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Microscopic Art: Stunning Kaleidoscopic Arrangements of Diatoms By Klaus Kemp

Wednesday 09.17.2014 , Posted by
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Since Victorian times, people have been fascinated with the unique, geometric diatoms that are invisible to the naked eye. It is in the Victorian era that people began finding, cleaning, and arranging them and today Klaus Kemp is keeping the tradition alive. Microscopes reveal these tiny, hidden treasures, which are single-celled algae coated in a crystalline shell. Over 100,000 species have been discovered so far and Kemp is set on finding even more. Diatoms can be found anywhere there is water- from ponds and lakes, to puddles and gutters. But with modern technology Kemp’s arrangements are even more crisp, vibrant, and colorful than any of his Victorian ancestors. [Read more...]

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Motion Silhouette Creates Stories with Shadow Play

Monday 09.15.2014 , Posted by
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You don’t need an iPad to create an interactive book. Just ask designers Megumi Kajiwara and Tatsuhiko Niijima. They’ve created a beautiful pop-up book, Motion Silhouette, that changes as the reader uses light to manipulate shadows on each page. [Read more...]

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A Wooden Wave Made from 9076 Individual Parts

Monday 09.15.2014 , Posted by
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HG-Architecture of Seoul Korea, have created a wave-like wooden structure that is a mix of striking complexity and sinuous simplicity. Looking something like a clever stack of rectangular Jenga blocks, the piece is based on the idea that everything in nature is made from individual components. Atoms and molecules make up complex structures like waves… and people too. [Read more...]

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FrankenCamera: 18-Year-Old Converts Vintage Rangefinder into a Digital Camera

Friday 09.12.2014 , Posted by
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For years I’ve been looking at vintage cameras, and seeing a world of possibility. What if you could transform those cool relics of the film age into something conveniently digital? It could combine the joy of a manually focusing digital rangefinder (something rare in the modern camera world) and the feel of something truly vintage. 18-year-old Ollie Baker wanted a “vintage digital” camera too, so with a lot of expert planning he built one – and it works! [Read more...]

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Nike’s Conceptual Plane Designed for Professional Athletes

Friday 09.12.2014 , Posted by
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Design firm Teague and Nike have partnered to create a digital concept for a jet intended to transport professional athletes from city to city. Typically, pro sports teams and their coaches fly on planes with normal seating arrangements and listen to music for the duration of the flight – but, what if instead the plane offered rooms for massage and training, a film room to watch playbacks, and a lounge to simply chill? Welcome aboard that luxurious vision from Teague and Nike. [Read more...]

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Patagonia Wants You To “Vote The Environment”

Wednesday 09.10.2014 , Posted by
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Is voting on your calendar? This October and November mark primary and mid-term elections seasons, and according to a recent poll by Harvard University, only 23% of young people “definitely plan” to vote. [Read more...]

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Fantastic Stop-Motion Videos of Furniture that Builds Itself

Monday 09.08.2014 , Posted by
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Woodworker and designer Frank Howarth has a workshop with a life of its own – at least that’s how it appears in his addictive stop-motion construction videos. His YouTube channel features a collection of meticulously created videos that detail each step in the construction of bookshelves, chairs, and toys – only Howarth is completely missing from the workshop. Here, pieces of raw wood seem to cut and assemble themselves. How convenient! [Read more...]

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Edible Chocolate Records That Can Also Play Music

Monday 09.08.2014 , Posted by
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The word chocolate is sweet music to most people’s ears, but did you know that it can also be used to store music? German genius Peter Lardong came up with the idea to create records out of chocolate and believe it or not, they can be played on a standard phonograph! He creates the records by pouring his time-tested recipe of melted chocolate into a silicon mold of his favorite vinyl. He places it in the refrigerator to set and voila! Each disc can be played up to 12 times before it’s too worn out, but that’s when the best part comes…eating it! [Read more...]

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That’s Amore! Famous Pop-Culture Couples Illustrated by Ale Giorgini

Monday 09.08.2014 , Posted by
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Whether it’s an upside down Spiderman kiss planted on Mary Jane Watson, or a warm nuzzle from Snoopy for Charlie Brown, it’s not hard to be nostalgic about pop-culture icons – but Italian illustrator Ale Giorgini makes it even easier. His brand of Jetson’s-esq line-work give any character or scene a delightfully retro flavor, and his new series ‘That’s Amore!’ is a tasty example. [Read more...]

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Playful 3D Typography Interacts With Reality And Pops Off The Page

Saturday 09.06.2014 , Posted by
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From the sketchbook popping works of Hideyuki Nagai and Alessandro Diddi to 3D sidewalk chalk art by Kurt Wenner, we’ve always been impressed by anamorphic talents. But now we can combine that with our nerd love for typography with these playful works by Swiss artist Cyril Voilloz. The talented graphic designer, who splits his time between Berlin, Geneva, and Vancouver shows off his sketching skills with the most lively typography series we’ve ever seen. Letters pop from the pages and interact with the real world like a character from Sesame Street. [Read more...]

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