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Corridor: Topographe

Corridor: Topographe

Jonathan Robert & Gabriel Favreau’s animated music video for Quebec band Corridor takes us on a wild trip through a fantastical structure filled with elevators, staircases, cable cars, and other vertical conveyances that all lead towards an almighty computer that controls man and machine.

Horrorgami

Horrorgami

Create 20 awesomely creepy kirigami scenes from Paper Dandy’s book of horror-themed dioramas. When appropriately lit, they’re the perfect perfect decoration for your Halloween party. Each intricate design requires a good deal of precise cutting, so they’re more for adults than kids, though.

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The Kubrick Close-Up

The Kubrick Close-Up

(PG-13) Film essayist The Discarded Image explores one of director Stanley Kubrick’s many techniques – the strategic use of tight shots to accentuate a character or story’s most pivotal moments. While most directors use close-ups, Kubrick was a true master of this primitive filmmaker’s tool.

Sideways Cube Puzzle

Sideways Cube Puzzle

Pacific Puzzle Works‘ incredible cube is a truly special collectible for the puzzle aficionado. Artist Lee Krasnow builds each one out of aluminum, wood, metal, maple, birdseye, ebony, bronze, and stainless steel, and it slides apart and together with amazing precision. It’s also available in a cheap 3D-printed variant.

The World’s Loneliest Library

The World’s Loneliest Library

Take a tour of the beautiful and serene Seashore Library, which sits along China’s Bohai Sea near Nandaihe Pleasure City. Architect Dong Gong’s design was designed to provide each occupant of its reading room with an unobscured view of the beach outside, and a sense of peace and solitude for each visitor.

Eureka! Playing Cards

Eureka! Playing Cards

Designed by Hong Kong’s HypieLab, and printed by the US Playing Card Company, these offbeat cards feature a recurring image of a brain with a pull-chain on/off switch, meant to symbolize great moments of curiosity and imagination. They’re done up in an unusual color scheme to reinforce those creative thoughts.

Camper Van Planters

Camper Van Planters

We’re suckers for just about anything in the shape of VW’s iconic Type 2 vans from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Cedar and Stone Garden’s 5″ x 3″ concrete microbus planters are perfect for growing all your indoor succulent hippie plants. They’re available numerous colors, including tie dye.

The Board Skateboard

The Board Skateboard

Industrial designer Chia-Wei shows off a slick prototype for a mini-cruiser skateboard that can be collapsed down into a circular shape when not in use. It uses a series of hinged braces that unfold into a familiar oval skateboard shape with enough strength to be ridden on.

1,000 Record Covers

1,000 Record Covers

Published by Taschen, Michael Ochs’ hardcover 1,000 Record Covers showcases a thousand of the most beautiful and memorable vinyl record cover sleeves from the 1960’s to the 1990’s. Makes a great coffee table book for any music lover.

Apartment Treehouse

Apartment Treehouse

YouTube channel Never Too Small is packed with great examples of highly-efficient living spaces. Among the designs is this 33 square meter Hong Kong apartment, which has a treehouse structure above the dining table. The cozy lofted bedroom is lined with pine wood to keep it from feeling cramped.

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.

Hexagon Cork World Map

Hexagon Cork World Map

Geo 101 Design presents a compact, global version of their cork map. Set agains a rich blue dyed backdrop, it measures 12″ point to point, and is perfect for tracking your travels across the globe – assuming you don’t visit the Arctic or Antarctica.

Undream

Undream

For this hypnotic experimental CGI short film, artist Sabrina Ratté combined organic materials and realistic lighting with stark, sharp-edged wireframes, and mirrored surfaces to create a slick, otherworldly location that looks like it would be a great level for a video game.

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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.

MoonArc Hobby Workbench Lamp

MoonArc Hobby Workbench Lamp

MoonArc Light’s unique arch-shaped LED lamp offers up smooth and even illumination for your project workbench. The 3D printed lamp measures 41.3″ wide and 31.7″ high, yet has a very small footprint to keep your workspace open. It comes in a variety of colors, and its diffusers can be easily removed.

Transient 2

Transient 2

Photographer Dustin Farrell follows up his epic stormchasing video, Transient. Like the original, it features dramatic, slow-motion images of lightning, wind, and cloud formations, capturing the fury of Mother Nature in all of her glory. Dustin says he traveled over 35,000 miles over two years to capture and compile this footage.

Wet Run

Wet Run

Filmmaker Robert McIntosh presents a wild video comprised of a 3-dimensional version of a painting by Alex Grey. As he zooms through the color-soaked fractal environment, the landscape reveals a surprise destination. The Black Sabbath tune perfectly suits the psychedelic visuals.

Van Gogh Coffee Mug

Van Gogh Coffee Mug

While visiting Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum to see the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh paintings, we exited through the gift shop, and found this: a coffee cup that’s missing a handle, much like Vincent was missing an ear. Two bandages mark the spot, capturing the artist’s most unmistakable feature.

Wood Kraken Bookends

Wood Kraken Bookends

A pirate ship meets its ultimate nemesis with these wooden bookends from MokuShop. They’re perfect for housing books about adventures on the open seas. Each one is laser-engraved with intricate details engraved on its surface, and has a non-slip cork bottom.

Arcade Sofa

Arcade Sofa

Harkening back to the shape of classic arcade machines, Harow’s compact sofa looks like a great place to chill out and play video games at home. It can be made with custom artwork, and custom sizes, and is made from recycled wood, steel and velvet-covered cushions.

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Sculpting Joker

Sculpting Joker

Are you as excited for the Joker movie as much as we are? Artist Steven Richter celebrates Joaquin Phoenix’s critically-praised performance with yet another amazing sculpt. The finished mini-bust perfectly captures the actor’s demonic smile as he transforms from Arthur Fleck into The Clown Prince of Gotham.

Kung Fu Motion Visualization

Kung Fu Motion Visualization

Digital artist and designer Tobias Gremmler captured the movements of a kung fu practitioner, then transformed them into abstract shapes using CG animation techniques, resulting in a series of truly mesmerizing animations.

Finger Machines

Finger Machines

Morgan of Seed Animation Studio gives us all the finger… actually lots of them, in this strange and hypnotic short film which turns human digits into some really unusual mechanical contraptions. At a certain point, they all started looking like hot dogs to us.

Mechanical Dinosaur Costume

Mechanical Dinosaur Costume

Costumes, dinosaurs, engineering, and puppetry – Esmée Kramer combined these four passions into one awesome build. She spent months designing and making this amazing dinosaur rig using PVC pipes and foam panels. It really comes to life once she starts moving its head.

Costume Design 101

Costume Design 101

Film Radar made this great video about wardrobe design in film and TV. Good costume designers inhabit the minds of both the characters and the director. In terms of production, costumes are often custom made, even for extras, and may have multiple replicas.

Making Plywood Patterns

Making Plywood Patterns

With enough shop skills and patience, you can turn ordinary sheets of plywood into beautiful patterned works of art. Woodworker Michael Alm takes us through his process as he transforms thin strips of ply into chevron, diamond, basketweave, and other patterns by cutting them at different angles and intervals.

Brickman Anatomical Puzzles

Brickman Anatomical Puzzles

Artist Jason Freeny is best known for his see-through anatomical figures of pop culture characters. These version of his LEGO-inspired Brickman figure let you assemble his innards yourself. Choose from a 16-piece, 5″ tall model, or a 12″ tall model with over 40 pieces.

How Colored Pencils are Made

How Colored Pencils are Made

We’ve seen footage of pencils being made before, but the guys at Faber-Castell want us to know that their process is the best. Watch as they make black leads from graphite and clay, and colorful ones from powders and wax, then sandwich them into wooden shells, and paint them to match.

Canigou: Tape

Canigou: Tape

The organic, kaleidoscopic imagery in animator Hideki Inaba Kanahebi’s music video is about as intricate as it gets. The colorful and repetitive images of nature and its interconnections serve as the perfect setting in which to enjoy Canigou’s smooth and relaxing ambient track.

Los Aeronautas

Los Aeronautas

Director León Fernández’s incredible stop-motion animated short film is what we long for in filmmaking – creativity on every level – from the character design to the unique story, about a tribe that struggles to survive in a barren world, and the unlikely odyssey of its weakest member.

Hornet Flight Slo-mo

Hornet Flight Slo-mo

Nature photographer Lothar Lenz captured this incredible macro slow-motion video of hornets in motion, as they fly around, sip water, and live their lives near his home in the Eifel region of Germany. The crystal clear sounds of the buzzing insects are especially immersive with headphones on.

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