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Corona Playing Cards

Corona Playing Cards

Designed by Khanh for BombMagic, these cards have a gorgeous design, inspired the objects and patterns found in ancient Lạc Việt culture. The backs feature an intricate geometric pattern with hieroglyphs, while the court cards display Vietnamese faces, and the suits and numbers are uniquely stylized. More pics on Kardify.

Google Morphing Clay

Google Morphing Clay

FutureDeluxe shows off a cool project that was on display during the Google China Developer Days – an interactive display which allows people to create unique ceramic vessels simply by moving their bodies. Each virtual work of art changes shape as the person in front of the camera changes poses. More here.

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Hayao Miyazaki’s Airships

Hayao Miyazaki’s Airships

There’s a whole lot to love about the visuals and storytelling in Hayao Miyazaki’s films. Among his regular subjects are flying machines, and The Royal Ocean Film Society takes to the skies to find out why they’re a recurring theme, and why aircraft are so important to this master of anime.

Create-a-Sticker Mini Machine

Create-a-Sticker Mini Machine

Xyron’s unique machine turns any piece of paper up to 2.5″ wide into a sticker. Cut a design, load it in, and turn the knob, and it’ll apply an edge-to-edge adhesive and a backing sheet. Refills are available with permanent or repositionable adhesive. Their pricier Creative Station can also do lamination or add magnetic backs.

Eames Skateboard Chair

Eames Skateboard Chair

Builder Andrew Szeto created an awesome custom version of the iconic Eames lounge chair, replacing the traditional bent wood components with layers of laminated skateboard decks. We love the touch of color that Andrew’s design adds to this classic piece of furniture. More here.

Scopio Stock Photography

Scopio Stock Photography

Could you use more photos to choose from for your design projects? Sign up for Scopio, and get unlimited access to a huge library of royalty-free images for use in digital medial like presentations, websites, and social media. This lifetime subscription deal is available for a limited time from The Awesomer Shop.

Boiling Poison Dice

Boiling Poison Dice

Tabletop game players, it’s time to upgrade your dice set. Designed by Andy Kurovets, these highly-tactile D6 dice feature bubbly textures that make them look like something boiling in the primordial ooze. They were 3D-modeled for balance, and come in three unique shapes, in deep blue, blood red, or earth brown.

Engineering with Origami

Engineering with Origami

While you might think that origami was exclusively an art form, engineers are taking inspiration from the paper-folding craft to create innovative designs that can shape-shift to fit objects to into smaller spaces, and enable compact mechanisms, while decreasing the number of parts used. Veritasium explains.

Overlook Hotel Desk Mat

Overlook Hotel Desk Mat

Transport your keyboard and mouse to one of the creepiest locations ever captured on film – the interior of the Overlook Hotel from The Shining. Snappy Printing offers these rubber-backed fabric mats based on the hotel’s iconic carpeting. They also make a welcome mat.

Vitascope Wood Projector Model

Vitascope Wood Projector Model

ROKR’s bass wood replica of a classic film projector is one of the coolest flat-pack model kits we’ve ever seen. Not only does it look awesome, it actually can project a short loop of film that’s included with the kit. The hand-cranked projector isn’t bright, but it requires no batteries to operate.

Star Wars Ship Desk Lamps

Star Wars Ship Desk Lamps

She may not look like much, but she lights up where it counts. This 1:180 scale replica of Han Solo’s ship floats at the end of an adjustable Angelpoise-style base. You’ll want to grab the TIE Fighter lamp for the other side of your desk so they can do battle. Both lamps offer bright LED illumination, and are USB-powered.

DIY Truncated Icosahedron Puzzle

DIY Truncated Icosahedron Puzzle

Maker pocket83 walks us through the painstaking process of building a geodesic sphere which not only looks super cool, but offers up a good challenge for those fascinated with puzzles. See how to assemble the wood pieces and rubber bands here.

Levitating without Photoshop

Levitating without Photoshop

Add some new energy to your photos with the latest series of tips from COOPH, who show off a few low-fi ways to make it appear that objects and people are floating in mid-air. In the end, it’s all about using the camera’s shutter to freeze time.

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Tai-Hao Dice Keycaps

Tai-Hao Dice Keycaps

Roll your dice and move your mice every time you sit down to your computer keyboard. These playful Cherry MX-compatible keycaps are great for number or function keys. They’re sold in six different transluscent colors, so you can match or complement the design of your current keyboard.

Ultimate Adobe CC Training Bundle

Build your skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, InDesign, After Effects and more with this series of online lessons designed to help beginners advance to the next level using Adobe’s ubiquitous and useful suite of tools for digital artists. Save 98% in The Awesomer Shop.

Egg McMuffin Animations

Egg McMuffin Animations

Motion designer Matthieu Braccini created a series of 15 wonderfully polished and appetite-stimulating animations to promote the Egg McMuffin for McDonald’s. We still think perfectly round eggs are unnatural, but they seem right at home in this geometrically-pristine universe.

Painting Canada’s Largest Mural

Painting Canada’s Largest Mural

Sudbury, Canada’s Old St. Joseph’s Hospital has been dormant for more than a decade, and may eventually be demolished. But before its bricks hits the ground, West Coast graffiti artist Kelly “RISK” Graval and a team of artists splashed the exterior of the 74,000 sq.ft. building into a bright and colorful work of abstract street art.

The Seers Laetus Playing Cards

The Seers Laetus Playing Cards

Designed for cardistry and magic, The Seers‘ latest playing cards feature a bold red and black geometric back design with an all-seeing eye at center. Their fronts offer high contrast designs that really pop, along unique, but easily recognizable suits, numbers, and face card images. The uncut sheets make sweet wall art too.

How to Make a Moon

How to Make a Moon

Want a cool replica of the moon for your desk? Check out this clip from How to, who shows us how you can use a plastic sphere, candle wax, sandpaper, and paint to cast and sculpt a nifty, textured lunar model. We suppose if you stuck a wick in it, you could make a moon candle.

’80s Logo Graphics

’80s Logo Graphics

Take another flashback to the 1980s with this compilation of neon-tinged “high-tech” logo graphics from the era. This vintage video comes from a 1981 showreel from Image West, and extensively used Scanimate, an early analog computer motion graphics system.

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KAPITAAL

KAPITAAL

This amazing 2005 short film from Studio Smack illuminates the rampant commercialism of the world around us, illustrating the universe as a starck white-on-black place in which all we see are logos and typography, and the rest of the world fades away.

Timex x Wood Wood Watch

Timex x Wood Wood Watch

Featuring a design by Wood Wood, this minimal stainless steel Timex watch features an all-black color scheme with a hidden surprise. When you press its crown to illuminate its Indiglo backlight, it reminds you to get out and explore the world with the simple, but effective message “GET LOST.”

Restoring a Creepy Clown Bank

Restoring a Creepy Clown Bank

Rescue & Restore does a great job taking rusty old items and making them good as new. But given just how creepy this mechanical clown bank is, maybe it was better left in the junk heap. We could totally see a horror movie starting this way, then the bank comes to life and kills anyone who attempts to take the coins inside.

Ghostbusters x Mondo Soundtrack LP

Ghostbusters x Mondo Soundtrack LP

Mondo presents a limited edition one-time pressing of Elmer Bernstein’s original score from 1984’s Ghostbusters. The double album features awesome jacket and interior art by illustrator Paul Mann, and is pressed onto 180 Gram colored vinyl. Preorders start 10/2/19 on Mondotees.com.

Colored Pencil Bluetooth Speaker

Colored Pencil Bluetooth Speaker

Maker King Minhvuong shows off a really sweet design for a tabletop Bluetooth speaker. He built it using hundreds of stacked colored pencils set into epoxy resin, then cut, shaped, sanded, and varnished the resulting block to form an eye-catching enclosure.

Making a Gold Playing Card Press

Making a Gold Playing Card Press

Metalsmith and watchmaker Clickspring created this incredible 24k gold-plated card press for puzzle collector Chris Ramsay. The process of meticulously milling, cutting, and engraving each part is just as fascinating as the piece itself. Those snake pieces alone are stunning.

I Lost My Body (Trailer)

I Lost My Body (Trailer)

This critically-acclaimed animated film by Jeremy Clapin takes viewers on a wild ride as a severed hand sets off on a journey to reconnect with its owner, as it recounts memories of the pizza boy he belongs to, and his one true love. Based on the novel Happy Hand, by Guillaume Laurant. In theaters 11/15/19 and Netflix 11/29/19.

King Kong Furniture Set

King Kong Furniture Set

The prop and monster makers at Tom Spina Designs created this amazing set of home theater furniture which looks just like the mighty movie ape. The two hands are actually seats, while Kong peers over the display and stares down viewers.

Wu-Tang Pizza Blade

Wu-Tang Pizza Blade

Graz Makes realized he didn’t have a good pizza cutter, so he created one inspired by one of his favorite groups, The Wu-Tang Clan. He stole an old table saw blade from Jimmy DiResta, and fashioned it it to look like the rap group’s iconic “W” logo. The finished tool ain’t nuthing ta f’ wit. Full build instructions on Instructables.

Video Through a 136-Year Old Lens

Video Through a 136-Year Old Lens

It tooks some work to modify this 1880 still camera lens to fit a Sony A7II, but the results captured in Mathieu Stern’s Weird Lens Challenge experiment produced a wonderfully ethereal and dreamy look, while still maintaining an impressive amount of detail.

From Clay to Mosaics

From Clay to Mosaics

A look at the time-consuming process of hand-making ceramic tiles from raw clay, carefully chipping away and cutting them, then assembling them into intricate mosaics. The end result of the laborious process is stunning.

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