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.
Art & Design
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.