LEGO’s crowdsourcing system turns 10 in 2018. To celebrate, LEGO is challenging fans to create their own version of the LEGO Ideas logo. The grand prize winner will receive all of the 2017 LEGO Ideas sets, while the runner up will receive the Saturn V and Women of NASA sets.
Awesome Art & Design On The Awesomer
Artist Thomas Houha makes laser-cut wood and mat board models of objects ranging from spaceships to bridges. One of our faves is this 4″ x 5″ model of a relic of traditional design – a wooden drafting table complete with a teensy T-square and other drafting tools.
Sinners Domino Entertainment is back with another record-setting setup – an insanely complex series of scenes toppled from half a million individual dominoes. It took 22 domino experts two weeks to put the show together – and less than 9 minutes to knock it all down.
The Art Assignment argues that whether it be something as primitive as bones or as advanced as a neural network, there’s always a human touch at the root of all machines used to make art. We like to think of it from the other end: art is unfinished until a human mind ponders it.
Klokers presents a sweet new unisex timepiece that tells time using a pair of turning discs which rotate around a stationary indicator dial. It comes in three different color schemes, and offers a slick, interchangeable strap and accessory system. Check it out on Kickstarter.
Disproportionately big eyes, a sailor’s outfit, colorful hair… these are but a few of the trademark characteristics of girls in anime. Over at MakeGirlsMoe, computer learning algorithms can generate a nearly infinite set of anime characters, as seen in the video here.
Add a splash of color to your space with these minimal pendant lamps. They come in colors like Cardinal, Sargasso Sea, Forest Biome, and Pewter, each corresponding to an official PANTONE color. Matching lampshades are also available, but we prefer the bare bulb look.
Interactive designer Sabba Keynejad put together a simple, but wonderful rig for recording animations. By feeding sheets of paper under a pair of motorized rollers, a stack of 1000 individually printed sheets are brought to life. The track is Drinkee by Sofi Tukker.
Matt Giles shows off a really nifty way to dress up a room – instead of going with traditional floor tiles, he laid down 27,000 individual pennies (just $270 plus labor) for an amazingly cool look. Check out his DIY Penny Floor website for instructions to install your own.
Furniture maker Lignum walks us through the painstaking process of transforming dozens of straight slats of wood into a beautiful handbuilt bench with smoothly undulating curves. It amazes us that most of the work is done using only clamps, patience, and lots of glue.
Animator Eran Hilleli shows off an awesome work-in-progress system which allows him to animate the movements of a character using a series of faders and knobs, not unlike a sound mixing console. The system is based on code by keijiro takahashi. We want this now.