Art & Design

See-through Acrylic Bass Guitar

See-through Acrylic Bass Guitar

Builder Tim Sway always wanted to create a musical instrument without using any wood in its construction. So he set about crafting a fretless bass guitar from a thick sheet of clear acrylic and aluminum. Despite some challenges along the way, the finished result looks amazing.

1,000 Record Covers

1,000 Record Covers

Published by Taschen, Michael Ochs’ hardcover 1,000 Record Covers showcases a thousand of the most beautiful and memorable vinyl record cover sleeves from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. Makes a great coffee table book for any music lover.

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Evolution of the Stormtrooper

Evolution of the Stormtrooper

Stormtroopers have been with us since the first moments of A New Hope back in 1977. With the original saga coming to a close in The Rise of Skywalker, director J.J. Abrams and other members of the Star Wars production team provide a brief history of these blindly loyal soldiers, and their various permutations over the years.

Making Movie Contact Lenses

Making Movie Contact Lenses

In the words of Hannibal Chew in Blade Runner “I just do eyes.” As creator of visual effect contact lenses for movies and TV, that’s exactly what Eyeworks for Film does too. Insider shows us how they handmake these wild prosthetic lenses to help actors dramatically transform their look.

The Anarchestra Revisited

The Anarchestra Revisited

A few years back, we learned about musician and artist Andy Thurlow’s collection of unique musical instruments, known as The Anarchestra. Documentarian Daniel Wolverton of Special Head returns to visit with Andy and check out some of the strange and wonderful noise makers he’s built in the past few years.

Krypt Black Puzzle

Krypt Black Puzzle

Jigsaw puzzle fanatics develop an acute sense of color, recognizing subtle nuances to spot the right piece and click it into place. Those skills are useless with this daunting but beautiful puzzle. The monochrome 736-piece Krypt Black comes from Ravensburger, the world’s oldest jigsaw puzzle maker. Also in silver or gold.

Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design

Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design

A bible for discriminating audiophiles and and industrial design junkies, Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design traces the evolution of all things audio, from the 1950s birth of specialty equipment to today’s cutting-edge design. Phaidon’s 272-page book has 300 images and the expertise of Gideon Schwartz, founder of Audioarts.

Paint Mixing Level 9000

Paint Mixing Level 9000

Annette Labedzki’s paintings are more like temporary sculptures. She molds models of various objects out of thick, frozen layers of paint, then destroys her creations by mixing them down into a new color of paint for a wonderfully soothing type of performance art.

Making a Miniature Aquarium

Making a Miniature Aquarium

YouTuber HMS2 is known for creating impressively accurate miniature versions of real-world objects. This build is a spot-on, Lilliputian replica of an aquarium complete with gravel, rocks, plant life, and a weensy little school of fish floating in its simulated water.

Svalbard Ice

Svalbard Ice

Brooklyn art studio BREAKFAST’s interactive artwork uses arctic temperature data to visualize climate change in real time, displaying above average temperatures in gold, and below average in blue. It also changes appearance when you approach to represent the impact climate change has on all of us.

Bubble Wrap Paintings

Bubble Wrap Paintings

Artist Darian Mederos creates incredible portraits that appear to have been painted behind a sheet of bubble wrap. In fact, every individual bubble – and the light, shadows, and distortion that come with them, is hand-painted. Check out some of his works and process on Instagram.

The Reverse Axe

The Reverse Axe

Normally, an axe has a steel head and a wooden handle. But in the case of this unusual build by metalsmith Bonn Factory, it’s the other way around. The voiceover is in Russian, but the language of making things is universal.

Building a Brass and Leather PC

Building a Brass and Leather PC

Today’s computers and gadgets are built from molded plastics and precision-cut metals, while vintage objects had so much character because of their use materials that can be imperfect. DIY Perks decided to build himself a unique PC that looks amazing because of its use of more traditional materials.

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OLED Lightsaber Coke Bottles

OLED Lightsaber Coke Bottles

Created to celebrate The Rise of Skywalker, unique Star Wars and Coca-Cola collectibles have one of two light-up lightsaber designs, both illuminated by a custom-cut, flexible OLED light source. Sadly, they’re only destined for Singapore at this point, with just 8000 bottles being randomly distributed to 45 secret locations.

Makeway Marble Tracks

Makeway Marble Tracks

These fun-looking marble tracks mount on magnetic surfaces like some whiteboard and fridges, letting you create Line Rider-style courses that take full advantage of gravity. Available tricks will include a spinner, bell, launcher, catapult, a motorized lift and more. Launching soon on Kickstarter.

Cargo Van Home/Office

Cargo Van Home/Office

Zach Both was looking for a way to pursue his dreams of traveling the country and developing his filmmaking career, so he set out to make the ultimate live/work mobile office – a fantastic vehicle which started out as a simple white panel van. Learn to DIY with The Vanual.

Frozen Metal & The Cube

Frozen Metal & The Cube

VXD presents a truly unique deck and display case combo. Limited to just 499 pieces, each set includes a deck of Frozen Metal playing cards, a matching anodized aluminum card box, and an acrylic “ice” cube for display. The cards feature wintry holographic patterns which appear as you tilt them in the light.

360° Photo Sphere

360° Photo Sphere

This mind-bending creation is a full color, 3D-printed spherical object that’s been layered with a full-color 360° panoramic image. If you don’t have a full color 3D printer handy, there are a couple of options for these on the market including Scandy Spheres and the less expensive Snapspheres.

Utopia

Utopia

It took animator Guldies over six months and 2500 still images to complete this weird and wild stop-motion short film, which introduces us to a strange human/frog creature who begets all kinds of shapes and objects, all made out of clay.

LEGO Stud Wall Hooks

LEGO Stud Wall Hooks

Add a touch of LEGO awesomeness to any room with these whimsical wall hooks that look like oversize round LEGO 1×1 studs. The set of three includes one white (1″), one black (2″), and one grey (3″) hook. They’re perfect for hanging minifig cosplay hats.

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How Rotoscoping Changed Animation

How Rotoscoping Changed Animation

In the earliest days of animation, characters had movements which seemed stiff and unnatural. Vox explains how an invention came along that allowed animators to draw movements atop live footage, creating much more believable motion. If you haven’t seen it Minnie the Moocher has been impeccably restored.

How Spiral Stairs Are Made

How Spiral Stairs Are Made

Spiral staircases offer a stylish way to add access to another level without taking up too much space, though they’re made in a very different way than traditional stairs. How It’s Made shows us the modern way of making these staircases using metal platforms and wood decks. The railings look like the trickiest part.

Making a Wooden Basketball

Making a Wooden Basketball

Normally, basketballs are made from rubber. But DIYer Cammie’s Garage works in wood, so he decided to see if he could make one by turning layers of maple into a sphere instead. It didn’t take the stain perfectly, but it’s still pretty cool. He previously made a sweet wooden football.

LEGO Sheriff’s Safe Concept

LEGO Sheriff’s Safe Concept

Il Buono’s fun LEGO Ideas submission looks like one of those old-timey safes you might find in a movie about the wild West. The 548 part model has a smooth SNOT (Studs Not On Top) construction, a working combination lock, and various props, including some LEGO gold bars to store inside.

Turntable Tape Dispenser

Turntable Tape Dispenser

Add a touch of fun to your office with this clever Scotch tape dispenser that looks like a tiny record player. It features a weighted base with woodgrain details, and a silver tone arm that doubles as a tape cutter. Buy two, and set up a desktop DJ booth.

WORLD WAY: The City of LAX

WORLD WAY: The City of LAX

Photographer Chris Pritchard’s vibrant time-lapse film takes us inside of one of the world’s busiest airports. If you’ve ever traveled through Los Angeles International, you know it’s a sort of organized chaos that moves an incredible 63 million people per year through its terminals and gates. Looks amazing in 4K if your display supports it.

Planetary Panoramas 4K

Planetary Panoramas 4K

A while back, Vincent Brady created an otherworldly time-lapse video featuring night skies captured via a special 4-camera rig. He since remastered the clip in 4K, added new effects, and improved its visual fidelity. Be sure to check out the 360º/VR companion piece.

Derren Brown Playing Cards

Derren Brown Playing Cards

Theory11 teamed up with illusionist Derren Brown to create this beautifully-detailed deck. Victorian-inspired imagery adorns their fronts and backs, and their green and gold boxes resemble antique books. For a special gift, check out the leather-bound box set, which includes two decks and a letterpressed note from Derren.

Sculpting Baby Yoda

Sculpting Baby Yoda

Sculptor Dr. Garuda starts out with a hunk of clay and some googly eyes, but eventually ends up with a wonderful miniature statue of everyone’s favorite little guy, the as yet unnamed member of our great Jedi master’s species, lovingly known as Baby Yoda.

Making a Sugar Dome

Making a Sugar Dome

Working with molten hot sugar is one of the most daunting tasks in the kitchen, but international pastry instructor Amaury Guichon makes it look easy, as he shows off the technique he uses to create a perfectly smooth dome of the sweet stuff. Also, check out his incredible, edible samurai.

Illumiknobi Door Knob

Illumiknobi Door Knob

Fumbling around in the dark for door knobs is no fun. Pin & Tumbler’s clever knob design automatically illuminates as you approach, casting a cool geometric pattern on your door, and helping to light your way. Designed for indoor use only, it runs for up to a year on a single coin-cell battery.

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