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Short Film: Switch

Short Film: Switch

Tyson Hesse’s short animated film revolves around a very special light switch that results in some unexpected consequences when it’s flicked on and off. Charming, well-animated, and funny.

BTTF II: Hoverboard Realized

BTTF II: Hoverboard Realized

Marty McFly had the coolest mode of transportation in Back to the Future II, but the hoverboard was never actually made. Artist Nils Guadagnin decided to make his own version for a recent exhibition.

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Tilt Shift NYC

Tilt Shift NYC

We’ve seen plenty of tilt shift photos before, but we’ve never seen New York City quite like this. Photographer Olivo Barbieri’s overhead shots that make the city look like a toy are quite amazing.

Glassphemy

Glassphemy

A colossal container made from bullet-proof glass, Macro Sea’s Glassphemy installation withstands serious blows as people throw bottles from a raised platform to rethink and revive the act of recycling.

The Big Caption

The Big Caption

NSFW: Treading the thin line between humor and plain douchebaggery, The Big Caption takes photographs from The Big Picture and adds funny or rude captions to them using fancy typography.

Mars or Tunisia?

Mars or Tunisia?

While this might look like another planet, it’s actually right here on Earth. Chott el Djerid is a salt encrusted lake bed in Tunisia which also served as the backdrop for Tatooine in Star Wars.

Pac-Man Ghost Guide

Pac-Man Ghost Guide

We all know Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, but we bet you didn’t know about some of the lesser known ghosts from the game. This handy guide by CMYBacon should help you sort things out.

Crater Face

Crater Face

An animated short film by CalArts student Skyler Page, Crater Face has a simple story but is perfectly executed. Funny, poignant and technically brilliant, with a fitting soundtrack from Dan Deacon.

Concept Art: Massive Black

Concept Art: Massive Black

The house of Massive Black creates art for movies, games, comics, toys and more. Bask in the warm glow of these wondrous creatures and fantastical worlds from their concept art collection.

Antony Gormley Sculpture

Antony Gormley Sculpture

Iron Man indeed: contemporary British artist Antony Gormley uses casts of his own body as the basis for his expressive sculptures of the human body, using materials like lead and steel.

Short Film: Fly

Short Film: Fly

This short from Aardman Animation (home of Wallace and Grommit) shows us everything not to do when we have a pesky fly buzzing around the house. Memo to self: do not order a box of spiders.

Disney Characters Drawn to Scale

Disney Characters Drawn to Scale

Remember Juan Pablo Bravo’s Pixar character scale comparison chart? We’ll he’s back. This time he’s got 250 Disney characters over the years – at a whopping 20,779 pixels wide.

Lennie Payne Toast Art

Lennie Payne Toast Art

The neatest thing since sliced bread? British artist Lennie Payne converts tasty carbs into intriguing toast art by blow torching, scraping to achieve different shades, lacquering and soaking in resin.

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People of Public Transit

People of Public Transit

The People of Public Transit website proves our theory that when in doubt, we can usually find the most random, amusing and bizarre bits of life collected all together on public transportation.

Sensory Box Installation Art

Sensory Box Installation Art

In this projection-mapped installation by Alcatel-Lucent at the last Mobile World Congress, the public was invited into a cube filled with color and light to witness “transforming the mobile experience.”

Vintage Camera Found Film

Vintage Camera Found Film

John Kittelsrud recently acquired a Kodak Duaflex IV and found that it included an exposed roll of vintage 620 format Kodacolor-X, waiting for someone to process it. These are the results.

Inappropriate Golden Books

Inappropriate Golden Books

Pixar story artist Josh Cooley has created a clever collection called “Inappropriate Golden Books” – drawings in the style of the beloved kiddie books but referencing contemporary movies instead.

Bart Simpson Chalkboard Lines

Bart Simpson Chalkboard Lines

Work Club hired up and coming artist Matt Williams to decorate their blackboard. Instead of something visually stunning, Williams decided to rewrite every single Bart Simpson chalkboard line… in order.

Firefly Interactive Lighting

Firefly Interactive Lighting

Vincent Moreau and Kevin Riou have created Firefly, interactive lighting with behavior similar to an insect cloud. The light alternately disperses, merges and evolves through visitor movements.

Hierarchy Of Beards

Hierarchy Of Beards

What are the three primary beards? Is a Maltese the same as a Claus-esque beard? What the hell is a Queen’s Brigade? All these and more are addressed in the manliest poster ever made.

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Dorm Window Light Show

Dorm Window Light Show

Students at Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland converted the dorm windows of their building facade into their 4th entertaining light show complete with music and animation.

Fake Science

Fake Science

Remember your elementary science textbooks and their hand drawn illustrations and fun facts? Fake Science is exactly like that, except without the facts. Do not show this site to your kids.

Tron Legacy Concept Art

Tron Legacy Concept Art

Tron Legacy is still seven excruciating months away. To tide yourself over, you can either watch the trailer for the millionth time or ogle at gorgeous concept art of lightcycles and other vehicles.

Bastien Grivet Illustrations

Bastien Grivet Illustrations

French concept artist Bastien Grivet delivers a strong illustrated collection of the worlds of tomorrow, full of menace and wonder, that somehow feels as if it was painted in the past.

Art: Batmin and Robbes

Art: Batmin and Robbes

Here’s an unlikely mash-up that we’d nonetheless love to see – everyone’s favorite comic strip duo as the Dark Knight and the Boy Wonder. Actually we’d be content with just more Calvin and Hobbes.

Mars Attacks Wall Graphics

Mars Attacks Wall Graphics

LTL Prints has launched a collection of Mars Attacks wall graphics featuring original artwork from the classic collectible Topps trading cards. They’re self-adhesive and available in a variety of sizes.

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