Awesome Art & Design

Building a Mini Suspension Bridge

Building a Mini Suspension Bridge

Ouroboros ARQ loves to build miniature structures using full-size construction techniques. For this project, they built a scale version of a suspension bridge, complete with steel-reinforced concrete pillars, and dozens of meticulously-threaded wires to support its paved roadway and guard rails.

Stop-Motion LEGO Pizza

Stop-Motion LEGO Pizza

Stop-motion animator Bebop cooks up a delicious pizza with the help of some unconventional ingredients, including 2×2, 2×3, 2×4, and other studded plastic blocks. The 2-minute film is comprised of roughly 3,300 photos, and an unknown quantity of LEGO bricks.

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Last Call Cats Playing Cards

Last Call Cats Playing Cards
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Known for their whimsical images of drunk cats, artists Arna Miller and Ravi Zupa created this hilarious deck of cards illustrated with their pub-crawling, booze-swigging kitties. The images are also available on matchboxes and stamps.

Making Donkey Kong’s Treehouse

Making Donkey Kong’s Treehouse

Ever since the SNES game Donkey Kong Country, Nintendo’s big ape has lived in a wooden house up in the trees. Inspired by a fan request, builder Studson Studio made a model of the treehouse, incorporating twigs, dirt, and rocks he found outside to add to the authenticity. The tiny bananas are a nice touch.

Transformer Dining Table 3.0

Transformer Dining Table 3.0

This unique dining table can expand up to six times its width thanks to its pull-out rail system and modular leaves. It adjusts from 18″ to 118″ wide, accommodating 4 to 12 guests. When not in use, it doubles as a desk, and its leaves store in a matching coffee table. Need extra seating? Check out the Transformer Bench.

Making a Sword Inside a Pencil

Making a Sword Inside a Pencil

John Wick and Heath Ledger’s Joker have both proven that a pencil can be a highly effective weapon all on its own. But it’s makeITcool’s job to make things cooler, so they got to work turning a saw blade into a tiny sword that stows inside of the body of a No. 2 pencil.

Wonder Lamp

Wonder Lamp
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This playful tabletop lamp combines classical sculpture with modern art. Designer Uto Balmoral’s Wonder Lamp features a cast resin head of a Roman warrior who’s here to chew bubble gum and kick ass. And he’s not out of bubble gum, thanks to the custom-made pink LED lightbulb sticking out of his mouth.

Art Boozel

Art Boozel
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Created for lovers of contemporary art and cocktails, Art Boozel is sure to please with more than 50 mixed drinks, each inspired by a famous artist. Drinks include the Frida Kahlo with tequila and watermelon, the Salvador Dalí with Spanish sherry and sesame, and the Yayoi Kusama, a sweet-tart mix of gin, pumpkin, lime, and ginger.

Avarya

Avarya

A man has been trapped aboard his own spaceship for years, as his robot guardian insists that not a single planet they’ve visited is habitable. But what’s the real reason he’s not allowed to disembark? Gökalp Gönen’s short film is a thought-provoking and creative work of science fiction with a fantastic style and mood.

Jumbo Planet Puzzles

Jumbo Planet Puzzles
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Celebrate your love for our planet and our neighbors in space with these oversize puzzles from Chronicle Books. Measuring 2.5 feet in diameter, the kid-friendly 100-piece puzzles feature beautiful satellite images captured by NASA of the Earth, Mercury, Mars, and our moon.

Giza Pyramid Drone Photography

Giza Pyramid Drone Photography

Photographer Alexander Ladanivskyy worked with Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism to secure permission to fly a drone above the Great Pyramid of Giza, capturing incredible top-down views of this architectural wonder. Be sure to flip through the Instagram gallery for the zoomed-in shots of the bricks at the very top.

LEGO Bicycle

LEGO Bicycle

LEGO builder SleepyCow came up with this awesome design for a miniature bicycle, complete with working steering, spinning pedals, a drive chain, a kickstand, and pneumatic front and rear disc brakes. The design uses 999 authentic LEGO bricks and is currently up for consideration on LEGO Ideas for a production run.

Making Edible Skateboards

Making Edible Skateboards

Every time pastry artist Amaury Guichon creates a dessert, we can’t decide whether to stare at our screen or drool on the keyboard. For this bake, he created a set of tiny edible skateboards, each with a faux wood cookie deck layered with gooey caramel, riding on chocolate wheels, and sparkly “deck tape” decoration on top.

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Manual Typewriter Typing Robot

Manual Typewriter Typing Robot

If you’ve ever played with a vintage manual typewriter, you know how hard it can be just to hit those mechanical keys with enough force. JBV Creative built a custom robot that uses 3D-printed “fingers” and servo motors to type text and ASCII art on an old Remington Rand Office Riter. Money shot at 15:34.

Letterpress Color Blending

Letterpress Color Blending

As color arrangements go, we’ve always loved the smooth transitions that occur as hues blend to form a gradient. In this wonderfully satisfying clip from Jukebox Print, watch nine ink globs gradually mix at their on the platen of a printing press in preparation for the paper to roll through.

Forging a Trident

Forging a Trident

We’ve seen many different tools and weapons crafted by blacksmiths, but we’re guessing they don’t often get requests to make a trident. Rigoni Ironworks walks us through the satisfying process of forging, hammering, and shaping a steel rod into the kind of three-pronged implement that Aquaman or Neptune might wield.

The Print Shop Online

The Print Shop Online

’80s kids might remember a little computer program called The Print Shop. Broderbund’s whiz-bang piece of software let users print out greeting cards, banners, and signs on dot-matrix printers. Now you can relive this classic thanks to Melody and April Ayres-Griffiths online emulation, complete with the ability to print to PDFs.

Spinning Molten Glass

Spinning Molten Glass

This fascinating but brief video shows a special glassblowing technique that involves pouring molten glass onto spinning platters. As the glass spreads into the mold, it captures the underlying pattern and smooths out the glass on top. We’d love to see the finished pieces.

Honeycomb Macro Zoom

Honeycomb Macro Zoom

Macrofying takes us on a deep dive inside of a single cell in a honeycomb to see what bees see… and even what they can’t as they work their macro zoom magic all the way down to the microscopic level. We’re pretty sure those are individual sugar crystals there at the end.

Machining a Miniature Vise

Machining a Miniature Vise

We can’t think of a practical use for a vise you can fit between your fingertips, but that doesn’t make this tiny vise any less impressive. W&M Levsha created the micro tool by milling shapes from a small block of metal, drilling holes for its mechanism, then fitting it together with a teensy threaded rod and handle to make it work.

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Sculpting Kratos

Sculpting Kratos

God of War’s protagonist Kratos is one of the most iconic characters in video game history. In this video, the very talented Dr. Garuda walks through the process of sculpting a miniature of the character, first by drawing a 2D reference image, bending a metal armature, building his body from clay, then painting in all the details.

Artifact Bloom Glow Keycaps

Artifact Bloom Glow Keycaps
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These unique keycaps bring a fresh look to backlit mechanical keyboards. They feature an opaque diffuser on their tops, allowing whatever color light is below to glow through. Lettering has been moved to the sides, so they’re good even if you’re not a touch typer. The set comes with 129 Cherry MX-compatible keycaps.

Making a Realistic Felt Cat

Making a Realistic Felt Cat

Japanese artist Yamanono makes incredibly lifelike miniature animals from felt. Here, they create a brown and white tabby cat from the fluffy textile. The whole process is fascinating to watch, from hand-painting eyeballs to painstakingly placing individual hairs on kitty’s head. They’ve got something for dog lovers too.

World Light

World Light

This unique piece of decor puts an illuminated world map on your wall. Created by Zero Degree, the World Light is a 3D cutout wood map by day and lights up with thousands of tiny dots at night, like cities in nighttime satellite imagery. It’s available in natural wood or white finishes, in traditional or geometric map designs.

Can’t Help Falling in Love with Marbles

Can’t Help Falling in Love with Marbles

We love Acoustic Trench’s soothing kalimba cover of Can’t Help Falling in Love. With the help of Cinema 4D and OctaneRender, motion designers TheCritters created a photorealistic CG marble maze that syncs up perfectly with the tune. We can only imagine how much work it took to get everything to line up perfectly.

Making Analog Fractals

Making Analog Fractals

Fractal images are generally made with math algorithms on a computer. But it turns out that there was a way to create fractal images in the 1930s using multiple cameras and projectors. CodeParade explains how these analog patterns would have worked, and how to simulate them with a webcam and a monitor.

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