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Art & Design

Kiva Ford: Glassblower

Kiva Ford: Glassblower

A profile of Kiva Ford by online arts & crafts market Etsy. Ford is an expert glassblower who crafts both decorative and scientific glassware. Check out his shop and his website for more.

Kix Berlin Concrete USB Drives

Kix Berlin Concrete USB Drives

Remember the Concrete USB Drive concept? Turns out you can actually buy one now, albeit from a different designer. Kix Berlin’s heavy duty Usbéton flash drives come in two capacities, 1GB and 4GB.

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Lifelike Horse Puppet

Lifelike Horse Puppet

Joey the War Horse is a stunningly lifelike puppet made by the Handspring Puppet Company. We’d recommend you watch the whole video, but if you want you can skip to 9:00 to see Joey in action.

The Cyclotrope

The Cyclotrope

Tim Wheatley cobbled together a zoetrope using a bicycle wheel and a camera. Unlike a traditional zoetrope, the Cyclotrope can use not only images but actual objects to give the illusion of motion.

Pixelhead Mask

Pixelhead Mask

Martin Backes’ Pixelhead mask is a humorous attempt to take back anonymity in our increasingly invasive world. They’re more like improved burglar masks to us. Contact Martin if you want to buy one.

The Last Breakfast

The Last Breakfast

Brian Stuckey’s mixed media art gathers our most iconic breakfast mascots for one final meal. It took him 3 months to finish the whole thing. The actual table is 38 in long. Prints available on Etsy.

Black Marker Poster

Black Marker Poster

Allister Lee of Studio B.I.B wants to hold the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of black markers. This 34″ x 42″ hand-printed poster features the 500 markers he has collected so far.

The Book Surgeon

The Book Surgeon

Brian Dettmer carves parts out of individual pages in books, creating layers that expose the contents all at once – a delayed collaboration with authors to create an homage to a fading medium.

Optical Illusion Bookshelf

Optical Illusion Bookshelf

A head-scratching concept designed by John Leung of Clarke Hopkins Clarke Architects, the bookshelf has a couple of slanted wires in the middle that converge into one when viewed from up front.

Pawel Kuczynski’s Satirical Art

Pawel Kuczynski’s Satirical Art

Pawel Kuczynski is a very prolific Polish artist who recently began making satirical illustrations. His drawings are simple yet deliver timely and powerful messages. More here and here.

Angry Zombie Birds

Angry Zombie Birds

Oh, those pigs are really in trouble now. Shouldn’t have stolen those eggs. They should consider growing plants around their fortress to fend off these monsters. Art by Tomasz Kaczkowski.

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Irina Werning had the exact same idea as the folks behind Young Me/Now Me, except that Werning goes the extra mile, copying the setting, the clothes and even the exposure of the old pictures.

The Mutato Archive

The Mutato Archive

You may think that these freaky fruits and veggies are products of pesticides or some chemical, but these “mutatoes” are actually naturally occurring. Nature’s funny that way. Available as prints.

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Ballpoint Pen Drawings

Ballpoint Pen Drawings

(Links NSFW) Juan Francisco Casas drew these photorealistic portraits using nothing but a ballpoint pen. Are his subjects are too distracting or do they show off his skill? Either way, we can’t look away.

Shinya Kimura

Shinya Kimura

Directed by Henrik Hansen, this short film is a glimpse into the mind of legendary custom bike maker Shinya Kimura, who was one of the first proponents of the zero-style motorcycle.

Why Knot?

Why Knot?

This kinetic sculpture was made by Seth Goldstein. The complicated device continually ties and unties a necktie. Not a bad way to symbolize the monotony of a working man’s life.

3M Di-Noc Vinyl Film

3M Di-Noc Vinyl Film

A cheap vinyl alternative to carbon fiber parts or slick paint jobs. It’s relatively easy to apply and comes in several finishes – carbon fiber, brushed aluminum, matte, even camo.

Masking Tape Street Art

Masking Tape Street Art

Australian street artist BUFFdiss uses strips of masking tape to create his art. He often makes oversized hands that interact with the environment, but he also has more complicated pieces.

eBoy Cushions

eBoy Cushions

Now you can hug eBoy’s pixel-packed art. Choose from landscapes of New York, Los Angeles, and Baltimore Docks – if those cities had giant apes and robot dinosaurs, that is.

Yoji Shinkawa Paints Snake

Yoji Shinkawa Paints Snake

As part of his exhibit at the Konami Style store in Japan, Konami illustrator Yoji Shinkawa did a live painting of Big Boss aka Naked Snake in the smoky and gritty style familiar to fans of Metal Gear Solid.

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House of Cards Table

House of Cards Table

Mauricio Arruda cheated a bit to make the Mesa Baralho. The playing cards are actually 4mm-thick steel plates 13 times larger than an actual card, enabling the two stacks to support up to 550 lbs.

The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain

Situated in downtown Dubai on a man-made lake, The Dubai Fountain is 902 ft long, has 6,600 lights, 25 colored projectors, and can shoot water up to 50 stories high. It cost about $218 million to build.

Transparent Objects Illusion

Transparent Objects Illusion

To achieve this effect, Cayetano Ferrer sticks photographs of the background on the objects. The objects have to be viewed at a certain angle though, otherwise the illusion breaks down.

Brian Chan’s Origami

Brian Chan’s Origami

Papercraft can often be pretty simplistic, but Brian Chan’s intricate creations were all made by folding alone; not a single cut was made on any of them. We want the WALL-E one for our office.

Radically Porsche Design Contest

Radically Porsche Design Contest

Some of the finalists in the Radically Porsche pattern design contest. The winners will get a masters degree scholarship and will have their designs applied on actual Porsche Caymans.

Bio Phone Concept

Bio Phone Concept

The Bio Phone is powered by sensors and “artificial muscle actuators”, allowing it to respond to both digital and physical stimuli by lifting and folding its cover in various ways, much like a notepad.

Post-It Monster Drawings

Post-It Monster Drawings

These spooky drawings are the work of John Kenn. A TV show director and writer, Kenn said he draws to relieve stress and boredom, and that Post-It Notes let him “create stories” in a jiffy.

Supakitch & Koralie

Supakitch & Koralie

Watch artists Supakitch and Koralie work on their mixed media wall art at the VÄRLDSKULTUR MUSEET (Museum of World Culture) in Göteborg, Sweden. It took them four days to finish the job.

Daft Punk Helmet Evolution

Daft Punk Helmet Evolution

Daft Club forum member AgentRayBans put together a massive poster featuring the evolution of French electronic duo Daft Punk. Check out the original thread for the full-sized poster.

Graphic Violence

Graphic Violence

A sweet and short skit by CorridorDigital. The premise is achingly shallow and the acting’s pretty bad, but the video makes up for it with awesome special effects and chiptunes.

Darth Vader Redesigned

Darth Vader Redesigned

These portraits were based only on a passage from A New Hope, where the Sith lord is first described as a 7 ft. tall man with a face “obscured by his flowing black robes and grotesque breath mask”.

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