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Art & Design

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”.

Iotacons

Iotacons

16-bit art has seen a resurgence lately, but Andy Rash hearkens back to even earlier (video game) times with Iotacons, extremely low res portraits reminiscent of more primitive 8-bit games.

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Pretty Loaded

Pretty Loaded

In the dark days of dial-up, Flash websites were prefaced with loading screens. They’re still around, but are scarce. Pretty Loaded is dedicated to preserving the best of these annoying works of art.

Akiyoshi’s Illusions

Akiyoshi’s Illusions

Warning: May cause dizziness or headaches. These pictures were made by Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka of Ritsumeikan University so that parts appear to move even though they are only static images.

Water Sculpture

Water Sculpture

Shinichi Maruyama makes fleeting sculptures out of water, capturing the resulting shape with a Phase One P45 camera and a Broncolor Strobe. See more of his work at The Morning News.

The Noun Project

The Noun Project

The Noun Project was founded to collect, create and celebrate the universal symbols, icons and pictures that we often take for granted. All the symbols on their site are free to download and use.

Comic Travel Posters

Comic Travel Posters
$18-$570  Buy Comment

If superheroes were real, there’s no doubt that their cities will leverage them for tourism. These comic posters do just that, but in an understated manner. Gotham’s Tourism Board sure is creepy.

Skate Mirror

Skate Mirror
$158  Buy Comment

Made of stainless steel and mirrored glass, with genuine skate trucks to complete the look. Also comes with a set of skate stickers. A quirky holiday gift for skaters. Just make sure they don’t ride it.

Scared Dictators

Scared Dictators

What could these powerful men be afraid of? The Internet, that’s what.  These posters were made for the International Society of Human Rights to show the value of the Net in defending human rights.

Denis Peterson’s “Pictures”

Denis Peterson’s “Pictures”

These hyper-realistic paintings were made by Denis Peterson. Some people hate on his craft, but if we think people who are good at spinning pens are cool, shouldn’t we applaud this man’s skill?

Level Twelve PC Case

Level Twelve PC Case

Jeffrey Stephenson’s Level Twelve is a teak and bird’s eye maple PC case. The teak support box houses an HDD, optical drive and a USB 3.0 hub, while the maple box holds the main computer.

Cassette Tape Lamp

Cassette Tape Lamp
$1200  Buy Comment

An expensive homage to the iconic storage format. Designed by Transparent House, the Tape Lamp is made of 100 micro-cassette tapes and laser-cut plexiglass. Three 40-watt bulbs provide the light.

Fridgecouch

Fridgecouch

Adrian Johnson saw a wrecked BMW coupe and was surprised to see that the back seats were in good condition. Now he reuses them by installing the seats in used refrigerator bodies.

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Nendo Ceramic Speaker

Nendo Ceramic Speaker

Traditionally machine made and unseen, the circuit board of this one of a kind speaker takes center stage, thanks to the addition of red glaze patterns by ceramicist Mitsuke Masayasu.

Zombified Movie Posters

Zombified Movie Posters
$20  Buy Comment

Aside from the Star Wars series, Matt Busch has more zombiefied movie posters. Instead of just Photoshopping the originals, Busch recreates the posters by hand. Also available as T-shirts.

Nat Geo Photo Contest

Nat Geo Photo Contest

The entries for National Geographic’s 2010 Photo Contest are in, and boy are they stunning. The Big Picture has a sampling of the entries, but you can also go to Nat Geo’s site to browse all of them.

A Linch Pin Droid Poster

A Linch Pin Droid Poster
$50  Buy Comment

Kevin Tong’s A Linch Pin Droid features an exploded view of everyone’s favorite astromech droid, R2-D2. The screen printed poster measures 24″x 36″ and was made using glow in the dark ink.

Colorware MacBook Air

Colorware MacBook Air
$1,850++  Buy Comment

ColorWare is now selling customized MacBook Airs for those willing to pony up the cash for a sexy, lightweight and snappy netbook with custom-painted parts in their colors of choice.

4th Amendment Wear T-Shirt

4th Amendment Wear T-Shirt
$45  Buy Comment

This shirt has the 4th Amendment printed in metallic ink, making the print stand out in the controversial X-ray scanner. A non-metallic version is also available, as well as socks and underwear.

Seat Belt PSA

Seat Belt PSA

Made by Alexander Commercials for the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, “Embrace Life” was named the YouTube ad of the year, besting 170 entries, even the Old Spice Guy‘s shenanigans.

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Phone Book Busts

Phone Book Busts

Alex Queral “carves a face into this object of so many faceless names”. Queral uses an X-ACTO knife to tear through the pages, then applies black wash and acrylic to enhance and protect the bust.

Little White Lies Movie Prints

Little White Lies Movie Prints
$28-$48  Buy Comment

UK-based movie magazine Little White Lies often have awesome art on their cover. Thankfully, they’ve decided to sell copies of the illustrations as prints. The Tron print is so bad ass.

Endless Mural

Endless Mural

Made by digital artist Joshua Davis and Microsoft to promote the hardware acceleration and HTML5 support of Internet Explorer 9. Draw gestures and watch traces of other artwork bloom in its wake.

Furni Neverend Wall Clock

Furni Neverend Wall Clock
$198  Buy Comment

Furni and Kitsune Noir collaborated with artist UPSO to create Neverend Clock #2. Features laser-etched Russian birch plywood with kick ass mustache clock hands. Limited to 88 pieces.

Blackmail Postcards

Blackmail Postcards
$12  Buy Comment

The Blackmail Postcards pack contains two blank cards as well as over 250 assorted self-adhesive letters, so you can easily create your own ransom note-style messages. Or actual ransom notes.

Star Wars Pinups

Star Wars Pinups

A hilarious set with almost all male Star Wars characters. Admiral Ackbar’s pinup will send shivers down your spine and puke in your mouth. Available as prints, iPhone cases and iPod skins.

Cooler as a Van

Cooler as a Van

We don’t know what posessed Brandon Ortwein to draw iconic vehicles as vans, but the end results are funny but still recognizable. Available as prints, iPhone/iPod Touch cases and laptop skins.

Influencers (Full Version)

Influencers (Full Version)

While it doesn’t have detailed information on how and why influencers come about, the film provides a peek into what’s happening in pop culture today and identifies events that cultivate inspiration.

Ensemble: The Style of Music

Ensemble: The Style of Music
$30  Buy Comment

Musicians are often trendsetters in fashion as well. The Everguyed network pays homage to 20 musicians and their iconic get-ups with these posters by Glenn Michael and James Alexander.

Bill Murray x Wes Anderson

Bill Murray x Wes Anderson
$25  Buy Link Comment

Bill Murray is one of Wes Anderson’s staple actors, but what if Murray was Anderson’s only actor? No need to tax your brain with such a question; Casey Weldon already did the work for us.

Nissan iV Concept

Nissan iV Concept

Nissan’s entry to the LA Auto Show Design Challenge, the iV’s space-age looks belie its earthly origin – its synthetic ivy and spider silk frame is grown like a plant with the help of nanorobots.

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