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Architects’ Sketchbooks

Architects’ Sketchbooks

Check out the humble beginnings of some of the most complex architectural endeavors in Architects’ Sketchbooks. The book features preliminary sketches and insight from 85 of the world’s best.

Cubist Beer Prints

Cubist Beer Prints

Illustrator Dave Murray puts a cubist spin on roundist(?) cans and bottles of beer in this abstract series of 9×12 giclée prints. Note: Get too drunk, and they might just look photo-realistic.

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Wacom Inkling Pen System

Wacom Inkling Pen System

With this special pen and receiver clipped onto your sketch pad, you can capture every detail (with 1024 levels of sensitivity), then upload them as either raster or vector images to your PC or Mac.

Space Oddity: The Book

Space Oddity: The Book

Artist Andrew Kolb created this wonderfully illustrated children’s book based on David Bowie’s ode to the space-bound Major Tom. Grab the entire book in PDF form here or here (mirror)

High Wheel

High Wheel

While we wish there really were an theme park ride with cars which float in the sky, the High Wheel is just a clever video trick, accomplished using chroma-key to remove (most of) the ferris wheel.

Lobster Shell Motorcycles

Lobster Shell Motorcycles

We’ve seen motorcycle sculptures made from some unusual materials, but we can honestly say this is the first time we’ve seen one made from a crustacean. Shellfish allergy? No ride for you.

Snowmaps on Paper

Snowmaps on Paper

Need to hit the refresh button in your brain today? Watch this four minute synth pop lovely music video, created with ink, water color, and a really, really long piece of paper. It’ll help. (Thanks Neil!)

Second Hand

Second Hand

A tale of two extremes, embodied by the title, presented in a unique animated style and filled with memorable scenes. Clear in its message yet not overwhelming or too critical.

Don’t Scroll Down

Don’t Scroll Down

A word of advice: when The Daily What tells you not to click on a link, for crying out loud don’t click on it, and when they say not to scroll down, don’t do that either. We’re just saying is all.

500 People, 100 Seconds

500 People, 100 Seconds

Eran Amir convinced 500 of his closest friends (and strangers) to pose with 1500+ unique photographs, creating an awesome dual-layered stop motion film which will have you coming back for seconds.

The Tale Of Mr. Rêvus

The Tale Of Mr. Rêvus

Marius Herzog created this beautiful, imaginative short film about dreams as his graduation project, doing all the writing, design, modeling, rigging, animation, rendering and compositing by himself.

Banksy Ad Montage

Banksy Ad Montage

When Banksy’s documentaries Exit Through the Gift Shop and The Antics Roadshow were aired on TV in the UK last weekend, viewers were also treated to mock ads made by the artist himself.

27 String Guitar

27 String Guitar

In the late 70’s, Guitarist and master luthier Keith Medley conceived this unique creation with 21 more strings than most people will ever be able to play. He uses it to perform his original compositions.

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Where’s Wall-E?

Where’s Wall-E?

Richard Sargent (no, not that Dick Sargent) created this robot-laden illustration, filled with bots from R2-D2 to Rosie the Robot to Bender to Woody Allen in Sleeper. But we dare you to find Wall-E.

Day Into Night

Day Into Night

A series of prints that capture the “humanity and energy” that flows in New York from day to night. Stephen Wilkes spent at least 10 hours per piece shooting pictures from the same perspective.

Glow in the Dark Star Map

Glow in the Dark Star Map

Scott Benson’s beautiful illustrated constellation map of the northern hemisphere is also a glow in the dark screenprint. It was inspired by the Nat Geo star chart he had in his bedroom as a child.

Painted Glass Animation

Painted Glass Animation

Carine Khalifé says she listened to Blown Minded off Young Galaxy’s album SHAPESHIFTING  over 1,000 times to get the atmosphere just right for this glass-painted, stop-motion animation.

Consoul

Consoul

Animator Lasse Gjertsen tells the story of one man’s journey through life, told in the pixelated style of retro video games. Pay careful attention to the score and health indicators throughout.

MÖBIUS Stop-Motion Sculpture

MÖBIUS Stop-Motion Sculpture

While the average person passing this geometric green sculpture might admire its looks, they would have no idea that it was actually slowly changing form, unless they saw this final stop-motion film.

Natsumi Hayashi: Levitation

Natsumi Hayashi: Levitation

Natsumi Hayashi thinks that she is the opposite of the person who has her feet firmly planted on the ground, hence the pictures. Her secret? A fast shutter speed and lots of jumping.

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See Something or Say Something

See Something or Say Something

Eric Fischer made this set of maps featuring geotagged Flickr and Twitter posts. Red dots are for Flickr posts, blue dots are for Tweets and white dots are for both. Check these out too.

Homeless Cop Pilot

Homeless Cop Pilot

Homeless Cop did such a good job on the bumpers he made for [adult swim] that they asked for a TV pilot. Now he just needs your help to make a stoner comedy with his distinctly cool style reality.

Squiggle Inception

Squiggle Inception

YouTube entertainer/mathematician Vi Hart convinces us that we could be getting much, much, much better use out of our time next time we’re sitting in a boring meeting or lecture.

Stacked Puzzles

Stacked Puzzles

If you’re a neat freak you’re going to love Michael Johansson’s work. He loves to stack objects into neatly packed and color-coded arrangements, sometimes even filling odd spaces with his stacks.

Zombie Head Bowling Balls

Zombie Head Bowling Balls

Like the Stationery of Horror before them, these gruesome, yet awesome decapitated zombie heads were created by Jung von Matt AG, to promote Germany’s 13th Street horror/sci-fi TV channel.

Translucent Ants

Translucent Ants

Not only are these photographs of ants drinking colored liquid awesome, until now, we had no idea there were see-through ants out there. Scientist Mohamed Babu captured these incredible pics.

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