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Art & Design

The Noun Project

The Noun Project

The Noun Project was founded to collect, create and celebrate the universal symbols, icons and pictures that we often take for granted. All the symbols on their site are free to download and use.

Typewriter Art

Typewriter Art

Artist Keira Rathbone uses vintage typewriters as a medium to create her work. Typing out letters, numbers and symbols in place of brush strokes and pixels results in these fascinating images.

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The Secret Number

The Secret Number

For his thesis, Colin Levy – director of Sintel – wants shoot a version of the short story The Secret Number, about a man who insists that there’s an integer between the numbers three and four.

Mind Boggling 3D Dioramas

Mind Boggling 3D Dioramas

We’re immersing ourselves in David DiMichele’s impressive and disquieting dioramas. He creates the fantastic 3D installations in his studio, using everything from glass and ice to tree bark and coil.

Comic Travel Posters

Comic Travel Posters
$18-$570  Buy Comment

If superheroes were real, there’s no doubt that their cities will leverage them for tourism. These comic posters do just that, but in an understated manner. Gotham’s Tourism Board sure is creepy.

Skate Mirror

Skate Mirror
$158  Buy Comment

Made of stainless steel and mirrored glass, with genuine skate trucks to complete the look. Also comes with a set of skate stickers. A quirky holiday gift for skaters. Just make sure they don’t ride it.

Faceless Watch Concept

Faceless Watch Concept

Qian Yiran “Eye of the Storm” digital watch has a gaping hole where it’s face should be, instead showing the time by marking the spots where the minute and hour hands would be around the edges.

Creature (Book)

Creature (Book)
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Andrew Zuckerman shot 175 animals – ranging from parrots to bears – all foregrounded in nothing but white backgrounds, urging the viewer to pore over the details of each portrait.

Victorian Star Trek

Victorian Star Trek

We must have somehow missed the episode of Star Trek where they traveled back in time to the Victorian era. Photoshop manipulator Rabbittooth put these images together to refresh our memory.

Scared Dictators

Scared Dictators

What could these powerful men be afraid of? The Internet, that’s what.  These posters were made for the International Society of Human Rights to show the value of the Net in defending human rights.

Denis Peterson’s “Pictures”

Denis Peterson’s “Pictures”

These hyper-realistic paintings were made by Denis Peterson. Some people hate on his craft, but if we think people who are good at spinning pens are cool, shouldn’t we applaud this man’s skill?

The Huber Experiments

The Huber Experiments

Photographers Matthew and Erik Huber drop what looks like some tasty food and drinks in front of a Phantom HD camera, capturing all the beautiful, destructive action at 960 frames-per-second.

Level Twelve PC Case

Level Twelve PC Case

Jeffrey Stephenson’s Level Twelve is a teak and bird’s eye maple PC case. The teak support box houses an HDD, optical drive and a USB 3.0 hub, while the maple box holds the main computer.

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Awesome Gifts: 2010

Awesome Gifts: 2010

We’ve posted thousands of goodies this year, and figured we’d help you guys out with your holiday shopping by picking some of the most awesome items of the year – in case you missed ’em.

Magic Carp-pet Concept

Magic Carp-pet Concept

Designed by John Leung and CHC Architects, the Magic Carp-pet is a two-piece set up – the specially drawn print on the rug appears to move when viewed through the complementary glass table.

Tech Junk Cityscapes

Tech Junk Cityscapes
$3800+  Buy Comment

Italian artist Franco Recchia takes discarded old bits of electronic junk and turns them into intricate (and pricey) cityscape sculptures. We have say the Fifth Avenue one is our fave.

Fortune Posters

Fortune Posters
$10  Buy Comment

We’re liking the Fortune Poster series from Jason Dean; each of the 8 pieces coordinates colors and icons associated with a phrase from a real fortune cookie, and can be randomly chosen for you.

Shop-Vac

Shop-Vac

Jarrett Heather says he spent between 500 to 1000 hours to create this kinetic typography video for Jonathan Coulton’s suburban ballad, Shop-Vac. Judging by the quality of the video, we believe him.

Transparent Specimens

Transparent Specimens

Artist Iori Tomita uses a special process to turn the bodies of marine critters translucent, then injects dyes into their skeletons to produce these dramatic and educational biological specimens.

Audi RB-1200 Concept Bike

Audi RB-1200 Concept Bike

Designer Gavin Harvey envisioned this Audi performance motorcycle, featuring sleek modern styling, and touches that echo the iconic brand, including the LED lights found on the sporty R8.

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Dr. Seuss x Star Wars

Dr. Seuss x Star Wars

Cartoonist Adam Watson imagines what it would be like if Dr. Seuss wrote Star Wars. Watson’s art is good, but it’s the prose that really ties things together. We hope he turns this into a whole book.

Stan Lee: How to Draw Comics

Stan Lee: How to Draw Comics
$16-$50  Buy Comment

Ever wanted to draw Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk or X-Men? Learn from the master himself, Stan Lee. We recommend the limited-edition hardcover, or the paperback if you’re on a budget.

deckONE Industrial Playing Cards

deckONE Industrial Playing Cards
$6  Buy Comment

These gorgeous playing cards from theory11 offer a rugged, industrial design, complemented by packaging that’s reminiscent of gunmetal. Each deck is printed on a true casino-grade press.

Desile Folding Chair

Desile Folding Chair
$335  Buy Comment

It’s not as magical as this chair, but Christian Desile’s creations is still a design marvel. When folded, it’s a mere 0.8in thick, meaning you can stack 100 chairs in just 7ft of space.

Aurora Borealis Time-Lapse

Aurora Borealis Time-Lapse

Tor Even Mathisen used a Canon EOS 5D mark II with a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II to create this wonderful time-lapse of the Aurora Borealis dancing over the night sky of Tromsø, Norway.

Cassette Tape Lamp

Cassette Tape Lamp
$1200  Buy Comment

An expensive homage to the iconic storage format. Designed by Transparent House, the Tape Lamp is made of 100 micro-cassette tapes and laser-cut plexiglass. Three 40-watt bulbs provide the light.

Fridgecouch

Fridgecouch

Adrian Johnson saw a wrecked BMW coupe and was surprised to see that the back seats were in good condition. Now he reuses them by installing the seats in used refrigerator bodies.

Andrew Bush Photography

Andrew Bush Photography

While traveling 50 to 70 mph in Los Angeles and other parts of the Southwestern United States, photographer Andrew Bush snapped these brilliant shots that make up his series, entitled 66 Drives.

Nendo Ceramic Speaker

Nendo Ceramic Speaker

Traditionally machine made and unseen, the circuit board of this one of a kind speaker takes center stage, thanks to the addition of red glaze patterns by ceramicist Mitsuke Masayasu.

Zombified Movie Posters

Zombified Movie Posters
$20  Buy Comment

Aside from the Star Wars series, Matt Busch has more zombiefied movie posters. Instead of just Photoshopping the originals, Busch recreates the posters by hand. Also available as T-shirts.

Jim Kazanjian Photography

Jim Kazanjian Photography

Portland artist Jim Kazanjian’s body of work consists of crisply composed digital images that explore the surrealist side of architecture and space, seemingly celebrating relics and decay.

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