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Art & Design

Why Concept Cars Exist

Why Concept Cars Exist

Every year automakers turn up at car shows with over-the-top concept vehicles, riding on oversized wheels, floating seats, and scads of futuristic technology. But why do car companies spend millions on cars they may never produce? Business Insider explains.

B&O Beovision Harmony TV

B&O Beovision Harmony TV

Bang & Olufsen’s artful television is designed to blend in with its surroundings. When it’s turned off, the TV’s OLED screen lowers and becomes partially covered by its two aluminum and oak covers, making it look more like a cabinet. Drops Fall 2019.

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RoBOTL Robot Sculpture

RoBOTL Robot Sculpture

Design studio Giò Forma was hired by Timberland to create a giant robot sculpture out of recycled plastic bottles. On display for Milan Design Week 2019, it’s a nod to Timberland’s ReBOTL material, a key part of their sustainability efforts.

2019 Jeep Mopar Concepts

2019 Jeep Mopar Concepts

Jeep and Mopar’s concept vehicles for the 2019 Easter Jeep Safari include the tent-equipped Gladiator Wayout, the 1980’s Gladiator Rubicon JT Scrambler, and the badass supercharged 700hp Gladiator M-715 Five-Quarter resto-mod.

Common Sword Types Poster

Common Sword Types Poster

This handy wall chart includes silhouettes of a variety of swords, so you can finally tell the difference between a dadao, a cutlass, and a dao at a glance. Available in various sizes, and also an inverted white-on-black version from Etsy seller Zapista.

LED Tracing Pad

It used to be that artist’s lightboxes were big, clunky things. Now, thanks to modern LED and optics tech, they’re thin and portable. This one has a 12″ x 8.5″ surface, perfect for tracing images onto letter-sized paper. Save 49% in The Awesomer Shop.

Making DmC 5’s Devil Sword Dante

Making DmC 5’s Devil Sword Dante

Master & Apprentice present what they think is the coolest thing they’ve made so far. It’s a life-size and ultra detailed replica of the Devil Sword Dante from Devil May Cry 5. The 33 lb sword is made from wood, plastic, metal and has LEDs.

Extreme Woodburning

Extreme Woodburning

From the “don’t try this at home” file, Brad Russell shows off what happens when a 2000-volt transformer from a microwave oven is applied to wood painted with sodium bicarbonate. The result is beautiful, tree-like patterns known as Lichtenberg figures.

NYC Textures

NYC Textures

Photographer and animator Ynon Lan captured over a thousand still images around New York City and compiled them into this cool short film, which evokes the true essence of the big city through its textures.

Cassette Tape Speaker

Cassette Tape Speaker

While it’s unlikely to be the loudest or most high-fidelity speaker every day, we’ve gotta hand it to Suck UK for cramming a Bluetooth speaker into the case of a classic cassette tape. We don’t recommend sticking this thing into your old tape player.

Making a Guitar from Scratch

Making a Guitar from Scratch

An immensely satisfying time-lapse video of luthier (string instrument maker) and plectrier (pick maker) Patrick Hufschmid as he creates one of his gorgeous hand-built electric guitars. The sped-up carpentry sounds are just as awesome as the imagery.

Vulgar Tea Cups

Vulgar Tea Cups

(PG-13: Language) Etsy seller Ethan’s Lunch Money creates awesomely snarky tea cups and other housewares using fine china, hand-embellished with rude and threatening sentiments. Note: we don’t recommend actually poisoning your friends. (Thanks Robb!)

Forging a Seax Bowie

Forging a Seax Bowie

Metalsmith Freerk Wieringa walks us through the lengthy process of transforming a steel blank into an incredible weapon – an oversized bowie knife that would make Crocodile Dundee proud. The grinding and sanding sequences are especially satisfying.

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Game of Thrones Paper Dragon

Game of Thrones Paper Dragon

Office supplies maker Viking Direct surprised its employees by installing a 43 foot-long dragon made out of paper in their office. A few employees worked with artist Andy Singleton for 10 days to build the impressive sculpture. It’s now installed in a school.

Larch Wood Cutting Boards

Larch Wood Cutting Boards

Larch Wood Canada creates beautiful cutting boards using meticulously-selected sticks of Canadian larch. The end-grain pieces are lined up by pattern, revealing repetitive shapes that occur in nature. They also make custom countertops. See how they’re made here.

Oil Pump Watch

Oil Pump Watch

Created by JacobAndCo, the Astronomia “Oil Pump” is an incredible wristwatch with a triple-axis tourbillon, a deeply domed sapphire crystal, and a miniature pumpjack movement like the ones seen atop oil wells. Of course you’ll need oil money to afford it too.

Building the Death Star

Building the Death Star

One thing that’s always bothered us about science fiction is how we see these enormous, futuristic constructions, and never see how they get built. Thanks to Isaac and Benjamin Botkin, here’s a look at how the ultimate power in the universe might have been assembled.

Spring

Spring

Written and directed by Andy Goralczyk this beautifully animated CGI short film is about a girl and her dog who encounter mysterious spirits as they trek through a forest. Blender Animation Studio is offering up the production assets for animators to learn from.

2018 DJI SkyPixel Drone Photos

2018 DJI SkyPixel Drone Photos

DJI’s photo- and video-sharing website SkyPixel recently held a contest for drone photos and videos. The subjects included architecture, nature, people and sports. Visit the website to check out all the winners and other submissions.

Creature Trinket Box

Creature Trinket Box

Sure, you could store your keepsakes in a regular old box, or they could be guarded by a ferocious monster. If given a choice, we’d go with the latter. Boxnmor’s playful handmade wood box has beady little eyes and pointy maple wood teeth to ward off would-be thieves.

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Wannerstedt’s Animated Wonders

Wannerstedt’s Animated Wonders

We’ve enjoyed some of the hypnotic 3D motion graphics of Andreas Wannerstedt before. See more of his mesmerizing visuals and hear what makes the artist tick in this interview from Insider. Then, check out his complete collection of short loops on Instagram.

VHS Tape Covers Animated

VHS Tape Covers Animated

It’s been a very long time since we saved anything to a VHS tape, but this animation from 4096 reminds us that regardless of what random junk we recorded on them, the box covers of the blank tapes were actually kind of cool. The track is Before the Night by HOME.

IRIS

IRIS

Remi Devouassoud’s visually stunning CG animated short presents us with an image which plays with our minds. Are we looking at another universe, or an up-close image of a human eye? Or is it both?

Baux Acoustic Tiles

Baux Acoustic Tiles

Designed by Form Us with Love using a sustainable material called “wood wool,” these wall tiles don’t just cut down on noise, they do it with style. By interlocking shapes, they create colorful murals using hexagons, squares, rectangles, triangles, and more.

Making Deathwing with a 3D Pen

Making Deathwing with a 3D Pen

YouTuber 3D Sanago greets us by saying he’s a 3D pen master. But he easily backs it up by making a badass statue of Deathwing the Destroyer from World of Warcraft. He makes liberal use of a wood burning tool to smooth the plastic and add textures.

DIY Iron-on Transfers

DIY Iron-on Transfers

There are ready made kits for iron-on or heat transfer printing. Shmoxd tried out two of them, then at 5:24 shows us how you can make ones just as good using screen printing and heat transfer powder. This method is cheap and good for low volume production.

Urwerk UR-T8 Skull

Urwerk UR-T8 Skull

Watchmaker Urwerk teamed up with engraver Johnny ‘King Nerd’ Dowell to create this extremely limited-edition timepiece that features an intricate skull design on back, with filigree that wraps onto the front of the slick UR-T8, with its sweet rotating digit modules.

Insecta Playing Cards

Insecta Playing Cards

Illustrated by artist Immy Smith, these beautifully hand-drawn poker deck imagining a symbiotic relationship between insects and card players. There are bugs on each and every card. Available in two back and box variants, along with uncut sheets for framing.

LED Flame Speaker Lamp

LED Flame Speaker Lamp

This portable, rechargeable lantern not only provides a warm, flickering glow that simulates a flame, but it doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, making it the perfect light source for a romantic night on the beach, or a dinner party out on the deck.

360º Slow Motion

360º Slow Motion

Macro Room set up various objects and vessels filled with water or paint on a platform and then dropped spheres, pins and balloons on them. They captured the resulting explosions with a slow-mo camera that spun around its edge, creating CGI-like visuals.

Wallace Loves Cheese

Wallace Loves Cheese

Stop-motion animator Lawrence Becker of SamplerTimes Studios got his hands on a 40-pound block of sharp cheddar cheese. But rather than getting out the crackers right away, he decided to sculpt a model of one half of the duo of Wallace and Gromit before snacking.

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