Welcome to the Nelson Bostock Unlimited EDIT, our Friday afternoon newsletter packed with all the weird and wonderful things we’ve discussed, admired and frequented this week.
What we’ve been up to……
This past week the Studio team descended on Nicer Tuesdays, a monthly event run by It’s Nice That – an organisation promoting creative inspiration via its events programme, website and magazine. Over a few beers in Bethnal Green, the team listened to a host of interesting speakers, including Frances Corner, head of the London College of Fashion, who discussed the ways in which the design industry can use its influence to make a difference. It definitely gets the nod from us and we’re looking forward to its next event – maybe see you there!
One to watch
Snapchat’s first foray into camera hardware started last year when it launched video-recording spectacles in the US. The company has now made its glasses available in a number of cities across Europe including London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona. In London, the first Snapbot (the bright yellow vending machines that sell its goods) has appeared at the London Eye and they’re selling at £129.99 a pair. With a built-in video camera that records footage in a circular format, the footage can be shared with friends on the social network. We’re looking forward to seeing more of these around our neck of the woods!
What’s caught our eye
This week, Google submitted an application for planning permission to Camden Council for its proposed King’s Cross Campus. Construction on the purpose-built 11-storey building, comprising of more than 1 million square feet will commence in 2018. This new building, combined with the current building at 6 Pancras Square and an additional third building, will create a Google campus with the potential to house 7,000 Google employees. It’s being developed from the ground up and will contribute to the Knowledge Quarter and King’s Cross’s growing knowledge-based economy. We can’t wait to see it.
It hasn’t been the smoothest start to leadership for Donald Trump and the drama continued this week as Elon Musk announced his withdrawal from the White House advisory councils. The decision came off the back of President Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate agreement, an issue the Tesla chief is particularly passionate about. While we’re confident that sustainability will remain high up on the agenda of most businesses, we’re really happy to see the biggest names in tech standing up for what’s important. Go Elon!