There are some off-the-shelf kits out there for building colorful LED cubes, but we’ve never seen anything quite as impressive as Mike Caan’s custom-built light cube, which features a whopping 24,576 RGB LEDs across its six 64×64 faces, each capable of displaying animations and videos uploaded from his computer.
Awesome Art & Design
Using the latest in computer graphics software, artists from Universal Everything created this wild and hypnotic digital animation, in which a nondescript figure walks along the street, and gradually transforms its composition, from liquid, to fire, to hair, to molten lava, and more.
3D printing technology has been a boon for model makers. Knarb Makes shows off a diorama he built of a medieval city with the help of the tech – though there’s still plenty of artistic talent on display. The impressive Venice-inspired scale city has more than 50 buildings, bridges, canals, and lighting.
Leaf springs from cars and trucks might not offer the best ride quality, but they make some pretty awesome weapons when recycled by a skilled bladesmith. Faraway Forge crafted a beautiful Japanese tanto-style knife from one such rusty piece of metal. We love how he kept the pitted texture as part of the finished piece.
Artist Scott Wilcock creates his freehand Snow Graffiti by spraying cans of fake snow onto windows. Watch as he creates a series of Halloween and horror-themed portraits, inspired by Edward Scissorhands, Hocus Pocus, and IT. Find more of Scott’s images on Instagram. The Mandalorian one is really incredible.
Fashion design house Burberry celebrates its love of the outdoors, discovering new places, and its FW21 collection with a wild and inventive short film. Using a mix of live-action and VFX trickery, the film places its performers in a surreal world where they can fly through the air like skydivers, but without jumping out of an airplane.
Undone honors Mexico’s celebration of the dead with its glowing skull watch. The Calavera is decorated with fluorescent paint, which glows under UV light. Its smoked glass caseback features a guitar-playing skeleton and the famous phrase “Todos Somos Calaveras,” a reminder that we are all the same beneath the surface.
Inspired by a Gatorade ad that used strobes to display images on falling water, 3Dprintedlife wanted to replicate the idea on a smaller scale. He developed a desktop version that uses solenoid valves to release water droplets illuminated by an LED strobe light. It only displays 2D images, but he plans on making a 3D version.
We’ve been spellbound by the many unconventional LEGO structures posted on the Brick Bending channel. For this creation, they linked together 3696 1×2 plates with 72 2×2 plates to create a spherical rhombicuboctahedron. You’d never know where this build was going if we didn’t tell you first.
A Euler’s Disk is a plaything that illustrates the physics at work between a spinning, rolling disc, and stationary surface. Beyond the Press supersized the experiment by machining medium- and giant-size versions of the toy. Both are incredibly loud as they spin, and you wouldn’t want to put your hand underneath the bigger one.
Squid Game has inspired Halloween costumes, musical performances, and an SNL sketch. Now it has a woodworking video. Hailing from Korea himself, Woodboy created this set of see-through objects that look like the symbols seen throughout the show. His method of creating them on a lathe makes them even more interesting.
Bulgarian accessory maker Crupon creates journals, laptop sleeves, wallets, and other items using a washable paper fabric made from recycled plastic bottles. Our favorite item is this tri-fold organizer, which can hold business cards, a pen, a phone on its left side, and a notepad on its right. Available in brown, black, or grey.
Art of Play teamed up with artist Ellen Litwiller and biologist David G. Haskell to create this unique deck of cards. Each card invites you into the forest with imagery of animals and plant life that thrive in the woods – each suit stirring one of our four senses. A portion of proceeds supports education and conservation.
Montréal tattoo artist Phil Berge creates animated tattoos by inking individual frames then photographing them in sequence. His most incredible work so far is this 76 tattoo scene based on Max and Dave Fleischer’s 1933 classic Betty Boop: Snow White, featuring Cab Calloway. His Simpsons sequence is awesome too.
If you want to keep people from breaking into your workshop, a big steel door can certainly be a deterrent. Builder Paul Pinto shows off the impressive 400-pound door that he built for his shop with the help of a CNC plasma cutting table. Those rivet heads and wheel mechanism make it look even more impenetrable.
Several years back, metalworker Ron Covell walked through the process of bending metal to create a cool bomber-style metal seat. Its construction proved intimidating for most, so he came up with a simpler design that uses a single sheet of steel, and might actually be feasible if you have the proper tools in your shop.
Theory11 presents a smooth and sophisticated deck of cards inspired by the world’s greatest secret agent. The cards and their embossed box feature a black and gold foil color scheme with intricate details such as Secret Service emblems, and court cards carrying iconic Bond weapons and gadgets.
Unnecessary Inventions’ playful coffee table offers a clever commentary on “some assembly required” furniture. When you want to use it as a table, you need to place all 91 of its pieces in the proper places. Its top is made from baltic birch, which sits atop an MDF grid and steel hairpin legs. Measures 40″ w x 20″ d x 16″ h.
DP Truong continues to show off his creative illustration techniques with a beautifully shaded black-and-white illustration of Black Panther’s Princess Shuri made from thousands of individual dots. While drawing with his right hand, he tapped out a count of each dot with his left using a smartphone app.
There’s a musical instrument called a steel guitar, but it’s named for its metal slide, and not the material it’s made from. But metalsmith Paul Pinto decided to actually make a guitar out of the weighty metal. Watch as he cuts, welds, forges, and grinds a steel plate into a beautiful chrome-plated instrument. Now how does it sound?
Undone teamed up with artist Kevin Lyons to create this playful wristwatch decorated with Lyons’ goofy monsters on its face. It’s set into stainless steel case and paired with a blue suede strap. This 300-piece limited edition comes with an exclusive monster artwork, and both the watch and art are individually numbered.
Tired of looking at the same view, day after day? Perhaps you should do what Vojin Kusic did, and build a house on top of a turntable. He constructed this unusual house in northern Bosnia so that his wife could always enjoy a different view. It can spin as slow as one rotation per 24 hours to a dizzying one rotation every 22 seconds.
byKIEVWOOD’s unique coasters feature intricate fractal designs which can be taken apart and reassembled as jigsaw puzzles. They each come with an outer layer to protect puzzle pieces from sticking to your glassware. Sold in a set of six, with optional personalization. Their larger fractal puzzles are also worth a look.
The Rainbow Road levels are some of the most memorable in the Mario Kart games. Mutch Games built a real-world replica of the SNES course with LED lighting and mechanized Thwomps. He combined the track with gameplay footage using the Switch AR game Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. He’s built several other levels too.
An Omega Seamaster watch can fetch $3000 to $5000, but we’re guessing it was sentimental value behind this time-consuming restoration of a Seamaster that was roasted beyond recognition by a fire. Watch Restoration vlog shared this incredibly satisfying footage of a master watch technician at work.
Opening title sequences are still common on TV dramas but have fallen out of favor in the cinema. Filmmaker Patrick (H) Willems looks back fondly at the craft of masters like Saul Bass and Maurice Binder and argues that they need to make a comeback on the big screen.