Best known for his work on movies like Blade Runner and TRON, industrial designer and “visual futurist” Syd Mead was renowned for his ability to extrapolate what might lie ahead for society. This silent clip from DistantMirrors looks back on some of the late artist’s many illustrative works.
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Do you need to chill out? Well if 2 hours of zooming into this nearly infinite fractal art doesn’t help your mind unwind, we don’t know what will. Maths Town says this seemingly endless Mandelbrot pattern zooms in to a depth of 1.2e1077, which is way higher than we can count.
In this entertaining short film from students of Gobelins animation school, two siblings face potential sacrifice after angering the almighty eye. But what really awaits them is a very different fate in this cautionary tale about worshipping false idols. We were particularly impressed with the excellent sound design.
Suminagashi is an ancient Japanese craft that produces amazing marbled patterns on paper. Linh My Truong of the Textile Arts Center in New York City demonstrates several techniques for manipulating inks in a water bath to produce various cool patterns. Her tools include a cat’s whisker and a drinking straw.
If you’ve played God of War on the PS4, you’re probably familiar with Mimir, the disembodied head that helps guide Kratos and Atreus on their missions. Bar-El Studio created this animatronic replica of the egotistical character, complete with light-up mechanical eyes, and speech samples from the game.
BOWIE: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams celebrates the life of David Bowie through a series of illustrated comic panels. The 160 page hardcover graphic novel chronicles his rise from pop singer to Ziggy Stardust, and his numerous personas and reinventions. Written by Michael Allred, Steve Horton, and Laura Allred.
Sam Morrison’s crowdsourced video aims to answer the the questions: “What happens when everything in the world has been photographed? From multiple angles, multiple times per day?” He created the clip by collecting Instagram photos of the same subject or location, then by piecing them together into a cohesive hyperlapse.
Larch Wood Canada creates beautiful cutting boards using meticulously-selected sticks of Canadian larch. The end-grain pieces are lined up by pattern, revealing repetitive shapes that occur in nature. They also make custom countertops. See how they’re made here.
We always enjoy watching craftspeople turn objects intended for one thing into something entirely different. In this clip from My Mechanics, offers up one off the more impressive transformations we’ve seen, reworking an ordinary stainless steel bolt and a brass rod into a working combination lock.
Waste processing plants are usually some of the ugliest facilities out there. But in Copenhagen, Denmark, the modernist Amager Bakke not only cleanly converts trash to energy, its rooftop doubles as grass-covered urban ski slope. The impressive facility was designed by Bjarke Ingels Group.
While we’re not sure we could ever live in a tiny house, there is something appealing about the idea of an efficient living space. Living Big in a Tiny House introduces us to Dan and Annabel, who built a funky little guest house out of an old WWII railroad car. The greenhouse roof really brings light into the otherwise confined space.
This impressive model of Tony Stark’s office tower from The Avengers series was built by FoBIRD using skinny wooden sticks and glue as its primary building materials. Watch as he painstakingly builds up the facades section-by-section, using architectural elevations he initially drafted onto paper.
Looking for something creepy to put up on your bookshelf? This 5″ tall cast plaster skull that’s made up of dozens of smaller skulls and bones is sure to fit the bill. Each one is handmade from extra hard casting powder and reinforced with Herculite. It’s also available unpainted, and there’s a cheaper resin version on Amazon.
There was a time when floors made out of wooden bricks were commonplace. In this serene DIY clip from Mr. Chickadee, he takes us through the process of building such a floor for a blacksmith shop by pouring and smoothing dirt, cutting wood logs into bricks, hammering them each into place, then finishing them with fire.