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Book Coasters

Book Coasters

Looking for a gift for a book lover who already has a full library? These solid wood coasters from Cutting Boredom make a great present for bookworms. They come in more than 20 different designs, each inspired by the cover of a classic piece of literature. Sold in sets of two or more.

Best Optical Illusion of 2020

Best Optical Illusion of 2020

Mathematician Kokichi Sugihara of Meiji University shows off another brain-breaking optical illusion, taking home the prize of Best Illusion of 2020. While it looks like a simple design at first, the 3D Schröder Staircase looks exactly the same right-side-up and upside-down, its left end looking taller than its right.

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Retro Gamer Logo Magnets

Retro Gamer Logo Magnets

UK shop ReadyPlayerTwo creates these nifty 3-dimensional logo signs inspired by classic video game and computer systems. Each one is 3D printed from PLA plastic to accurately replicate the original color scheme, and has neodymium magnets securely mounted inside.

Making a Mini Morning Star

Making a Mini Morning Star

For those unfamiliar with the concept, a morning star is one of those ancient weapons that’s basically a spiky metal ball on a stick. It’s definitely not something you’d want to ever encounter on a battlefield. Though this teensy version that Koss Workshop made from a ball bearing and some screws is a little less deadly.

Pitch Black Playing Cards

Pitch Black Playing Cards

Designed by Jirs Huygen for Copag, these premium playing cards are great for magic, cardistry, or just playing a game of poker. They feature a black background with inverse fine line art in white or red ink, along with a skull motif throughout. The True Linen B9 finish is designed for smooth handling and longevity.

Custom Split-Flap Displays

Custom Split-Flap Displays

Oat Foundry builds electro-mechanical signboards, inspired by the ones that show schedules at older train stations and airports. Puzzle fiend Chris Ramsay commissioned one, and is here to show off just how cool it is. If you’re interested in having one built for yourself or your business, you can request a quote here.

Bitter Cocktails Holiday Cards

Bitter Cocktails Holiday Cards

Toast your friends with spirited holiday cards featuring classic Campari cocktails. Love & Victory’s set of eight cards and envelopes with greetings on the front and a cocktail recipe – Boulevardier, Negroni, Negroni Sbagliato, or Americano – on the back. Just the thing to thank weary Santa and his drink-deserving, gift-giving ilk.

Making a Kinetic Sculpture

Making a Kinetic Sculpture

If you’ve ever walked through an outdoor sculpture garden, you’ve probably seen sculptures that move when the wind blows. Artist Anthony Howe is known for creating kinetic sculptures like these. In this video, he provides a glimpse into the painstaking process that’s involved in making these dynamic and precise works of art.

Taylor Bennett: Don’t Wait Up

Taylor Bennett: Don’t Wait Up

Lamar + Nik created this clever music video for Taylor Bennett f/Mr. Hudson’s soulful hip hop track Don’t Wait Up. Rather than shooting on location, they placed the musician into scenes using the screen from an iPhone. They made the sets from cardboard, hot glue, and assorted miniatures. Behind the scenes here.

LEGO Great Wave

LEGO Great Wave

LEGO Certified Professional Jumpei Mitsui created a 3D interpretation of the wave depicted in Hokusai’s iconic Ukiyo-e image The Great Wave off Kanagawa. The brick-built version shows off some really neat LEGO tricks, especially with the foamy wave peaks. The 50,000-piece model is on display at the Hankyu Brick Museum.

Tokyo Mega Illumination 2020

Tokyo Mega Illumination 2020

Like many places around the world, Tokyo likes to celebrate the holidays with lights. The photography masters at Virtual Japan captured this highly immersive footage of Tokyo City Keiba’s 2020 festival of lights, which features over 8 million individual lights for visitors to enjoy. It looks especially rich and vibrant in 4K HDR.

Sketchmark Stencil Bookmark

Sketchmark Stencil Bookmark

This stainless steel bookmark not only saves your place, it provides useful shapes for detailing your ideas. The sturdy stencil incorporates a protractor, compass, t-square, circle, square, and triangle bullets, isometric guides, and metric and imperial rulers. The expansion card adds letters, numbers, and a few other shapes.

Boba Fett Fire Pit

Boba Fett Fire Pit

Thanks to The Mandalorian, Boba Fett is back in our lives once more. And thanks to Burned by Design, the badass bounty hunter can be a permanent fixture in your backyard. This handmade wood burning fire pit will help keep you as toasty as a Tatooine afternoon and is perfect for roasting marshmallows.

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Turning a Resin Sphere Inside a Wooden Cube

Turning a Resin Sphere Inside a Wooden Cube

Woodworker James Garwood last wowed us with his 2000-segment pen. For his latest project, he challenged himself by crafting a wooden cube, filling it with resin, then painstakingly turning and sanding the blue material to create a perfectly shiny sphere. Support James on Patreon for a chance to win this unique plaything.

Foldable Pre-Fab Tiny Houses

Foldable Pre-Fab Tiny Houses

There’s something so comforting about staying in a tiny house. Everything just seems more manageable. Latvian firm Brette Haus shows of their design for a prefabricated house that arrives partially assembled, then unfolds from its box shape to reveal its structure. Prices for the homes start at €22000 (~$26,700 USD).

Vega Wall Lamp

Vega Wall Lamp

This unique, illuminated wall art helps create a calm and relaxing environment. It features a multi-layered geometric design laser-cut from thin sheets of wood fiberboard. The colorful LED edge lighting really makes the patterns pop, and can be set to change colors. Available in 23.2″ H x 19.3″ W and 26.4″ H x 23.2″ W sizes.

Rockstar Ruler

Rockstar Ruler

Rock out with your French curve out. Designer Mike Vaiksaar’s clever drawing tool for Suck UK makes geometry so much more fun, packing a protractor, set square, arc tool, and other useful stencils into the shape of an electric guitar.

Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams

Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams

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.

See-Through V8 Engine

See-Through V8 Engine

While stuck at home with some free time on his hands, car enthusiast Brian King aka AWDcutlass decided to rebuild a full-size GM LS V8 engine inside of a transparent acrylic shell. It’s pretty wild to see all the parts moving inside of it, and it looks especially awesome when he turns on the LED lighting. See Part 1 of the build here.

Nor-man Headphone Stand

Nor-man Headphone Stand

Estonian design shop Udrik’s playful metal stand provides the perfect place to store your over-the-ear headphones. Serving as both a work of modern art and a functional accessory, the powder-coated steel and oak stand resembles an abstract human who is happy to wear your cans when you’re not using them.

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Listening to Toy Story

Listening to Toy Story

For as groundbreaking as the CGI animated visuals were in the original Toy Story, Gary Rydstrom’s sound design was every bit as important in conveying the stories of Woody, Buzz, and company. The Royal Ocean Film Society invites us to listen to some of the sound effects that helped bring the Toy Story universe to life.

DIY Plywood Workspace

DIY Plywood Workspace

In today’s work-from-home world, having a good desk is a must. You could buy one, or you could do what HomeMadeModern did and build one to your own exacting specifications. We love how Jessie incorporated walls and sound-deadening felt to make it her own. We’d probably do corkboard for tacking up notes.

The Hidden Art of Disney: They Drew as They Pleased

The Hidden Art of Disney: They Drew as They Pleased

Didier Ghez’s six-volume series delves into the lesser-known art of Disney Animation. Each book is filled with rare images gathered from the depths of the Walt Disney Archives and the Disney Animation Research Library, along with untold stories of the artists behind the scenes. Start with the 1930s and work your way to 2020.

3D-Printed Expanding Mechanism

3D-Printed Expanding Mechanism

In the 1800s, an engineering reference book showed off a pulley design that could expand its size. Angus of Maker’s Muse wanted to see if he could replicate the part using 3D printing, and along the way found a different use for it, and incorporated the mechanism into a nifty looking puzzle box.

Letterfolk Tile Floor Mat

Letterfolk Tile Floor Mat

This rubberized vinyl floor mat lets you create your own custom patterns. Each mat comes as a blank white canvas, along with 150 black hexagonal tiles which easily snap into place. The tiles are removable and repositionable, and you can buy additional tiles in a variety of colors.

Ping Pong LED Video Wall 3.0

Ping Pong LED Video Wall 3.0

Bitluni’s Lab continues to upgrade his DIY video wall project by supersizing it to 1920 ping pong ball pixels, each illuminated by an RGBW LED. With its latest circuit, it can stream live video at up to 74fps. Unlike the prior versions, he didn’t have to drill tons of holes, and it’s made up of multiple small panels instead of one big one.

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