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Art & Design

Interplanetary Travel Posters

Interplanetary Travel Posters

This is the future we thought we’d have: Steve Thomas’ interplanetary travel posters have a fantastic retro look; we’re ready to pack our bags for Crimson Canyons of Mars.

Poster: Height

Poster: Height

Laid out in logarithmic, Height is a hand-drawn poster by xkcd that puts everything from the Eiffel Tower to the Horsehead Nebula in perspective; it measures 28″ and will ship 10/15.

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Video: Flock of Mirrors

Video: Flock of Mirrors

Using C++, OpenFrameWorks, and OpenCV, Chris O’Shea and rAndom Int’l created Audience, a funky flock of 64 interactive mirrors at the Royal Opera House in the UK.

Art From Asian Fonts

Art From Asian Fonts

Good artists can create even with simple tools; Font Park’s website has a gallery of pretty sweet art made using only Asian brush strokes. Hint: click “View List” in the upper right.

Art: Rod Hunt

Art: Rod Hunt

London-based illustrator Rod Hunt’s artwork reminds us of Goon City, albeit better drawn and more detailed; this is especially critical when viewing a 50-foot tall bikini-clad woman.

Artwork: ISO50

Artwork: ISO50

ISO50 is the brainchild of San Francisco-based artist Scott Hansen; his retro-themed artwork demonstrates a mastery of nostalgic colorways, yet remains quite contemporary.

Art: Sparth

Art: Sparth

Nicolas Bouvier, aka Sparth, is a consummate sci-fi illustrator with best of breed skills. Check out his vast gallery–there are over 450 sketches and illustrations for you to pore over.

Art: Simon Dominic Brewer

Art: Simon Dominic Brewer

Simon Dominic Brewer’s art is a gorgeous mix of sci-fi and fantasy with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor throw in. He’s created an impressive portfolio given his four years of experience.

Video: Solar

Video: Solar

Robert Hodgin’s Solar video has already made several rounds on the interwebs, but it’s so amazing we’ll share it again. It’s cued to Goldfrapp’s “Lovely Head” and made with Processing.

Short Film: Vinyls Attack

Short Film: Vinyls Attack

If you love classic 1950s B-movies, check out Vinyls Attack, an animated 3D short by Niko Lesaffre. It’s not all retro, of course; towards the end, it turns into a UFO dance party.

Shin Tanaka’s Papercraft

Shin Tanaka’s Papercraft

We’re really digging Shin Tanaka’s super-fly papercraft models. From multiple versions of T-Boy to shoes, mecha and other vinyls, Sensei Tanaka’s origami-fu is most awesome.

Art: Jacob Charles Dietz

Art: Jacob Charles Dietz

Jacob Charles Dietz’s dystopic artwork is a pastiche of dreary skies and soggy, neon-lit streets. It’s a bit of Blade Runner mixed in with real-world Seattle, where he spent much of his life.

Short Film: The Room

Short Film: The Room

The Room is a short film by Vancouver Film School student Christian Smith; it reminds us of Avatar: The Last Airbender with a bit of Portal thrown in. What a cool game this would make!

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Photos: Tokyo Twilight Zone

Photos: Tokyo Twilight Zone

Tokyo Twilight Zone is a fantastic collection of photos of the Tokyo cityscape by Sato Shintaro. His shots are all taken of apartment back alleys during 15 precious minutes of twilight.

Art: Dead Star

Art: Dead Star

Made by artist Michel de Broin, Dead Star is an amazing sculpture made with real batteries, urethane and polystyrene. Also: check out Black Whole, Revolutions and Entrelacement.

Video: Metamorphosis

Video: Metamorphosis

The amazing Metamorphosis is the work of Glenn Marshall, who used Processing.org, an open source animation and interaction language. It’s set to music by Scottish group Boards of Canada.

Transformers Papercraft

Transformers Papercraft

This Transformers papercraft model of Bumblebee makes our paper football look like such weak sauce: it’s made with food cartons and KFC bucket lids and actually articulates.

Keith Thompson’s Art

Keith Thompson’s Art

Keith Thompson is one of our favorite sci-fi/fantasy artists; not only is his work awesome, but he takes the time to write background stories. Spend an hour here; we sure did.

Greg “Craola” Simkins

Greg “Craola” Simkins

Greg “Craola” Simkins has a surreal style which isn’t easily forgotten (we love the Cadillac UFO above). Once a graffiti artist, he’s worked with Vans, Kid Robot and Disney. Thanks, Ben!

Habitat Machines

Habitat Machines

Opening 9/25 at Le Gallery in Toronto, David Tratrimas’ Habitat Machines are architectural compositions made from household objects such as coffee pots and waffle irons.

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Pictures: Retrofuturism

Pictures: Retrofuturism

Design You Trust has a collection of 84 retro-futuristic images available as a RAR file. They’re mostly collected from German magazines; several are perfect as desktop wallpapers.

Analogue Miniatures

Analogue Miniatures

Dan McPharlin’s Analogue Miniatures have us awestruck; made with framing matboards, most of his models are musically themed, mixing dials and sliders with keyboards.

Legacy of Defeat Posters

Legacy of Defeat Posters

Check out these sweet silkscreen posters by Hydro74; they’re actually an uncut promo print that includes nine of his favorite illustrations on 14″x21″ French Paper. Limited to 40.

Paint My House

Paint My House

Temporary graffiti isn’t so bad: Jaybo aka Monk recently “painted” the Berliner Dom in Germany with a sea of cartoon hands; it was powered with Skudi Optics projectors.

70 Awesome Business Cards

70 Awesome Business Cards

If you need inspiration, Fubiz has an excellent post up with 70 creatively designed business cards, with everything from smoked plastic and metal cutouts to wood tokens.

The Art of Rodrigo Braga

The Art of Rodrigo Braga

Rodrigo Braga’s artwork is creatively disturbing; based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he’s worked for companies such as Chevy but does quite a few club flyers. He’s also a DJ, too.

Lockwasher’s BeertooD2

Lockwasher’s BeertooD2

Lockwasher is a prolific artist who creates robot sculptures with found objects. Our favorite by far is BeertooD2, although we do wonder if it’s as helpful as the Bud Light Bot.

Book: Transit Maps

Book: Transit Maps

Transit Maps of the World is perfect for map lovers; it contains every urban transit map on Earth and makes an excellent coffee table book. Our fave: a fictional world transit map.

Xray Photos

Xray Photos

To say Nick Veasey has an obsession with x-ray photos would be an understatement; he’s imaged over 4,000 objects including an airliner, a bus and even an apartment building.

The Art Of NoPattern

The Art Of NoPattern

You’ve likely seen his art or imitations of it; Chuck Anderson, aka NoPattern, is only 23 yet has already worked for clients that include Burton, Reebok, Microsoft and Absolut.

Video: Fireplays

Video: Fireplays

We’ve been having a bit too much fun with light painting lately, but we can’t help it: this trippy stop-motion 4th of July video by Jon Thomas is perfectly set to MGMT’s “Kids”.

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