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Locomocean Flight Message Board

Locomocean Flight Message Board

Inspired by the design of those mechanical schedule signs you see at airports and train stations, this plastic sign board uses interchangeable letter tiles for you to post messages or your schedule for the day. It measures 11.9″w x 8.4″h, and has both a tabletop stand and keyhole hooks for wall hanging.

Woodturning a Rainbow Lamp

Woodturning a Rainbow Lamp

Artist Mr. Zhou presents a wonderfully satisfying crafting video. The clip features ample doses of woodturning, pouring colorful epoxy resin, and then shaving the whole thing down to reveal its finished form – an accent light that illuminates with the colors of the rainbow. Sadly, it lost one layer along the way.

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Darth Vader Meditation Chamber Desk

Darth Vader Meditation Chamber Desk

Regal Robot makes sweet Star Wars collectibles as well as custom props and furniture. Among their builds is this desk and chair they created for a client’s studio. Its design was inspired by Darth Vader’s black and white meditation chamber as seen in The Empire Strikes Back. The Vader helmet light fixture is a brilliant touch.

How Macro Room Celebrates

How Macro Room Celebrates

YouTube channel Macro Room is known for their incredible macro and slow-motion photography. To celebrate their 1 millionth subscriber, they created this video in which a man sits still as their face is barraged with paint balloons. It’s also an impressive demo of the Chronos 2.1 HD slow-motion camera system.

The Moon’s Not That Great

The Moon’s Not That Great

After returning from a trip to the moon, an astronaut is disappointed to find that the world has lost interest in her journey. As things progress, her life intersects with a filmmaker and a bear on a unicycle in this charming and touching animated short film by writer/director Mathieu Libman.

Galactic Black Car

Galactic Black Car

We recently took a tour of a room painted in the world’s blackest paint. DipYourCar applied the same Musou Black paint to a car. The paint absorbs 99.4% of visible light, resulting in a strikingly dark background for a shimmering starfield effect they created with by spraying it with thinner and their HyperShift pearl coat.

Self-erasing Sand Machine

Self-erasing Sand Machine

Using parts from a 3D printer, custom laser-cut components, and LED lighting RCLifeOn created this mechanical table that uses a magnet and a ball bearing to draw complex patterns in sand, only to erase everything it doodles. On the plus side, as soon as it wipes out an image, it gets to work on another.

Rock Covers

Rock Covers

Celebrate your love for music and artistry with Taschen’s compact (6.5″ x 8.8″) but densely-packed 512-page compendium of album art. The book features classic images from more than 750 albums, along with a fact sheet listing the key artists involved in its creation.

Hex Nut Dog Sculpture

Hex Nut Dog Sculpture

Metalsmith Alec Steele takes a momentary break from forging cool things to create a sculpture of his dog, Yoga. After measuring his pup’s proportions, he created a wire skeleton, then welded together numerous steel nuts in various sizes to form the metal dog-ppelganger’s bust.

Dance of the Starlings

Dance of the Starlings

Nature photographer Marco Valk captured some incredible footage of starling murmurations in the sunset skies over Geldermasen in the Netherlands. The birds travel in massive flocks to provide safety from predators and warmth at night while at the same time offering humans one of the most spectacular shows on Earth.

Drawing The Mandalorian

Drawing The Mandalorian

South Korea-based artist Drawholic wows us with a colored-pencil portrait of Din Djarin and Grogu. The time-lapse video lets us observe the entire process from start to finish, as the rough outlines give way to color, shading, and a background that makes the image pop off of the page.

Making a Light-up Party Kayak

Making a Light-up Party Kayak

Xyla Foxlin likes to build all kinds of things but has a special affinity for canoes and paddles. Using an existing canoe as a mold, she created a translucent fiberglass vessel that she wired up with strips of RGB LED lighting, making it the most vibrant and colorful boat on the water.

Yearbook

Yearbook

Bernardo Britto’s emotionally-satisfying short film follows the story of an ordinary man who is tasked with creating the definitive history of humanity before aliens come to blow up our planet. The animation captured numerous awards when on the festival circuit back in 2014. Now, the clip is for all to view online.

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Flasks of Science

Flasks of Science

Cognitive Surplus offers all kinds of great gifts for lovers of science, engineering, nature, and the world around us. We love their festive flasks which feature detailed illustrations with a tactile feel. They’re made from stainless steel with a wide mouth opening, and hold up to 18oz of hot or cold beverages.

Andy Shauf: The Magician

Andy Shauf: The Magician

Animator Greg Cooper created this spellbinding fan music video for the track The Magician by Andy Shauf. The clip has been a labor of love for Greg over the course of four years between his other work. Be sure to check out the original music video by Winston Hacking, as it’s also quite good.

GRID Phone Art

GRID Phone Art

GRID Studio turns electronic junk into art. To make their unique wall art, they carefully disassemble old smartphones, then meticulously place and glue their components into a shadowbox frame. They currently make versions based on the iPhone 3GS, 4S, and 5, as well as the Nokia E71, and BlackBerry Bold 9000.

Lines Puzzle

Lines Puzzle

Perhaps the most difficult of Bgraamiens’ challenging jigsaw designs, this 1000-piece puzzle is covered with a seemingly random arrangement of skinny lines, overlapping across a white background. Looking for something more colorful? Check out more of their puzzle designs here.

4DMAPART

4DMAPART

4DMAPART creates eye-popping elevation map prints. Each image jumps right off the page thanks to an impressive depth illusion that combines light, shadow, color, and topographical data captured by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission. They can be printed onto photo paper or metal. The U.S. geology map is our favorite.

Deep Space Resonance Watch

Deep Space Resonance Watch

Luxury watchmaker Vianney Halter designed this incredible 3-axis tourbillon, inspired by astrophysics. Under its domed crystal is an intricate mechanism that rides on a pair of synchronized balance wheels, encircled by a time display. Just two of these timepieces will be made each year, with a price tag just under $1 million.

Sculpting Boba Fett

Sculpting Boba Fett

Sculptor Steven Richter created this intricate half-sized bust of actor Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett. The sculpt is based on appearance in The Mandalorian. The helmet and armor started as a 3D models from Do3D, and was finished with a classic pre-paintjob look.

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Great Wall of Marbles

Great Wall of Marbles

Inspired by the incredible manmade feat known as the Great Wall of China, the guys at Murmiland built a marble run that looks like a miniature version of the world wonder. The only difference is their version measures just 15 meters long, less than a millionth of the length of the real deal. Oh, and nobody died building this one.

Pallet Wood Bluetooth Speaker

Pallet Wood Bluetooth Speaker

This substantial wood speaker looks like something from a high-end audio line, but it’s actually the result of a DIY build. King Minhvuong walks us through their process of recycling pallet wood into this beautiful portable audio system. If you’re feeling inspired, there’s a full parts list in the video’s description on YouTube.

Mind-Blowing Modular Origami

Mind-Blowing Modular Origami

Looking for a fun and challenging activity to do at home? Artist Byriah Loper’s book is filled with designs and techniques for making some incredible folded polyhedral paper sculptures. You’ll need a variety of different types of paper, a bone folder, and a few other supplies to complete your own paper art. Definitely not for beginners.

Redundant Watch

Redundant Watch

After making a Redundant Clock, designer Ji Lee turned the same playful design into a wristwatch. Instead of digits, its dial is marked with tiny hands which indicate the same hand positions as the actual watch hands. Features a stainless steel case, leather strap, a Mitoya movement, and mineral glass crystal. A MoMA exclusive.

Deejo Tattoo Knives

Deejo Tattoo Knives

French knifemaker Deejo offers a line of folding knives with blade designs inspired by tattoo art. They offer a variety of customization options, including blade image, weight, finish, handle material, and personalization. They also sell a version that lets you engrave your own design.

Pencil River Table

Pencil River Table

Artist Nick Zammeti shows off a wild-looking dining table that he built using a combination of rustic wood planks, resin, and thousands of colored pencils. What makes it especially cool is the river of pencils that flows down its center and off of the table into a waterfall at its end.

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