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Art & Design

The Cloud Ocean

The Cloud Ocean

Photographer Lars Leber captured this breathtaking footage captured from a vantage point above the clouds near Colorado Springs. By speeding up their movements using via time-lapse, the puffy white clouds look like the undulating waves of a surreal sky ocean.

Making a Plywood Sphere

Making a Plywood Sphere

Keith Williams of Oddball Gallery shows off a sculpture he created from birch plywood. He first cut and assembled 180 triangular pieces into a geodesic orb, then sanded it to smooth the edges and reveal its grain. The sander time-lapse is so awesome. Here’s its little brother.

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NERA 3D Printed Motorcycle

NERA 3D Printed Motorcycle

3D printing company BigRep shows us how far the technology has come by creating NERA, an electric motorcycle. With the exception of its electronics, all of the motorcycle’s components were 3D printed. That includes its airless tires, frame, fork and seat.

How to Spot a Fake

How to Spot a Fake

WIRED sat down with forensic scientist Thiago Piwowarczyk and art historian Jeffrey Taylor PhD to get the inside skinny on ways that science and a skilled eye can help detect art forgeries. Abstract works like Jackson Pollock’s drips and splashes are especially challenging.

1,000 Record Covers

1,000 Record Covers
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Published by Taschen, Michael Ochs’ 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. Also available on Amazon.

Tim Klein’s Puzzle Montages

Tim Klein’s Puzzle Montages

Artist Tim Klein loves to combine i mass-produced puzzles, which are often cut on the same dies, then mixes the identically-shaped pieces into “a surreal picture that the publisher never imagined.” Unfortunately, all of his works are sold out as of this writing.

Kung Fu Clock

Kung Fu Clock
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It’s time to kick some ass with this wall clock from WHENWATCH. The clock features an unspecified martial artist obviously based on Bruce Lee, whose body twists and turns to tell the time. His torso is the hour hand, his right leg tells minutes, and his left leg is seconds.

GEIST

GEIST

Alex Sherwood, Ben Harper and Sean Mullen of Giant Animation Studios’ amazing short film proves that animation is definitely not just kid stuff, with their tragic tale of a shipwrecked and injured fisherman as he searches for signs of life on the island where he was stranded.

Photolemur 3

Photolemur 3
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Tired of spending hours editing your images? Photolemur 3 is a fully-automated photo enhancement solution for Mac and Windows that uses machine learning to dramatically improve your photos with the click of a button. Save now in The Awesomer Shop.

The World of UPA (Trailer)

The World of UPA (Trailer)

We’re looking forward to The Royal Ocean Film Society’s upcoming three-part film essay about the history of animation, and a group of rebellious animators whose creativity changed the course of the medium forever. Part one drops on 11/27/18 on their YouTube channel.

How to Make a Moon

How to Make a Moon

Want a cool replica of the moon for your desk? Check out this clip from How to, who shows us how you can use a plastic sphere, candle wax, sandpaper, and paint to cast and sculpt a nifty, textured lunar model. We suppose if you stuck a wick in it, you could make a moon candle.

The Look of Jazz Albums

The Look of Jazz Albums

Vox video producer Estell Caswell digs into the design language of album art from Blue Note Records, and how one graphic designer, Reid Miles, working with the photography of Francis Wolff – was responsible for many of the most iconic jazz album covers of all time.

Wood & Resin Electric Guitar

Wood & Resin Electric Guitar
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Moon Guitars makes custom electric guitars based on Fender designs. One of their latest builds is this beautiful Telecaster style project that has a body made of wood and epoxy resin. It’s equipped with Shoreline Menlo Park pickups and Gotoh hardware.

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How Pencils Are Made

How Pencils Are Made

After seeing a series of incredible images of the process of making pencils by photographer Christopher Payne, we decided to hunt down some video footage of the process of turning wood, graphite, and clay into writing instruments at New Jersey’s General Pencil Co.

Sketches

Sketches

A computer keyboard and mouse pointer take turns manipulating real-world objects, clothespins take flight, and nothing else is quite what it seems in animator Tomin’s playful, cgi-augmented short film.

G-AAAH

G-AAAH

Animator Lizzy Hobbs’ stop-motion short film pays tribute to the late Amy Johnson, a woman whose day job was working as a typist for a law firm, but whose real claim to fame was a record-breaking 9,500 mile solo flight from England to Australia in 1930.

Golden Star Skull Marine Keycap

Golden Star Skull Marine Keycap
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Give your keyboard the makeover it deserves with one of these creepy custom Cherry MX-compatible keycaps. Sold individually, they can be cast from bronze, gold-plated, or .925 silver. We’d do an entire keyboard with these if we wouldn’t go bankrupt doing it.

Making a “Bolt” Dagger

Making a “Bolt” Dagger

Cut from a flat plate of steel, Miller Knives‘ deadly jagged dagger isn’t exactly the most traditional form of metalsmithing we’ve seen, but the resulting weapon is too awesome not to share, and we’re guessing it would be nearly impossible to pull of using a forging process.

Planemo

Planemo

Animator Veljko Popović’s surreal short film tells the tale of a man who finds his life fragmented and disjointed after an accident with a deer changes his life forever. As his world comes apart, so do the polygonal shapes of his universe.

Shaving Fibonacci Spirals

Shaving Fibonacci Spirals

Master woodworker Paul Sellers posted this brief, but hypnotic clip of him carefully using his razor-sharp chisel to create perfect spirals of wood. We wonder how far he could go if he had a really long piece of wood.

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Mini Materials Ultimate Sample Kit

Mini Materials Ultimate Sample Kit
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Get a taste of Mini Materials‘ awesomely realistic construction miniatures with their latest product bundle. It comes with mini cinder blocks, different kinds of breeze blocks, and red bricks, all with matching pallets. That’s a total $140 in value.

Makeup Magician

Makeup Magician

Makeup artist Flower Fiore creates impressive works of cosmetic art, revealing a second persona hiding on half of her face. The other visage becomes whole when she combines it with a smartphone photo.

Orbis Electric Wheel

Orbis Electric Wheel

Orbis’ Ring-Drive wheel can be added to existing gas-powered cars, turning them into hybrid vehicles. For their proof-of-concept, they added two wheels to a Honda Civic Type R, adding a total of 100 hp and 140 lb-ft. of torque.

Drawing a Realistic Fried Egg

Drawing a Realistic Fried Egg

Artist Marcello Barenghi presents a time-lapse video of him creating a photorealistic image of a fried egg using colored pencils, paints, and airbrushing. The simulated shine is so impressive that we want to grab a fork right now and poke it into our screen. Breakfast time!

Spinning LED Light Ball

Spinning LED Light Ball

We had to go back in time to 2010 to find the original video of this crazy device, but the payoff was worth it. Forssa1’s crazy spinning contraption is loaded up with RGB LEDs and looks like some sort of inter-dimensional travel portal when activated. More here.

Yona (Teaser)

Yona (Teaser)

It only gets a few seconds of screen time, but the visuals in Gautier Alfirevic and Kevin ‘Teau’ Rose’s short film are too good to ignore. The film tells the story of a Civil War captain who must face his deepest fears as he nears death. Support the production’s completion here.

Ural Electric Motorcycle

Ural Electric Motorcycle

Ural’s proof-of-concept electric motorcycle goes for a more classic look. Based on the Ural cT, the bike is equipped with Zero Motorcycles’ powertrain. The batteries are good for 103mi per charge and are split between the bike and the sidecar for stability. More at Autoblog.

Disappearing Ink Art

Disappearing Ink Art

Artist Dino Tomic shows off a cool effect he achieved using a two pens – drawing one layer with permanent ink, and another with ink that disappears when heated. The result is a secondary image that reveals itself as the lighter passes over it.

Pecuilar Pyongyang

Pecuilar Pyongyang

Photographer Joerg Daiber of LittleBigWorld recently traveled to North Korea, where he managed to capture tilt-shift, time-lapse images of its enigmatic capital city. Politics and human rights concerns aside, the vibrant imagery belies most impressions of the country.

Magic UX

Magic UX

Special Projects thinks that when it comes to multitasking, mobile devices isn’t as intuitive as they could be. Their concept UI allows users to “pin” applications to locations in the real world, so moving your phone to a different spot creates window to a sort of virtual desktop.

Cross X Star Wars Pens

Cross X Star Wars Pens
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Cross presents a collection of premium writing instruments for Star Wars fans. Available in Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, and Millennium Falcon-inspired designs, they feature a polished lacquer finish, a capless “slide-and-snap” mechanism, and a smooth gel ink refill.

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