Category Archives: Infographics

How Plastic Pollution Affects Our Planet: From Mountain Top to Ocean Floor

It’s well documented that household plastics are a huge threat to our environment. According to Earthday.org, It’s estimated that world plastic production stands at around 340 million metric tonnes, with half of annual plastic production destined for single-use products.

Just to add a little more perspective to that, it’s estimated that one million plastic bottles are sold per minute and 4 trillion plastic bags are produced annually – 100 billion of which are thrown away in the US alone. It’s a pretty eye-opening thought, isn’t it?

Though small, single-use plastics are a very large and very real issue. Devastating habitats, killing wildlife and some recent studies have even discovered microplastics in drinking water.

The production of plastic seems relentless, and while alternatives are being produced and households and businesses take a more environmentally friendly approach to their own plastic waste, it doesn’t detract from the fact that a lot of damage has already been done.

In this post, we wanted to highlight just how severe the problem has become and just how widespread the issue of single-use plastics and plastic pollution is in general. It’s a frightening fact that it really does seem that nowhere is safe from harm.

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11 Houseplants With “Superpowers” That Are Perfect For Beginners

If you’re just about to embark on your first houseplant buying expedition, there’s a good chance you’re not really sure which ones you’d like to buy. Do you go for something colourful and delicate? Or what about something robust and imposing?

Whatever you choose, it needs to be looked after. But some houseplants are way more high-maintenance than others. There’s nothing worse (there probably is) when you’re a new plant parent, than coming home to find your beautiful new addition all shrivelled and brown. Whether that’s because it didn’t quite like the fact you sat it by a draughty door, or you forgot to water it for a day or two…

So what’s the answer? Treat yourself to some super easy-going houseplants, of course! Houseplants that are really easy to care for don’t need to be boring either. There are loads of funky houseplants out there to choose from, but knowing which is right for you can be tricky, especially when you’re not quite sure what it is you’re doing.

So, we’ve put together a list of our favourite houseplants with “superpowers” that we think are perfect for beginners. All of the plants we’ve chosen are low-maintenance, stylish and above all, they’ll totally dazzle you with their brilliance, too!

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Mythical Creatures From Folklore That Live In and Around Your Home

If like us you’d love your very own house elf, there’s actually a good chance that you might already have one.

For centuries, the presence of house spirits and mythical creatures that live in the home have played a prominent role in folklore around the world, with many cultures embracing the age old tales and superstitions that are passed down through the generations.

Some are known to be positive, while others… not so much.

If you’re in France, you might be privileged enough to share your home with a Matagot, a mythical creature that takes the form of a cat or sometimes a fox, rat or dog. Matagots are said to bring good fortune… but only if you treat them well!

On the other hand, if you’re in England, you might be unfortunate enough to live with a Boggart (or Bogeyman as they’re affectionately known) – said to be the manifestation of all your fears, the Boggart is fond of mischief and wrong-doing; rattling doors, moving your things and they may even go a step further by stealing your children!

So, which mythical creatures do you share your home with? Check out the funky illustrations we’ve created below and let us know if any of them seem familiar…

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Classic Childhood Pastimes Re-imagined as 8-bit Video Games

Like us, you probably have fond childhood memories of playing Pooh Sticks in the sunshine with your friends, or dodging cars while you play Kerby. And if you’re of a certain age, there’s a good chance you remember the delights of Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt too.

The mid 1980’s were a turning point when it came to how kids spent their free time. 8-bit games consoles such as the NES from Nintendo and the original Master System from Sega revolutionised game play forever.

Recently, there has been an influx of nostalgic reboots of these classic games consoles, allowing a generation to relive their childhood by revisiting some of their long-forgotten but much cherished retro video games.

With that in mind, we thought to ourselves… why not combine the traditional with the not-so-traditional? So, we’ve taken some traditional childhood pastimes such as conkers, musical chairs and tag, then “redesigned” them as 8-bit video games… because who said a jump rope and pat-a-cake couldn’t be super cool, right?

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50 Shades of Urban Decay: Colour Palettes Inspired by Abandoned Places

Have you ever stumbled upon a derelict building and though about how much of an eye sore it is? What about that dilapidated old park bench that could do with being replaced?

If you’re into urban exploring, finding beauty in something that you’d ordinarily find grotesque can be a magical thing, and looking deeper into what these spaces offer can open up a whole new world, especially from a design perspective.

When decorating, it’s common to work out a colour scheme before you start. With that in mind, we’ve decided to take those unloved buildings and spaces, and draw inspiration to create a stunning set of 10 unique colour palettes. In addition to this, each colour palette comes with its own set of Hex codes, perfect for those designers looking to get creative and delve into the world of rust, overgrown structures and exposed brickwork on a more granular level.

So, if you’re looking for some design inspiration, check out our colour palettes inspired by abandoned places below. You never know, urbexing might just become your new favourite pastime too!

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What If… Smart Home Technology and The Transformers Joined Forces?

Smart technology such as the Amazon Alexa and Philips Hue are fast becoming a staple part of many homes, providing a convenient and often novel way of doing day-to-day things that would otherwise be more complex.

Say you fancy turning the heating up just a little so it’s nice and cosy when you return home, the Nest Learning Thermostat will allow you to do that remotely via your mobile phone. Or, if you’re planning on having a relaxing night in, you feel like getting funky with some chilled out tunes and subtle mood lighting… then Google Home has you covered.

Now imagine you could take these incredible inventions one step further. What if they got smarter? Like, really smart… Not only could they make your day-to-day life that little bit easier, but what if they could sense when you needed them? What if they could go and fetch your slippers for you so you don’t have to rely on the dog?

So we got to thinking… Technologically speaking, who or what is the most reliable of all? Why, it’s the giant, sentient robots of Cybertron of course. The Transformers as they’re lovingly known are noble, compassionate and chivalrous – those Autobots certainly know how to look after us human folk (forgetting the Decepticons, obviously). Add to that their ability to shapeshift and we’ve got a force to be reckoned with.

We then got creative. We wanted to see what a smart technology/Transformers mash-up might look like and we’ve got to say… We’re quite impressed.

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How Much Pizza Do You Get For $1 Around The World

Ever wondered how the price of pizza differs around the world? We’ve put together a graphic looking at how many slices of pizza you’d get for $1 in a variety of countries around the globe. We’ve compared the average prices for a large Margherita to keep things fair and consistent. The graphic also includes information about any unique or interesting pizzas you can get in the region because as well as price differences, some of the toppings were very intriguing.

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Pixel Scale Buildings Around the World

Pixel Scale Buildings Around the World

At a lofty 830m high, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. It cost $1.5 billion to build and took almost six years to finish, which is almost as long as it took us to recreate these magnificent pieces of architecture as pixel art (I joke, but seriously, it took a long time!).

Thankfully, not all the world’s iconic buildings are as complex as the Burj Khalifa! They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and we hoped to capture, and compare, them in a new and interesting way.

Sure, illustrations or photos might have made our lives easier, but in the end we opted for a pixel art approach, at a scale of 1 pixel : 1 metre squared. And believe us when we say, each pixel felt like reconstructing the original brick-by-brick!

The actual Taj Mahal took over 20 years to build and looks just as impressive at dawn as our pixel version does.

Even a low-detail process like pixel art can capture the essence of each building, no matter the size. The huge 830 x 150 pixel Burj Khalifa is impressive, but there’s beauty in the smaller buildings too. In fact, recreating all these structures gave us an opportunity to study their form in intimate detail.

St Basils Cathedral Pixel Scale

Saint Basil’s Cathedral may only reach a tiny 48px high, but there is beauty in those blocks.

Take some time to admire the pixel-patterning on the domes of Saint Basil’s, or bask in the digital sunlight drenching the tiny Taj Mahal.

Pixel Scale Buildings Around the World

For greater detail simply hover over the image on desktop, or tap and hold to use the zoom tool on mobile and tablet. Please enjoy and share!

Want to download them as a resource for your website or next design project? No problem, download the set here (please include attribution to Climadoor).

How to beat your family at board games EVERY TIME!

We all know how competitive we get when it comes to playing board games with our family. You could be having a lovely Christmas Day, lots of lovely new gifts, a nice wholesome dinner, a few glasses of bubbly, feet up on the sofa with the tin of chocolates next to you… it’s all going well until someone suggests a game of Monopoly. Board games are a fun tradition but let’s face it, we all want to win. Monopoly had to create a hotline in recent years, where experts were on hand with the official rule book, after it was revealed 51% of games end in a row.

But it’s not just a Christmas problem, you never know when someone might next suggest bringing the board games out of the loft… after a Sunday roast, when you can’t find anything to watch on tele, when the kids have gone to bed… Board game gate could happen anytime and unless you want to spend the rest of eternity being reminded by Uncle John about that time he stole all your money and left you bankrupt, you better get clued up.

We’ve created some fun graphics to show you the sneaky tricks that will help you win at the most popular board games, every time! Say goodbye to losing and get ready to watch the smirk disappear from Uncle John’s face…

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