Ladybird books introduce Peter and Jane to hipsters and hangovers

Once famous for its earnest, wholesome books that introduced British children to topics such as space travel, nuclear power and the gunpowder plot, the publisher Ladybird is launching a series of guides to help cynical adults make sense of modern life, from hipsters to hangovers. Embracing the trend for spoof Ladybird editions that juxtapose the […]

Disney is using augmented reality to bring coloring books to life

A Disney Research team has developed technology that projects coloring book characters in 3D while you’re still working on coloring them. The process was detailed in a new paper called “Live Texturing of Augmented Reality Characters from Colored Drawings,” and it was presented at the IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality on September […]

The flyaway success of the Ladybird art prank

Elia raised £5,000 through Kickstarter to publish the book, painstakingly replicating the design techniques and printing technology used in the original Ladybird books. As encouragement, she put individual pages out on social media. By the time the first edition of 1,000 books had been released, at £20 apiece, it had gone viral. Retribution was swift, […]

‘If I didn’t finish my rooms in time, I had to work until I did, unpaid’

companies that flourish, including those in the hospitality sector, pay employees relatively well, invest heavily in training and design their operations to encourage employee initiatives Read the full story here

Can I get a rewind! The lost art of the VHS cover

Any child of the 1980s or 90s could tell you the pivotal role the video shop played in their lives. Once a fixture of Britain’s high streets, they’ve since gone the way of Woolworths, Our Price and Wimpy, becoming virtually extinct with the advent of Netflix, Amazon and iTunes. But the new book VHS Video […]