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Art & Design

Jakarta Joy

Jakarta Joy

Photographer Joerg Daiber paid a visit to Jakarta, Indonesia to capture vibrant, moving images of its lights, buildings, and people as they go about their days and nights in this enormous, and rapidly-growing city.

8 Stop-motion Tricks

8 Stop-motion Tricks

Want to make your own stop-motion animation? Animator Edu Puertas shows off a few simple tricks using household items like tape, wire, aluminum foil, and pillow stuffing to embellish your creations with, and give them a more finished look.

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Spray Can Salt & Pepper Shakers

Spray Can Salt & Pepper Shakers
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Turn your dinner plate into street art with these whimsical porcelain salt and pepper shakers that look like tiny, dented spray paint cans. Dishwasher safe, and guaranteed not to get you busted for making graffiti!

Point Line Vinyl Record Speaker

Point Line Vinyl Record Speaker

Designer Xundi Li’s concept for a record player is a beautiful work of modern industrial design. It combines a turntable, speaker, and amplifier, with an off-center drive mechanism which lets the record protrude from its cabinet. We hope it goes into production.

The Rise of Food Computers

The Rise of Food Computers

MIT’s food computers are small robotic gardens that let people control, gather and share data about the conditions of a plant’s growth. Such systems can be built anywhere in the world, greatly accelerating learning and experimentation to improve crop yields.

KLŌS Carbon Fiber Ukes and Guitars

KLŌS Carbon Fiber Ukes and Guitars
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KLŌS makes beautiful, modern string instruments from the sturdy, lightweight material normally reserved for high-dollar exotic sports cars. They offer acoustic and acoustic electric guitars and ukuleles with black or colorful woven backs.

Corel Painter 2019

Corel Painter 2019
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Get a great deal on the original natural media painting software, updated for 2019. You’ll get over 900 brushes to bring digital masterpieces to life, along with a dark mode, transparent color wheel, and smoother performance than ever. Save 41% in The Awesomer Shop.

Making an Aluminum Foil Sphere

Making an Aluminum Foil Sphere

Woodworker Andy Phillip completed a project that anyone can do with enough time, patience, and access to a lathe. By crumpling up, hammering, sanding, and polishing an entire roll of aluminum foil, he shows us how to make a beautifully shiny metal sphere.

Making a Kid-Sized Rover

Making a Kid-Sized Rover

Kris Temmerman wanted to learn how to TIG weld. He ended up doing way more than that. Watch him create a small motorized six-wheeled vehicle that resembles the Mars rover (with a seat). It has an aluminum body, six-wheel drive, and four-wheel steering.

Phobias

Phobias

Motion designer Ah!Serif presents a slick little animated short which manages to sum up various fears and phobias using a simplified human analog. Its expressive eyes do a great job reacting to the terrifying stimuli around it.

Crayon Creatures

Crayon Creatures
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Crayon Creatures turns kids’ drawings into accurate full color figurines thanks to the wonders of 3D modeling and 3D printing. The figurines measure up to 4″ tall and are printed in sandstone. Additional figures of the same drawing can be ordered at a discount.

Rebirth: Unreal Engine Demo

Rebirth: Unreal Engine Demo

While it may be a while before we have video games with truly photorealistic graphics, Quixel’s eyepopping real-time cinematic that shows off the power of Unreal Engine 4 using real-world scans of Iceland, combined with CG models. Watch in 4K if you can.

Viking Ship Fire Pit

Viking Ship Fire Pit
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While fiery Norse ships are normally reserved for viking funerals, we’ll make an exception for this truly awesome handmade fire pit from sculptor Trevor McIntire of ImagineMetalArt. It’s made from 18 ga. sheet steel and measures about 39″ long x 16″ wide.

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How Toy Figurines are Made

How Toy Figurines are Made

A look inside a factory that makes collectible figurines, as its designs go from sketch, to digital model, to wax model, to silicone mold, to plastic model, to plaster cast, to metal die for creating the final production pieces. Those pieces are then hand-painted and assembled.

Herman Brown is Feeling Down

Herman Brown is Feeling Down

A man enjoys his quiet and calm world every day until something loud and distracting enters his universe to shake things up. Animator Dan Castro’s short film proves that less is often sometimes more, and how sound can be just as important in telling a story as imagery.

Astronaut Light

Astronaut Light
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Add a little space to your desk with this whimsical lamp from Paladone. The tiny astronaut takes his space walk at the end of an adjustable gooseneck, as he floats above the lunar base below. Runs on USB or 3 AAA batteries, so it’s definitely just an accent light.

MagCon Drawing Tools

MagCon Drawing Tools
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These smartly-designed tools make it easy to crank out straight lines, circles, grids, and other smooth and consistent drawings. The complete set consists of a straightedge and a curved arm, and a swiveling base. Available in aluminum or stainless steel.

Rodsmith The Killer

Rodsmith The Killer

Commissioned by Bobby Haas, Rodsmith Customs’ The Killer is heavily inspired by a 1935 motorcycle called Killinger und Freund. It’s a front wheel drive bike with an engine made from three 60cc two-stroke engines. More on Bike EXIF.

The Library of Rare Colors

The Library of Rare Colors

Tom Scott recently paid a visit a truly unusual and extraordinary collection – a working research library dedicated to the history of color. The Forbes Pigment Collection has spent decades cataloging and storing rare pigments to help verify the authenticity of works of art.

Implicit Playing Cards V2

Implicit Playing Cards V2
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Nathan Darma’s cards offer up – as he calls it – “big deck energy,” and we agree. From the shimmery foiled backs to Gart’s colorful and abstract court card illustrations, they’re just as good for cardistry as they are for distracting your opponents from your poker tells.

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Nvidia GauGAN

Nvidia GauGAN

This amazing software uses deep learning tech to create photorealistic nature scenes by sketching fields of color which represent objects and materials. The results are impressively convincing, complete with reflections. Learn more on Nvidia’s blog.

Audi Q4 e-tron Concept

Audi Q4 e-tron Concept

Audi’s concept for a smaller and more affordable electric SUV. Like the e-tron, the Q4 e-tron has two motors that provide all-wheel drive. There’s a 200hp rear motor and a 100hp rear motor. It goes up to 112 mph and has a range of over 280 mi.

DIY Felt Robots

DIY Felt Robots

Artist Hah Jeong-hee started making felt toys for her kids. She’s made dozens of small toys, but recently she became interested in making robots. Her creations are so detailed that people sometimes mistake them for model kits. Turn captions on.

LEGO Steamboat Willie

LEGO Steamboat Willie
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Building on szabomat90’s LEGO Ideas design, this fantastic kit is based on the boat from Mickey Mouse’s debut cartoon, Walt Disney’s 1928 classic Steamboat Willie. The 721-piece model measures over 10″ long when complete, and includes new Mickey and Minnie figures.

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.

Mantalime

Mantalime

Supinfocom Rubika animation student Lorraine Desserre’s short film revolves around a simple premise – a praying mantis ingests something strange, and goes on a crazy hallucinogenic trip. A short, sweet, and entertaining clip melding traditional and CG styles.

Wooden Pixel Lounger

Wooden Pixel Lounger

Woodworker Lignum shows off another fantastic build – a sculptural lounge chair crafted from bits and pieces of wood cut into small slats, glued together, then sanded smooth to reveal an eye-catching pixelated pattern.

Mirror Photography Tricks

Mirror Photography Tricks

It’s tricky to shoot good images with a mirror in the shot, but the guys at COOPH show us six clever ways to use these reflective surfaces to capture some truly creative photos. Though we recommend wearing gloves before handling shattered mirror glass.

Froot Loops Candle

Froot Loops Candle
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Etsy store Candlelit Desserts makes candles and soaps that look like a variety of food. Its bestseller is this candle that not only looks but also smells like Froot Loops. The 12oz candle comes in a 6″ bowl and has a spoon embedded in it. Not part of a nutritious breakfast.

How to Draw a 3D City

How to Draw a 3D City

Circle Line Art School shows a relatively easy way to draw buildings that look like they’re going through the page. The optical illusion is simple enough for the most part. The finishing touch is quite tricky though.

Flexible Machines

Flexible Machines

Veritasium spoke with Professor Larry Howell about flexible machines, aka compliant mechanisms. You’d think that a machine that deforms, bends or flexes would be a dud, but these mechanical marvels are actually tough, reliable and cheap to produce.

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