the week with a selection of puzzles to get our heads out of weekend mode and ready for work. This week’s layering challenge, designed as an IQ test for children, made our adult brains ache. Can you solve them?

30 June 2023 | 102

All of a flutter

Inspired by their effortless movements, French artist Mantra has been…

30 June 2023 | 102

All of a flutter

Inspired by their effortless movements, French artist Mantra has been blessing buildings with beautiful and bold butterflies. The murals, which are drawn freehand, are the result of a childhood dream of becoming a naturalist and some seriously impressive artistic skills.

30 June 2023 | 102

Your guide to pride

This weekend is Pride. London will be brighter, busier and…

30 June 2023 | 102

Your guide to pride

This weekend is Pride. London will be brighter, busier and bustling-er than usual with parades, parties and protests popping up all over the capital. But, it’s more than just a celebration. This year’s theme, Never Walk Alone seeks to increase visibility and unity and equality for the entire LGBT+ community.

30 June 2023 | 102

A flexible design solution

Ikea’s latest design gives a whole new meaning to fold…

16 June 2023 | 101

A flexible design solution

Ikea’s latest design gives a whole new meaning to fold out sofa. Working with Space10, they’ve designed a couch light enough and small enough to fit in an envelope – admittedly, it’s not a small envelope, but, nevertheless, impressive!

16 June 2023 | 101

Tackling AI bias

Over the last few months, we (like many others) have…

16 June 2023 | 101

Tackling AI bias

Over the last few months, we (like many others) have been busy exploring how AI might enhance our work. But we’ve noticed that the images it generates tend towards a particular gender. MissJourney is an AI determined to restore the balance.

16 June 2023 | 101

Technological improvements

Isn’t it intriguing how technology influences our lives? If some…

16 June 2023 | 101

Technological improvements

Isn’t it intriguing how technology influences our lives? If some of Soren Iverson’s app “improvements” were ever implemented, it’d certainly make us think twice about our online behaviour. Thankfully, for now, they’re only ideas.

16 June 2023 | 101

Step into summer

Now that the weather’s finally picked up, it finally feels…

16 June 2023 | 101

Step into summer

Now that the weather’s finally picked up, it finally feels like summer. And just in time! The summer solstice, the longest day of the year, is on Wednesday. Here are some suggestions for where you can celebrate the sunshine.

16 June 2023 | 101

All in the mind’s eye

We love anything that makes our brains go “Wait. What?”…

16 June 2023 | 101

All in the mind’s eye

We love anything that makes our brains go “Wait. What?” – and optical illusions certainly fit that brief! What could be more curious than exploring why our eyes sometimes see things not how they are? Here are some of the best with handy explanations.

16 June 2023 | 101

The future 100

We’re wrapping up this issue on a positive note. We’re…

02 June 2023 | 100

The future 100

We’re wrapping up this issue on a positive note. We’re excited to keep sharing all the things that enrich our thinking. Anyone from Dazed’s list of up-and-coming creatives might well end up in Shareables again!

02 June 2023 | 100

Turning it up to 100

Another impressive achievement is making 100 of anything – especially…

02 June 2023 | 100

Turning it up to 100

Another impressive achievement is making 100 of anything – especially films (we hear there’s quite a lot of work involved). Only a handful of directors have ever managed it; their creations are delightfully varied.

02 June 2023 | 100

Centenary celebrations

Turning 100 is a pretty impressive achievement! It deserves to…

02 June 2023 | 100

Centenary celebrations

Turning 100 is a pretty impressive achievement! It deserves to be properly celebrated. We think Barbados has the right idea. They’ve one-upped our Royal birthday cards and released stamps of their centenarians.

02 June 2023 | 100

The perfect number

We’re throwing down the mantle. Issuing a challenge. Daring you….

02 June 2023 | 100

The perfect number

We’re throwing down the mantle. Issuing a challenge. Daring you. Could you live with only 100 items for a whole year? It sounds tough, but there are a whole host of benefits to stripping back your life to what’s truly necessary.

02 June 2023 | 100

The 100 best…

We could have picked the 100 best of anything, but…

02 June 2023 | 100

The 100 best…

We could have picked the 100 best of anything, but we’ve opted for books. Often a conversation topic in our studio, we love how they have the power to teach us, open our minds, and take us to new worlds. Some of these are definitely going on our to-read list.

02 June 2023 | 100

All that jazz

In small pockets across London, Jazz is making a comeback…

19 May 2023 | 99

All that jazz

In small pockets across London, Jazz is making a comeback – though not how you know it. This new wave is re-examining the music through soul, hip hop and African lenses – reflecting the diverse backgrounds of the artists making it.

19 May 2023 | 99

Secret code

Our website recommendation this week is Emojiton. Type any film,…

19 May 2023 | 99

Secret code

Our website recommendation this week is Emojiton. Type any film, book, or TV series into their search, and they’ll translate it into emoji speak. Perfect for quizzing your friends. Can you guess which film we’ve chosen?

19 May 2023 | 99

A ripe old age

In a curious corner of the internet, a question was…

19 May 2023 | 99

A ripe old age

In a curious corner of the internet, a question was asked; “Did people in the past look older when they were younger?”. Pictural evidence poured in. It seemed to be true. Younger people did seem to have aged faster. But, as always, there’s a scientific explanation.

19 May 2023 | 99

Beatles mania forever

No other band has had such an influence on global…

19 May 2023 | 99

Beatles mania forever

No other band has had such an influence on global culture as The Beatles. To this day, they influence musicians and artists alike – as seen in Leon Edler’s new collection of Beatles-themed artworks.

19 May 2023 | 99

Are you in control?

Wouldn’t it be great if we could blame our chocolate…

19 May 2023 | 99

Are you in control?

Wouldn’t it be great if we could blame our chocolate addictions and bad habits on genetics? Well, scientists are increasingly confident it might be the case. Their research shows that everything from our personalities to food preferences and even our ability to maintain relationships might be influenced by our genes.

19 May 2023 | 99

Getting to know you

Being born royal practically guarantees an unusual upbringing, with the…

05 May 2023 | 98

Getting to know you

Being born royal practically guarantees an unusual upbringing, with the eyes of the world always upon you. But it also ensures there’ll be enough content for someone to make you a visual biography. See King Charles’ below.

05 May 2023 | 98

A way to remember

The best part of any state event has got to…

05 May 2023 | 98

A way to remember

The best part of any state event has got to be the memorabilia made to mark the occasion: Aldi is selling Kevin the king of veg, and The Royal Mint will sell you a commemorative £5 coin for only £14.50. But our favourites come from these independent artists.

05 May 2023 | 98

A dish fit for a king

The Corrie Quiche, as it will surely be known, is…

05 May 2023 | 98

A dish fit for a king

The Corrie Quiche, as it will surely be known, is Charles and Camilla’s official coronation recipe. Featuring dill, spinach, and broad beans, it’s been released to mixed reviews. But if you’re curious about what tickles the king’s tastebuds, why not make your own?

05 May 2023 | 98

Get your Saturday sorted

Wherever you are in the UK this weekend, we predict…

05 May 2023 | 98

Get your Saturday sorted

Wherever you are in the UK this weekend, we predict you won’t be able to move for street parties, viewing parties, and afternoon teas. But, if you’re looking for a different way to celebrate, we have some suggestions.

05 May 2023 | 98

Can’t wait for the big day?

With the BBC’s in-depth analysis, you can become a coronation…

05 May 2023 | 98

Can’t wait for the big day?

With the BBC’s in-depth analysis, you can become a coronation connoisseur. The route, the robes and the regalia are all covered – there’ll be nothing you don’t know about the coronation.

05 May 2023 | 98

A lesson in clear communication

Phones, fidgeting and short attention spans – with all the…

21 April 2023 | 97

A lesson in clear communication

Phones, fidgeting and short attention spans – with all the distractions you compete with for an audience’s attention, straightforward communication is more vital than ever. It’s not just down to the words you use: these techniques can also help you get your point across.

21 April 2023 | 97

The secret to space photography

Whilst we’re on the subject of space, it appears you…

21 April 2023 | 97

The secret to space photography

Whilst we’re on the subject of space, it appears you don’t have to be an astronaut to take out of this world photographs. With patience, a DSLR and some photo-editing practice, you too can create images worthy of the James Webb Telescope.

21 April 2023 | 97

What time is it on the moon?

I’ll meet you at the crater at five, said one…

21 April 2023 | 97

What time is it on the moon?

I’ll meet you at the crater at five, said one astronaut to another. But what time is five when you’re on the moon? UK time? US time? Future time? Or, as the days are longer, do we need a new time altogether?

21 April 2023 | 97

Happy birthday Aladdin Sane

Can you believe it’s been 50 years since the release…

21 April 2023 | 97

Happy birthday Aladdin Sane

Can you believe it’s been 50 years since the release of David Bowie’s iconic album? The Southbank is celebrating this brilliant example of musical branding with an exhibition exploring the ‘lightning bolt’ portrait. It’s on now until the 28th of May – we’ll see you there!

21 April 2023 | 97

Where to?

AI really is awfully clever. Its latest trick is assembling…

21 April 2023 | 97

Where to?

AI really is awfully clever. Its latest trick is assembling travel itineraries for curious explorers. Whether you’ve got all the details nailed down and are looking for a few extra activities or you’re searching for inspiration, this website takes the pain out of holiday planning.

21 April 2023 | 97

Where did all the colours go?

Have you noticed things looking a little paler lately? Across…

24 March 2023 | 95

Where did all the colours go?

Have you noticed things looking a little paler lately? Across brands, architecture, fashion, and interior design, creams, whites, and greys have crept into common use. But what are the causes and consequences of our chromophobia?

24 March 2023 | 95

Who’s that face?

Spotted by one of our Curious team this week, the…

24 March 2023 | 95

Who’s that face?

Spotted by one of our Curious team this week, the Acton Giant is the tallest mural in London. Peering over rooftops, he reminds London’s children (and adults, too!) that they should brush their teeth at least three times a day.

24 March 2023 | 95

A puzzling development

When asked by software developer Daniel Tait to “invent a…

24 March 2023 | 95

A puzzling development

When asked by software developer Daniel Tait to “invent a logic puzzle similar to Sudoku” – after only a little bit of back and forth – ChatGPT invented Sumplete. We’re impressed and slightly scared.

24 March 2023 | 95

The planets are aligning

On Tuesday (the 28th of March), stargazers will see Jupiter,…

24 March 2023 | 95

The planets are aligning

On Tuesday (the 28th of March), stargazers will see Jupiter, Mercury, Uranus, Mars, and Venus all in a line. If all the rain has finally passed, they might even be visible without the aid of the telescope.

24 March 2023 | 95

Save me, James!

Have you noticed that all the heroes in action films…

24 March 2023 | 95

Save me, James!

Have you noticed that all the heroes in action films have J names? James Bond. Jason Borne. Jack Reacher. What is it about these names that makes them prevalent among film protagonists? There are plenty of theories.

24 March 2023 | 95

Bookworms, you’re welcome

The best use of AI we’ve seen so far is…

10 March 2023 | 94

Bookworms, you’re welcome

The best use of AI we’ve seen so far is Readow. Tell it the titles of all the books you’ve loved, and Readow will give you a personalised list of what to read next. What are you waiting for?

10 March 2023 | 94

A lexicography update

The word whizzes at Dictionary.com always have their ears to…

10 March 2023 | 94

A lexicography update

The word whizzes at Dictionary.com always have their ears to the ground, listening for new phrases that have entered the common vernacular. Recent additions to their dictionary include Cakeage, Nearlywed, and Antifragile – but what on earth do they mean?

10 March 2023 | 94

Getting taller all the time

In the last hundred years, we humans have had a…

10 March 2023 | 94

Getting taller all the time

In the last hundred years, we humans have had a bit of a growth spurt. Globally, we shot up 3 inches – and some countries saw average heights soar by an impressive 8 inches. Have we all been eating our greens, or is something else at play here?

10 March 2023 | 94

A window into nature

It’s no secret: at Curious, we find animal pictures endlessly…

10 March 2023 | 94

A window into nature

It’s no secret: at Curious, we find animal pictures endlessly fascinating – we love the glimpse into the natural world photography can give us. Our latest fix comes from the World Nature Photography Awards – they’re an eclectic mix of humorous, intimate, and heartbreaking.

10 March 2023 | 94

Snow problem

When you arrive at a ski resort, you expect to…

10 March 2023 | 94

Snow problem

When you arrive at a ski resort, you expect to see freshly fallen powder waiting for you on the mountainside. Not grass! But this season, it’s been the reality for many visitors to The Alps. So, what’s the solution? Alternative activities, fake snow, or a shift in ski locations? Could it be the future of snow is up in the air?

10 March 2023 | 94

Everything’s better when it’s free

Free! Not having to pay! Something for nothing! It’s sooooooo…

24 February 2023 | 93

Everything’s better when it’s free

Free! Not having to pay! Something for nothing! It’s sooooooo free-ing to find a website that gives you movies, or books, or online courses without expecting you to dip into your digital wallet. Bit like Shareables. More free brain nourishment is as easy as clicking this:

24 February 2023 | 93

Robots to the rescue

Scientists in Australia believe their coral wreaths may still be…

24 February 2023 | 93

Robots to the rescue

Scientists in Australia believe their coral wreaths may still be saved – if only they could speed up the rate they propagate and deploy new coral. Enter robots. Two mechanical arms are currently undergoing training in LA, ready to get to work revitalising coastlines worldwide.

24 February 2023 | 93

That’s wild

Calvin Nicholl’s carefully cut paper sculptures seem to be breaking…

24 February 2023 | 93

That’s wild

Calvin Nicholl’s carefully cut paper sculptures seem to be breaking free of their frames. With scalpels, scissors, and glue, Nicholls builds up feathers and fur, until wild creatures emerge. His work is so complex, it can take two years to complete a piece.

24 February 2023 | 93

What on earth

A whole host of weird and wonderful things have been…

24 February 2023 | 93

What on earth

A whole host of weird and wonderful things have been captured on Google Street View, from people caught unaware to breathtakingly beautiful nature and bizarre architecture. Click below for some of the greatest hits.

24 February 2023 | 93

How to recycle (almost) everything

We’re all guilty of optimistically popping any empty packaging in…

24 February 2023 | 93

How to recycle (almost) everything

We’re all guilty of optimistically popping any empty packaging in the recycling – you can recycle anything these days, right? Not according to the Guardian. Luckily they’ve made a guide to tell us all what’s what with recycling.

24 February 2023 | 93

Easily distracted?

You’re not the only one. Though they coveted concentration, even…

10 February 2023 | 92

Easily distracted?

You’re not the only one. Though they coveted concentration, even medieval monks sometimes had issues focusing. To keep their minds on track, they developed several methods to encourage singlemindedness.

10 February 2023 | 92

I’ve never seen that on the tube

It takes something extraordinary to shock a well-seasoned tube traveller….

10 February 2023 | 92

I’ve never seen that on the tube

It takes something extraordinary to shock a well-seasoned tube traveller. But Matthew Grabelsky’s portraits would give anyone pause for thought. The LA-based artist imagines human-animal hybrids sedately sitting on public transport.

10 February 2023 | 92

What do your dreams mean?

A big curious question. Dreaming of losing your teeth, missing…

10 February 2023 | 92

What do your dreams mean?

A big curious question. Dreaming of losing your teeth, missing an exam or leaving the house starkers – do these reveal deep psychological truths about us, or are they completely random? Scientists and philosophers can’t agree. But maybe Artificial Intelligence can tell us what our dreams mean.

10 February 2023 | 92

One for the un-romantics

San Antonio zoo’s annual anti-Valentine’s fundraiser is back. Patrons have…

10 February 2023 | 92

One for the un-romantics

San Antonio zoo’s annual anti-Valentine’s fundraiser is back. Patrons have the honour of naming a cockroach, rodent or vegetable after a not-so-special someone. Or upgrade for a video of your cockroach being fed to one of the animals.

10 February 2023 | 92

Big Headed

The 18th century might have been the most bonkers time…

10 February 2023 | 92

Big Headed

The 18th century might have been the most bonkers time for hair. Wigs reached dizzying heights as ladies outdid each other’s dos, and anything, even model ships, became accessories. How would you have done yours?

10 February 2023 | 92

Your art here

When The Girl with a Pearl Earring goes on tour…

27 January 2023 | 91

Your art here

When The Girl with a Pearl Earring goes on tour next month, Mauritshuis Museum, where she usually lives, won’t leave her spot empty. Instead, they’ve commissioned the public to submit interpretations to display in her place.

27 January 2023 | 91

What we don’t know

Known unknowns are a curious concept. There are hundreds of…

27 January 2023 | 91

What we don’t know

Known unknowns are a curious concept. There are hundreds of scientific, academic, and philosophical questions we just don’t have a satisfactory answer for. They’re fun to ponder but impossible to solve. Here are some to try and wrap your head around.

27 January 2023 | 91

Help yourself

Eat, pray, love. Win friends & influence people. Think fast…

27 January 2023 | 91

Help yourself

Eat, pray, love. Win friends & influence people. Think fast and slow. When it comes to self-help, the overload of advice can be overwhelming. Thankfully, hundreds of bestsellers have been distilled into this one handy guide. Now there’s no excuse to not be the best version of yourself.

27 January 2023 | 91

Happy birthday to the tube

Though we grumble about packed carriages, sweltering summer temperatures and…

27 January 2023 | 91

Happy birthday to the tube

Though we grumble about packed carriages, sweltering summer temperatures and last-minute cancellations, the tube holds a special place in London’s psyche. From steam power, smoking carriages, and injury-inducing brake power, it’s come a long way over its 160 years.

27 January 2023 | 91

Another happy new year

Chinese New Year began on Sunday, and the festivities will…

27 January 2023 | 91

Another happy new year

Chinese New Year began on Sunday, and the festivities will continue until the 5th of February. Why not celebrate by trying some of the diverse Chinese cuisine available throughout London. Here’s The Modern House’s definitive guide.

27 January 2023 | 91

Make your ideas stick

When we want to convince others to adopt new ideas,…

13 January 2023 | 90

Make your ideas stick

When we want to convince others to adopt new ideas, we tend to focus on all the shiny good things. What we forget is to make change work, we need to remove the barriers to change, not just make it sound attractive.

13 January 2023 | 90

Good movies as old books

Matt Stevens has been busy imagining films as classic book…

13 January 2023 | 90

Good movies as old books

Matt Stevens has been busy imagining films as classic book covers for the last two years. He’s built up quite the repertoire. From modern hits like Midsommer to cult classics like Before Sunrise and all-time favourites like Back To The Future – all are incredible.

13 January 2023 | 90

Happy news to start the year

We all need someone in our corner when we’re in…

13 January 2023 | 90

Happy news to start the year

We all need someone in our corner when we’re in a pinch. For the planet, that person is ClientEarth, a team of lawyers who challenge companies and governments on their environmental records.

13 January 2023 | 90

What’s in a name?

Derek. Mary. Gustavo. Nora. Are they your pals or your…

13 January 2023 | 90

What’s in a name?

Derek. Mary. Gustavo. Nora. Are they your pals or your pets? The trend of giving puppies people names has really taken off over recent years. Thanks to the Washington Post, you can now check if your name is more popular amongst dogs or humans.

13 January 2023 | 90

New Year. New You?

If you’ve not already picked a new year’s resolution, may…

13 January 2023 | 90

New Year. New You?

If you’ve not already picked a new year’s resolution, may we be as bold as to suggest you be a little kinder? We’re not trying to say you’re a horrible person (we’re sure you’re lovely), but little acts go a long way. Here are several suggestions for where to start.

13 January 2023 | 90

Christmas culture

If you have time between turkey servings, why not visit…

23 December 2022 | 89

Christmas culture

If you have time between turkey servings, why not visit The Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City? Over 100 architects, engineers and designers have baked a whole world out of delicious biscuits – no wicked witches were involved.

23 December 2022 | 89

Fight the festive brain fog

To stay sharp as a tack over the holidays, challenge…

23 December 2022 | 89

Fight the festive brain fog

To stay sharp as a tack over the holidays, challenge yourself with GCHQ’s fiendish puzzles. If you get them all right, you might have a calling in the intelligence industry.

23 December 2022 | 89

It’s a family business

Our story begins in 1900-ish: tasked with making a lightbulb…

23 December 2022 | 89

It’s a family business

Our story begins in 1900-ish: tasked with making a lightbulb bright enough for surgical theatres, Erwin Perzy accidentally invents a snow globe instead. Fast forward one hundred years and his great-granddaughter is selling his mistake internationally.

23 December 2022 | 89

A stroll down memory lane

Etch a Sketches, Pet Rocks or Cabbage Patch Kids –…

23 December 2022 | 89

A stroll down memory lane

Etch a Sketches, Pet Rocks or Cabbage Patch Kids – which toys fill you with nostalgia for your childhood Christmases? Stacker has put together a list of the most popular toys from 1900 to now.

23 December 2022 | 89

Don’t get stuck in the same old

These days Christmas starts in mid-October – that’s a lot…

23 December 2022 | 89

Don’t get stuck in the same old

These days Christmas starts in mid-October – that’s a lot of time to spend listening to the same ten songs. Never fear. We’re here to help. We’ve put together a list of alternative hits. It’s our Christmas gift to you and your ears.

23 December 2022 | 89

Fifteen days to go!

If you’re stuck on what to buy particularly tricky *insert…

09 December 2022 | 88

Fifteen days to go!

If you’re stuck on what to buy particularly tricky *insert family/friend colleague as appropriate* – it might be time to take a step back and try a new approach. You only need to tick one of three boxes to be considered a thoughtful gift giver.

09 December 2022 | 88

We’ve all got it wrong

We’ve been told sometimes you have to be nasty to…

09 December 2022 | 88

We’ve all got it wrong

We’ve been told sometimes you have to be nasty to be nice. But psychology suggests we might have it the wrong way around. Changing how you approach an argument can lead to better results.

09 December 2022 | 88

In orderly rows

The rainbow lines stretching out across your screen are hundreds…

09 December 2022 | 88

In orderly rows

The rainbow lines stretching out across your screen are hundreds and hundreds of trees in Kern County, California, captured from above by Mitch Rouse. The precision planting makes the part of our brain that loves straight lines very happy.

09 December 2022 | 88

This is not a drill

The team at Storekit have done a lot of leg…

09 December 2022 | 88

This is not a drill

The team at Storekit have done a lot of leg work, calling, and visiting the pub closest to every stop on the tube line all to identify their cheapest pint and put them in a handy guide. We thank them very much for their service.

09 December 2022 | 88

Colour me intrigued

We’re deep into the annual round-up season (shoutout to you,…

09 December 2022 | 88

Colour me intrigued

We’re deep into the annual round-up season (shoutout to you, Spotify Wrapped). Pantone, eager beavers as they are, are looking ahead, not back, and have already revealed their colour of 2023.

09 December 2022 | 88

Tired of Netflix?

When cinema was first introduced, it was considered an art…

25 November 2022 | 87

Tired of Netflix?

When cinema was first introduced, it was considered an art form. But for many (us included), it’s become a way to unwind and switch off, with familiar tropes and plotlines guiding us into unthinking. This guide has everything you need to shake you out of your film funk.

25 November 2022 | 87

The rest is history

From the very first Football World Cup in 1930, there…

25 November 2022 | 87

The rest is history

From the very first Football World Cup in 1930, there have been questionable going-ons. That year the Egyptian team missed their boat, one player lost their lip, and a manager accidentally knocked themself unconscious. Not a great start.

25 November 2022 | 87

Get your culture on

It’s officially indoor weather – but that doesn’t mean you…

25 November 2022 | 87

Get your culture on

It’s officially indoor weather – but that doesn’t mean you have to hunker down at home. Secret London has put together an excellent guide to the best exhibitions you can see right now. Don’t miss Strange Clay, Africa Fashion and many more.

25 November 2022 | 87

Ballpark history

Alliances, arguments, and audacious bids for power: European countries have…

25 November 2022 | 87

Ballpark history

Alliances, arguments, and audacious bids for power: European countries have long and complicated histories. Get an overview of their relationships from 1500 to now in this handy video. Set to some rousing classical music, it makes for a bizarre yet educational watch.

25 November 2022 | 87

A daily cloud

Grey days and plenty of rain have defined our weather…

25 November 2022 | 87

A daily cloud

Grey days and plenty of rain have defined our weather recently. But, to see happier skies, you need only head to Instagram. There you can delight your eyes with Chris Judge’s wonderous cloud art.

25 November 2022 | 87

A window to the past

This recoloured and sound-added video will transport you straight into…

11 November 2022 | 86

A window to the past

This recoloured and sound-added video will transport you straight into the central London of the 1930s. The visuals are so vivid you’ll feel like you’re there. Which locations do you recognize?

11 November 2022 | 86

Are we seeing the whole picture?

Nowadays, we consume a great deal of our culture in…

11 November 2022 | 86

Are we seeing the whole picture?

Nowadays, we consume a great deal of our culture in snippets. A clip, a soundbite, a headline. But rarely do we sit and absorb content in its long form. Does viewing a fragment removed from its context mean we’re limiting our understanding?

11 November 2022 | 86

Let your creativity flow

Generating new, creative, or novel ideas can be beyond frustrating….

11 November 2022 | 86

Let your creativity flow

Generating new, creative, or novel ideas can be beyond frustrating. When nothing you think of seems good enough, you might need to let everything out. From there, you might strike gold.

11 November 2022 | 86

Past and present collide

We don’t know why people develop unique hobbies – but…

11 November 2022 | 86

Past and present collide

We don’t know why people develop unique hobbies – but we’re glad they do! Ard Gelinck spends his spare time creating images of celebrities with their former selves. Looking at how they’ve aged is endlessly fascinating.

11 November 2022 | 86

Can consumer tech ever be sustainable

Going paperless may seem like the eco answer. Think of…

11 November 2022 | 86

Can consumer tech ever be sustainable

Going paperless may seem like the eco answer. Think of all the trees we’d save. Alas. Nothing in life is ever that simple. Even online, everything we do creates waste. Unread emails, video wormholes and endless upgrades – all of them have a price.

11 November 2022 | 86

How embarrassing!

Now and then, we’ve all made a faux pas, but…

28 October 2022 | 85

How embarrassing!

Now and then, we’ve all made a faux pas, but it’s comforting that ours weren’t broadcast live on air. Enjoy some pure schadenfreude with this montage of when it all went wrong for these BBC presenters.

28 October 2022 | 85

Tune into Tree FM

If you don’t get out of London much and you…

28 October 2022 | 85

Tune into Tree FM

If you don’t get out of London much and you miss green spaces bigger than Hampstead Heath, this is for you. Tree FM plays sounds of woods and forests recorded all other the world whilst you look at stunning shots of nature. It’s like you’re really there.

28 October 2022 | 85

The dark side of the moon

When astronauts make their return to the moon in 2025,…

28 October 2022 | 85

The dark side of the moon

When astronauts make their return to the moon in 2025, they’ll need a safe spot to park their spaceship. Their chosen method to map out such a place will rely on shadows. Using shade to create 3D models of their destination.

28 October 2022 | 85

Animals do the funniest things

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – no,…

28 October 2022 | 85

Animals do the funniest things

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – no, not Christmas (though it’s getting closer). The comedy wildlife photo finalists were released last week. Our favourites include a friendly raccoon, a penguin with serious attitude and a real-life Pegasus.

28 October 2022 | 85

Are you pumpkined for Halloween?

Stay ahead of the carve with a whole ghost of…

28 October 2022 | 85

Are you pumpkined for Halloween?

Stay ahead of the carve with a whole ghost of clever carving tips, techniques and inspiration and make your neighbours faint with envy. “Dear gourd”, they’ll say, “next door is creeping it real”.

28 October 2022 | 85

The best independent shops

Last weekend it was small business Saturday. But (and we’re…

14 October 2022 | 84

The best independent shops

Last weekend it was small business Saturday. But (and we’re not just saying this because we forgot) don’t limit your support to one day. There are brilliant and creative stores all over the UK that will always appreciate your business.

14 October 2022 | 84

Stand in the corner and cry softley

Go to Yale, get a hunting license, and ask your…

14 October 2022 | 84

Stand in the corner and cry softley

Go to Yale, get a hunting license, and ask your mother to take in borders. All feature on a 1958 edition of McCall’s Magazines list of ways to get a husband. Some have aged better than others.

14 October 2022 | 84

Cut it out

Here’s another portion of awe for you. Artist Parth Kothekar…

14 October 2022 | 84

Cut it out

Here’s another portion of awe for you. Artist Parth Kothekar has been making amazingly intricate papercuts using the maths behind M.C. Escher’s optical illusions. His excellent command of depth and scale makes the designs literally stand out.

14 October 2022 | 84

Get some awe

Speaking of awe, why not get your daily dose with…

14 October 2022 | 84

Get some awe

Speaking of awe, why not get your daily dose with this timelapse of a Eurasian blue tit nesting and hatching her eggs. Watching the chicks open their beaks and beg for food is guaranteed to mesmerize.

14 October 2022 | 84

Are you getting your fix of awe?

Admiration. Wonder. Astonishment. Experiencing awe gives us all the good…

14 October 2022 | 84

Are you getting your fix of awe?

Admiration. Wonder. Astonishment. Experiencing awe gives us all the good feelings. And science says, on top of improving our well-being, feeling awe actually makes us nicer people. Sounds pretty great. Here are ten ways you can get regularly awed up.

14 October 2022 | 84