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Art & Design

Pop Culture Key Tags

Pop Culture Key Tags
$7+  Buy Comment

We love the retro style of these fun pop culture key tags from Etsy seller AllThingsHipAndCool. Choose from the Overlook Hotel, Camp Hero, Shady Pines retirement home, and more – in lots of different colors. They’re very reasonably priced and make a great gift for anyone.

The World Below

The World Below

Photographer and filmmaker Bruce W. Berry Jr. collected and cleaned up video and time-lapse footage captured by astronauts on-board the International Space Station to give us this stunning short film that provides a glimpse of our planet from the vantage point of space.

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Sidekick Notebook

Sidekick Notebook
$24  Buy Comment

Triangle Notebook’s writing pad defers to the objects commonly found on desks. Its L-shape lets it conveniently tuck into the corner of books, keyboards, and other rectangular or square-shaped items. It has 160 sheets of dot-gridded paper.

Making a Curved Wooden Chair

Making a Curved Wooden Chair

YouTuber Lignum walks us through the steps it took to build this impressive bent wood lounge chair that looks like it came straight out of an expensive designer furniture collection. Despite its delicate looks, it has no problem holding the weight of a 220 lb adult.

Making Mini McDonald’s Meals

Making Mini McDonald’s Meals

Miniature artist HMS2 shows us how to make some ridiculously tiny and accurate replicas of fast food and their packaging from McDonald’s. We love the individual french fries, and how the Coke even has microscopic ice cubes.

Ferrofluid Magnetic Display

Ferrofluid Magnetic Display

Bob Products makes these large-scale professional displays which use electromagnets to play with the strange and unusual properties of ferrofluid. The systems can be programmed to manipulate the magnets and fluid while displaying lighting and sound effects.

mui Wood Touch Panel

mui Wood Touch Panel

Among the many countless TVs, smartphones, and accessories at CES 2019, Japan’s mui turned up with something different. Their smarthome interface appears to be a simple piece of wood, but it conceals LEDs and a touch panel to display useful information and control devices.

In a Nutshell

In a Nutshell

(PG-13) “From a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse. An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell.” Fabio Friedli and YK Animation Studio’s amazing and fast-paced stop-motion animation captures ideas big and small, all in under 5 minutes.

LEGO Supercar Bridge

LEGO Supercar Bridge

After assembling the epic LEGO Bugatti Chiron model, The Brick Wall decided his supercar needed a superbridge to go with. He built this impressive roadway from over 32,000 pieces, over the course of 96 hours. He even included LED streetlights for night viewing.

Making a Guitar from Pencils

Making a Guitar from Pencils

Watch as Burls Art transforms 1200 colored pencils drowned in epoxy resin into the body of a Fender Stratocaster style electric guitar. He says he’s never built a guitar before, which makes his build just that much more impressive.

VHS Tape Covers Animated

VHS Tape Covers Animated

It’s been a very long time since we saved anything to a VHS tape, but this animation from 4096 reminds us that regardless of what random junk we recorded on them, the box covers of the blank tapes were actually kind of cool. The track is Before the Night by HOME.

Extendable Cardboard Bed

Extendable Cardboard Bed
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Pro Idee’s unique bed has a frame partially made of paper and corrugated cardboard, allowing it to fold like an accordion. You can fold it into an armchair or a bench. It comes with a foldable foam cushion. Despite its construction, it can hold up to 661 lb.

Decade Planner Calendar

Decade Planner Calendar
$200  Buy Comment

Planning a business? Tracking your child’s growth? Or maybe you just like to think ahead? If so, check out Workhow’s long-term wall calendar. It’s a large and durable calendar for 2019 to 2028 in a scroll format. You can even view 2 years at a time if you want.

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Nebulae

Nebulae

Take a journey to the outer reaches of space in Teun van der Zalm’s short film, which is packed with 10 meditative minutes of beautiful (and completely fake) images of cloud, gas, and dust formations which were computer simulated to emulate the birth of stars.

How Does Banksy Make Money?

How Does Banksy Make Money?

“I can’t believe you morons actually buy this.” The Infographics Show shares a brief history of urban artist Banksy as well as the various ways people have profited off his work. If you want to buy his work straight from him, keep an eye on this website.

How Jigsaw Puzzles are Made

How Jigsaw Puzzles are Made

We’re currently assembling a 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzle here at Awesomer HQ, and it got us thinking, how do they cut all those tiny pieces so perfectly? Well, ask the internet, and ye shall receive. Here’s a cool video that goes inside Italy’s Clementoni jigsaw puzzle factory.

Apple Pencil Pencil Mod

Apple Pencil Pencil Mod

While there are skins out there that allow you to customize the look of the Apple Pencil, we really love what Cedric Chase did with his. With a little sandpaper, fabric dye, and paint, he was able to make his digital stylus look just like a real pencil.

Mono-X Playing Cards

Mono-X Playing Cards
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Designer Luke Wadey’s playing cards are strictly black and white, and shaded with a linear halftone design that gives them a greyscale look. The pattern on their backs makes them especially cool for for cardistry flourishes.

Making a Cardboard F1 Car

Making a Cardboard F1 Car

Serial maker The Q used over 530 square feet of cardboard and more than 100 hot glue sticks to build this 1/3rd scale model of a Formula 1 race car. After he finished building the structure, he went on to give the car a proper racing livery.

Oooh !! My Delicious Coffee

Oooh !! My Delicious Coffee

Artist Thomas Blanchard provides a tempting video for coffee drinkers, with a series of macro visual compositions filled with the colors of coffee and cream. Now before you dream of drinking it all up, there’s also a bit of oil and paint mixed in for effect.

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Doodly

Doodly

Anyone can make their own professional doodle-style video in minutes with this slick software. Doodly offers various drawing surfaces and hand models for you to choose from. Their Platinum and Enterprise editions offer a extra characters, props, and music.

Blade Runner Blimp Replica

Blade Runner Blimp Replica

Adam Savage and fellow modelmaker Kayte Sabicer show off one of the coolest replicas we’ve seen in a while – an insanely detailed recreation of the blimp that hovers overhead in Blade Runner, enticing Earthlings to head for the Off-World Colonies.

Locker Basket Storage

Locker Basket Storage
$150+  Buy Comment

Etsy store Rehab Vintage LA offers stylish, made to order storage units using custom-made or reclaimed locker baskets from the ’50s or ’60s. The storage units are available in a wide variety of colors and configurations.

HoleRoll Blinds

HoleRoll Blinds
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Ukraine-based designers HoleRoll make these perforated blackout blinds which transform a sunny day into an evening cityscape, or a shimmering night sky, filled with stars. Available in New York, London, or starlight patterns, each cut to your specifications.

Turbo Express

Turbo Express

All in Pixel’s fantastic 16-bit style animated short shows off the capabilities of a high-speed delivery service in a Blade Runner-esque Japanofuturistic society. It starts out looking all intense and serious, but there’s actually a great punchline in the end.

Classicool

Classicool

Artist Dito von Tease turned classical portraits into selfies, alluding to the opposite backgrounds of the commissioned portrait and the digital self-portrait. The former was a privilege of the rich, while the latter is available to anyone with a phone.

The Coupled Pendulum

The Coupled Pendulum

A simple, but fascinating construction that demonstrates the energy transfer that occurs when two pendulums are placed along the same string. Each one almost completely stops as its momentum moves to the other one like some kind of a seductive dance. (Thanks Kate!)

Statue Size Comparison

Statue Size Comparison

Alvaro Gracia Montoya of MetaBallStudios likes to demonstrate the relative sizes of various objects. In their latest video, they start out with a 1.4″ tall paleolithic statue all the way up to India’s colossal 787 foot-tall Statue of Unity. And here we thought Mount Rushmore was huge.

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.

Hover Helmets

Hover Helmets
$96  Buy Comment

Hover Helmets makes officially licensed half-scale football helmets featuring NFL and NCAA football teams. The helmets have a base that makes them levitate and rotate indefinitely, and LEDs to light up the helmet. Some teams are on sale at Touch of Modern until 1/1/19.

Raiders of the Lost Ark LEGO Diorama

Raiders of the Lost Ark LEGO Diorama

Teenager Caleb Watson built one of the best LEGO displays we’ve ever seen. It’s a kinetic diorama of the opening scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. It breaks the scene down into multiple segments, including fetching the idol, and the boulder rolling after Indiana Jones.

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