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Art & Design

Making Kumiko Lattice

Making Kumiko Lattice

The Japanese craft of Kumiko requires the cutting and assembly of thousands of tiny, carefully cut sticks of wood, each individually placed to form intricate lattice panels. This video from Japan’s Shiroishi Woodworks gives us an idea of the level of effort that goes into each piece, as woodworker Tatsuo Kurozu plies his craft.

Crime of the Century

Crime of the Century

Filmmaker Gioacchino Petronicce’s abstract short film is as much a feast for the ears as it is for the eyes. It takes on the hefty subject of humankind’s impact on the world, exploring our feats and foibles, and contrasting them against images and sounds of nature. Turn up the volume for maximum impact.

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2D Game Design Bundle

Learn to build visuals for your own video games with this series of six intro-level courses, which cover the creation of game assets using free and open source tools like Inkscape and DragonBones. You’ll learn to make 2D characters and backgrounds, animate their movements, and design UIs and game branding and logos.

Rolling Ball Sculptures

Rolling Ball Sculptures

Australian artist David Morrell bends metal wire to form roller coaster style tracks, on which marbles spend their days rolling round and round in a perpetual loop. His kinetic sculptures are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, and he accepts commission work.

Japan in 8K

Japan in 8K

While it’s unlikely most of you have a system or display capable of displaying 8K resolution at 60fps, Armadas’ incredibly vibrant and razor-sharp aerial footage captured around Japan looks great in 1080p or 4K as well. Locations include Hakodate, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, and Tokyo.

Ugears Monowheel Model

Ugears Monowheel Model

Flat-pack model makers Ugears offers this very cool kit that lets you build a mechanical monowheel that actually drives. It has retractable training wheels, but can roll without them on smooth surfaces. With 300 parts, it looks like a challenging 3-hour build. No glue required.

Ancestral Nights

Ancestral Nights

We love the perspectives in the latest vid from Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan of the Skyglow Project. Here, they offer a glimpse into what our evenings might have been like if we had lived with the ancient Anasazi. Bonus: an appearance at 1:03 by something bloody good.

Definitely Knot Art

Definitely Knot Art

Forgive the punny title, but artist Keith Williams‘ description of his wooden geodesic sphere is factually accurate. Watch as he takes a bunch of pieces of knotty wood into an impressive sculpture. They also briefly doubled as dominoes.

Log into Speaker

Log into Speaker

There are a million different Bluetooth speakers out there, so in a quest to create something a little different, woodworker Matt Jordan decided to build one out of a hunk of wood from an apple tree. Watch as he turns the log on his lathe, adding coffee grounds and colorful powder along the way to give the finished piece a dramatic look.

THX Deep Note 2019

THX Deep Note 2019

THX has taken wraps off an all-new version of its iconic “Deep Note” trailer, created by the team at American Meme. It’s packed with vibrant CG animations, and a wonderful array of dynamic, spatial sounds to put any audio system through its paces. Sounds especially great on headphones. Go behind the scenes with its creators here.

Mesmerizing Marble Machine

Mesmerizing Marble Machine

It may not play music like Wintergatan’s marble-powered musical instrument, but we still enjoyed listening to the soothing sounds and watching the hypnotic movements of this wooden marble machine, which serves as an example of the modules you can buy from its creator.

Low Poly Gold Lion

Low Poly Gold Lion

Gold lion’s gonna tell me where the light is. Urban hunters, bring the king of the jungle to your home, office, or business with this shiny, low-poly, golden trophy lion head. It measures nearly 3 feet-tall, and is handmade in Ukraine from MDF plywood, paper, and plastic.

And the Moon Stopped

And the Moon Stopped

Artist Arktk Berkut created the mindblowing visuals to accompany Moa Pillar’s track And the Moon Stopped, complementing the dizzying ambient track with a kaleidoscopic journey through a virtual world made up of digitally-manipulated photographs.

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SpongeBob Reanimated

SpongeBob Reanimated

In tribute to SpongeBob SquarePants‘ creator Stephen Hillenburg, a group of 86 talented animators organized by ExtraAbsorbent teamed up to recreate the entire first episode of Nickelodeon’s classic cartoon, with each scene done in a different style. Full credits list here.

Unity

Unity

Rus Khasanov’s experimental short film features vivid and colorful imagery created by shooting macro images of blobs of specially-formulated paints colliding to create new and larger formations, which are at times reminiscent of celestial bodies. Music by Dmitry Evgrafov.

Moon B: Welcome

Moon B: Welcome

Animator Joseph Melhuish presents a welcome video for observers and travelers to the planets of the fictitious “Udaya” system, which happens to share its name with Moon B’s album, from whence this smooth and funky electronic instrumental track comes.

The Super Zoom

The Super Zoom

CG artist pedro3dbh’s short film sends us on an epic journey deep within the most mundane of objects, the tip of an ordinary ball-point pen. As the virtual camera zooms deeper and deeper into its structure, we eventually reach the subatomic level.

LINK

LINK

Director Robert Löbel’s wonderfully animated short film introduces us to a pair of characters who find themselves conjoined by a single, stretchy mop of hair, and the struggles they face to live as individuals in their attached world.

Mayan Wall Calendar

Mayan Wall Calendar

Despite its name, Wood Trick’s unique wooden perpetual wall calendar actually can be used to track dates using the conventional Gregorian calendar we use today, but its design is inspired by Mayan culture. It comes flat-packed, and its 73 pieces are relatively easy to assemble. Measures 16.1″ in diameter.

Cursor Is Back

Cursor Is Back

Filmmaker Vladimir Tomin is back to his digital antics once more, with another silly short film in which a computer’s arrow cursor interacts with the real world. Can’t get enough of the pointer? Be sure to watch the prequel, Outside.

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deadmau5’s Cube V3

deadmau5’s Cube V3

(PG-13: Language) Gadget guru Sam Sheffer is friends with deadmau5, who was kind enough to give him a behind the scenes tour of the centerpiece of his Cube V3 stage set, a gigantic, cantilevered cube covered with programmable LED panels. It can rotate and tilt on a turntable with deadmau5 performing behind it.

LEGO Ideas: 20th Century Artists

LEGO Ideas: 20th Century Artists

LEGO fanatic Han Sbricksteen submitted this awesome idea for a set of four brick-built dioramas, each paying tribute to a master of 20th century art. The initial 680-piece concept includes Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dali, but we could see this becoming a whole new LEGO Artist’s series.

Making a Micro Chess Set

Making a Micro Chess Set

Maker of cool things W&M walks us through the painstaking process of milling a set of teensy brass chess pieces, and crafting an elegant wooden board on which to play the game. The pieces are so small, the game needs to be played with tweezers.

Islandia

Islandia

Simply put, Iceland is one of the most stunning, and unspoiled places on our planet. Filmmaker Vadim Sherbakov visited some of the country’s many beautiful landscapes with his DJI Mavic 2 Pro camera, and compiled the footage into this all-too-short film.

Slobots Robot Prints

Slobots Robot Prints

Artist Mike Slobot has been making cool robot sculptures and other robot art for 15 years. To celebrate, he’s created a series of fun mid-century style prints of robots made from vintage radios and TV sets. They’re available in eight designs, in a variety of sizes. Awesomer readers get 15% off purchases over $25 with code 15years.

Cubebot Capsule Collection

Cubebot Capsule Collection

We’ve seen designer David Weeks‘ articulated wooden robots at art museum shops before, but this multi-colored series is our favorite. Each one is made from beech wood and elastic, allowing you to pose them into various positions, including a cube. Sold individually in 4.25″ tall and 6.75″ tall sizes.

Pantone The Game

Pantone The Game

This colorful card game is the perfect gift for graphic designers and other visual artists. The game challenges players to use creativity to assemble abstract images of characters using 15 official Pantone colors. Opponents earn points guessing the images with as few clues as possible.

Manic Manila

Manic Manila

We’ve visited Manila before, and can attest to thew fact that it can be one of the most overwhelming places on the planet. But there are also pockets of quiet and order to the chaos in this densely-packed city. Photographer Joerg Daiber managed to capture both ends of the spectrum in his vibrant tilt-shift, time-lapse clip.

Blockitecture Big Apple

Blockitecture Big Apple

Designer James Paulius extends his collection of colorful wooden architectural blocks with a miniature version of New York City. The full set features two iconic skyscrapers, a handful of shorter buildings, and a smattering of urban greenspace. The Empire State building and greenway models are available separately as well.

Egg McMuffin Animations

Egg McMuffin Animations

Motion designer Matthieu Braccini created a series of 15 wonderfully polished and appetite-stimulating animations to promote the Egg McMuffin for McDonald’s. We still think perfectly round eggs are unnatural, but they seem right at home in this geometrically-pristine universe.

Painting with Threads

Painting with Threads

Artist Trương Duy Phương creates works in a variety of medium, from paints to pens to pencils, but one of her most intriguing approaches to art is portraiture made from thread. Watch as she transforms 44 white threads into a portrait reminiscent of the waveforms on the cover of the Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures.

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