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Art & Design

The Future Ain’t the Same…

The Future Ain’t the Same…

In artist Chris Labrooy’s whimsical short film The future ain’t the same as it used to be, he envisions a wacky world where classic cars can float on water, pop their lids, and hop about on a cushion of air. We can’t decide between the Porsche 911 Carrera RS Flamingo or Swan spec.

Tokyo Apocalypse

Tokyo Apocalypse

A brief, but well-executed promo animation for the 2019 Festival International Du Film D’Animation d’Annecy. Students from the Gobelins animation school envision a world filled with guys in kaiju costumes stomping around a tiny Tokyo, slapping each other about in a monster-sized wrestling match.

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Acme Globes

Acme Globes

Acme Globes’ sweet spherical maps roll smoothly in any direction on ball bearings integrated in a handmade cork or birch base. Magnets at the poles allow it to spin on its axis like a regular globe too. Each 14.75″ globe features a map of the stars on the inside, and Kickstarter backers get a bonus 4″ moon globe.

Wooden Mac Pro Grille

Wooden Mac Pro Grille

The resurrected Mac Pro isn’t even out yet, but carpenter John Heisz was so excited to see the return of the cheese grater style grille, that he decided to make a recreation of its repeating circular pattern out of solid cherry wood. Detailed instructions here.

Merry Madness

Merry Madness

Artist David James Armsby created this vividly animated short fairy tale about a world that once was filled with excitement, fear, and drama, but that lost its edge when the humans decided they could no longer live with the monsters around them.

Twin Islands

Twin Islands

This award-winning animated short film from a team of Supinfocom (now Rubika) graduates tells the story of two brothers who become rulers of a pair of islands, trusted with the task of maintaining status quo by the gods. But then one day, something unexpected comes along to throw off the requisite symmetry.

The Art of PaperBuild

The Art of PaperBuild

Thestory takes us inside the workshop of artist Jang Jun-ho (aka “PaperBuild“), who has made incredibly detailed and vibrant origami and cut paper sculptures of everything from mechs to helmets to swords an articulating Infinity Gauntlet. Turn captions on.

Drawing a 3D Bicycle Model

Drawing a 3D Bicycle Model

Every time we’ve picked up one of those 3D printing pens, we’ve ended up with a glob of hot mess. But 3D Sanago has proven time and again that you can really make some incredible art with the things. His latest creation? An intricate model of a bicycle with working pedals and wheels that spin. Turn captions on.

Flying Dog Playing Cards

Flying Dog Playing Cards

Flying Dog Brewery teamed up with famed artist Ralph Steadman to produce this sweet limited-edition deck featuring 18 classic works in a style sure to be familiar to any fan of his good friend Hunter S. Thompson, who helped bring his surreal, splattered imagery to the forefront.

Slow Dance Machine

Slow Dance Machine

Intrigued by slow motion visuals? Wonder Machines‘ unusual picture frame makes real world objects appear to move in slow motion. Designed by artist and inventor Jeff Lieberman (Time Warp), the device appears to use some sort of nearly imperceptible vibrations to pull off its trickery.

Pixel Plants

Pixel Plants

Chicago-based Etsy shop Pixelixir makes these adorable 8-bit pixel art house plants, perfect for video gamers who lack green thumbs. They’re made from fused beads and each one includes a planter and rocks so they’re ready to display.

The Awesomer on Pinterest

The Awesomer on Pinterest

Get an extra dose of awesome stuff from Awesomer Media’s Pinterest channel, and follow our boards. They feature some of our favorite picks from all of our websites: The Awesomer, Technabob, and 95octane, and are updated with goodies on a daily basis.

DIY Folding Desk PC

DIY Folding Desk PC

PCs housed inside desks are nothing new, but they are interesting at best, and tacky at worst. But DIY Perks shows us that it’s possible to make one that’s tasteful and space-saving, while still showing off the computer’s components.

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Children of Invention

Children of Invention

Little Inventors is a UK-based non-profit organization that encourages creativity and innovation by asking children to come up with their own inventions, then collaborate with makers to build prototypes of them. SciFri dropped by to see what sort of wonderful madness they’re up to. You simply must browse the kids’ ideas.

Samurai Bottle Helmets

Samurai Bottle Helmets

Make liquor bottles extra special with Tadayasu’s fancy bottle toppers. The Samurai Bottle Helmet comes in designs based on the actual helmets worn by some of the country’s most famous feudal warlords.

Weval: Someday

Weval: Someday

(Flashing Images) Filmmaker Páraic McGloughlin’s abstract music video serves as the perfect complement to the driving rhythm and headphone-worthy sounds of Weval’s track Someday. The imagery and sounds reflect the fragility of our planet, and humanity’s desire to hold on.

LEGO Godzilla

LEGO Godzilla

This fan-built LEGO Godzilla is truly impressive. It took Frenchy Bricks Junky about 4 months to put together this 4,000-piece monster, with its awesome scaly texture. You can purchase the building plans from Rebrickable for about $20 – bricks not included, naturally.

Making Carbon Fiber Poké Balls

Making Carbon Fiber Poké Balls

Carbon fiber is a very versatile, strong, and lightweight material. But it’s not the easiest stuff to work with. Matthieu Libeert shows us just how much work went into making this slick looking version of Pokémon’s carrying container, using carbon fiber, resin, and fiberglass.

Product Wars

Product Wars

(PG-13: Language) Writer/director Stephan Zlotescu and cinematographer H1 teamed up to create this short film that envisions an insane future in which our obsession with commercial goods has driven corporations to genetically engineer real-world versions of their mascots.

IV-18 VFD Tube Clock

IV-18 VFD Tube Clock

We’ve seen lots of clocks that use Nixie or other illuminated vacuum tubes. But we really dig this version where the entire time is displayed on a single tube. Pandicon’s IV-18 clock uses a new, old stock VFD tube to emit it’s greenish-blue glow. You can find more IV-18 clocks from other Etsy shops.

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Cardboard Iron Man Infinity Gauntlet

Cardboard Iron Man Infinity Gauntlet

Sure, you can go out and buy an off-the-shelf replica of Iron Man’s infinity gauntlet from Avengers: Endgame, but there’s something so satisfying about building your own. Seanscrafts shows us his DIY gauntlet he made using cardboard, a glove, hot glue, and paints.

Noemi Shipping Container Cabinet

Noemi Shipping Container Cabinet

17 Stories‘ distressed metal bar cabinet has looks inspired by an industrial shipping container. It features a double-decker design that’s ideal for storing bottles of wine and glasses, but really can be used for all sorts of items. Measures 49.2″ H x 28.7″ L x 16.5″ D.

10-Hour Oceanscape

10-Hour Oceanscape

If your TV can stream YouTube, you’ll want to load up this vid from BBC Earth and OceanX Media which features 10 straight hours of incredible footage of undersea creatures. It’s so much easier to care for than an actual aquarium, and the fish are cooler too.

Koka’s Beat Machines

Koka’s Beat Machines

Artist and musician Koka Nikoladze builds electromechanical objects which act like analog drum machines, producing unusual beats using bits and pieces of household objects and hardware to produce their rhythms. Be sure to check out Beat Machines No. 2 and No. 3.

V-Moda Custom Color Shields

V-Moda Custom Color Shields

Headphone maker V-Moda adds to its line of customized shields, which already included laser-engraved and 3D printed designs for their Crossfade line of headphones. Now you can get them printed in color, using either a pre-made design, a monogram, or your own uploaded graphics.

Colored Pencil Knife

Colored Pencil Knife

Making things out of colored pencils seems to be a bit of a trend. There’s something about the colors and texture that make such things immensely appealing. Angqvist recently made himself a knife handle by laminating together a bunch of sliced up pencils, and it looks fantastic.

Pinball Telecaster & Wizard Amp

Pinball Telecaster & Wizard Amp

This amazing bit of kit was built by Yuriy Shishkov of the Fender Custom Shop for the 2018 NAMM show. The combo includes a light-up Telecaster electric guitar and an accompanying amplifier, both built using parts from an 1975 Bally Wizard pinball machine.

Richard Williams: Animating Movement

Richard Williams: Animating Movement

The Royal Ocean Film Society spends some time looking at the works of Richard Williams, one of the last of his breed of hand animators – a man known for his fluid and dynamic style, and ability to create worlds with a tremendous sense of depth and perspective.

Andy Warhol Plushes

Andy Warhol Plushes

Artist Andy Warhol was known for his bold and colorful imagery of icons of pop culture, from celebrities to products. Now you can own some of his images, from the Campbell’s soup can, to the Brillo box, memorialized as plush pillows, thanks to the folks at kidrobot.

Mini Reverse-draw Crossbow

Mini Reverse-draw Crossbow

Crossbow maker Raduka shows off a truly impressive build – a miniature version of a reverse-draw compound crossbow, capable of firing dangerous little projectiles with tremendous power. All of the parts appear to have been shrunk down from a full-size weapon, and it works just like the real deal.

Paint Mixing Level 9000

Paint Mixing Level 9000

Annette Labedzki’s paintings are more like temporary sculptures. She molds models of various objects out of thick, frozen layers of paint, then destroys her creations by mixing them down into a new color of paint for a wonderfully soothing type of performance art.

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